Dear EA Sports and FIFA14:Profile photo of drewplaysbass

As I enter into the summer months, I typically find that I have a little bit more free-time than usual. As my FIFA13 save files have been gathering dust for a few months, I typically pick up where I left off and dive back in the midst of my favorite video game series. However, since I have a platform here on SR that I have not always enjoyed, I can move some of my FIFA critiques and ideas for the next version onto a grander scale than me just complaining to my friends. So, with that in mind, brace yourselves for some added additions that, I believe, could improve the FIFA franchise as we await FIFA14.

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Although I typically bow to others on some video game issues, I feel that my idea for FIFA is to get it as close as possible to what I see on match day. With that being said, I will not devote several paragraphs on how much I dislike losing online club matches against teams that my team dominates in terms of possession and passing because the computer controlled defenders and keepers are useless. I will not devote several paragraphs to how much I disliked the separation of offline/online virtual pros (who plays that many matches online AND offline?). I will not devote several paragraphs to how slowly scouted players grow, how defenders somehow become faster than my attackers in certain situations, and how friendly matches should allow more than three substitutions. However, I will list some of my grievances in quick and pointed sentences in order to avoid spending too much time on them (see what I did there?).

Since this is an equipment website, I will start with a few things that I wish EA would update on the kit/boot side of the game. The biggest issue I always have with the kits derives from how I typically take part in a “Be a Manager” campaign. I always choose a lower level English team (nPower Champ or League 1…I rarely have enough time for League 2, but I tend to choose the team with the sharpest kit selection), and I always grow them into a European powerhouse that quickly rises into the EPL. With that knowledge, I hate how my team is playing in CL matches and winning the EPL trophy with those gaudy lower level name/number sets on their kits. I also would love for the sleeve patches to update depending on what league I am in and possibly update when I win that league. When I have taken the league trophy home in the EPL for the third consecutive season, I would love for Aldershot Town to be dancing around with gold patches on their sleeves.

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As far as the boot situation, EA did a much better job at updating footwear as new colors became available. With that praise, I do wish that EA had gone even farther with that. Several boots went un-updated (Puma, Mizuno, and Under Armour all missed out on being updated) and I hope that EA are able to further the progress they made with 13 and make the boot selection even larger in FIFA14 (Warrior definitely needs to be added). As a boot tester, I typically am a large enough nerd that I will update my VP with whatever boots I am wearing at the time. Sadly, during testing of Warrior boots, the new Puma King, the CR7 Vapor, and the Under Armour Carbon Blur, I was unable to see my virtual self sporting the same boots. If EA are able to create a virtual version of the Messi F50, it should not be too big of a programming issue to make a decent replica of certain others.

Outside of equipment, EA should be given big-time kudos for fixing the finesse shot. Online “cheaters” made a mockery of the feature by learning the secret “Ashley Young spot” and scoring at will during FIFA12, but FIFA13 definitely made shooting seem more realistic. I have heard and seen that FIFA14 will include knuckling shots, so fans of Gareth Bale and CR7 will now get to see their free-kick talents translating onto the game. The only issue I had with free-kicks in FIFA13 is the useless feature that allows you to make the defensive wall encroach on the ball, but it does add an aspect that certainly happens every game-day.

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I would like to see a few more choices as a player when I am in a player-based career. Although choosing to ask for a transfer, loan, or retire are some of the biggest, it would be nice to complain about first team chances without threatening to leave or ask to play a different position on the pitch. It would also be nice to have a little more power in the transfer selection, as I would love to be able to jump into a certain league or attempt to try and play for a certain team. Although I am not asking for it, the future would really be interesting if the media moments that you have to handle in the manager-based career also occurred in the player-based one. How much fun would it be to insult an opposing team so much that the fans booed you the next time you played against them?

At the end of the day, there are a million positive things about FIFA and only a small list of negatives. However, with a group of fans that are so in love with their sport, FIFA and EA Sports has to always be improving and attempting to better their product so that we will continue to buy it. Here’s hoping that FIFA14 is another step in a positive direction and that my wife will forgive the countless hours I will inevitably spend playing it.

There are hundreds of other spects about FIFA13 that some people love or that people love to hate. What do you want in FIFA14? What did you love about FIFA13? Have you been sent into the arms of PES or have you left PES for FIFA13? Leave your thoughts and comments in the section below.

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Comments

  1. Tim

    How about creating a new team (choosing kits, stadiums, staff) and bringing them up through the ranks up to the BPL, Serie A, La Liga etc? Definitely need to fix VP for FAF14.

  2. John

    In player career it would be good if you could return early from a loan spell instead of spending the whole season at a club

  3. charlie cox

    I think EA should add Nike ID and Mi Adidas

  4. Bernhard

    They should definitely change the numbering system on the kits. Was much better on Fifa 10 and the older ones…

  5. Ben Townsend

    Add the fact that Fifa 14 will be an XBOX One exclusive at launch. This is ridiculous. I love playing Fifa 13 on the Wii U and am deeply saddened that Fifa 14 will not be there. PS3 and XBOX 360 fans will end up paying the XBOX One console price and the $70 the game will likely retail for. We are looking at possibly $470 If I had to make a logical guess at the price of the console.

  6. Ben Townsend

    Correcton, Ultimate team will be an XBOX One exclusive but still….

  7. How about you can choose the Ref’s Shirt.
    Too many times I pick a Navy kit only to have the ref in an almost identical top.

    And increase the CPU to foul more often, they hardly ever get Red cards, would like a little more flair out of the opposition

    And get all the international Squads, i mean Im “glad” they added India (worst team in the game) but they took away some others like Serbia

    • Kevin

      The one that angers me is when the icons for both teams in the minimap on the bottom of the screen are the same colors or are white vs. yellow, dark blue vs. black. It should be simple enough to make it opposing colors

  8. Random

    Totally agreeing with you. Especially on the boot thing, they need a bigger selection of boots from start.

  9. Charlie

    I think there needs to be some work done on the kits, it didn’t even have Dortmund’s Champion’s League kit.
    Also, I think it would be really cool if they would include change kits (choice of red or white socks for Arsenal’s home kit, blue or white for Chelsea, red or black shorts for United) to make it more realistic. Of less importance, it would be cool if you could mix the kits together, like in Madden, where you could choose the shirt, shorts, and socks from their available normal and change kits (and choose GK kit too!). This would add some crazy variety and uniqueness

  10. Jamie Ross

    I like what was mentioned about ending loans early, would also like player-manager mode back.

    In terms of equiptment more choice in boots (especially the ones that are on the game but cant be picked!) and the use of stuff like techfit/powerweb type kits and trusox etc.

    Id like to see boots be able to be uploaded like how they can on PES. Download the template, upload on fifa etc.

  11. Ally

    One thing that they’ve not implemented since Fifa World Cup 2010 is having 2 or more virtual pros on the same team. That would be a great addition instead of only being able to play solo!

  12. Thom

    Bring back lounge mode!!!

  13. Kevin

    My biggest change I would like to see made is the ability to make trades in Ultimate Team with people that aren’t on your friends list. You have the ability to trade for coins with anyone but if you want to exchange jerseys stadiums, players you aren’t allowed to for some reason.

  14. TJ

    I think the kit thing is the biggest issue with me. Some of the boots that don’t get updated like you mentioned bother me quite a bit as well, but I like career mode to be as realistic as possible and seeing teams that get promoted with championship patches in the EPL bother me a lot or seeing ManCity with the gold EPL patch when they took 5th the last season, etc. I also hope they add the tournament numbers like the red numbers on Arsenals purple away jersey and whatever the other teams have. And also updates that take place like boot updates going on the players I wish it would also be updated in the career mode you’re in instead having to start a new one if you want the latest boots on every single player. I would also like goalie jerseys to be able to be created in the creation centre and also interchangeable in the menu mode so you’re not a red team playing a goalie with a pink or red jersey. I would also like the jerseys to be interchangeable as well. I swear this was available in a fifa a looong time ago, unless that was PES, but either way it needs be put in the game. Also kit updates like boot updates would be fanstastic as well.. Like all the new kits that are being used right now (Bayern, Chelsea, Man City, England to name a few) should be available on fifa RIGHT NOW. I notice the little things, and I believe there are many others that do as well. Please fix these EA. Let me know what you guys think!

    Thanks

    • yidzy

      yeah ive been saying this for years…it pisses me off that u cant interchange the kits…its unrealistic..i think its something to do with the licensing…but if its in the real game..then wtf?

  15. Peter

    How about adding classic teams. Aka being able to play as 03-04 Arsenal or 01-02 Real Madrid.

  16. PETERP

    How about during a friendly match, club or national team, being able to make unlimited subs. That would increase realism. Better boot updates, custom boots for CR7 and Messi would be nice. I’ve noticed that offside calls track the attackers leading foot but not the defenders trailing foot (wrong). Classic cup winning teams to play with would be awesome. Any team winning the top tier league, within certain countries, and Champion’s league.

    • PETERP

      In manager mode, have your manager develop a personality type depending on how you handle players, addressing media, buy expensive players vs young players and youth squad. Also when you turn hand balls on there are ALOT of hand balls for stupid things.

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