It’s a rather confusing time for us true football fans around the end of the season. It can be a happy time looking back but bitter sweet in that it is over. The leagues and cups have all ended and we are cast into an odd 3 months of waiting and unbearable transfer rumours. As a Manchester United fan this period is specifically difficult for me because, as I’m sure you all know, my team had a rather disappointing season. The most disappointing season, in fact, since before I even swam from my father’s testicles. Luckily however, this is not just an ordinary year. It is a World Cup year and as such I am immensely excited. The fact that the last time the event happened it was hosted within our very own borders creates a unique affiliation to the competition and casts an ever nostalgic eye into 2010. As a result of this nostalgia I rushed out to buy the FIFA 2010 World Cup game (on PS3) in an attempt to forever remember this once in a lifetime spectacle. The question is though, do I go ahead and do that again?
EA Sports have a good thing going here in that every season they release a new and slightly improved version of their FIFA series and hordes of fans, not unlike me, go out and spend a hard earned penny on something that can earn the same amount of satisfaction as the previous year’s release. It is only in the longer term that gamers can really start to appreciate how far the franchise has come, not only in terms of gameplay but also in terms realism. Then every four years EA cash in again on the World Cup version of their game and a decision needs to be made by the slaves of football whether it is worth that extra had earned penny.
The World Cup this year is in Brazil and as such the first thing you will notice about the new FIFA is the Samba style menus and music. The game only has international teams to choose from but the array of nations is massive and beyond those that have actually qualified for the World Cup. It is thus possible, in my favourite game mode, to pick a team and start your road on the way to the World Cup. This mode is very inclusive and involves a full cycle of practice and qualifying matches until you reach (hopefully) the World Cup finals themselves. A nice thing then for us Bafana Bafana fans as we can reinvent the real team’s style of play and attempt to do what Bafana couldn’t do; qualify for the World Cup. It’s also possible to play the World Cup, with or without warm up games, as it will be played in Brazil. In other words, the groups consist of exactly the same teams as they do in real life.
As a player it is possible to choose a number of teams and play with different squads throughout the competition which is always fun. I chose my favourites for the trophy, being Spain and Germany, and went on to win it with “ze” Germans after my Spaniards let me down against Colombia of all teams. In between games you are given the opportunity to train a player of your choice. This is done by completing a chosen task or drill, such activity which is usually available while the game loads before the start of a match. These drills involve different type of passing, shooting, tackling and dribbling which are found in the regular FIFA 14 (with a few additions).
Gameplay is similar to FIFA 14 but can be rather clumsy for some odd reason. I often got frustrated with players standing and staring at the ball before deciding to react and the occasional glitches which required me to reset my console. Commentary is its usual generic self and can be infuriating when the statements made are not accurate or have nothing to do with the actual action in the match. This is especially infuriating when the commentators question your ability whether you are 3-0 up or 0-3 down. I did, however, love the ‘talk show hosts’ who chat about the World Cup during periods before and after the matches. There are two choices of talk show teams and after having tried both I was impressed by the facts and knowledge given to the gamer regarding the World Cup and its history.
Online FIFA is always a winner and it’s a great idea to play people from other countries with the team you represent, although it may make it a lot harder for South Africans to win.
I did enjoy the game but personally, I cannot justify spending that penny rather than waiting a few months for FIFA 15. EA make their money on the novelty of the World Cup and the fact that the competition captivates so many people. By being patient and waiting for FIFA 15 it will be possible to play with both club and international teams and all the fun extras like creating your own team and transfer windows. I’d advise that you wait and rather enjoy the World Cup by watching it and remembering it for the spectacle that it is. FIFA 15 is just around the corner and I cannot wait. This was my warm up.
Fifa World Cup Rating: 7/10
Check out the Fifa World Cup website: World Cup