60 of 77 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars
Stay away if you want to have fun, 29 Oct. 2013
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars
I have always played Fifa since the very 1st one for the Mega Drive (Janco Tianno best Brazilian striker EVER anyone?). Anyway this is my 1st review here at Amazon and I am only writing it because I feel really disappointed having now spent several hours playing Fifa 14 and unlocked all achievements. I have already sold my copy of the game on eBay and bought back a copy of Fifa 13.
I don't really care about the transfer updates (I could potentially do them manually in Fifa 13). The most important thing about playing Fifa is having fun, even if you are playing in 'World Class' or 'Legendary' difficulty. I have always played the Career Mode (because it's just like real life, the competitions, transfers, players unsettled, etc.) and have always enjoyed searching for players to try and improve my squad. Now you have to send a scout to look at the player - even if it is a famous player known for his abilites (like Messi) because there is no rating! Players are not rated when you search for them and that's annoying because the whole process now takes much longer. Because of that there are now way too many emails in career mode so you will spend an awful lot of time in the menus (much longer than in previous instalments). Ultimate Team is a money making mode which I don't particularly enjoy (there is absolutely nothing to do with real life football) and I find very boring opening packs and, again, spending a lot of time in the menus (auctions, packs, blah, blah). It hasn't changed much. Online the game is still fun because when you play against real people anything can happen.
Now.. on the pitch the single player aspect disappoints, especially when you are playing against the AI on 'World Class' or 'Legendary'. Be prepared to chase the ball forever as ALL teams play like Barcelona / Spain pressing really hard when they don't have the ball and closing your players down quickly and when they do have the ball they keep on perfectly passing it around. On top of that your players will feel really slooooow on the pitch so you will end up with your players (who will be walking LITERALLY!) trying to complete short passes whilst the AI runs and closes you down. So as the AI is MUCH quicker than you it is very easy to lose possession - frustrating. Another thing that annoys me is this called 'precision movement' that a player cannot suddenly stop his run and 'cut in' to try and pass the ball or hits it trying to score - only a few selected players can do that smoothly (like Ronaldo, Robben, etc). Most players will feel clumsy and the animation EA created doesn't work... as a result of this animation you will most likely end up giving the ball away and your attack is suddenly ruined by this 'improved' feature. It's horrible. This game used to be really fun to play and they have removed that aspect claiming it is now more real. I think the game used to have a good balance between realism and fun. Now it's just awful.
One more thing I should point out here at Amazon is that many people who are giving the game 5 stars are clearly people who never played the game before. Like... 'I bought this for my nephew and he loves it'. What of review is that? This is not a genuine review. A review should be about the game. Is it good / bad? You check all reviews you will notice that the people who actually spent time playing the game HATED it (with just a few exceptions). Bottom line... STAY AWAY! If you have Fifa 13 - keep it!