FIFA 14 might not be out yet, but if the proposed changes are anything to go by, then the latest version of the famous game is shaping as one of the greatest yet.
Some of the proposed changes are more obvious than others, and some will be better received by gamers themselves. That's the case with any game and its updates, and it's especially true for a game like FIFA that has become one of the most iconic sports video games around the world.
Let's take a look at some of the biggest (and best) changes of FIFA 14.
Here are the proposed changes to teammate intelligence (per FIFA Play.com):
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.
I can't highlight just how good this will be for the game.
How often have you found yourself striding forward in the middle of the field and slid a perfect through-ball to release a player through on goal, only for the striker to have wandered offside. Anything that can be done to stop that from happening gets a huge tick in my book.
I also really like the defensive changes proposed here, and I think it will definitely help defenders cope against free-flowing attacks much better.
Again, anything that can be done to stop me having to change between six different players just to tackle Lionel Messi is a huge plus. I was seriously starting to get sick of marking him perfectly and calling for assistance—only for that assistance to fail like an offside striker in his tackling attempts.
Protect the Ball
Here are the proposed changes to ball protection (per FIFA Play.com):
Fans will be able to create rewarding build up to opportunities and 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 from the ball while dribbling at any speed, or out-muscle opponents for position before receiving the pass, then turn defenders to carve out opportunities.
Again, another big fan of this one—especially given the fact that you'll now be able to showcase whatever tricks you desire and not lose any momentum doing it.
How often do you pull off a perfect roulette or lane change, only to have the next step push a little long and cost you possession? Or how often do you try to fend off challengers from players, yet end up losing the ball at the slightest hint of contact from another defender?
All of that has been changed in FIFA 14, and for those of us who aren't the strongest dribblers in the game, this proposed feature gets a huge tick of approval.
Here are the proposed changes regarding shooting (per FIFA Play.com):
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. Well-hit balls feel more exhilarating and rewarding. 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 footballers.
When I first read this change, I was a little skeptical, but I've since been convinced as to how important this feature will be. Perhaps the best part, in my opinion, is the early shot feature, which will allow you to quickly get the shot away before an incoming defender can get in the way of it.
I also like this move because, as with everything, it's a closer step to realism.
No two power shots or finesse shots are the same, and thus the ability to hit a low-rising shot or a dipping shot is a much-needed change to the way teams attack.
I'm not thrilled for the skills this will now give Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when I meet them in the Champions League, but I'm comforted to some extent that my Manchester United lineup—where I'll be hoping to keep Wayne Rooney—will have the same attacking skills to play around with.
Now if only I could figure out the whole accuracy thing...
What changes to FIFA 14 are you most excited about?
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