December 7, 2012, 12:00

2013 Most Anticipated – #25 FIFA 14

By David Howard, Editor-in-Chief

Editor’s Note: It’s that time of year again. We’ve chosen our twenty-five most anticipated games of 2013 from an extensive list of confirmed and almost certain releases for next year. Having each voted for the games on the list and then processing the results through a methodical algorithm we’re here to bring you the results. We’ll take a look at what we know about each game, plus the reasons the team voted for each title, with an article every day until the end of the year – when we’ll reveal our most anticipated game of 2013.

FIFA 13 is without doubt the best football title to hit the market. Now I understand that this is subjective, after all, I know many that vastly prefer this year’s Pro Evolution Soccer over EA’s mammoth franchise. However, the humongous sales and critical acclaim leveled at the sports title are of the highest order – with our very own review labelling it as a “smart and well executed improvement upon a utterly terrific football title allowing for a greater variety of gameplay”. With all factors are considered it’s clear that this year’s FIFA is utterly superb.

2013 Most Anticipated – #25 FIFA 14

Gameplay has never been better, Career Mode is superb and the wealth and quality of the surrounding modes is fantastic. Yet being the best does not mean that things are perfect; there are still areas that can still be improved when FIFA 14 arrived next September. Now although next year’s FIFA has not been ‘officially’ announced, the likelihood of EA deciding to call it a day on the annual franchise now are as unlikely as my professional football career kicking off.

2013 Most Anticipated – #25 FIFA 14

“FIFA is one of those games that will always have a place on my shelf,” admitted Ryan. “FIFA 13 improved upon 2011′s entry in many ways and that’s become a regular objective for EA Sports, striving to make it the most accurate representation of football in gaming. We say every year that FIFA can’t get better yet it does, so I don’t see why next year should be any different.”

The series had a revolution change via FIFA 12 and this year’s edition was a subtle but powerful evolution upon that. A similar thing again is expected again next year, with tweaks and changes complimented by wanted improvements and advancements that we didn’t even know we wanted. Allowing the creation of profiles for players within the game (primarily for local play) to record stats and controller setups; advancements to stadium influences; further integration from previous FIFA’s; improved flexibility over training your Pro and perhaps a wider reaching story for him – i.e. life off the pitch, are all aspects I’d like to see implemented.

Who knows, FIFA 14 may even be the first next-gen FIFA and with the likelihood of immensely more powerful processing power available, it could be a very exciting release indeed. Nevertheless, the install-base for the series has never been bigger and it’s a game that many spend ample amounts of time with throughout the year – something that few games can boast.

“FIFA is now part of the staple diet for most gamers and FIFA 13 just proves how far a game can go to take over your life,” agreed Will. “FIFA 14 will be more of the same, but obviously better in a few ways. Each year the game gets revamped and updated and I expect that 14 will change a lot if it becomes a next-gen game. There are so many little additions that would make an already amazing game even better, and I will definitely be looking forward to its release.”

2013 Most Anticipated – #25 FIFA 14

This year’s FIFA was even a big enough of a deal for resident football-apatheticist Dave. “FIFA 13 sparked an unusual reaction for me,” he said. “I got so intrigued to see if the game lived up to the hype that I felt compelled to try out the demo. Now this is a big deal for me as the last football game I played was FIFA ’95 for the Sega Mega Drive; so as you can probably tell, I’m not into sports simulations that much.

“What I found was a mere taster of the things to come and I was actually engrossed for a time with pitting Manchester City against Arsenal multiple times. Sadly I didn’t pursue the game itself as I couldn’t justify spending the full RRP on something I only had a fleeting interest in though. However, if they add a host of new, more arcade-like features into the mix, my interest will certainly be front and center.”