FIFA 14 http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/fifa-14/all en-MY EA simulation predicts Germany will win World Cup http://www.stuff.tv/my/fifa-14/ea-simulation-predicts-germany-will-win-world-cup/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> While its World Cup 2010 prediction was spot on, don&#039;t place your bets just yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="EA simulation predicts Germany will win World Cup" alt="EA simulation predicts Germany will win World Cup" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fifa%20world%20cup%20stuff%2001.jpg?1402367165" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember when EA predicted (correctly) that Spain would lift the World Cup last 2010 in South Africa? Well it&#39;s fired up the crystal ball again with its 2014 FIFA World Cup engine and after simulating the tournament scenario, it looks as though Germany will beat the home team Brazil.</p> <p>EA&#39;s predictions? That the Germans win 2-1 and 35-year-old Miroslav Klose will score the winning goal. EA has a track record for this thing, having predicted eight out of the last 11 Super Bowl winners correctly.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EA&#039;s been wrong before though </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Still, don&#39;t be place your hard-earned money on huge bets right now. EA also predicted England would reach the World Cup semifinals in 2010 which we all knew wouldn&#39;t happen.</p> <p>Brazil won&#39;t count the World Cup as a total loss as EA also predicts Neymar Jr. will lead the tournament with six goals and earn himself a Golden Boot and possibly the Golden Ball award too. EA also predicts that&nbsp; Italy won&#39;t advance past the group stage, Mexico being the only CONCACAF side to reach the Round of 16, and Nigeria will make it all the way to the quarter-finals but will then lose to Portugal.</p> <p>Check out the results as predicted by FIFA 2014 below:</p> <p><strong>Final</strong></p> <ul> <li>Brazil 1 - 2 Germany (ET)</li> </ul> <p><strong>3rd Place Game</strong></p> <ul> <li>Portugal 1 - 3 Spain</li> </ul> <p><strong>Semi Finals</strong></p> <ul> <li>Brazil 1 - 0 Portugal</li> <li>Spain 0 - 0 Germany (Germany 5-4 pens)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Quarter Finals</strong></p> <ul> <li>Brazil 2 - 2 Uruguay (Brazil 4-3 pens)</li> <li>Portugal 4 - 3 Nigeria</li> <li>England 0 - 2 Spain</li> <li>Germany 2 - 1 Argentina</li> </ul> <p><strong>Round of 16</strong></p> <ul> <li>Brazil 3 - 1 Netherlands</li> <li>Ivory Coast 2 - 3 Uruguay</li> <li>France 0 - 1 Nigeria</li> <li>Portugal 2 - 0 Russia</li> <li>Spain 3 - 1 Mexico</li> <li>England 1 - 1 Colombia (England 4-3 pens)</li> <li>Argentina 2 - 0 Ecuador</li> <li>Belgium 1 - 2 Germany</li> </ul> <p>Fancy replicating the results for yourself? Then get the EA Sports 2014 World Cup Brazil (next-gen console exclusive). And while you&#39;re at it, check out <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/fifa-14/fifa-14-next-gen/review">our review of FIFA 14</a> or check out the details of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/it-s-round-it-bounces-it-s-called-brazuca-introducing-new-world-cup-football/feature">this year&#39;s World Cup ball</a> the Brazuca.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2014/06/05/ea-spoils-world-cup-tells-us-germanys-going-to-win-it/" target="_blank">Joystiq</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="EA simulation predicts Germany will win World Cup" alt="EA simulation predicts Germany will win World Cup" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa%20world%20cup%20germany.jpg?1402367165" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/fifa-14/ea-simulation-predicts-germany-will-win-world-cup/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/fifa-14/ea-simulation-predicts-germany-will-win-world-cup/news#comments FIFA 14 World Cup 2014 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 03:57:55 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1438675 at http://www.stuff.tv FIFA 14 (next-gen) http://www.stuff.tv/my/fifa-14/fifa-14-next-gen/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EA’s annual footy sim takes to the next-gen pitch – but is it a worthy upgrade or just the same old soccer with prettier pixels? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14 next-gen review" alt="FIFA 14 next-gen review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fifa14_xboxone_tottenham_mancity_inairplay.jpg?1386205381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Note: This is a review of the next-gen version of <em>FIFA 14</em> and how it differs to the Xbox 360/PS3 version. If you want to know how that compares to <em>FIFA 13</em>, read our Xbox 360/PS3 review <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ps3/fifa-14/review" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More lifelike player animations </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expanded range of passing </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Living, breathing crowds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Offline tournaments are no more </div> <div class="field-item even"> Enhanced physicality means games can get scrappy </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Channeling your inner Steven Gerrard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Start a game and the first thing you&rsquo;ll notice is the more lifelike crowd. That&rsquo;s thanks to a slightly lower camera angle bringing in more of the pitch&rsquo;s surroundings, but while you&rsquo;re cooing at the pixelated punters cheering you on, you&rsquo;ll spot an unmarked teammate on the far side of the pitch, something that often used to be difficult without taking your eyes off the ball and using the map at the bottom of the screen.</p> <p>Suddenly your inner Steven Gerrard will take over and you&rsquo;ll get the urge to ping a Hollywood pass to him &ndash; and that&rsquo;s when you&rsquo;ll notice the next thing. EA has drastically expanded the range of animations in the game, so your player&rsquo;s arm will come out for balance, he&rsquo;ll lean back and elegantly spray the ball towards your teammate. Play a through ball and it&rsquo;ll be swept purposefully forward. Pop a ball up and over a defender and it&rsquo;ll be scooped into the air with the toes. Each one is context specific, so the more you play the more you&rsquo;ll see.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14 next-gen review" alt="FIFA 14 next-gen review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa14_xboxone_etihad_livingworlds_crowd.jpg?1386205381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let&#039;s get physical </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;ll notice the difference when receiving the ball and maneuvering it on the pitch, too. Players now feel like real flesh and blood, with skeletons that move in a more lifelike fashion. Those extra animations improve the range of movement and add to the ways players can shift their bodies about in order to shield the ball or move it away from their marker. It means the whole game feels more precise, which gives you more confidence in your players&rsquo; abilities.</p> <p>It also makes the game feel more physical &ndash; and that&rsquo;s no coincidence. In previous <em>FIFA</em> games only two players could challenge for a header, a restriction that the Ignite engine has put an end to. Now corners and set pieces around the box lead to much more realistic aerial battles, with larger groups of players all going up to meet the same ball. Winning it effectively is all about timing and movement. Get it right with a suitably powerful player and you&rsquo;ll be hard to defend against. This added physicality is particularly noticeable in the goalkeepers, who now appear to battle gravity more convincingly than ever before and really give it their all.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14 next-gen review" alt="FIFA 14 next-gen review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa14_xboxone_psg_marseille_elitetechnique.jpg?1386205381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14 next-gen review" alt="FIFA 14 next-gen review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa14_xboxone_barcelona_realmadrid_inairplay_hd.jpg?1386205381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Next-gen spit and polish </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, the usual EA Sports sheen has been bumped up to take advantage of the extra power, most of which you&rsquo;ll only really spot in replays but it all helps to enhance the more authentic feel of the game. Shirt fabric moves as players run, crowds sometimes start to celebrate before the ball&rsquo;s even hit the back of the net and commentators revisit goals by showing replays as the match progresses.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14 next-gen review" alt="FIFA 14 next-gen review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa14_ps4_sansiro_livingworlds_crowd.jpg?1386205381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are still niggles. Defenders are often guilty of ball watching, particularly after it&rsquo;s hit the woodwork or been punched into the air by the &lsquo;keeper, plus the ball sometimes bobbles loose when it should be taken in a stride. There&rsquo;s still some duplication of animations once in a while, which bursts the bubble slightly, and an avalanche of furious one-star reviews online suggests many are annoyed by the lack of offline tournaments, but as a recreation of what happens when Saturday comes it&rsquo;s hard to fault.</p> <p>What you&#39;re left with is a game that feels more precise and gives you more freedom to express yourself on the pitch, making <em>FIFA 14</em> a more-than-worthy start to EA&rsquo;s next-gen football campaign. Without doubt this is the way FIFA is meant to be played.</p> <p>We like the next-gen version so much, in fact, it bumps <em>FIFA 14</em> a couple of places up in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 list of the best games in the world</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14 next-gen review" alt="FIFA 14 next-gen review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa14_ps4_dortmund_psg_inairplay.jpg?1386205381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might not be different enough to tempt casuals, but FIFA ultras shouldn&rsquo;t think twice about upgrading</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/fifa-14/fifa-14-next-gen/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/fifa-14/fifa-14-next-gen/review#comments Console games FIFA 14 PlayStation 4 Xbox One Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:05:01 +0000 Nigel Yap 1429766 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on with FIFA 14 for Xbox One: the next-gen Ignite engine catches fire http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/hands-fifa-14-xbox-one-next-gen-ignite-engine-catches-fire/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We spend an afternoon in the company of FIFA’s next-gen debut to find out how much difference a whole new console makes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14" alt="FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fifa-14-xbox-one-04.jpg?1382576786" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Football clubs don’t like change.</p> <p>Just look at Manchester United. After 20 seasons of regular silverware Manchester’s red side is struggling to cope with life after Fergie. In their desire to take their quest for realism above and beyond the call of duty, historically football games have suffered in a similar way.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ignite: Setting FIFA alight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After three hours with a nearly finished build of FIFA 14 for Xbox One, it’s clear that EA has coped with upheaval much better than Man Utd has under David Moyes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Most notable is the impact of the Ignite game engine, which will only feature in the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game. It’s substantially changed the way players move, with a seemingly endless collection of new animations that are more context specific and enhance the sense of realism already instilled throughout the current-gen version of the game. Players roll the ball short distances with their studs, use their chests to lay it off, or lean back to sweep long, diagonal passes across the field, balancing themselves with an outstretched arm.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14" alt="FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa-14-xbox-one-06.jpg?1382576786" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let&#039;s get physical </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It’s not just passing that the new moves cover. You’ll notice new ways of shooting, heading, crossing and controlling the ball, with the sense of physicality further enhanced thanks to the increase in processing power offered by the new consoles.</p> <p>In previous games only two players at once would ever challenge for an aerial ball but with four times as many calculations going through the physics engine, next-gen versions of FIFA 14 see whole groups of players all going up for the same cross or corner, making tussles in the penalty box increasingly fraught and lifelike. It means strength, anticipation and timing will be more important than ever (and hopefully cut down on those headed goals from corners that never feel like your fault).&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14" alt="FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa-14-xbox-one-05.jpg?1382576786" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stadiums rock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>FIFA is never going to be the most graphically challenging game for a console to deal with; there are no landscapes stretching off to the horizon (even the Nou Camp’s not that big) or particularly complex lighting effects to deal with. That’s not to say FIFA 14 doesn’t look great – player likenesses and crowds in particular have taken a leap forward – but what it will test is lifelike movement, realistic collision detection and accurate physics, all of which feel very much enhanced in this version of the game. It’s the kind of stuff that could be dismissed as window dressing, but for a game that strives to replicate what you see on the pitch every Saturday and give you more tools to do so, it makes a real difference to the feel of the game.</p> <p>This jump in detail also extends to the crowd, with home and away ends now distinctly separate, rather than the whole stadium being a big, mass of bodies. EA has also lowered the in-game camera to enhance the feeling of being inside the ground. We can’t say we really noticed but it didn’t affect our on-pitch performance, which is the main thing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14" alt="FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa-14-xbox-one-01.jpg?1382576786" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Match Flow </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You’ll also now see replays for more than just chances and fouls. Make an important tackle or pull off a neat trick to beat your man and the game’s virtual TV director will highlight it once the ball goes dead. &nbsp;As with all replays in FIFA they’re skippable but in our time playing it never felt like they were too frequent or annoying. The goalkeepers could still do with being a bit less like tin soldiers – using the post to knock mud off their boots before a goal kick, for example, or shouting at their teammates to get higher up the pitch – but that’s hardly a game changer.&nbsp;</p> <p>Something that could potentially affect the game is what EA calls Match Flow. Essentially it means the game doesn’t ‘cut’ when the ball goes out of play. If the defending team isn’t paying attention at a throw-in, for example, and the players fail to organise themselves it’s possible to catch them unawares and hit them on the break. It’s a counter-attacking tactic that’s only ever been sporadically available in previous games but should now come into play far more frequently.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14" alt="FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa-14-xbox-one-02.jpg?1382576786" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Arguably the best thing about next-gen FIFA 14 is that it feels like current-gen FIFA 14. There’s no adjustment to the learning curve or new skills to master, it’s the same game enhanced with an added layer of accuracy and detail. For some that might not be enough but if you’ve been holding off buying the 360 or PS3 version in anticipation of FIFA’s next-gen debut, you won’t be disappointed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 14" alt="FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa-14-xbox-one-03.jpg?1382576786" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/hands-fifa-14-xbox-one-next-gen-ignite-engine-catches-fire/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/electronic-arts/hands-fifa-14-xbox-one-next-gen-ignite-engine-catches-fire/feature#comments Console games Electronic Arts FIFA 14 Xbox One Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:48:06 +0000 Elissa Loi 1428300 at http://www.stuff.tv