FIFA 14 revealed: new features and images inside

By Dave Cook
17 April 2013 12:34 GMT

FIFA 14 has been revealed for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 by EA Sports, along with a long list of new and returning features, as well as debut images. VG247’s Dave Cook recaps.

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We knew FIFA 14 was due to be announced today for some time, but we had to bite our lips and stay quiet until now. EA Sports teased today’s reveal with a promo shot of Messi’s back this morning. Check it out if you haven’t seen it already.

We’ve also got the first gallery of FIFA 14 screens here for your viewing pleasure. They show off the game’s career mode menus, slide tackles, shots, ball control and much more.

Dribbling has also been bolstered with new ‘First Touch Control’ options that changes up your player’s ability to control the ball depending on their pace. Players with better stats will have improved control overall, while less-experienced players will suffer slightly, so choosing your best roster and passing wisely will be crucial.

Tackling has also been improved, with a wider tackling zone meaning you can now string together a variety of ‘Second Chance’ tackles, should your first attempt to nab the ball fails. You can also recover from missed tackles much faster depending on how you react.

If you’d rather hoof the ball past defenders rather than take them on one-on-one, you can now apply a greater degree of curl when passing or shooting, letting you slip the ball into spaces much more effectively.

Does this already make your head hurt at the possibilities? Not to worry as FIFA 14’s ‘Skill Games’ have also been enhanced to make sure you know how all of this works in practice. There will be a new roster of mini-games geared towards honing your skills, regardless of what level of experience you hold.

Once confident you can take to the game’s new career mode which now includes a new Global Scouting Network, putting you in the shoes of a professional scouter. You can develop contacts, appraise any of the game’s 15,000 licensed footballers based on their skills and manage transfers more effectively thanks to a new, clutter-free career hub.

That’s your lot for now. What do you think of the above? Does FIFA 14 sound like it might clear up any of your gripes with the previous game? What else would you like to see announced? Let us know below.

FIFA 14 will release on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime in 2013.

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