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1.0 out of 5 stars I hate it so much, 5 Jan. 2014
This review is from: FIFA 14 (PS3) (Video Game)
I'm not the best FIFA player, or console player generally, so I don't mind losing to better players as I'm used to it.
FIFA 13 was frustrating at times, but I always accepted that was down to me. It was a good game.

FIFA 14 is the only thing in the world that absolutely infuriates me. A rage I did not know I had in me.

The result of the match is totally randomised, decided by whose defenders & goalie do the craziest things.

A top-of-my-head list of bugs that will have you spitting every game:

1. Your goalie has a mental breakdown. Concede
2. Every tackle ends at opponent's feet, often magically clear through on goal. You can tackle one player 17 times and he still ends up through on goal. Concede
3. Defenders NEVER jump at corners. 7ft defenders vs 5ft 7 strikers lose, a lot. Concede
4. Switching player stops the defender running. Concede
5. Switching to the wrong player. So wrongly it's incredible. Concede
6. At random, when you are chasing a player pressing square to tug, instead, 3-4 metres away from the opponent he will attempt a little toe poke tackle, poking thin air with his foot. Otherwise you'd have caught up. Concede
7. Attempt through ball to left wing where 3 guys are clear on goal, clearly holding that direction on the controller - oh it's gone for the right wing where a lone guy is marked by 4 men instead.
8. Superhuman goalies for randomly picked matches. By superhuman I mean you will not score under any circumstances, 15 Banks quality saves in a row.
9. John Terry catching up with Aguero, Walcott, Ronaldo, or anyone for that matter. With full energy.
10. 'Normal' crosses, from a normal angle, with an able winger, with no pressure. Fly out for a throw in other side. So you have to double tap to near post every time
11. Bundle situation anywhere on the pitch? Crowded area? Your 5 players will lose out to the 1 opponent who is now clear through on goal
.......there are so many more, I could knock up 50 no problem at all but I have a day to get on with.

For the REALLY good players, these aren't a problem - they can get on and beat you anyway.
I am guessing that all the good 4-5 star reviews are from really good players who run rings around the average guys like me. I don't care about losing to them, they are pros and will always beat me fair and square.

The rage comes from the marginal games, two average-decent players battling it out online. The outcome is totally at random.

The better of the players can have 20 shots on target at close range vs the opponent's 2.
Depending on how many of the defending bugs mentioned above occur, he (or she) could win 7-0, or lose 0-1. It is pot luck. And it is so wildly random, it's not weighted to the guy having 20 shots on target's favour game after game.

THAT is the infuriating thing my friends.
You could argue that this reflects real life, you are wrong - glance at the (partial) list again.
And upsets / totally undeserved victories are freak occurrences, not the norm with 50-50 odds every time.

Everyone loves football, and I want to play a football game in the evening. This one drives me to drink, it would challenge even a Zen Buddhist's mental state. In fact if you are a football lover & practicing Buddhism, thinking you've 'made it', try this game and see how far you've really got.

It is terrible game playing, and bad for the average player's mental health. Stick to 13.
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Initial post: 10 Mar 2014 15:29:27 GMT
Daymo says:
Yes I agree with this comment, Im an avid Fifa player for years. I was relegated again to 7 Division for the 2nd time, I just laughed this time, I was unbeaten in 5 and needed 2 points to stay up, I lost the first of the 2 games left 3-0 and then in the last one I went 2-0 up and I was cruising then your man scored 2 goals both shots hit off the post and dribbled to his free man (Suspicion of offside probably) to tap in and the last one the keeper saved and bounced kindly to him to tap it in. At 2-1 I hit the post and the ball went out to his man. At 2-2 I was fouled on the edge of the area and ref played advantage?????? What???? So I lost the ball and nothing was given later the ref showed him a yellow card. It was the first time that someone has comeback from 2 goals to beat me all against the run of play.

I try to convince myself that game not scripted that maybe these guys are just better and some cases they are but there is substantial evidence to suggest that it occurs especially in games where you are close to relegation/promotion. I wont mention the endless 90 minutes!!

Posted on 21 Mar 2014 17:26:52 GMT
Completely agree with every point you listened.

I wonder if EA just decided to make an awful game so there is always something they can improve.

Posted on 25 May 2015 11:38:29 BDT
Andy S. says:
I just want to say congratulations for such a funny review, made me laugh out loud several times through reading it XD I was thinking of updating from 13 to 14 as it's cheap (and 15, as the new ones always are, is a complete rip off) but this made me think again. It sounds like a complete nightmare!
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