810666_largerAfter last week's soft launch in select territories, FIFA 14 [Free] is now available worldwide. Besides a brand new touch control scheme, this year's FIFA offering is also treading new ground by being a free-to-play title. It seems EA is going all in with free-to-play, but while something like Plants vs. Zombies 2 worked out alright, Madden 25 was basically a disaster. In FIFA 14 it seems like they've struck a pretty fair middle ground, offering a limited taste for free and a "full-game" premium unlock for $4.99. IAP currency packs are there, but seem mostly unobtrusive as the point currency is doled out liberally in the additional modes made available through the premium unlock.

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Pay model junk aside, the sentiments from gamers in our forums who have been playing since the early release last week seem to suggest that the controls are greatly improved (not the new touch control scheme, rather the classic controls used in last year's game are actually better this time around), and that the visuals are slightly improved, but by and large it feels a lot like FIFA 13. Not necessarily a bad thing, as that is a good version of FIFA, just not a great leap forward for the series on mobile. At any rate, you might as well just give it a try for yourself if interested, I mean it is free after all. Just make sure to clear some space as this baby weighs in at a whopping 1.35GB when installed.

  • http://about.me/iSpid3r Spid3r

    Damn freemium... -__-

    • nini

      Damn bloating...

      • anabolicMike

        Damn rabbit. Trix are for kids!

      • Chq

        Uh-uh-uh! Now buy! Uh-uh-uh!

      • JJE McManus

        Frankly, Scarlet, I don't give a damn.

    • B3nlok

      Which part of "pay $4.99 to unlock the full game" you did not understand? I know EA hate has been popular around here but this time seems unjustified. If you want to pick on something, how about the same outdated psp graphics since fifa 11?

      • http://about.me/iSpid3r Spid3r

        LOL, i missed it ^__^

      • http://f1archives.com/ Gregz0r

        Yes!
        I had a PSP back in 2005-6 with FIFA. The fact that the iOS app uses the same graphics engine, is piss-poor from EA.

      • Derprozess

        My problem is not the iap's but the game itself, which is even worst than FIFA 13. EA give us the same game and want some money for it. They made it free, so we don't have the right to protest? Well, the faces of the players haven't been updated. Neymar have Alba's face. The connection to EA servers make most of the time the game to be unplayable. The graphics are worst, the new controls doesn't work, especially the passes, the original controls work worst with the new gameplay. And so on.
        So, no matter how much the "free" thing will make the majority of us to give this game five stars, the rest of us, who wants to pay even 20$ for a decent new FIFA, have the right to angrily protest :-(

      • EscortGamer

        I don't get what you are trying to say...

  • luffy246

    Here comes some shut from ea

  • Jake7905

    Free with a premium unlock through IAP isn't a bad way to go, I just wish EA tried this with Madden before they ruined it.

  • worldcitizen1919

    Actually that's 1.35 WITHOUT the commentary. Add that and you've got around 1.7 gigs.

  • macsmister

    I can't wait for controller support for FIFA. Maybe FIFA 15 will embrace it along with a new graphics engine. That would be dope.

  • Ramaz1234

    Omfg.... Do I pay $4.99 to unlock this or Reaper ):

  • tinkie277

    What do you actually get if you unlock? I played a friendly and played online.

    • marc0313

      Kick off mode (Play Now)
      Manager mode
      Tournaments

    • tinkie277

      Removed..... Constantly booting out of the game.

  • webman2k

    I got tired of the bloat and also needed room, so I tried dream league. It's a tenth the install size, and has good graphics and gameplay. Now I'm a casual soccer fan, so to each his own.