Fans of the FIFA series got a treat this first of April instead of a prank as EA released a demo for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil for the Xbox360 and the PS3.
The demo allows players to experience significant bits of EA’s latest offering. Players get to play quick matches using eight different teams: United States, Japan, Australia, Mexico, England, Ivory Coast, New Zealand, and Brazil. It also features one playable stadium—the Estadio de Maracana, the actual host for the finals in the real tournament.
The latest of the FIFA series comes with a slew of new features that promise to bring players the excitement of the real games right in front of their TV screens. It uses an expanded control scheme and includes new animations for passes and for dribble and flick mechanics. Defensive players come with new AI that make them behave more realistically, posing new and greater challenges to players. The “Explosive Movement” feature allows for fast acceleration and deceleration on and off the ball. For everyone who dislikes the repetitive talking in the background, EA added over 15 hours of commentary, ensuring that conversations between the in-game commentators do not grow stale.
For those wondering why the new FIFA is on the PS3 and the Xbox 360, and not on any of the newer 8th generation consoles, EA announced that they wanted their games to reach as many players as possible. With the relatively high price tags attached to 8th gen consoles ensuring that more players are currently kicking virtual footballs using the cheaper 7th gen home consoles, it is easy to see EA’s point. PS4 and Xbox One owners may have to wait a little bit more before they get a dedicated FIFA game.
On the Xbox, the demo is available only to Gold members. Xbox Live Silver members would have their chance to play the demo on or after it’s released date. The demo itself weighs 1.7 GB for the PS3 and 1.66 GB for the Xbox 360.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is set for release on April, 15th 2014 in North America and the 17th for Europe. It features 203 national teams and over 7,500 football stars. Players who pre-order the game also have access to exclusive game content, including new celebrations, the All-Star team for Adidas, and the EA Sports FIFA Classic XI. How’s that for a deal?