2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL Review (360)
FIFA graces our shelves every year, and that’s just something we’ve got used to. Now don’t get me wrong, as much as I hate to have to buy a new version every year, I still do it. But every four years we also get a bonus FIFA in the form of a World Cup game, and with the upcoming World Cup in Brazil this summer comes 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. With football fans around the world getting excited about the World Cup, football gamers will be equally excited about 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
The game play by and large is just a slight improvement over FIFA 14, though EA claim to have added over 100 new animations to the game. But then everyone knows the gameplay style of FIFA so why make any radical changes? The uniqueness of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil comes in the game modes on offer. The main attraction for most will be the “Road to the FIFA World Cup” mode, in which you can select any of the 203 nations available in the game and attempt to guide them through the qualification stages and onto the World Cup itself. Having a crazy gaming party? You can play this mode with up to 32 players, each controlling their own nation, and battle it out to be the ultimate Football King.
Perhaps you want a bit more of a friendly co-operative style experience. One of my personal favorite game modes of all time is back in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, Captain Your Country. You, and up to three friends, can put yourself into a national squad and work your way up from the B-Team with the aim of Captaining your country to the World Cup finals. You will be up against it though, as you will need to consistently perform well to make the cut. Playing this mode with friends is superb fun as you try to outdo each other, but also make sure that your buddies are there with you when the team sheets are announced. You not only play matches, but training sessions too to help improve your players stats. As your player progresses you really notice the difference during the matches.
Taking the game online you have two big modes, beside the usual quick match. Online World Cup lets to battle it out online for the coveted World Cup Trophy, but you will need to win seven games in succession to do so! The Road to Rio mode is interesting, and works as a kind of ladder based online league mode. You start off in and each “season” you need to win so many matches to be promoted to the next tier, and move onto the next city. Level up and you can visit each of the twelves stadiums from the World Cup until you reach Estadio de Maracana in Rio and can lift the trophy.
The final games modes that are customary with these games is the scenarios. Unlocked now is the Story of Qualifying, in which you can choose to recreate or rewrite the history of the various Qualifying campaigns. Can you repeat Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick in that epic game against Sweden? Or even control his counterpart, Ibrahimovic, and score the hat-trick that would secure qualification for Sweden? Once the actual World Cup gets underway in June the Story of the Finals mode will unlock. Currently there is a countdown timer sitting on this mode, ever reminding you that the World Cup Finals are approaching. When they do get underway, look here for new challenges daily based on the events from the World Cup Finals.
I’ve always preferred the World Cup/European Cup games of FIFA to the main game. Maybe it’s just a National pride thing, but the game modes, especially Captain Your Country, always keep me more engaged than those available in FIFA. If you are an Ultimate Team die-hard then maybe 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil won’t be for you, but if you are a FIFA fan and excited about the upcoming World Cup then definitely give this one a try. The only thing there is to dislike about it is the new podcasters that you can have talking during the menus. They seem good to start with, but after a while you’ll want them to shut the f*** up. You can turn them off though, so each to their own.
4.5 countries captained out of 5