The excitement is in the air, as soccer (or football, depending on where you live) fans around the world eagerly await the World Cup kick-off in June. To capitalise on the hype, EA Sports has done the inevitable and released 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Given how good FIFA 14 was, the big question is whether this World Cup title has what it takes as a standalone game… or should fans simply wait for FIFA 15 to drop on store shelves later this year?
Even from the game’s title screen, 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is simply bathed in the kind of fresh, colourful aesthetic that you would expect people to think about when they hear the word “Brazil”. Yellow and orange warmly dominates everything in the interface; from the lights on the field to the menu screens, and the soundtrack moves from Pitbull’s thumbing beats to the drumming native Portuguese tracks from the Cup’s home country. Combined with the little nuances like the thundering drums and chants of the crowds during a heated match, these combined bits of flare do a fantastic job of immersing players in the World Cup spirit. [Review Score: 4/5 Stars]