2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: Release Date, New Features and Video Game Preview

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 03:  A general view of Brazuca and the FIFA World Cup Trophy at the Maracana before the adidas Brazuca launch at Parque Lage on December 3, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazuca is the Official Match Ball for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil. Tonight adidas revealed brazuca to the world in the stunning setting of Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. The reveal was part of a spectacular light projection supported by global footballers Seedorf, Hernane and FIFA World Cup Winner Cafu. Hundreds of guests and celebrities were treated to this one off experience, which launched the Official FIFA World Cup Ball for Brazil 2014. For more information visit: news.adidas.com/worldcupOMB  (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images for adidas)
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The biggest sporting event in the world can now be brought to your home thanks to the best World Cup video game ever produced. With 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, fans will be able to get the full experience of the international event under their control.

There have been World Cup video games since the 1986 event in Mexico, but many had been disappointments for various reasons. However, the latest version should live up to the success of the FIFA franchise, which has engaged the entire world for years.   

Of course, the latest game will have some disappointed fans due to the fact that it will not be available on the next-generation consoles of PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Lead producer Matt Prior explained this decision to Edgar Alvarez of Engadget:

We don't have limitless resources. We wanted to bring the game to as many people as possible and right now that was the 360 and PS3. [...]

Emerging markets were important to making this decision. We wanted to create the best game we could that could reach as many people as possible.

While this will upset those already playing on these advanced systems, it ensures that more people can enjoy the upcoming game. This makes a lot of sense with a worldwide market to attract.

Fortunately, the game itself is worth getting excited about. It will be released in North America on April 15 (April 17 in Europe) with tons of anticipation from around the world. Here is a look at everything you need to know about the latest thing to come out of EA Sports.


New Features

Road to the World Cup

Like the other versions, you will be able to play in the World Cup finals to try to either predict what will happen or complete your own adventure. All 12 of the stadiums will be available to attempt to recreate an accurate portrayal of this summer's event.

This mode alone should get everyone excited for the real thing set to take place in Brazil.

However, every fan knows that the final round is only a small part of the actual tournament. In reality, teams have to qualify in matches for more than a year before earning the honor of being one of the final 32 squads available.

In this year's version, you can compete as any of the 203 teams in qualifying and work your way to earn a ticket to Brazil. This gives you an extended experience similar to a season-long game in any other sport.

If you want to help a small country qualify for its first World Cup, you have that ability to challenge yourself.

On the other hand, you can simply adjust the final version of 2014 World Cup to include a favorite team. Maybe you want to add Gareth Bale with Wales into the event, or Bob Bradley's Egypt. You have the power to do whatever you want to make the game as exciting as possible.


Multiple Online Modes

It is no longer enough to just play against the computer, especially when you get to the point when you are winning 10-0 every time out. This is why there are multiple ways to compete against the rest of the world online.

For the two months before the first kick, you can compete in an online tournament that replicates the World Cup. By the time the first match is played, you will know every single scenario possible.

However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is also a "Story of Finals" mode that allows gamers to follow up real-life events just an hour after they happen. You can either recreate the events that actually took place or attempt to change history with your own wins.

This activity allows fans to keep up with the action while keeping the game relevant long after the summer is over.

Finally, people will be able to compete online in a "Road to Rio de Janeiro" mode that features a ladder system to get to the top. Gamers will have to win at all 12 venues to advance or move backwards in an ever-challenging competition that gets tougher as you go.

These modes ensure long hours of gameplay from the first time you purchase until well after the 2014 World Cup is over.


Improved Gameplay

Every video game should be an improvement on the one before it, and this one is no different. Danny O'Dwyer of GameSpot details some of the additions:

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil will feature an updated version of the Impact Engine used in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of FIFA 14. Improvements to dribbling, increased accuracy in passing and a more forgiving fist-touch mechanic are among improvements to the on-pitch action detailed to GameSpot by producer Matthew Prior. 

Besides these improvements, fans will also notice a deeper ability to control set pieces and penalties, something that has been lacking in previous FIFA games. You can now direct teammates where to go, making it more realistic and easier to score.

Meanwhile, things will not be too easy for you as the intensity of the moment is brought to life. The penalty kicks will be complete with taunting from the goalkeepers, fan shots and more.

Adding in the presentation adjustments that includes crowd views watching at home, this becomes the most realistic video game in this sport's history.



Many fans are usually skeptical about these games as being just a cash grab for companies. Obviously, people are excited about the World Cup and they will buy anything to remind them of this.

However, this latest version legitimately lives up to expectations from a gameplay standpoint. The presentation is as good as ever and you will have enough modes to entertain yourself even after the World Cup is complete.    

The biggest downside remains the fact that it is unavailable on the next-gen consoles. As a result, many fans already playing these games will stay away on principle and find something else to keep them occupied.

Despite this group, the remaining fans around the world should be able to enjoy what is a fantastic game.


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