It seems like the biggest soccer video game in the world is Electronic Arts’ FIFA franchise.
Everyone, from the most casual sports games fans to the most ardent followers of the sport, make it a habit to play the newest iteration every year. With all the new current-gen consoles out, EA made an effort to truly present a quality release with FIFA 15. The reviews have finally been made public and now it’s time to see if this annual sequel is worth trading in your last edition for.
Here are the top 5 reviews for FIFA 15!
IGN – 8.3/10
IGN thought the game was great in their review. They were in love with the game’s gorgeous visuals, in-game atmosphere and custom team sheets. They did have a few issues with the camera cutaways during play and the sometimes iffy teammate A.I.:
FIFA 15 remains one of the most impressively comprehensive sport simulations around, and on new-gen hardware it really is the beautiful game. But while some of FIFA 15’s refinements are worthwhile – and a tangible improvement on FIFA 14 – its flaws stand out all the more. In some ways it’s a step forward, in others a step back – and with Konami’s PES seemingly in resurgent form, EA Sports can’t afford to take its eye off the ball.
GameSpot – 8/10
GameSpot gave the game a pretty good score as well. They were fans of the game goalkeeper animations, new focus on attacking plays, the new Ultimate Team “loaning” mechanics and more. They weren’t too pleased with the game’s weird commentary, though:
Once the final whistle is blown, that’s what FIFA 15 does best: it makes you feel like a star. Goalkeepers may appear more skillful, but spectacular goals are frequent enough to make you believe that you’re incredible at defeating them. Tactical options have just the right amount of depth to allow you to change the course of a game and call yourself a genius for doing so, but not so much that you’re at risk of confusing yourself. Ultimate Team still requires you to grind (or pay real cash) to put together a top team, but loaning in great players lets you perform magic instantly.
Eurogamer – 7/10
Eurogamer gave FIFA 15 a solid score. They did love the game’s great visual presentation and tighter field play. But they had some issues with the game’s someone erratic player crossing mechanics:
Relearning FIFA each year has become part of its appeal. The mystery is whether or not this is something deliberate on EA’s part, or whether, and I think this is much more likely, their developers are stuck in a holding pattern, balancing and rebalancing between pace and technique each year, responding to community complaints and pressure to deliver annual products of sufficient variance. If I had to put money on it, I’d say that FIFA 16, like FIFA 14, will blunt pacy players and then tell us it’s an improvement. But nothing is being improved if there’s no clear end point in sight.
GamesRadar – 4.5/5
GamesRadar’s review also gave the game a pretty high score. They noted that this version of the FIFA series plays a lot faster and tighter than last year’s iteration, plus they were fans of the brilliant TV-style presentation. However, they noted that the lack of meaningful new features was one of the game’s main problems:
“Feel the game” is the advertising slogan this year. At first it sounds like another meaningless phrase spun by marketing men, but the more you play FIFA 15 the more it makes sense. The new stadiums, the remodeled players, the live news feeds, the ultra-slow replays of crunching tackles – FIFA 15 feels more like football than ever.
The Guardian – 5/5
The Guardian’s review of FIFA 15 noted that the game is flawless. They applauded the game’s awesoem visuals, little gameplay wrinkles, live TV presentation during games and so much more:
If this is your first Fifa game on the new gen consoles then you will be blown away by all the little details that together contribute to an overall experience not too dissimilar to watching football on live television. If you owned Fifa 14 on Xbox One or PS3, Fifa 15 is still a significant upgrade, though maybe not the revolutionary product that it was built up to be. It’s a baby step rather than a leap towards perfection. Fifa 15 is still not entirely flawless, but then who cares when it’s already the new best football simulation ever?