My enthusiasm for the 2014 World Cup reached new heights with me downloading and playing the FIFA 14 demo on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. I think I put in a total of 4 hours into that demo. The only reason why I’m not playing it more at the moment is because the short matches are frustrating me.
I kept playing it because I was curious. There’s a surprising amount of depth in FIFA and it’s not as easy to pick up and play as I thought it would be. There’s more finesse and care required than with the other sports games that I’ve played in the past. I couldn’t just pick up and play which is a bit of a problem in my books.
I was still impressed with what I played though. FIFA 14 does an admirable job mimicking real life soccer. It doesn’t look as off as NFL or NBA. It’s up there with EA’s NHL games which isn’t surprising considering they’re both developed by EA Canada.
With FIFA 15 just around the corner, it doesn’t make much sense for me to invest in last year’s game. Plus, it’s the first release for the new generation of consoles (I think it should look substantially better). Paying $69.99 is a high price though, so I won’t be there on day one without some kind of sale.
So does this mean that I’m a fan of soccer? I’ll try to catch some European soccer when I can. Maybe I’ll give MLS a try too? Who knows? This might be a temporary thing and it will all fizzle out after the final World Cup match.
I’m still making my way through Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD. I’m still not a fan of the segmentation but hey, it does give me natural stopping points.
I’ve also been playing Battlefield 4 multiplayer and enjoying the fun times with GAF folks.