The World Cup is almost here. We are only a month from the first ball to hit the pitch and the best international competition to begin. Similar to 2010, Electronic Arts is hitting the field again only six months after its release of FIFA 14 to bring in the World Cup audience with its latest FIFA offering. Today we are checking out 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil for the Xbox 360 to see if it’s worth the quick upgrade after a stellar FIFA 14.
Let’s make one thing clear: this is a rebranded version of FIFA 14. The actual gameplay is identical to what you had in FIFA 14. However keeping the gameplay intact is still one of the game’s greatest strengths. The added emphasis on momentum and player movement made a big difference in the overall experience. There might have been a slight tweak to the pacing of the game, which seems just a hair faster than FIFA 14 proper. The pace makes for slightly easier passing and shots on goals which, if anything, makes the game more approachable.
However if you’re picking up 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil your doing so for some World Cup action, and luckily it has it in spades. Everything in this game is as World Cup themed as you could ever want. The main mode is the Road to the FIFA World Cup, which starts you at the qualifiers and allows you to take a country to the World Cup. The mode is surprisingly deep and allows you to be as hands-on with your squad as you want to be. For me, I’m more of a casual soccer fan and am more interested in getting directly into the next game rather than messing with match-ups but the options are there.
If you’re extremely impatient and are dying to get into the World Cup, you can simulate the qualifiers and go directly to the big dance. What impressed me most about 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is the way it captured the look and feel of the World Cup. This year’s game continues that same tradition by making everything feel like the World Cup. When you do finally get your country into the World Cup, the crowds, the field, the players, everything feels like you would want it to. There is a sense of buildup that video games often time struggle to capture but is done beautifully in this game.
This is exactly what I wanted from 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. It’s a fully featured game of FIFA that has been branded beautifully for the World Cup. If you can’t wait for June for the World Cup then I’d highly recommend checking out this game, it’s really well done.