FIFA 14, possibly the most-anticipated sports video game release of the year, is out today in North America for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC (through Origin). Early adopters of the next-generation consoles will be able to play the game on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when those consoles are released, and Xbox One pre-orderers in Europe will even receive a free copy of FIFA 14 with their console.
Soccer fans buying this year’s version of FIFA on current-gen consoles will be greeted with familiar visuals and modes such as “Ultimate Team” and “Skill Games.” Reviews for the game have been overwhelmingly positive, with reviewers citing improved controls as a major step up from last year’s FIFA.
In addition to the console version of FIFA 14, publisher EA this week also released a mobile version of the game. As a free download on Apple’s App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore, the app simulates the FIFA experience on a mobile platform.
The mobile FIFA 14 is, obviously, graphically inferior to the console version, resembling more the FIFA games seen on earlier video game consoles. The game’s controls have also been re-engineered for mobile, with tapping, flicking, and swiping replacing the button controls of the full version. A new trailer for the mobile version depicts what players are in for, including a mobile verison of “Ultimate Team” and several other modes that are purchasable through microtransactions.