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fifaworld rankings top 1002014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Review

2017-02-09 06:04 provenance:未知 sentiment: comments(0

Even in the menus, daubed in splashes of tropical colour, it manages to capture the electric atmosphere of a tournament thats capable of attracting the attention of even casual observers. As the competition begins, plenty who claim not to care about international football will find themselves inexorably drawn into its orbit. In many ways that fits with the target audience - the players who may not be invested enough in the sport at a domestic level to buy the annual editions of FIFA, but wish to enhance the experience of watching the tournament, to replay matches that have just finished to get a different outcome, for the empowering sensation of having rewritten history. Its this audience EA Sports needs to cater to most, and as such there are problems with its approach here.

Thats because FIFA has evolved a great deal since 2010s World Cup tie-in, and anyone expecting to jump in after four years away will face a bit of a culture shock. Though few would argue that it hasnt made considerable strides in most areas, the more authentic physics and animation make for a less immediately intuitive and responsive game of football. It does feel a little quicker than FIFA 14, if only in the speed of transitions between receiving the ball and advancing with it, while shots seem to travel at greater velocity - but for better and worse, those whove played this seasons game will instantly be in familiar territory.

As a game with a naturally brief shelf life - lets face it, youre not going to find many online opponents come August - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil could easily have been a rush job, hurried out of the door to capitalise on the anticipation for this summers festival of football. Yet while lingering mechanical problems remain, this is a surprisingly accomplished tie-in. Its fuse may burn shorter than most, but between June and July its flame will be dazzling.

The worlds fiercest national rivalries ignite again in the official video game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Youll see tickertape celebrations, flashy idents and low camera swoops over authentically rendered stadia before games, while goals and key events during matches prompt cutaway shots to gaudily garbed fans in the stands, or celebrating among thronging crowds watching on giant screens across the world. Its vibrant presentation carries over into the oversaturated colours - during evening matches the pitch is bathed in a vivid orange glow, while encounters earlier in the day see the brightness slider nudged upwards. Fittingly, for a tournament taking place in a country with a temperate climate, it feels that much warmer.

Rather than focusing exclusively on the tournament itself, youre now able to guide a team through qualification. Whichever mode you choose, youll get to take part in training drills to boost your players stats. Some of these mirror the pre-match challenges most FIFA players will be accustomed to, but others are new. Their appeal is fleeting, however - after a while youll be itching to simply savour the pageantry of the big games - though theyre essential in the Captain Your Country mode. While the scoring system here is still bound to an arcane set of rules, its a rush to race your team-mates to the coveted armband, those incremental upgrades meaning more when youre an individual chasing glory.

Another welcome inclusion is EA Talk Radio, which gives you a choice of two presenting duos wholl chat about the tournament and the sport in general while youre navigating the menus. Its like idly listening to a football-themed podcast, and helps cement that feeling of excitement, that youre taking part in an event everyone is talking about.

Fundamentally, it remains the same game, though it benefits from a number of adjustments. Penalty taking has been simplified - a sop to novices, no doubt, though a sensible change while keepers have more options to distract opponents during their run-up. You can now adjust set-piece tactics to put more pressure on the goalie, or guide runners to the near post for flick-ons, though the results are inconsistent.

The Verdict2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil might feel like a step back to anyone coming from the next-gen versions of FIFA 14, but for those who havent yet upgraded, it represents an improvement on the annual release. Meanwhile, fans looking to cheer their team on this summer will get a kick out of the sizzling carnival atmosphere it generates.

Elsewhere, it offers a rather exaggerated riposte to fan complaints. Headers are no longer overpowered, if only because crosses are so frequently intercepted, often by defenders leaping over the back of your strikers with absolute impunity. Lofted through-balls now require pinpoint accuracy youll underhit them more often than not, though at full power theyll sail harmlessly through to the keeper. Causing a minor problem to solve a major one is a strange tactic, but too good to no good still represents an improvement of sorts.

Rio grande. It doesnt take long to appreciate what perfect partners the modern FIFA games and the World Cup are. EA Sports has always managed to capture the sense of occasion of a big event, and while in its annual releases its flashy presentation can at times feel excessive - albeit an accurate approximation of contemporary TV coverage - here it only adds to the grandeur and ceremony of a global sporting event. Though there are tweaks to FIFAs core mechanics, its the presentation that makes 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil a souvenir piece worth bringing home.

Flamboyant presentation and timely tweaks make FIFA World Cup Brazil a valuable package for footy enthusiasts.


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