2014 Fifa Brazil World Cup (Xbox 360 ) | Zombiegamer Review

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In Short

2014 Fifa Brazil World Cup is the best technical offering the series has seen on Xbox 360 and PS3. It is also the prettiest and the “most game” in the series on the previous consoles. I do however suspect it should be a short-lived affair, and if you play Fifa 14 on PS4 or Xbox One, it is arguably a waste of time.

Developer: EA Sports
Publisher: EA
Reviewed on: Xbox 360
Also available on: Playstation 3
If we had to give it a numerical score: 7.0/10

What I loved

  • Stunning presentation
  • Gets you in the mood for the real thing

Not so much

  • Next-gen Fifa 14 trumps
  • Sould die online after WC

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In my summary, I said that if you play Fifa 14 on the next-gen consoles, then this edition of Fifa is “arguably a waste of time.” I say arguably, because some might just want to play through the world’s greatest sporting tournament, just for the joy of the experience. And for these people, the stunning authentic presentation of the Brazil World Cup Fifa game will undoubtedly please. EA Sports went all out with the presentation of it all, and it is such a feast on the eyes and the game’s technical ability packs some clout.

For me however, at the end of the day I don’t really care if I’m playing with countries or teams, and if the presentation is so gorgeous. I want the best technical offering the series has to offer – and that would be Fifa 14 on next-gen. The IGNITE engine just delivers that little bit more on next-gen, and for someone who plays Fifa 14 daily, that “little bit” means a whole lot more. That’s not to say that 2014 Fifa Brazil World Cup is not impressive technically, far from it, and definitely the best technical offering on the older consoles, it’s just that Fifa 14 is just that much better on next-gen.

2014 Fifa Brazil World Cup is a stunning-looking and sounding package, making me want to book my flight to Brazil. It is also by far the most extensive “special edition” package from Fifa, offering the complete World Cup experience. The gameplay is as immersing and addictive as any sports series out there, so technically impressive and sound, making it a no-brainer for Xbox 360 and PS3 users. Next-gen console owners however might want to give it a good go before deciding if it will be enough.

EA Sports tweaked the technical abilities for the World Cup Brazil to, so in fact, it would be the only soccer game I would play on the 360 if I were limited to that platform. A few notable tweaks for me that really stood out, was firstly the ‘Explosive Movement’. This alone makes WCB the best technical offering from the series on the previous consoles. Players can pull off great new “sudden movements” like cutting in on the wing from a long run for example. This was something that was lagging before, making for quick direction changes for example, a little inopportune.

Then there’s the Pinpoint Passing, resulting in me actually passing the ball with the lob now, as opposed to just passing on the ground, something that I found necessary to be accurate with the previous games in the series. And the animations with passing are just brilliant! So natural-looking. There are no awkward-looking animations when you pass to someone who might not have been in the most “correct” position to receive the ball from a pass. The receiving player will receive the ball in the most natural way. This works both ways too, to emphasize realism, if the player couldn’t “turn” enough or wasn’t naturally in a position to receive the pass, it ends up as a failed pass. This is really pleasing for us fans looking for that true simulation experience. The passing mechanics as whole are really pushing on the realistic feel, making for truly lifelike-looking gameplay.

As for the extensive offerings, which even include two sets of post or pre-match commentators, includes the entire WC experience. There the Quick Matches, both on and offline, then the Tournament Mode and the complete Tournament with the qualifying matches. Players can choose from 203 national teams, and either customises the tables or plays through the authentic tables and even match dates. The online gets a worthy ‘Road to Rio’ mode where players face ten games at each the hosting cities’ venues. You need to successfully acquire enough points to secure your progress to the next city. The stadiums were stunningly recreated and the proven point system (w-3, d-1, l-0) make this mode a delight.

The complete experience is even more bountiful offline. The ‘Road to the FIFA World Cup’ lets players assume the role of one or more teams, playing all the matches along the qualifying road to the World Cup Final tournament. So if you play the authentic way, your nation will fit into their specific groups along the qualifying rounds. Another complete and unique experience is the ‘Captain Your Country’ mode, which makes a return. So if you want to be at the helm of your nation’s fate, you can either create your own player or play as an existing player. The kicker here is that you will need to work to keep the armband. Players get ranked or measured on their performances and need to stay above a certain rank or loose the band.

Despite this being a special edition so to speak, World Cup Brazil is definitely and extensive offering. There is more than enough substance and choice in the modes on offer. I would love the Road to Rio online offering for a longer period of time, if the game could withstand an online following after the cup. For me this is the pick of the bunch with World Cup Brazil.

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Closing Comments

I wanted to love the game longer than a week. It was also great that EA released it a couple of months before the World Cup, to give us a good run at the online side of things. But the South Africa WC game showed me that online matches become scarce only weeks after the tournament concludes. And I will probably want to pick it up again during the World Cup, but for now I’ll trade the appeal of playing as my favourite nation for playing as my favourite team, in the technically more impressive PS4 version of Fifa 14.

Zombiegamer Rating:

Nom-Nom

 

 

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