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Next-Gen FIFA 14 is Pure Brilliance

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The folks over at EA Sports sure know what they are doing when it comes to soccer.  FIFA 14 for PlayStation 4 is, as the title suggests, a great game.  Why?

Well FIFA 14 on current gen systems was already great, a full step ahead of Konami’s Pro Evo series.  It was so good that Konami seems to be sitting out soccer on PS4 and Xbox One in 2014.

Now EA Sports takes an amazingly successful franchise to an entirely new level.  We’re talking a rave review here, a reason to buy one of those new fangled systems so that you don’t miss out on one of the best soccer games we have ever seen or played.

The PS4 version we reviewed was just amazing.  The graphics were better.  The players were smarter, acting more like their real-life counterparts. The Ignite gameplay engine was faster, providing for smoother movements and better animations. The gameplay environment (i.e. the stadiums, crowds, and sideline interactions) was much more authentic.  Simply put, it was a soccer fan’s (and a gamer’s) dream come true.

I guess the biggest concern has to be the availability of the actual systems.  It’s the holiday season and finding one of the new systems is going to be tricky to say the least.  Is it worth the hassle? The answer is yes if FIFA 14 is any indication of the systems’ long-term potential.

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There is no competition on the next-gen systems, but I have a feeling EA Sports and FIFA 14 would have won the battle anyways.  I admire their commitment to putting out great products regardless of the system.  The PS3 and Xbox360 versions were brilliant and so are their next-gen counterparts.  This is not a port, but rather a fresh take on a wonderful game.

Kudos to the FIFA team at EA Sports! A job well done once again.

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