Sponsored Video + Three Reasons Why 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Kicks Grass
Happy World Cup everyone! Are you ready for a month of football passion, heartbreak, and glory? Lord knows I am. The pundits have my beloved Yanks going winless in three, facing the likes of Germany, Portugal, and Ghana it's the easy call. But hey, "I believe that we will win... I believe that we will win!"
Regardless of who you follow, 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil for the PS3 and Xbox 360 is essential gaming material that keeps the tourney going 24/7... my wife's going to love that ;) Have a gander at the UK sizzle trailer below as well as three big reasons why this World Cup-specific update is worthwhile.
Refined Set Pieces
Over the years, the FIFA franchise has been notoriously weak when it comes to set pieces. Mechanics have steadily improved, but the interaction between the offense and defense has never been spot on. In fact, other than on corners, players have always relied on their direct freekick taking ability rather than curling balls into the box for others to head or volley. Naturally, this has been a big point of consternation for both fans and the game developers at EA Canada. In 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, using the D-pad, you can take direct control of players and make runs to either the near or far post, hang back at the top of the box, or set a screen in front of the keeper. On defense, your team will man-up and track the runners, mark the posts, and use the new "over-the-back headers" mechanic to out jump attackers and clear the ball from danger.
What's a FIFA World Cup sim without hyper-realistic penalty kicks?EA SPORTS recognized this and has lavished special attention onto the cruelest deadlock decider in sports. In 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, kick-takers have more control to send the goalie the wrong way and fine-tune their placement. Likewise, shot-stoppers can use "Goalkeeper Antics" to psyche out shooters. If a penalty is saved, look out for the rebound; offensive players not only line up at the top-of-the-18, but they actively anticipate such a blocked shot.
We love the Bernabéu, Stamford Bridge, and the Estádio da Luz, but the FIFA World Cup won't be played in those iconic club confines. In 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, all 12 official soccer stadiums are replicated to their exact specifications. Best of all, these arenas are actually 100% finished... a pity the same can't be said for a few of the venues in Brazil.
Cutting his gaming teeth at Aladdin's Castle and on the Commodore 64, JC entered into video game journalism in 2008. Helping run GameDynamo as its director is both a dream and a rewarding challenge.
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