2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil review

Another cool touch: managers shake hands before a game. No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. That is the actually Roy Hodgson exchanging pleasantries with the actual Big Phil Scolari. What with the level of import placed on managers in the modern game, it's about time they graduated from generic men in suits. Again though, EA could have gone further. Why don't we see them furiously chewing gum on the sidelines? Or pleading for a bit of Fergie Time with fourth officials? They're a massive fixture of football, so why not here too? On one hand, these affectations have nothing to do with the actual, on screen sport. On the other hand, they have everything to do with it.

The trademark authenticity is here too: 20 new stadiums, 203 international teams, and 15 extra hours of commentary. I’m not convinced the inclusion of nations like The Solomon Islands really add to the experience, but the completism is admirable. Even Clive Tyldesley-trooper that he is-soldiers back into the recording booth to offer analysis and insight about the teams' qualification battles and their history with the tournament. It gives the game a familiar, if slightly tired, feel.

Sadly though, all the innovations in World Cup 2014 are made off the pitch. On it, there's little new to catch the eye. Supposedly, Response Dribbling with the left trigger introduces flicks and turns to let you more easily beat opponents. Supposedly, Pinpoint Passing results in crisper exchanges and more contextual animations, such as outside-of-the-foot curling crosses and more realistic clearances. Supposedly, Over-the-Back Headers enable dynamic air battles where opponents lean and jostle. Supposedly, ball physics themselves have been tweaked, with grass friction and moisture subtlety affecting its flight. Supposedly.

In practice, these tweaks bear about as much impact as a Fernando Torres substitution. I've logged more than 150 hours in FIFA 14 and I'd be hard-pressed to identify World Cup 2014’s new features if they hadn't been given italicised prominence in the press release.

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Who is going to win the Brazil 2014 Fifa world cup? | Yahoo Answers

If I had to bet money I would say Germany will be the first European team to win in the Americas. They were a good team this year and are young. My team is the US, I don't see us doing much next time if we don't get a better coach (LIKE KLINSMANN!). Brazil is officially my second team since my wife is Mineira, but I would like to see Holland finally win the world cup....

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Why FIFA wants drunken hooligans in the World Cup in Brazil 2014? | Yahoo Answers

It's clearly to stray away from unnecessary violence, same thing happened in Suth Africa, they sold beer but in plastic cups so that no injuries could occur.
The World Cup isn't a place for hooliganism, there's enough of that in club football and Brasil like Serbia has a huge tradition of football club supporters, hooligans and violence which is specific to those leagues amd it's ok, but the world cup is for everyone, it would put the average person off.

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