FIFA 14: Review Roundup, Confirmed Team and Stadium Selections

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2013

Image courtesy of EA Sports.
Image courtesy of EA Sports.

The FIFA 14 reviews are in.

With the game's North American debut landing on Sept. 24, EA Sports' latest installment has received a thorough going-over from the gaming press. Although European players have to wait until Sept. 27 to get their hands (or should that be feet?) on the title, there's nothing quite like dissecting every review score to within an inch of obsession.

Let's take a look at the opinions of those who have spent prolonged time with the finished code. Alongside this, you can check out EA Canada's recently released list of teams and stadiums included within the game.

Did Rangers make it into FIFA 14? Read on below.


FIFA 14 Review Roundup

A full conglomeration of FIFA 14 review scores can be found on Metacritic for Xbox 360 players right here and PlayStation 3 users right here. With scores continuing to pop up online across the next few days, here's a number of summarizing quotes from the major outlets.

As written by Ben Griffin of CVG:

FIFA 14 is such a ludicrously comprehensive sports game, where any one mode could easily see you through to next season. Those small and clumsy steps it takes backwards, courtesy of Precision Movement, do little to spoil the party. It may be slightly slower and a little worn out in the legs, but FIFA 14 is still king. Score: 9/10

As written by Tom Bramwell of Eurogamer:

You could argue that FIFA 14 shows EA Sports is running out of ideas, then, but for me this is a developer that knows exactly what it's doing. Neither the football match engine nor Ultimate Team were broken in any major way, and the placebo effect of a suite of control and balance tweaks, along with its increasingly snug ties to the drama of real-life football, will be enough to carry its ever-growing audience of players through the next season. Score: 8/10

As written by Daniel Krupa of IGN:

This year’s changes are smaller, more subtle, but they bring out the very best in in FIFA, which is already a fantastic experience. This time around it's more attacking, more polished, and will keep you coming back throughout the season. Score: 9/10

As written by Liam Martin of Digital Spy:

FIFA 14 is far from a revolutionary release, and it's arguably inferior to the much improved PES 2014 in terms of pure footballing gameplay.

That said, FIFA 14 is the most complete virtual footballing experience available today. Whether in single or multiplayer, there's enough to keep fans busy well into the new football season and beyond. Score: 5/5


Full Team Roster Announced

EASPORTSFIFA finally revealed the full FIFA 14 team roster on Twitter. Although a handful of disappointing absentees remain, a number of surprise inclusions pick up the slack.


Missing Teams

Those looking to play as international teams such as Nigeria and Japan will have to look elsewhere this season. Many users opted to download custom-built versions of these squads for the PC last year, but they do not share the same fully licensed setup as the rest of the roster.

EA Canada has still overlooked the use of many European teams, so you won't be able to utilize the likes of Viktoria Plzen, Metalist Kharkiv or FC Dnipro, a real shame for Ultimate Team users. Hopefully any licensing issues can be sorted out for the next game.


Included Teams

Thankfully, the developer managed to license Shakhtar Donetsk this year, along with the Donbass Arena and all the club's newly acquired players.

Alongside this, Rangers fans will be over the moon to see their club is back in the game. After falling through the tiers of Scottish football, Ally McCoist's men are now included in the "Rest of the World" section.

For a full list of included teams, head over to EA Sports' official website right here.

Image courtesy of EA Sports.
Image courtesy of EA Sports.


Full Stadium List Revealed

As ever, a plethora of real and fictional stadiums make their way into FIFA 14. This year's new additions include the aforementioned Donbass Arena, Goodison Park and the return of the Camp Nou.

Of course, if you want to keep plugging away at Ivy Lane, you can do so. Check out the full list of included stadiums, as revealed by EA Sports, below:


Are you picking up FIFA 14 this year? If so, be sure to check out an array of Ultimate Team articles here. Also, feel free to discuss the game in the comments section below and directly with me on Twitter: