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Uninspiring and Lazy (2.5 Stars)
on 17 April 2014
Having played this game for a few hours, I simply cannot see how it justifies the £40 price tag!
First off, EA Sports raved about how it would be including all 202 nations that attempted to qualify for the World Cup, and they were all official. Well prepare to be disappointing. 90% of the nations in this game have the stupid looking fake Pro Evo kits with the official emblem on the chest. They are nearly all generic kits with no sponsor label or distinguish features which is hopeless for a licencing aficionado like me. FIFA 14 has literally thousands of official realistic kits, yet this full priced game can only manage them for the 32 World Cup nations and a handful of countries that didn't qualify!
The Brazilian stadiums are all stunningly rendered, but another gripe is there are only perhaps 10 generic stadiums in the game, meaning you'll be playing away to the Faroe Islands in a 50,000 capacity stadium, or in a Olympic Stadium when you're the Cook Islands in the Oceania campaign...it just doesn't feel right. When it comes to realism from a purely cosmetic viewpoint, FIFA 06 Road to the World Cup and World Cup 2010 is miles better in terms of licencing etc.
There have been subtle improvements to the gameplay however, which is nice. No more do players fall over one another during a scramble, the goalkeepers animations have been improved, the atmosphere in the stadium is well presented and the menus with their two radio stations are a nice touch. There is also an emphasis on training and players stats rise and fall over the tournament.
In conclusion: the kits, stadiums and licencing is shambolic compared to FIFA 14, and earlier World Cup games. However subtle improvements have been made in the gameplay, and the presentation of the World Cup is nice. However, does this merit a £40 price tag. No chance! Will play until the WC ends, but don't expect lasting appeal.