A sports game in the blog? Yup folks, a sports game. I have played soccer games since I was a little boy when I played them on the Amiga 500, games and names I can’t even recall but I loved nonetheless, and it was always fun to enjoy them with my father.
Fifa 14 is a game that despite loving to play it, made me mad. With next gen right around the corner they decided to give PC players the “old” version, the one present in the PS3 and the XBOX 360. Why would they do such a thing I do not know, maybe the next gen version won’t be as good or maybe because they’re just dumb; I didn’t forget what Fifa was on the PC up until the 2011 version (where they ported the 2010 console version with updated rosters), it was nothing more than the 2004 iteration of the game with slightly enhanced visuals… An insult to the franchise’s fanbase is all those games were up until 2011.
This year, EA Sports presents us with yet another entry in the famous soccer franchise, do I like it? Definitely. Then why am I complaining? Because the game is, at its core, the same as last year. I am aware that when you make one game per year in one franchise you can’t take the time to do something special and end up with a game that is essentially the same with a few tweaks and minor quirks… This is far from ideal and is destroying the Industry bit by bit. Sports games have been doing this since the dawn of videogames but I’m going beyond that and looking at games like, you know it, Assassin’s creed and Call of Duty. Always the same with little to no innovation…
But if there is one thing I love is that Fifa is so much fun when you play it online, its utterly different to play against human opponents than the AI, I find myself wanting to try the career mode as a coach but the Seasons online mode is so much more compelling… Its way more simple than the single player career but there isn’t anything more rewarding than besting real opponents online by knowing what you’re doing.
When all is said and done, it saddens me to see the Gaming Industry going this route and although Fifa is a great game, it lacks any sort of innovation and ends up giving players the same experience as Fifa 13, with only a few new animations and a smoother experience overall. It surely isn’t enough and players should speak out against this plague in the videogame world. If you want to make sports game each year, don’t, make them biennial and in the year you won’t release a new entry just make a roster update and sell it as DLC for half the price! You would end up making less money in that year but you would have 2 years per game to work on new things and explore new possibilities… And we all know Electronic Arts has the financial structure to support something along these lines.