Electronic Arts, makers of some of the biggest video game franchises in the world, have released the latest version of their popular football (soccer) series, FIFA 14. This is the first title in the FIFA series be released as a free download on both Android and iOS.
Walking in the path of other games that have gone free-to-play, FIFA 14 follows the emerging “freemium” model, where in-app purchases drive its economy. The default game lets you play matches, while upgrading unlocks three extra modes: Manager, Tournament, and Kick Off!
Unlike other football games for the armchair pro, this one is officially licensed from the world authority governing the sport, which means you get real player names and real team names. FIFA 14 features 33 international leagues, over 600 teams and more than 16,000 players, from the English Premier League to the La Liga. You can create your own team by buying and trading players, complete with playing style, formations and kits. It also supports commentary in five languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
FIFA 14 comes with new ‘Touch Flow’ controls, optimized for mobiles and tablets, where you can hold and drag a spot to move a player, tap to pass and swipe to shoot.
The Football Club Match Day lets you play matches along with real-world fixtures, which virtually replicates real events like injuries, suspensions and change in team form.
Packing all these features with cutting-edge graphics in has resulted in the game being 1.35GB in size. It’s playable on devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and upwards.