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New FIFA 14 Trailer Shows Off Next-Gen Footage

Rory Bettany

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Standing over the release of FIFA 14 on the current generation of gaming consoles, EA has always had it planned to bring ’14 to next gen consoles, being released later this year. But while people have questioned EA’s morality, whether the current-gen versions had less time spent on them, or whether the next-gen versions were going to be absolutely no different, we can at least confirm that the latter of the three is utter hogwash. With the reveal of the new FIFA 14 gameplay trailer, EA have shown off all the things big and small which make the next generation of FIFA the one you want.

Watching the trailer above, you could be forgiven for saying “it looks almost exactly the same as my Xbox 360 version, what exactly did they change?” After all, these ‘gameplay trailers’ don’t really do a good job of showing off what the actual gameplay changes are. Other than the most noticeable difference, the crowd, its hard to see if they’ve done anything at all. But then I refer you to words taken from EA’s website, describing just how much extra wallop they packed in on the Xbox One and the PS4.

  • “More than 1,000 new animations which create hundreds of new skills and behaviors. New touch passes, slices and lobs have been added, along with behaviors like off-balance shots, panic turns, missed shot reactions and more.”
  • “For the first time ever in the FIFA series, multiple players can compete for balls in the air.  Not only will there be situations where three or four players can all vie for ball, but each will also have greater control with a variety of new headers. Players will be able to adjust the power, angle and direction of the header as they contest for the ball. “

3 players challenging for an aerial ball, something never done before in a FIFA game.

  • “Players make decisions four times faster than on previous consoles. Decision-making is now based on multiple frames per second, resulting in players that are more aware of their surroundings and react accordingly.”
  • “Players will actually interact with sideline characters throughout the match, rushing towards ball boys if the clock is winding down late in the match.”
  • “Players will have unique step animations instead of blended run cycles, which means that every step counts. Foot slides have been eliminated and players will use true bio-mechanics to shift their weight from one leg to the other as they run.”
  • “The crowds come to life with 3D crowd technology that completely changes the atmosphere of a match and makes every stadium feel alive.”

People in the crowd actually look like people, with a variety of clothes, and all those little people down by the pitch too.

  • “The all-new In-Game Director will make each game of FIFA 14 on next-gen consoles feel like a match from the real world. Over 120 different broadcast cameras are positioned around the pitch, each following different players to build storylines and provide stunning new replay angles. You’ll even be able to trigger a replay of a previous important moment during any stoppage of play.”
  • “Larger stadiums in FIFA 14 will also feature stadium exteriors and broadcast-inspired stadium fly-overs to add more depth to the match-day experience.”
  • “New cloth technology ensures player kits look and react to movement just as they do in the real world. Particles of grass and dirt, and even splashes of water will be visible during matches.”

Before you play there, you get to see the Nou Camp in all its glory, giving you a bit of perspective on where you actually are.

Some of these details may seem a little bit unnecessary. I mean, when you’re zoomed out to play the game from a wide angle, you aren’t really going to take notice of a little splash of water on a players shorts. But all of these little things combine to make FIFA 14 on next-gen consoles feel more alive and more realistic. No more of these cardboard cutout looking people hanging around the edge of the pitch, no more of these crowds where they can’t even zoom in and show them because they’re so ridiculously pixelated and ugly. The next generation of FIFA starts this November, and my God its beautiful.

Nerdbite Editor and Duke of Nerdiness. I spend far too much time watching TV, and when I do step away from the remote its only to read comic books, play video games and talk about football.

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