Editor’s note: FIFA 14 on Xbox One is, in terms of modes, almost identical to the version found on Xbox 360 and PS3. As is the Kinect integration. (Both are better presented, as a matter of course.) This review will focus on the changes to the on-pitch action.

Rebuilt for next-gen using the new Ignite Engine, FIFA 14 doesn’t look drastically different from current-gen. Put a controller in your hands, however, and the changes are surprisingly significant.

Let’s get the graphics out the way first: it is nicer-looking, with improved likenesses, cloth and grass textures. But often you’re too far away from the action to truly notice how much better it looks. What is more apparent is the smoother gameplay. Improvements to the frame-rate mean camera pans and quick transitions in play are handled much better. The only issue I noticed was in Be A Pro, where the game often stuttered when using the Pro camera angle.

All in-game incidents are handled in real-time. There are no more load screens during a match, meaning those repetitive cut-scenes for substitutions are gone. If you choose not to skip moments when the ball is out of play, you can watch corner takers collect it, goalkeepers organise defenders and all the other events you see on a Saturday, from true-to-life camera angles too.

Matches have a much greater flow and sense of control thanks to the increased number of animations, and switching the play is faster thanks to the ability to drill a flat pass. Players now open up their body shape automatically on their approach to strike a ball, changing its flight and removing the chance for defenders to intercept.

Jostling has better balance, too. There are fewer over-exaggerated pushes off the ball; players engage in a prolonged to-and-fro in battles for possession, taking pace and momentum into account. The ability to ride sliding tackles means that challenges must be near-perfect to win possession.

Current-gen FIFA had over-powered bigger athletes, and while this is still a problem, the ability for more than two players to challenge aerial balls slightly alleviates it. However, Marouane Fellaini is still almost impossible to win possession from.

All in all, this is an improved version of what's gone before. The new lick of paint is nice, but it’s the changes under the hood that make the significant difference.

Version Tested: Xbox One. Played for 7 hours.

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rangersfc1@ MrHEWBO

Or maybe you're just not good enough for the scripting to really bother you?

But if this is what makes one not good... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eAQBDW-PHM

...then hey, I'm happy tell you that I'm not good then :)
Posted 17:53 on 26 January 2014
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MrHEWBO@ rangersfc1

maybe you're not very good at the game?
Posted 13:31 on 03 January 2014
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rangersfc1

Poor review. Mass compensative scripting online, control is forcefully removed whenever the game decides it's your turn to concede, causing this very erratic/bug emulating gameplay experience where all footballing logic is thrown out the window. You will find your gameplay experience become a lot more "frustrating" as the game will leave you feeling "cheated" at the end of matches way more often if you try to play "intelligent football". It's just one big frustrating and unfair experience. If you're a competitive gamer looking for some competitive fun, then this isn't for you, because this game is aimed at helping casuals compete.
Posted 22:29 on 19 December 2013
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tomy55

alarming to me the great reviews FIFA 13 & FIFA 14 get. It let's me know beyond doubt that these are not reviews from people who actually play the game.. In case a review from someone who does is valued. I will say FIFA 14 is even more scripted then FiFA 13. This is not momentum, the game engine is bias and clearly throws the game only in one direction the entire game, it's not hard at all to tell when your ability to be able to control your players have been completely dismantled. Not sure why EA is going backwards with this and heading far away from the fifa we all (we all meaning people who actually play the game) fell in love with.. Potential is there I have no doubt EA can produce awesome games, but FIFA 13 & 14 is awful because they dont just let you play against your opponent & let the best player decide who wins, they are too involved in the matches and this will always get bad review from gamers.
Posted 23:04 on 09 December 2013

Game Stats

9
Out of 10
FIFA 14
  • Same great FIFA.
  • Greater variety in animations.
  • Gameplay is much smoother.
  • Still some balancing and scripting issues.
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Release Date: 22/11/2013
Platforms: Xbox One , PS4 , Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , 3DS , PS Vita , iPhone
Developer: EA Canada
Publisher: EA
Genre: Sports
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 48 6
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