Preview: 'FIFA 14'
FIFA 14 screenshot. (EA Sports / May 15, 2013)
Electronic Arts has unveiled new innovations for "FIFA 14" that will enable fans to experience the emotion of scoring great goals. EA Sports promises that the game will offer the complete matchday experience, introducing features that inspire fans to build play through midfield, dictate the tempo of a match and create rewarding opportunities. Great matches are achieved through measured build up and incredible finishing. A new feature in "FIFA 14" called Pure Shot along with a brand-new ball physics system will transform shooting, making every shot attempt feel real.
"'FIFA 14' will play the way great matches are contested, with build up through midfield, tension throughout the match as chances are created and incredible finishing," said executive producer David Rutter. "Opportunities will be rewarding, and great goals will look stunning."
Finishing has been transformed with Pure Shot so players have the intelligence to adjust their stride and approach angle to find the best position for hitting the back of the net. New shot types include pure strikes, as well as off-balance and rushed shots. Plus, Real Ball Physics now determines the trajectories of balls, enabling players to kick the ball with force from distance, drill low rising shots with accuracy and blast dipping or turbulent shots, just like real players.
Fans will have the tools to dictate the tempo of a match through four new features. Protect The Ball will enable players to fend-off and block defenders while dribbling at any speed, or out-muscle opponents for position before receiving the pass. Teammate Intelligence has been improved on both sides of the ball. New decision-making logic delivers tighter, smarter marking and improved run tracking where defenders recognize opportunities to provide support and win back possession, while attacking players have new ways to outsmart their opponents by creating space for themselves, running along the backline and checking their pace. Major changes to ball control add new tools to win the midfield battles. Sprint Dribble Turns enable players to turn in every direction at sprint speed while preserving momentum, delivering the control and confidence to take on defenders one-on-one. Variable Dribble Touches introduces variety on touches when sprinting. Skilled players will have better touch and more control when sprinting with the ball.
In addition to gameplay innovations, "FIFA 14" is introducing a game-changing new way to play Career Mode. The Global Scouting Network brings the world of professional scouting to life. Players now develop and refine a scouting network and search for talent year-round. Scouts can evaluate players all over the world to uncover the attributes and traits of every player in the game in preparation for the transfer windows. Plus, a new hub delivers easy navigation, fewer interruptions and live scouting reports.
"FIFA 14" will deliver engaging online features and live services that connect fans to the heartbeat of the sport -- and to each other -- through EA SPORTS Football Club, making "FIFA 14" soccer's social network, where fans connect, compete and share with millions of others around the world. The game will also feature:
-- Changes to the popular FIFA Ultimate Team
-- A new online mode that will encourage social competition
-- Multiple new features and benefits to EA SPORTS Football Club
-- Complete authenticity with more than 500 officially licensed clubs
"FIFA 14" is in development at EA Canada and will be available in stores worldwide this fall. Additional platforms will be revealed in the months ahead.
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