EA Canada have released a much-anticipated update to fix a host of minor problems plaguing FIFA 14 players.
As tweeted by the official Twitter of EA SPORTS FIFA, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC players can download the patch right now:
What Does the Update Fix?
As reported by community manager Rob Hudson on EA's official forums, this update aims to iron out a number of wide-reaching frustrations that have irritated players since the game's worldwide launch.
Finesse Shots, Through Balls and Headers
Amongst the most vital changes is EA's decision to rebalance the game's finesse shots, through balls and headers.
Utilising each technique has become increasingly easy during the transition from last year's title, and as many players headed towards the online arena, there had been repetitive occurrences that killed the flow of each match.
Finesse shots have always been an excellent way of curling shots towards the top corner, but in FIFA 14, added power continues to provide goalkeepers with little chance of saving the ball.
This style of side-footed shot is intended to prioritise accuracy, rewarding players who manage to find a yard of space and an angle around the box. Before the patch, many gamers benefitted from launching a finesse shot from increased distances, resulting in goals of immense accuracy and unstoppable force.
Through balls followed a similar route before the update, providing anyone with a fast-paced and immensely accurate route to goal. Considering FIFA 14 makes players work to keep hold of possession via normal passes, easily executed through balls give the game a ping-pong feel that would make the world's top tennis stars feel at home.
Attacking headers have also been toned down after being ousted as a particularly simple way of scoring. FIFA 14's emphasis on physicality is welcome, but after extended play, it appears those who possess excellent heading statistics hold a major advantage when moving towards goal.
Your ability to switch defenders when going up against crosses has also been tweaked as EA aim to completely level out the game.
Some users have experienced freezing problems during matches, per Hudson's report.
These have predominantly happened when making substitutions or checking any of FIFA 14's leaderboard functions. While this part of the update doesn't alter gameplay, it should allow affected users to perform these simple tasks without the fear of losing their progress.
Aside from the aforementioned tweaks, EA have corrected crowd sections at Signal Iduna Park and made improvements to the game's dynamic camera.
Stephan El Shaarawy fans will be pleased to see the 20-year-old's skill rating has also been upgraded, as Hudson details:
We've responded to the community and upgraded FIFA 14 cover star Stephan El Shaarawy to 4* Skills in Online Seasons, Head to Head, and Career Mode using EA SPORTS Football Club Match Day.
Since the FIFA 14 Ultimate Team ratings and database are separate from the Match Day Update, he will be assessed and potentially upgraded in FUT at a later date.
Be sure to let us know how the update alters your experience of FIFA 14 and, as ever, check back for plenty of coverage surrounding EA's game.