FIFA 14 review: The best in sports games gets better

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
  • Overall: 8.8
  • Installation and Setup: 10.0
  • Features and Support: 9.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 10.0
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The Good FIFA 14 improves on the previous version, with excellent graphics, even more content, and improved skill move controls.

The Bad You can only use swipe controls in certain situations. You need to pay to unlock the extra game modes for each of your devices.

The Bottom Line This is easily the best sports game on mobile devices, bringing realistic soccer to your touch screen and a ton of content and game modes to explore.

CNET Editors' Choice Sep '13

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FIFA 14 (iOS|Android) is this year's upgrade to what I think is the best sports game on iOS devices, and this latest version does not disappoint. Now with even more licensed teams, more leagues, more players, and refined controls, this game just seems to keep getting better.

Having played many of the previous versions of the franchise on consoles and all of the various soccer games on mobile, the FIFA franchise continues to be the best soccer game on iOS, adding even more content than last year's installment, with 600 fully licensed teams to play, over 16,000 players, 33 leagues, and 34 different stadiums. You can play as your favorite teams, pass to your favorite players with realistic attributes, and use an improved skill move system to get free and go for the goal.

Better than the last and freemium?
There are more and more games switching over to a freemium model, and as I pointed out in my Where's My Water 2 review , it's often not a good thing. When a game prevents you from playing with wait times, it takes away from the whole experience and can make the game almost unplayable. Fortunately, FIFA (and EA) didn't go in this direction.

This is the first time that a FIFA game has gone free to play, letting you play online matchmaking, penalty shootouts, and Ultimate Team mode to your heart's content if you don't want to pay. But where there are definitely freemium models that annoy and let you pay to be the best, with FIFA 14, the pay wall is pretty straightforward. You can either play the three game modes for free or pay $4.99 to unlock Tournaments, Manager Mode, and Kick Off, the single-game exhibition mode. FIFA 13 (last year's version) is currently $6.99, so I definitely recommend paying the $4.99 for the full experience of FIFA 14. There is one catch, however. While the app is iOS universal, you'll need to spend $4.99 for each of your devices. So if you pay to unlock the game modes on your iPad, you'll still need to pay again to unlock them on your iPhone, which is pretty annoying.

FIFA 14
Like its predecessor, FIFA 14 has excellent graphics and animations. Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

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FIFA 14 (Android)

Part Number: com.ea.game.fifa14_na

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  • Compatibility Android