What I have seen and read about the press release at E3 makes this gamer and football fan absolutely giddish. In fact when I get home later, I am going to play my FIFA 13 title and refresh myself. Maybe, just maybe I will experience what the new game has to offer and at the same time, see the crowd go wild for my mad skillz. After all, we all want to know what it feels like to be adored by millions of fans, don’t we!
Out with the Old
When FIFA 13 launched last year I wrote an article for MWEB GameZone on what I wanted to see in the game. Some aspects of it were improved on and others not. One thing that I missed in every title I have played since 2006 is the intensity of “The Atmosphere”. You always hear players talking about nerves before a game, or the passion they feel playing in front of large home crowds. As a FIFA gamer, you never got to experience that. As realistic as the developers tried to make the game, it always missed the element of euphoria when scoring a goal, or the disappointment at losing in front of your home fans. At the E3 press release, EA states that now is the time that they will bring all of this to you, the gamer.
In with the New
I have viewed a few game trailers and gameplay videos, but none as of yet have shown me the true potential. Of course, I am rarely disappointed in the FIFA titles barring 2010. It was the same as 2009 in my opinion. Of course, EA hasn’t only included crowd participation, but a few other key gaming elements that are a part of Football the world over. These include such skills as “Pro-Instinct”, “Precision Movement” and “Intelligent Player and AI”. Of course, I still feel that your player, whether created or an existing player in a real team is only as good as you make him. What I mean is, as a gamer you set the difficulty setting on the game, and based on this setting, the AI responds accordingly. Now in a single player or career mode, the true ability of the game goes amiss. I say this because I lack the dribbling ability in the game that most professionals have on the field. Therefore I am playing at my strengths thereby making the game “easier” for myself and the AI in retrospect is as silly as I want them to be. But how can you not enjoy the idea of 3D crowd immersion?
What EA stated about the new abilities were something to behold. Precision Movement enables players to plant, pivot and cut, and explode out of each step. All 22 players on the pitch possess Pro Instincts to anticipate and react to the play around them, just like world-class footballers.
Defenders will anticipate moves to seal off opponents and intercept passes, and slow down attackers by hooking or holding an arm. Players will feel more grounded, agile and athletic, and manage their momentum with distinct foot plants and push-offs, bringing the authentic motion of professional footballers to FIFA 14.
I am a Football fan, and I absolutely love FIFA titles, and have for some time. But will I still feel all the additions of the new game even on career mode, amateur settings? Or will it simply not be a part of the AI repertoire? Of course, I am but one person not making use of the full functionality of the game. I can only hope that a Pro’s instinct is still there, even if I “dumb” the game down a tad. But I absolutely love the way the game is headed in terms of its development and progress. Last year dribbling was far more fluid, and when I went to the MWEB GameZone launch, I got to see the guys that play the game competitively, using the tactics I did not. And I stood there awe struck by it for an hour. I don’t usually enjoy watching people play games, but rather to play it myself. So, when EA announces the new additions to the game, I get this tender little knot in the pit of my stomach. It’s the desire to PRE-ORDER now already, for a game that I am highly anticipating. I cannot wait for September 27th. I hope that MWEB will again have a launch and that I have the honour of attending. Because I would again love to see those skilled gamers testing out all the new abilities within this game, and show me what I am missing out on. Perhaps it will spark the desire to actually spend a few hours honing my own skills in the practice menu of FIFA 14.
FIFA 14, developed at EA Canada, will release worldwide within the next 12 months on Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, and is available for pre-order** now at http://www.origin.com and other retailers. A version of FIFA 14 will also release on the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system with Kinect™ from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system with PlayStation Move support, Windows® PC, Nintendo Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system in South Africa on September 27.
FIFA 14 on mobile will be available on iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod® touch as well as Android devices this spring. Other mobile platforms will be revealed later. A trailer showcasing FIFA 14 on Xbox One can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/_AL1ZkIJ2zQ
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