FIFA 14 Review

FIFA 14 Review

Oct 2, 2013

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-14-16FIFA 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.

Footy Live Scores App Review

Footy Live Scores App Review

Dec 15, 2011

If you’re a big fan of soccer overseas (hereby referred to as football) it can be hard keeping up with your favorite team or league due to the lack of media coverage stateside. There are a multitude of apps for following foreign football but Footy Live Scores (FLS) is one of the best. The first thing I noticed opening up FLS was the insane amount of leagues represented here. If anyone is a fan of the Kazakhstan Premier League, this is the app for you. Like most apps you have the option to select your favorite teams but it’s a nice touch that when opening FLS these teams are displayed on the splash screen.

The main scoreboard screen can be overwhelming at first and the ads are sometimes distracting, but once you get your sea legs this app becomes very impressive. As its name suggests, Footy Live Soccer shows a live scoreboard of all football games being played that day. After selecting a game to follow, FLS will send you notifications on any event you want: goals, yellow and red cards, half/full time, and a few others. These notifications sound with a very appropriate and thankfully, optional, whistle blow. Two small gripes with the notifications are that some of the options seem repetitive and notifications stack on top of each other, meaning that leaving an area with no coverage might subject you to a barrage of whistles as updates flood in.

A downside about this app is that there is no analysis like you would find with the ESPN ScoreCenter App, but there are everything else you would expect including standing for leagues and tournaments. Also, compared to ESPN’s ScoreCenter, Footy Live Scoring is quicker, contains more leagues, and delivers more reliable notifications. So if you’re a football fan who follows multiple teams and has trouble keeping up with all of them, I highly recommend downloading Footy Live Scoring.

Pocket League Story Review

Pocket League Story Review

Nov 7, 2011

Being a longtime FIFA Manager mode enthusiast, I’ve been looking for a similar experience on my phone for a while. While not being a perfect fit, it’s safe to say that Pocket League Story does provide enough content to tide the FIFA fan over until they get home to their consoles.

Pocket League Story puts you, a new manager, at the helm of a newly formed team as they slowly work their way up from unknown to a worldwide powerhouse. You achieve this in the predictable way of signing and developing players, building a fan base, and, of course, winning games. The game does a good job of speeding things up, the leagues generally only contain about 5 or 6 teams and you only play each team once. Finishing first will earn you a promotion to a better league, and after two or three seasons the process repeats. A good addition is the ability to play in single games during the offseason to earn some more experience and money.

While you cannot participate in games, each game is shown live for you to watch. This is the most impressive part of the app because these games are generally very entertaining and incredibly true to life in terms of positioning and decisions. It would be nice, however, to be able to skip this presentation. Every game earns or costs you fans, support, and money adding a good touch of realism.

The cartoony, manga-inspired art design might turn people off and the game is not as deep as other similar apps. There seems to be a kind of confusion about what exactly this game wants to be; it’s not deep enough to completely satisfy hardcore Manager Mode fans, but it’s too deep for casual fans. For example, training points are earned throughout the game for special practice sessions which must be carried out individually, but there is no control over how much to offer a player that you’re looking to pick up.

All that aside, this game is worth looking at for any soccer fan if you feel that the $4.99 price is worth it.