FIFA 14: New Ignite Engine Key to Series' Success on Next-Gen Consoles

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMay 21, 2013

Image from 'FIFA 14,' via EA Sports' Ignite trailer.
Image from 'FIFA 14,' via EA Sports' Ignite trailer.

The FIFA series and many other sports video game franchises needed a next-gen console. EA Sports' new physics and animation engine has me excited to play every sport on the next level of gaming.

As good as games like FIFA 13, NBA 2K13 (2K Sports), MLB 13 the Show (Sony San Diego) and WWE 13 (Yukes and 2K Sports) are, each respective developer may have pushed the Xbox 360 and PS3 to their respective limits.

With Tuesday's unveiling of the Xbox One and with Sony's PS4 due to be revealed later this year, the new video game consoles will likely pack the punch each series needs to move to the next level.

As far as FIFA is concerned, the new EA Sports next-generation trailer shows us a few glimpses of what gaming on the Xbox One will look like. The new gaming engine for EA Sports' lineup is called "Ignite."

Take a look at the trailer:

Obviously, the first thing that jumps out at you with each game is the amazing graphics and detail. Here are a few screenshots of Lionel Messi from the trailer:

Visually, this is a cut above what we've seen from games in the past, especially if these aren't just cinema sequences or intros.

Though I'm as turned on by visual excellence in a sports video game as anyone, the enhancements that will really stick with gamers are based in gameplay and realism.

Those two aspects can best be addressed through new animations and physics. Hopefully, that is where the Ignite engine comes in.

It is hard to get a grasp on what impact the engine will have on FIFA and other games in EA Sports' lineup yet, but things look promising so far.

The way the ball bounds off Messi's body in the trailer is noteworthy. Ideally, no touch should be neglected in a world where the ball-to-man physics are perfect.

If this aspect of the game is mastered, the possibilities and fun could be limitless.

Gamers will wait for other features to be added to the career and online modes. As long as the core gameplay supplies us with something that truly feels next-gen, FIFA 14 will be successful as the future of virtual football.


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