FIFA 14: Real Ball Physics Explained with Robert Lewandowski and Isaac Newton

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 30:  Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund shoots past Raphael Varane of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 30, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Prise yourself away from Grand Theft Auto V for one moment: Robert Lewandowski and Sir Isaac Newton have a FIFA 14-themed message for you.

Sick of punching strangers in the face? You’ll be glad to hear EA Sports’ upcoming football title prioritises physicality of a different kind. As the much-anticipated game gears up for its North American release on Sept. 24 and European debut on Sept. 27, EA Canada has released a trailer detailing "Real Ball Physics."

In one of the company’s more inventive videos, the two-minute section stars Lewandowski punting balls towards goal while a ghosty Newton whimsically describes the laws of motion that have been applied.

Okay, it’s not particularly scientific stuff, but it does present the opportunity to highlight what you can expect from this year's action.

Take a look at the new trailer below:

 How do Real Ball Physics and Pure Shot affect FIFA 14?

A couple of months after FIFA 13 arrived, many players would have mastered the art of scoring long-range goals with a simple press of the shoot button. Trajectory in last year’s game allowed the ball to follow a perfect line—whether you were under pressure or not—ensuring an array of identical goals littered each match.

Scoring so many stunning goals significantly lowered the satisfaction of netting a memorable blast. In FIFA 14, EA want you to work diligently for that feeling of ecstasy.

Having spent significant time with FIFA 14’s final code, it’s safe to say "Pure Shot" mechanics do an excellent job of making each strike feel unique.

As with the rest of the game, physical intimidation is an important technique when trying to force the opposition off balance or out of their stride. Hurrying in to close down a player who is about to unleash a shot may alter the route their effort takes, ensuring it is never a good idea to give up pressuring those in possession.

Choosing the correct technique for each situation is now something players should consciously consider. Curling a finessed shot around an onrushing defender can help catch goalkeepers out of position, while drilling a knuckleball through a crowded area can cause havoc to stoppers who aim to track the dome’s flight.

WARSAW, POLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Poland's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring  during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier between Poland and Montenegro at the National Stadium on September 06, 2013 in Warsaw, Poland.  (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty I
Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images

Upon first firing up the game, it’s likely players will notice an increased sense of difficulty when executing each shot type. Much like adjusting to FIFA 14’s passing system—which provides players with increased control and greater options when keeping possession—utilising the Pure Shot mechanics to your advantage is something that should be learned from the outset.

Failure to do so will end up in previously simple chances going to waste. Whether you're heading towards a one-on-one situation against the goalkeeper or look set to line up a piledriver from outside the box, you must take into account the rival No. 1's positioning and momentum. Easily looping the ball over his torso and into the top corner no longer guarantees success.

Every year, FIFA forces players into learning new methods. General play has become comfortable across the last few iterations, but with FIFA 14, the basics are being retaught. With little over a week until the game is available worldwide, Lewandowski and Newton's fun overshadows an area of the game that will separate average players from the great.


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