FIFA 14 will be packed with the normal treasure chest of options gamers have come to expect from the series (Ultimate Team, Career Mode, etc), but it is clear gameplay enhancements are the featured attraction for this year's game.
The first trailer for the game focuses on the new physics and control changes that are designed to bring a higher level of realism to the virtual pitch. Take a look at it here, courtesy of EA Sports Football on YouTube:
Here are a few of the highlights from the video.
Pure Shot and Real Ball Physics
At the 1:10 mark, the trailer focuses on the Real Ball Physics enhancement. Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale, Milan's Mario Balotelli and others dribble the ball and fire shots to display the physics improvement. Tracers are placed on the grass to show how realistic the ball bounces.
If you watch the flight of the ball, you'll notice how authentic this aspect of the game could be. The trajectories are shown via on-screen arc (only in trailer, not in the real gameplay), this is the impact of the new Pure Shot feature.
It's funny, I thought the ball physics were nearly impeccable in FIFA 13, but as I watched this trailer and referred back to replays from my FIFA 13 action, you can see subtle, yet important differences.
The extra attention to detail will go a long way in maximizing authenticity.
Protect the Ball
For me, the most impacting change in gameplay comes in the new ways players are able to protect the ball. Securing the sphere is perhaps my biggest issue in the game, so it is great to see new wrinkles added to aid me in my dilemma.
At the 0:25 mark, the trailer shows virtual stars like Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo exhibiting a few of the new keep-away tactics.
Skilled players may not have had issues with this in FIFA 13 or previous versions, but including this as a resource should help the more novice players like myself.
Every sport is a game of inches world football is no different. At the 0:36 mark of the video, the best sequences of the video begin.
The near misses and finger-tip saves from goalkeepers are what makes running your plays back in slow motion so exciting.
The ground tracers reappear to show how each step on the pitch can be the difference between success and failure. FC Barcelona star and FIFA 14 cover athlete Lionel Messi is in this segment and he helps to highlight how the quick twitch movements can impact situations during the gaming experience.
FIFA fans should be excited about this trailer as the focus for improvement is clearly in the right place.
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