EA’s international tournament entries are often treated as fun, if disposable, warm-ups for the full FIFA games in September. Which is fair, but to overlook 2014 FWC would be a disservice to a superb game that offers interesting ideas and a ton of content.

There have been a surprising number of tweaks to the formula for a mid-season game, with player management adjustments offering the most intriguing insight into FIFA 15.

Be A Pro (Captain Your Country here) pits you against three teammates vying for selection for the full team heading to Brazil. You must make a series of ‘cuts’ within a limited number of games, consistently outperforming your rivals. It’s a refreshing layer of competitiveness for one of FIFA’s lacklustre modes. The one issue is that all four name bars appear on the screen at once, taking up too much space and obscuring the view.

Training has also been integrated into player development across all game modes. Between matches you can take four players and run them through drills (which includes skill games and other new additions) to improve their stats. This allows a greater level of customisation and a chance to plug team weaknesses you couldn't before.

On-pitch action is fast and frantic. It may be to simulate the pressures of knock-out football, but end-to-end contests seem much more frequent, with chances at either goal. Players are able to get the ball out of their feet quicker to make passes, but still suffer when it comes to intricate dribbles.

In an attempt to balance lobbed through balls, EA has practically nerfed them entirely. Crossing has also been affected, with EA clearly studying at the school of Nani: many attempts fail to beat the first defender. Like heading in 14, hopefully a patch can address this.

2014 FWC is exactly what fans of the sport want for the most important four weeks of the summer. It’s a shame it isn’t available on next-gen, but this is still a quality game, offering a lot of interesting ideas that’ll be even more exciting when fully realised come September.

Version Tested: Xbox 360. Played for 7 hours.

8 / 10

  • Lots of good new ideas.
  • A lot of modes.
  • Some gameplay tweaks hinder experience.

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WC__junkie

Well I have to be honest. I have never seen such a bunch of whingy complainers in all my life. Its a football game. A perfectly serviceable and far from broken game. You people need a new hobby. Like sticking to things which interest you instead of crying over a game. I have enjoyed it a lot. Its better than Fifa 14 on current gen. And clearly better than Fifa 13.
Posted 21:16 on 18 April 2014
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crappyFWCgame@ ZKF

I TOTALLY AGREE!
Posted 22:53 on 17 April 2014
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crappyFWCgame

I was planning on boycotting this game because it was not on PS4. After a couple of days after the release I decided to calm down and give it a shot. I've anticipated every release of a EA fifa game since 2003. Not this time, but I decided that I should give EA a chance. The presentation is awesome, but that's about it. The problem with this game is that it's no fun. The game play is terrible. I think it reminds me of fifa 2005 on PC. When I play I don't feel rewarded when I make a goal, or feel punished when I play bad defense. Goals seem to be mostly luck. If EA would of just added the graphics onto the PS4 with exactly the same gameplay as fifa 14 for PS4 it would of been the best world cup game EVER. There new stuff about the corners is a good idea, but not sure it's refined enough yet.

This game has lots of game modes which is really cool. Too bad you have to play everyone of those game modes with such crappy game play that ruins all the awesome game modes.

EA decided to screw around and pander to the newbies. Those newbies could of picked up this game and had the awesome experience of their life, but I think they are going to be disappointed also. I'm thinking of selling my copy on Ebay only after playing it one day. I will play it a little more to get use to it and see if I change my mind, but I am very pessimistic.
Posted 22:50 on 17 April 2014
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Oldironballs

I was devastated when I played fifa 14, top players having the turning circle ability of Carlton Palmer/Geoff Thomas was so infuriating. Happily went back to 13. But I do love a World Cup game all officially licensed etc so gave the demo a go and in my opinion it is better than 14 -simple reason that the players are more responsive to your controller inputs (still no where near as responsive as 13 mind)
Posted 16:16 on 16 April 2014
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ZKF

I don't seem to understand how anyone can say anything good about this game because the gameplay really sucks! I don't know for who EA is making games nowaday (kids 8-12 maybe). The gameplay is so childish and slow.

Just making things fleshy wouldn't cover up this mess. My Fifa 2013 is so much better than this game. Even Fifa WC 2002 was MUCH better than this. Yes, you heard it right!

I was planning to buy it, but a friend of mine bought it for me on the release day as a gift. What a waste of his money. Now I feel guilty!

My suggestion? Do NOT buy this game. But if you really get tempted as we all love fifa games; at least try out the demo. You will know what I am talking about.

I just hope Fifa 15 is nothing like this.
Posted 06:00 on 16 April 2014
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Ilidaner

hmmm...maybe it will be worth to play:)
Posted 22:32 on 15 April 2014
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Manguy17

They finally let you train players outside of games? Praise the lord. Just hope they drop that into career mode for 15 so you can improve young players without either benching a world class player or sending them out on loan and risk them not playing at all.
Posted 16:51 on 15 April 2014

Game Stats

EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
8
Out of 10
EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
  • Lots of good new ideas.
  • A lot of modes.
  • Some gameplay tweaks hinder experience.
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Release Date: 17/04/2014
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3
Developer: EA Canada
Publisher: EA SPORTS
Genre: Sports
Rating: PEGI 3+
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