I am a big fan of soccer (or football for anyone not in the US). I have been playing the game for the better part of my life. In my years of soccer and playing video game, I have played a soccer game or 3. A lot of the games are pretty decent. Part of hard parts of taking a game mobile are the graphics and the controls. FIFA 14 does a good job with both.
FIFA 14 is a free download and lets some of the options be played at the free price tag. To have full access to the game, it will cost a few dollars. Paying a few dollars will open up things like tournament in manager mode. Both of these are pretty fun additions and worth the money in my opinion.
What really helped me enjoy the game was the alternative controls. What I mean is they get a choice between a the screen controls or a swipe style control. The swipe controls are what I used for the majority the testing and it worked great. Once a few the basic moves are learned it’s pretty easy to use. What I thought was pretty cool was being able to curve the ball while taking a shot.
Speaking of controls, there are some limitations to using the swipe style controls. One of the limitations is not being able to control the cameras. It’s limited to an overhead view. When in the classic style controls, there are a lot of other options for the camera as well as controlling the team. For example there is a skill button. This takes easier to do tricks or fancy moves. There’s also an option to use two fingers to swipe across the screen to change whether the team is in attacking mode, and balanced or defensive mode.
I thought the manager mode was pretty cool. It lets the team be managed like a real pro soccer team. There are things like salary caps and that aren’t always in many games. Also there is a board of directors to deal with.
The tournament mode has all of the popular trends from around the world including the FA Cup, US Open, MLS Cup and lots of others. Select the team to play as and the others will be automatically selected. It works pretty slick.