You’re probably wondering “how will he do this? How does he know what we can expect?”. Well, it’s simple. EA invited me to try the Fifa 14 Career Mode Beta, so I know quite a lot about the feature. In this post I will be telling you what to expect, how the scouting system works and much more. I will even tell you what improvements have been made with the gameplay. Has Fifa 14 got what it takes to be a title contender? Or will it be fighting to stay in the league? Lets find out.
So, to start off, you will see the typical Career Mode menu where you select if you want to be a manager, or a player and once all that is sorted out, you are good to go. Now this is where things get a little different. The Career Mode HUD has changed dramatically. You will be taken to the ‘Office’ menu, where you will read the Emails your chairman, Scouts ETC have sent you. You will receive the normal “Here are your objectives” Emails along with a couple of new Emails explaining how to use the scouts. Setting up the scouting system is a must in Fifa 14, so I shall explain how to use it effectively during the Transfer Window.
So you have chosen your team and now you want to sign new talent during the transfer period but unlike Fifa 13, you can’t just search for a player and put in a whopping 50 million for someone. Well you could but you could be losing out dramatically. EA have introduced a very complicated, yet amazing system this year. As you start your career as a manager you will be assigned between 2 – 6 scouts. Like last year, you will assign them to scout a certain country for some talent. Only this time, it’s not for a youth system, it’s for everything from first team players to up-and-coming talent. So, how do we get the players we are after? Well if you would like a Left Winger, you would assign your scout to take a trip to a certain country. Now this is where the new system comes into action. You now need to set your scout some instructions so he knows what exactly he is looking for. Your scout instructions are based on:
You would obviously tell him to bring in a Left Winger who was between *insert age* and *insert age*. For the best value you would tell him to find a player who only has 0 – 2 years left on his contract. Now, for the attributes. You have a list of 15 attributes (in the beta) and they are the most important part of this system. For a left winger you would want something like:
- Attack Minded
- First Team Quality
When you have done all of this, your scout will go out to the country you have chosen and come back from time to time with players who he thinks can fit that role. If you like any of the players he brings back, you can ask him to scout them further. This isn’t the end of the scouting. You still can try to sign this player but you won’t know his price or his overall. The scout will need between 8 and 20+ days to scout this player fully depending on how good your scout is. This does take up most of the time in the transfer window, so make sure you have more than one scout on duty. Especially if you want to sign more than one player.
So with the new feature out of the way, we have the familiar feel back with the rest of Career Mode. You can do pretty much the same things as you could do on Fifa 13. So, not much of a change from EA this year in Career Mode. One of the biggest changes is the gameplay. This has changed dramatically since Fifa 13. Fifa 13 was a very fast paced, easy to score football game, whereas Fifa 14 is still quite pacey, it feels like you have to do more to score. For example: on Fifa 13 you could hold LB/L1 whilst passing, meaning the player who passed the ball would sprint through. This led to easy goalscoring.
On Fifa 14 you can try the same thing but more players will close you down and a man will always follow the runner. It sometimes works but it is more difficult to pull off this time around.
On Fifa 14 you have to build up to scoring, just like in a real football match. I think that this is a brilliant new style of play that EA have introduced in Fifa 14.
Other differences in this years title is how the players move and position themselves. Your defenders will actually have back if they are under pressure, unlike last year where they would stop on the halfway line whilst watching the ball float over their tiny heads wondering what was going on. This is one of the improvements that everyone had been hoping for this year. So, another good deed done. The attacking has been altered as well as the defending. Players will now make runs off the ball, regardless if you tell them to or not. This can be very effective whilst attacking the opposition.
The last thing I’m going to be talking about is how EA have introduced the new ball physics. We’re all very used to the ball flying straight over the bar when we drive a shot from 40 yards out on Fifa, but this has now changed. With the new physics anything can happen in Fifa 14. Remember when you took that wonder strike with Cristiano Ronaldo only to see the ball float aimlessly into Row Z? Well, on Fifa 14 you won’t have that problem (most of the time). For example: I was Southampton and I had brought in James McCarthy from Wigan. I was open and I was around 35-40 yards from goal. I hit the ball, it went quite high and with me being used to Fifa, I thought it would just continue to rise. Oh how I was wrong. The ball dipped and curled straight over the keepers head, which made a wonderful moment. I was sat down, wide eyed with my mouth open. This shocked me to a point that I thought it couldn’t be real. You could score amazing goals in the past and it would feel good. This time, it feels amazing.
So all in all, Fifa 14 (Career Mode) is looking very promising this year. Yes, it hasn’t improved dramatically since Fifa 13 but what stands out here is the gameplay. The way the game feels is very good. Well, we haven’t got long until the game is released, so I hope to see you all on the pitch at some point. Get practising those CR7/Bale free kicks and you will be feeling like a pro in no time!