EA FIFA World Cup Brazil offers few gameplay twists

EA FIFA World Cup Brazil offers few gameplay twists

Soccer is certainly chic at the moment. The MLS is gaining in popularity, global TV contracts are exposing the top leagues to every country around the world, even the New York Times just wrote a trend piece about how soccer has become the sport of the “thinking class.”

So with it being a World Cup year, expect to hear much more about the Beautiful Game as the world’s best meet in Brazil this summer.

And wouldn’t you know it, there’s a video game to go with it, FIFA World Cup Brazil (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) has been released from the football phenoms at the EA campus in Burnaby.

Now, let’s get this out of the way, if you’ve played FIFA 14, the standard seasonal game that comes out every year across all platforms, then just be accepting that this game doesn’t have all the sterling physics and artificial intelligence boosts that are offered in the Xbox One and Playstation 4 editions.

Expect some issues with FIFA World Cup Brazil when it comes to money moves or simple physics because the machine just isn’t as powerful.

However, the game is a blast, captures a real sense of grandeur fitting of the World Cup and also the joy and samba spirit of Brazil.

In fact, it seems a very “happy” game.

There are some new gameplay twists, new set play mechanics, over the back headers and new ball physics, but it’s quite similar gameplay to what you saw in the last version of FIFA.

There do seem to be more “screamers” where you can unleash a powerful shot from outside the box and see it end up as a goal. You no longer have to be in a clear one on one to score as it often seems with FIFA games, but you still will see a ton of shots blocked by pesky defenders.

I’d still like to see something in soccer games where you can add more skill to how you aim your shot, but if you’re familiar with FIFA games in the past, you should be fine here as the game obviously is pieced together by some brilliant footy minds as the setup and tactics are quite spot on.

There’s a wonderful training mode where you run players through drills and boost their skill sets, which can really deliver on its own even though its getting you ready for actual gameplay.

There are two main ways to play, Road to the FIFA World Cup and Captain Your Country.

Road to the Cup lets you take charge of any of the 203 accredited FIFA countries yes, including Canada and go through the qualifying process to get into the World Cup, then play the tournament itself.

Captain Your Country takes a similar path, but lets you start off as a “regular” player controlling just that person not the rest of the team and through qualification try to make enough of an impact to be selected as your country’s captain for the World Cup. It’s pretty much the same as the Be a Player mode we’ve seen before, but still a load of fun.

There’s also a Story of Qualifying, which lets you play out more than 60 historical scenarios.

Of course, there’s also online play that groups you with players of similar ability and lets you battle it out in groups and leagues.

What’s right: More goals, great attacking gameplay, wonderful atmosphere, so many great teams and countries to play with including Canada.

What’s wrong: Some dumb defending from the AI.

Numb Thumb: Graphics B; Gameplay A; Value A; Control B. Overall a B+ on the Numb Thumb.

News and notes

Sony is planning a big software update “soon” and it’s going to be one of those that takes a while to install.

They’re reportedly adding something called SHAREfactory that lets you use your PS4 as a video editor to customize and share your game clips.

There will also be increased capability to share on social sites, and to download onto a USB stick.

And Sony is instituting the ability to download games from the store before they’re released. So, you can download the file, but you won’t be able to play until the release date, but, regardless, the game will be ready to go the instant the release hits.

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