2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil was offered for review on Xbox 360 and PS3 only. A little perplexed, I was about to email EA and ask why they didn’t haver any XBox One copies for review, but then decided to do a little research first. The reason they weren’t offering XBox One review copies was that the game wasn’t being released on current gen consoles.

This seemed a little weird, especially seeing as FIFA 14 shipped with the Day One editions of Microsoft’s shiny new console. But things did become apparent soon enough.

Essentially 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is a stripped down version of FIFA 14, with some new tweaks added and a whole lot of World Cup felling and excitement.

The biggest issue for me, was the added cut scenes of crowds going wild – either in the stands or at some off site venue with a big screen – looked so dated, having to play on the last gen XBox console.

So the game plays essentially the same as FIFA 14, with some ball control teaks and new corner tactics. the main thrust of the game seems to have been to add the flavour and excitement of being in the World Cup. EA have done a great job here, but it has limited appeal.

The ‘career’ mode is a much more focussed affair, with the pool matches quickly running into the knock out quarters and semies. The trouble is, once you’ve got your team to win the World Cup, what else is there to do? I’d hazard a guess that most players would fire up their XBox One and load the last saved FIFA 14 game they have.

In this day of digital delivery and a strong focus on DLC, EA would have been better to have marketed the World Cup as a DLC add on, and made it available for all versions of FIFA 14, rather than touting it as a full game.

Reviewed on: XBox 360

Rating: G

Reviewed by: Jonathan



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