FIFA 15  Review

FIFA 15 Review

FIFA 15 can play a great game of football. The players and pitch look better than ever. The progressive degradation of turf, coupled with the licensed stadia and improved matchday presentation makes this the most immersive FIFA yet. Possession tackles improve defence while more intricate passing aids attacks. But despite taking many steps forward, as ever it takes some back too.

One of EA’s big pushes has been the evolution of goalkeepers. What wasn’t explained was ‘evolution’ referred to humanity. These are T-1000s. Their shot-stopping is unbelievable. Couple this with the nerfing of most finishing to the level of which world-class strikers can’t finish their dinner, it leads to too many 0-0’s with over 20 opportunities. Like heading in 14, keepers are overpowered and in need of urgent fixing.

Ultimate Team adds concept squads and loan players, the latter especially handy for those lacking either the funds or luck needed to acquire superstars. Loan players are only available via EA through the revamped EAS FC, where you can also share and comment on friend activity. The ability to create ideal line-ups before committing to a purchase is great pre-planning, and the share function will allow many players to learn from the best.

The gameplay issues can often be patched. What cannot is the lack of innovation off the pitch. Team Sheets — a brilliant addition where the movement and work rate of every outfield player on the pitch can be altered, offering management-sim level tactical choices — aside, the UI and single-player modes are practically identical to 14.

This isn’t good enough. EA knows how successful FUT is, but that's not to say the rest of the game doesn’t need updating. FIFA 2014 World Cup included some great ideas, like Pro rivalries and integrating training drills into career, neither of which are present.

FIFA 15 has gameplay problems, but it can also play some sublime football. However, single-player’s continued stagnation leaves a sour taste in the mouth. If goalkeepers can be addressed, EA will remain the football king. Right now, FIFA’s at risk of being clawed back in the title race.

Version Tested: Xbox One

7 / 10

  • Possession tackles.
  • Great presentation.
  • Goalkeepers in desperate need of balancing.
  • Single-player modes a rehash of last year.

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Tableworm

I agree!
Especially on the CM part.

Not having an increase in teams and managerial aspects is a bit of a let down, no matter how you try to sugar coat it with "authenticity" as EA has this year.

There's so much money to be made on DLC packs for CM, if only EA would get off their asses and do something about it, so I fail to see how the financial aspect argument holds water.
I'm going to troll off and have a look at the creation centre, hopefully they haven't taken that down..yet.
Posted 10:13 on 26 September 2014
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borar

nooooooooooooo
Posted 13:15 on 24 September 2014
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Laini@ TomO

Oh, well fair enough then XD
Posted 18:04 on 23 September 2014
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Laini@ Manguy17

Not any more so than in previous games and certainly not the goal saving machines the review makes them out to be.
Posted 18:03 on 23 September 2014
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TomO@ Laini

Hi Laini. The accompanying feature is done for exactly the reason you mention. We've analysed user behaviour and people don't stick around to read long reviews. That's why we have shorter reviews and where possible add to these with more info in a second article that those interested can head to afterwards.
Posted 15:38 on 23 September 2014
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Manguy17@ Laini

You didn't see any issues with the keepers? I've had them be incredibly inconsistent. They save nearly every 1v1 or clear goalscoring chance, but then they will deflect the ball in for an own goal when you scuff a shot.
Posted 15:18 on 23 September 2014
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Laini

Suppose it's hard to say without playing the full game but I didn't notice keepers being too overpowered in the demo.
Real shame that more hasn't been done with Career mode though as that's where I spend 90% of my time. The pro rivalries and training mini games from the World Cup game sound great, even something as simple as that would be a nice boost to Career.

Also not sure why there is a review and then like an explanation of the review. Surely most of the content from the second article could have been incorporated into the review.
Or are you worried people won't read more than 6 paragraphs at a time?
Posted 15:13 on 23 September 2014
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BritishWolf

Glad to see it getting an honest score instead of the usual 9 out of 10
Posted 15:08 on 23 September 2014

Game Stats

FIFA 15
7
Out of 10
FIFA 15
  • Possession tackles.
  • Great presentation.
  • Goalkeepers in desperate need of balancing.
  • Single-player modes a rehash of last year.
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Release Date: 26/09/2014
Platforms: Xbox One , PS4 , Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , 3DS , PS Vita , Wii
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Publisher: EA
Genre: Sports
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