FIFA 14: Extended Gameplay Preview Shows EA Sports' Confidence in Product

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 28, 2013

Image from EA Sports
Image from EA Sports

A developer and publisher has to feel immensely confident with its product to allow a 37-minute preview of gameplay a month before its release. Such is the case for EA Sports FIFA 14.

This extended preview of the game (37:50, to be exact) was published from Gamescom in Germany on Tuesday. Rarely will you ever see this much of a game on display so far away from official release.

FIFA 14 releases on Sept. 24 and with the gameplay shown in the video above, world football fans/gamers have every reason to be excited. 

If you haven't realized it yet, this year's crop of sports games for Xbox 360 and PS3 aren't going to feature massive graphic improvements. We're just over three months away from the release of next-generation consoles.

The current-gen systems have likely been maxed out in regards to visual capabilities. Instead, we're seeing developers concentrate on delivering a boatload of options and tweaking gameplay.

FIFA has long been the benchmark in realism on the virtual pitch. The graphics have gotten increasingly better and the screenshots we've seen early on seem to be staying consistent. The extended gameplay session shows off three different matchups.

Two of the matches show gamers playing with FC Barcelona and cover athlete Lionel Messi. Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are also featured. Even though the hosts of the broadcast can be heard over much of the video and in sequences that don't feature gameplay, the game's commentary itself shines through in this preview as well.

Without making a monumental jump graphically, developers have still managed to enhance the details and presentation to create a better looking game.

The reactions from players and the referees are more distinct. The action is fluid and details such as the presentation of club logos have been enhanced. 


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