EA Sports has brought the controversial free-to-play game model to the world’s biggest soccer franchise in FIFA 14 for iOS, which is now available to download from the App Store — three days before the big console release.
The title boasts a whole heap of improvements, including a new and intuitive control system, online multiplayer, a game of the week feature, and the hugely popular FIFA Ultimate Team mode.
EA has been quickly bringing the “freemium” model to all of its mobile titles recently, so it’s no surprise to see that FIFA 14 is free-to-play. What is pretty surprising is that you can actually have a lot of fun with the game without spending a single penny.
Many of the game modes, including Ultimate Team, online friendlies and seasons, and game of the week, can be played for free. If you’re happy to upgrade, you can also access manager mode, tournaments, and kick off, which lets you play quick, offline friendly games.
As always, FIFA 14 features real players from real teams, and real leagues, including the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, and the German Bundesliga. It also features 34 authentic stadiums, and commentary in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
The commentaries aren’t part of the game’s initial download, however — you’ll get music to play to instead. So if you want to hear commentary, you’ll need to download the language you want manually from within the game’s audio settings. Ensure you have plenty of storage space available for FIFA 14 — you’ll need 1.1GB just to download the game itself.
FIFA 14 also comes with a new control system, which does away with traditional buttons and lets you control the entire game with gestures. You can tap on player to pass to them, drag your finger across the display to control them, and swipe to shoot. This takes a lot of getting used to. I actually switched back to the traditional control system after just one game.
If you love FIFA, you’ll surely love FIFA 14 for iOS — particularly as it’s free. You can have lots of fun with it without purchasing in-app upgrades, and it’ll certainly give you your FIFA fix until the console version comes out on September 27.
Source: App Store