It’s about that time of year when we dust off our cleats, grab our soccer balls, and head out to play EA’s annual football simulation. No, I don’t mean Madden. I’m talking about FIFA 15, the latest in the extremely popular soccer franchise. Does FIFA 15 continue the franchise’s tradition of excellent games or is it a bump in what has been a rather smooth road?
FIFA 15 in unarguably the best looking game in the franchise. Players are fully realized, blades of grass make way for incoming objects, and even crowds look great. Some of my favorite matches occurred in the rain and man did they look beautiful. In addition, player’s animations are incredibly realistic. Slide tackles, headbutts, and bicycle kicks look like you’re watching them on TV. Kicking motions and goalie saves are also very well done.
As with every sports game, there’s plenty to do in FIFA 15. The training modes are fantastic and are a necessity to new players like myself. Like last year’s iteration, the loading screen before games is a tutorial for something. This is a really awesome way to learn and get you brushed up on your skills prior to the game. In addition to training modes, there’s ultimate team and on and offline career mode. FIFA 15’s Ultimate team is fun and time consuming as you’re constantly getting new players to add to your team. In addition to adding players, you also have to keep team chemistry high by placing the right players in the right location. If you’re into micromanagement then Ultimate Team is definitely the way to go. Connected career lets you be a team manager or an individual player, both which you can do online. There’s enough for everyone to do in FIFA 15.
The actual in game gameplay feels really good as well. Players respond immediately to the thumb stick and movement is crisp and responsive. Lob and ground passes require tons of precision and goes exactly where you point the thumb stick. Scoring still takes a while, but gives you an awesome feeling afterwards. A new cool addition to scoring is that you can celebrate now. After scoring, pressing buttons or moving the right thumb stick allows your character to do things like front flips or peace signs. This made scoring that much more fun as you can celebrate in game as well as out of it.
In conclusion, 2014 is another great year for the franchise as FIFA 15 is a great game. The graphics are excellent, gameplay is smooth and responsive, and there’s a plethora of different game modes. FIFA 15’s only drawback is that it is so similar to last year’s game. The graphics and gameplay are much improved, but the only new addition that I noticed was celebrations. Regardless, FIFA 15 is a great game that should be played by every sports fan.
Final Score: 8.5/10