FIFA 15 review round up

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FIFA 15 is out in the US today, and sees a European release later this week. IS EA’s latest version of the annual football sim a winner or should it be in the bench. I don’t know sport terminology, so ignore me. Here’s what critics who do know a thing or two have to say.

Videogamer – 7/10

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FIFA 15 has gameplay problems, but it can also play some sublime football. However, single-player’s continued stagnation leaves a sour taste in the mouth. If goalkeepers can be addressed, EA will remain the football king. Right now, FIFA’s at risk of being clawed back in the title race.

The SixthAxis – 9/10

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FIFA 15 is not quite the great leap forward that many would have hoped for but it’s a bigger jump than it initially appears to be. The changes, although infuriating to begin with as they make you re-learn elements of your game, ultimately make for a more realistic game of football. There’s more nuance, more fidelity in the tactical systems and there’s greater movements from the players on the pitch. In a series that is synonymous with incremental improvements, FIFA 15 manages to feel like more of an evolutionary leap.

Gamespot – 8/10

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Once the final whistle is blown, that’s what FIFA 15 does best: it makes you feel like a star. Goalkeepers may appear more skilful, but spectacular goals are frequent enough to make you believe that you’re incredible at defeating them.

IGN – 8.3

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FIFA 15 remains one of the most impressively comprehensive sport simulations around, and on new-gen hardware it really is the beautiful game. But while some of FIFA 15’s refinements are worthwhile – and a tangible improvement on FIFA 14 – its flaws stand out all the more. In some ways it’s a step forward, in others a step back – and with Konami’s PES seemingly in resurgent form, EA Sports can’t afford to take its eye off the ball.

Eurogamer – 7/10

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Relearning FIFA each year has become part of its appeal. The mystery is whether or not this is something deliberate on EA’s part, or whether, and I think this is much more likely, their developers are stuck in a holding pattern, balancing and rebalancing between pace and technique each year, responding to community complaints and pressure to deliver annual products of sufficient variance. If I had to put money on it, I’d say that FIFA 16, like FIFA 14, will blunt pacy players and then tell us it’s an improvement. But nothing is being improved if there’s no clear end point in sight.

That, perhaps, is FIFA’s defining contradiction. EA can quite fairly claim to have again delivered the best football game ever made. But every year the developers seem to have less of an idea what that means.

Reaction seems pretty mixed – but FIFA is one of those review-proof games that will sell like hotcakes every year. It seems though that PES is possibly set to be the better game this year.

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Last Updated: September 23, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Anon A Mouse

    Is that Liverpool scoring against City or am I just feverishly optimistic? Looks like I can wait another year before upgrading from 11 or 12. Can’t remember which one I have.

    • FoxOneZA

      And you can wait another year, 24 and counting, until LFC wins the Premiere league.

      • Anon A Mouse

        Let’s be honest here, it isn’t going to happen in the next 5 years unless, City and Chelsea implodes or we also get a country to buy Liverpool, but as a fan it’s always nice to dream. Besides we’re still better that Man U at the moment.

  • Hammersteyn

    Same game, same score

  • Spaffy

    I’ve never played a fifa after ’98(?)
    Played one, played them all, No?

    Though I must say that beating Leicester City F.C. gave Manchester United is something I only though would happen on a game lol

    • Anon A Mouse

      I’m sure that’s an actual unlockable achievement in FIFA 15.

  • CAE9872

    FIFA 14 was good – so not sure if upgrade is warranted. And it worries when reviewers start saying “the death of the single player.” I don’t want to play multiplayer ALL the damn time.

    What I did find interesting though – the higher scores are from American sites, lower from predominantly European sites…facsinating!

  • Mabenito

    Reviews don’t count when it comes to EA FIFA. This is a cult, and I’m one of the followers.

    • Hammersteyn

      Agreed

    • Ceyber, Hans

      Very true. One thing I wouldn’t mind seeing is PES & FIFA properly back in the ring, trading blows for best ‘socsim’, much like yesteryear.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    So… I don’t have to upgrade my Fifa 2010 yet?

    • Jonah Cash

      ………………………………… bla bla bla bla bla…………………… 2010 was atrocious……………… bla bla bla bla……………

  • Natural State Music

    Thinking about getting this one…keep asking myself why though.

  • Jonah Cash

    I will wait for the first patch to fix whatever is broken!! So maybe middle to late October!!

  • CodeName Tailgunner

    “So what are we going to do this year, Brain?”

    “Same thing we do every year, Pinky”

  • TeroPai

    FIFA is good, but they often make such minor changes that paying R700 every year for the latest Xbox copy of FIFA is just not worth it. Don’t think I will be picking this one up anytime soon

  • MakeItLegal

    mmm , i really dig the demo , hvet bought fifa since 12 or 11 ? but picking this up for the boys and bong session we will be throwing on sundays

    i wonder what people mean by saying death of the single player ? i hope it has a manger mode

  • Treezle

    Can EA just attach debit orders to our bank accounts already? Die hard FIFA players like myself don’t care for reviews. We will end up buying it. We are only concerned about how quickly we can get FIFA on launch day.

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