Have you ever dreamed of scoring goals like Lionel Messi? Or managing your country to a World Cup victory? The FIFA 14 App for iOS and Android devices puts you in the game like never before with more intuitive controls, faster gameplay, and the chance to compete online against your friends.
FIFA 14 by EA Sports is a realistic soccer simulation that recreates the movement, strategy, and individualism of the sport. The FIFA franchise has been a favorite of children since the first edition was released in 1993. The latest installment builds upon its successful format while introducing exciting new features. Kids can now select their favorite clubs from over 30 international leagues. They can also create their own ‘Ultimate Team’ from a database of 16,000 players or play as one of the national teams currently competing in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The game is more authentic than ever. From haircuts to running styles, the game focuses on the attributes of each individual player. Children will especially enjoy the unique goal celebrations (including back-flips) of soccer’s superstars. The national squads also wear official team jerseys and play with the Brazuca ball featured in World Cup matches. The graphics are impressive for a mobile platform. Before kickoffs, the camera pans over the legendary stadiums of England, Spain, and Italy. Colorful announcers and crowd noise also bring the matches to life. During the tournament games, every shot draws a reaction from the supporters and makes it seem like a true European Champions League final.
Younger children will benefit from the tutorials that teach basic game controls. Gamers have the option to try shooting, passing, and dribbling in practice mode before matches. They can also simulate penalty shootouts to prepare for the decisive showdowns in competitive tournaments. The swipe motion for controls is more intuitive than traditional buttons and presents a moderate learning curve to new players.
Parents should be aware of the updates in FIFA 14. The game is free to download for iOS and Android platforms. Players can organize online matches and create their ‘Ultimate Team’ from the home screen. However, gamers can only access advanced features such as tournaments and Manager Mode by paying $4.99 through an in-app purchase. Parents should also recognize that the game is heavy on advertising. Club jerseys feature corporate sponsors and players wear the latest Nike or Adidas cleats. But in comparison with other popular video games on the market, FIFA 14 is quite tame.
In the midst of World Cup season, children will no doubt enjoy the latest edition in the FIFA franchise. The vivid graphics and player attributes make the gaming experience more authentic. The improved controls also challenge kids to use teamwork and creativity to score goals. Hopefully, the app will not only entertain children but also inspire them to go outdoors and play the beautiful game themselves.