EA Sports’ 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is a must-have purchase for any genuine football fan who loves to bask in the splendour of the world’s biggest sporting spectacle.
Released on XBOX 360 and PS3 as opposed to fourth generation consoles given low-rate adoption rates in the host nation of Brazil, this means many more people can mimic some Messi magic, serve up some slick football with Spain or conquer the competition with Colombia.
But isn’t it just FIFA 14 with more international teams I hear you cry? 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil offers gamers a fun-filled, arcade-like experience which captures the colour, excitement and nerves surrounding the tournament, all in one tightly-packaged offering.
The gameplay feels different from FIFA 14 in the way that dribbling, increased accuracy in passing and players’ first touches play out. This is not to mention more game modes than ever before with the ever-popular Captain Your County returning, refined and slicker than previous instalments.
With matches taking place within all of Brazil’s 12 official licensed stadia, including the renovated football Mecca that is the Maracana, not to mention realistic manager graphics being retained – yes, you can see Roy Hodgson fall to his knees with joy – this all distinguishes the title from FIFA for cynical gamers.
Each exhibition match is laced with caps of how shall we say – lively and colourful supporters bouncing up and down – with small previews of the ever-popular fan parks around the globe illuminating feelings of suspense and jubilation during the in-play.
Sure; militant fans will instantly recognise that Diego Costa is missing from Spain’s roster and Steven Taylor features in England’s squad despite never making a first team appearance for the Three Lions but with the accurate roster updates to come, has FIFA ever offered you the chance to play as China against Kyrgyzstan?
A necessity for any true football fan, just like Panini’s sticker album! 7.5/10
Out NOW on Xbox 360 & PS3