The verdict from the top reviewers around the world? FIFA 14 doesn’t revolutionise the soccer genre, but it is a superb exercise in subtle refinements and clever tweaks. EA succeeded in delivering a game at the top of its league. Time for kick off people!
FIFA 14 review: raw talent, by Samit Sarkar on Polygon 8/10
FIFA 14 wants to separate the champions from the also-rans. It's a game defined by differentiation. This arises from two main sources: new mechanics and controls that unlock the potential that skilled players possess, and developer EA Canada's continued focus on competition. But the most remarkable aspect of FIFA 14 might be found in the studio's attempts to maintain FIFA's status as the most accessible simulation sports game on the market.
FIFA 14 review, by Mark Walton on GameSpot 9/10
FIFA 14 is an exercise in subtle refinements and clever tweaks that transforms the familiar into something that feels fresh, exciting, and always engaging. The only competition FIFA has this year is itself.
FIFA 14 review: Winning without playing well? By Tom Bramwell on Eurogamer 8/10
You could argue that FIFA 14 shows EA Sports is running out of ideas, then, but for me this is a developer that knows exactly what it's doing. Neither the football match engine nor Ultimate Team were broken in any major way, and the placebo effect of a suite of control and balance tweaks, along with its increasingly snug ties to the drama of real-life football, will be enough to carry its ever-growing audience of players through the next season.
FIFA Soccer 14 Review: Top of the League, by Daniel Krupa on IGN 9/10
It feels more like a consolidation than a reinvention – an opportunity to cement what has already been successfully laid down. This year’s changes are smaller, more subtle, but they bring out the very best in in FIFA, which is already a fantastic experience. This time around it's more attacking, more polished, and will keep you coming back throughout the season.
FIFA 14 review: Plateau, by Mike Suszek on Joystiq 4/5
FIFA 14 carries on the tradition of being one of the cleanest experiences in the publisher's sports lineup. It mixes up the formula a touch by slowing the pace of the game down and forcing players to think more tactically by using adjusted dribbling mechanics. FIFA 13 took larger strides than this year's offering, but even with only minor improvements and changes, FIFA 14 remains an excellent soccer sim.
FIFA 14 PS3 review – Doubts over champion’s title hopes prove unfounded, by Ben Wilson on the PlayStation Magazine 9/10
Whatever your thoughts on annual sports games, you really mustn’t miss this one unless you want to spend the next nine months feeling like a defeated play-off finalist.
FIFA 14 review, by Nathan Ditum on Telegraph
As the era of PS3 and Xbox 360 draws to an imminent close we can say with some confidence that this generation belongs to FIFA. Such is the march EA's footballing giant has stolen over its rival, Pro Evolution Soccer, that the once-fierce annual competition has blanded into a foregone conclusion of critical and popular approval, the old paradigm of 'class versus clout' misshapen by FIFA's unheard of temerity to pull off both at once, leaving PES fans rooting through the metaphorical bins of comparison to find advantage ('less awful throw-ins' 'neater grass' 'realistic cornrows').
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