Published on May 24th, 2014 | by Tony0
Review: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
With only a few weeks to go before the real event comes along and we start dreaming of our country picking up that cup, I thought I should finally get around to reviewing the game.
For those that don’t know my gaming nightly exploits, I would say FIFA 14 is probably one of a few games that I play on a regular basis via the clubs option the game has.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I picked up a EA World cup game myself though, but it was more than likely a few weeks after the actual event had finished, as it always gets a price drop around then. It’s also worth noting that this game is only available on older consoles as well, as people owning PS4 and Xbox One and every other console that has FIFA 14 on it will be getting a free update at the end of May, giving them a cut down version of this via the Ultimate team mode.
First thing to talk about on any FIFA game is how the game looks and feels, as chances are if you’re looking at picking this game up you own FIFA 14 on your chosen console.
I’ve read a couple of other reviews while I’ve been playing the game for myself, all of which speak of a different feel when playing WC Brazil, which I actually agreed with to begin with.
The first few hours of play it felt like the players had a much lighter feel to them, but I was unsure if this is how FIFA 14 felt on the 360, as I have not been near the 360 version since I upgraded to the one version in November.
Like I say though, the players did start out having a lighter feel to them, but once I had put in a few hours on the game, I could easily have been
playing FIFA 14 with a slap of paint on the crowd.
Usually any EA cup game release has some sort of new feature thrown into to it as a tester before they add it to the bigger game release
later that year.
In all honesty though I’ve not found anything in my 16+ hours of play that has stood out for me from previous games that would merit gamers
forking out another £40.00+ on a game, even if you do love the series.
Just imagine FIFA 14 with some samba beats in the crowd, a few world cup style crowd chants sound effects, and a bit of colour thrown in
via the menus and crowd, and that is pretty much it in regards to looks and sound.
The only other notable difference when playing the game was the option to have either Andy Goldstein and Ian Darke talk to us like they was over in Brazil as the tournament takes place, or some guys called Men in blazers who I’ve never heard of.
I think I lasted about three games before I reset the whole thing and went back to simple EA music, as Goldstein has a voice like nails on a chalkboard after about 3 games being played.
The same can be said for the men in blazers, as it felt like I was listening to my granddad while looking around in the menus.
Some people though may get some use out of them, so they may be to your personal taste.
By the above trailer that EA put out you can see ten modes on offer to
you, but some are just a longer experience that the previous mode.
FIFA World cup is where I began my journey, as I took my beloved England to world cup glory.
In this mode no actual qualifying is needed for the event itself, as you’re taken right to the group stages of the tournament and then to the knockout stages.
In between matches you’re also given the chance to boost the stats of certain players by which the game picks at random.
By playing these training mini-games the players receive a boost to one of six areas of play, shooting, dribbling, defending, heading, pace and passing, so you can boost the stats of even the best of the players if the game picks them out.
The mode itself does capture the world cup perfectly, as all the stadia is there to be played in along with cut-aways to the manager and crowd both in and outside the stadium watching on a big screen.
That being said they are a bit copy and paste, so after you’ve seen them once you’re pretty much set to click the a button to skip them from there on afterwards.
The next mode is Captain Your Country.
Much like any be-a-pro mode you’ve seen plenty of times before in FIFA games, it sees you take your rookie pro on a quest to become the next big thing.
You start off with your rubbish pro like always and by playing in training modes your player will start to become better and not act like a three-year old kicking a ball for the first time.
The mode itself pits you against three other lesser known players in the squad who you play with in each match, with the quest being play well enough to make the cut from the manager after a set amount of games.
This was met rather easily in my playthrough, so it did not seem a challenge for me, but I bet on the higher levels of difficulty this would be pretty tough.
While in previous games you had the chance to build your guy up by doing certain things in matches, like score a set amount of goals to boost a certain area.
The only player boosts in WC Brazil come via the games training session.
Not having the progression of your player in this way took a part of the enjoyment out of it for me, as playing the matches now are only there to make the cut for the next squad.
The training is also chosen for you by the game, so while early on I felt like pace and shooting training was needed being a striker, for some reason the game just kept giving me passing session after passing session, which did get a little annoying.
Overall not my favorite mode to be honest, which is weird as I normally love any be-a-pro mode.
Road to The World Cup is pretty much the same mode as FIFA World Cup, but this time you go through the whole story with your chosen team.
Rather than just the group stages and world cup finals you must now take your team right through all the stages of qualifying for the event and then doing the whole world cup.
This will be the place to start if you want to enjoy the build up to the event, rather than just jumping into the world cup mode and lifting the trophy after a few games.
Story of qualifying is another mode on offer to you, in which you get to rewrite history and change the scores of games for yourself.
You get to play games that were in the run up to the event itself, which you either take control of one player or the whole team in which you must achieve certain objectives to beat.
The games themselves either have you fighting for comeback with a few minutes to spare, or some have games with 40+ minutes left on the clock in which you must pummel your opponents.
All teams are there in some shape or form, so the mode itself will be a challenge to any FIFA fan.
Also beating any objectives in this mode will net you some coin to spend in the games catologue.
The remaining single player modes on offer to you don’t really need that much site space, as we’ve all played them to death.
You of course have kick off mode where you can face whoever you want either vs the com or a friend on a second pad.
We also have story of the finals, which much like the story of qualifying will see you play games going on in the actual world cup and changing the outcome.
That mode does not go live until the tournament kicks off though.
Finally we have skill games, which in all honesty does not seem to have change one bit from when we saw it in FIFA 14.
Online is also a big part of any FIFA game, but in WC Brazil there are only three modes on offer.
Road To Rio lets you play your way through the 12 host cities in the tournament, with of course each stadium being showed the love and attention it deserves by EA.
Sadly for me though every match I played was littered with horrendous lag, so the furthest I ever got was city three, but a fun mode none the less.
Second mode we have to play is Online World Cup, which of course sees you playing online folk with your quest for cup glory in your sights.
You begin in the group stages, which means playing three games to see if you finished high enough in the table to qualify for the next section in the tournament.
If you did then you reach the knockout stages, which means one loss and you have to start all over again, so get that soft spot for your 360 pad ready as you rage guys will hurl it across the room.
Finally we have the bog standard online friendlies, which is basically kick off mode, but with an online option added.
Catalogues makes a return, with the chance to buy extra things like more story of qualifying games, a few celebrations and also instant wins and draws in the Road to Rio online mode.
Nothing that exciting and new though.
Summary: FIFA World Cup was a mixed bag for me. The hard-nut FIFA fans out there will lap this stuff up and not bat an eyelid at paying the £40.00 asking price, but for casual guys like me hoping for something different you will feel a little disappointed.