Christmas may be one month away, but gamers all around the world are about to get their presents early with the arrival of FIFA 14 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
EA Canada's much anticipated footballing simulation is set to make its step up to the next-generation on Nov. 22 alongside the European Xbox One launch, although North American gamers can already enjoy the title on Sony's console.
As we journey toward kick off, let's take a look at the opinion of those who have spent a significant period of time with the game. Does FIFA 14 on the new consoles trump the current version? Here's the verdict of those who know best.
FIFA 14 Next-Gen Review Roundup
As written by Daniel Krupa of IGN:
FIFA 14 isn’t a leap into the future of the series; it has a lot in common with the version of FIFA 14 that's already out.
There are real flashes of potential, though, and hints at where it may go in the future – the sheer variety of animation, cognisant players, more palpable atmosphere – but what FIFA 14 on next-gen consoles does right now is add an impressive visual layer to an already brilliant sports game. Score: 9.1/10
As written by Matthew Kato of GameInformer:
FIFA 14 for the next-gen continues the good work done by the current-gen iteration when it comes to synching up players' footwork during shots to produce varied and realistic results.
Despite these noticeable touches, there are enough problematic gameplay holdovers from the Xbox 360 FIFA that these additions don't move the needle enough. Score: 8.75/10
As written by Ben Wilson of the Official PlayStation Magazine UK:
It’s critical to state that this is still the FIFA you’ve known and loved for a number of years.
It’s as comfortable a transition from PS3 as you could have wished for, and within seconds you know you can never go back. Score: 9/10
Final News Before Release
Xbox One FIFA 14 Special Edition Console Confirmed
Amazon.co.uk has confirmed the launch of a special edition console for Dec. 13, although stock is in short supply, as reported by James Orry of VideoGamer.com.
This will set you back £449.99 and includes a 500GB Xbox One Console, Kinect, wireless controller, headset and HDMI cable. Of course, a downloadable copy of FIFA 14 is also thrown in.
While this is exactly the same bundle as an Xbox One Day One Edition, it will cost you a further £20.
FUT14 Legends Available Now
Xbox One and Xbox 360 Ultimate Team users can now find legends throughout the game. These are available in packs and are sure to set you back a hefty sum. EA Sports' official account tweeted the news:
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