FIFA 14 will be released next week, while the FIFA 14 Next Gen version won’t be released until mid-to-late November. It may be safe to say that this may be one of the biggest and last current gen sports releases before EA firmly sets its sights on the PS4 and XBox One versions. So after playing with the demo for FIFA 14, will this be worth getting next week or, if you are one of the many getting new systems, should you hold out? After putting some considerable time in over the weekend and trying out all of the teams, here’s what I came away with:
The first thing that many fans of the FIFA series walk away with is that EA finally ditched the menu interface that they have used for the past several years and came out with a new interface similar to what they recently started using with their Madden NFL series.
The new menus are much easier to navigate. One of the things that I do like about the new menu system within the game is the ability to switch tactics on the fly without having to dive into submenus like previous iterations. The only qualm I have with this on the fly change is that I wish there was a way to see what players are in or out of place when you make that tactical change so you would know if you need to make any player moves. Of course being a demo, there are still a lot of other items that are locked, but the new menu system looks promising so far.
EA Sports is still getting better at this and I can only imagine that within the next two years on Next Gen consoles, they may even be able to include a dedicated audio system in the game. But as it is, the audio is still top notch in FIFA 14.
The one noticeable item is there is more chatter from Martin Tyler and Alan Smith at the pre-match opening than there was last year when there was noticeable amount of dead air during team introductions. Also, depending on the team, there is also an insane amount of chatter from them during the game, which at times, repeats so you hear the same things over and over again. There was a rumor that this year’s FIFA game would feature commentary that discussed past results and transfer talk relating to the game being played, and I’m hopeful this comes to fruition.