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EA’s New Free to Play Strategy Continues with the Launch of FIFA 14 on Android

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Game giant EA doesn’t really have the best reputation around the gaming world as of late. They are hoping though, that a few changes to their mobile strategy can fix that this year with the biggest change being that their sports apps have gone free-to-play. FIFA is the largest soccer game in the world and with the launch of FIFA 14 for mobile, those numbers are certainly about to go even higher. 

FIFA features 33 separate leagues and 600 different licensed teams. The game engine has been retooled with touch controls that allows for better shooting, passing and moving with fingers and thumbs on your screen. The overall game has been optimized so that you can play it on a regular size device or tablet screens and it will still look good. EA’s Ultimate Team makes another appearance in this game and basically turns virtual trading cards into a team you can actually play with. Honestly, UT is one of the most addicting game modes in any sports game out there right now, always tearing open new packs of cards trying to get better ones.

Unfortunately, free-to-play means that you won’t have the full game experience just from downloading. FIFA’s Manager, Tournament and Kick-Off modes can be unlocked with “upgrades” or payments so that you can actually play them. However, if you are looking for the deepest soccer experience on a mobile device, the newest FIFA is always a good place to start.

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  • chris420o

    As much as u want to hate on EA…u cant deny they make the top games out right now…ill max out whats left of my cc to get xbox one with bf4

  • anezarati

    ugh, i’d much rather just pay 5-10 dollars for the full game from the get go than have to deal with all these micro transactions.

  • Frettfreak

    I am not DLing another EA game til they let me just buy the WHOLE game. I would rather pay $10 for a GREAT game than have that game nag me for my wallet all the time and end up paying 30… i know thats the point, at least from EA’s perspective, but they are not going to stop unless people STOP USING THEIR GAMES.

  • Josep Reis

    downloading right now on my slow internet :)

  • Steve B

    Ted Mosby plays soccer?

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    1.3GB… And people still ask why we need more than 16GB with no MicroSD slot.

    • Blue Sun

      I’ve been saying ^ for months.

  • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

    Credit games suck. Im not paying over and over to play more than 1 game a day. Screw that. I hope Madden and Fifa mobile die.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    EA is the worst company out there. Money hungry douches.

    • BobButtons

      It’s why they won Consumerist’s Worst Company In America tournament 2 years in a row.

      • Blue Sun

        Even over Verizon?

        • Frettfreak

          i know.. hard to believe huh? tells you how bad EA really is!!

  • Silver Veloz

    Most Americans don’t even know who the guy on the cover is. He’s one of the world’s best soccer players, Lionel Messi. I’ll give this game a try.

    • JBartcaps

      That’s pretty ignorant, I’m an American who watches Baseball, Football and Hockey whenever its on, not so much soccer but I still know who he is

      • Frettfreak

        I would say its pretty accurate. I had no idea who he was and watch football, baseball. and sometimes some basketball… soccer isnt as huge as it is everywhere else in the world. Dont see what teh prob is with his statement.

        • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

          Depends where you live, I’m in Florida and soccer is pretty much the only sport people actually watch (both on TV and HS games)!

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Nobody cares about soccer that’s why

      • kennypowers

        Yeah I’m pretty sure the whole world disagrees with you..

        • j

          Google is an American company, and in Murca we don’t care about soccer! Unless you live in seattle for some strange reason.

          • JoshGroff

            The Space Needle isn’t reason enough? (Not sure what other semi-cool things are in Seattle)

          • Frettfreak

            TONS.. WA in general is a pretty awesome state!!

          • Michael Vernon

            Seattle invented soccer and then invented a time machine called the TARDIS (not kidding). A select few used this machine to go back in time to give the sport to the world to grow over a period of hundreds of years. One of the travelers got sick and was healed by a doctor. To make payment, they gave the TARDIS to the doctor and the weary explorers/soccer freaks were stuck in England.
            It all started with Seattle. It will all end in Seattle. So say we all. #EBFG

          • pt

            PORTLAND TIMBERS!

          • Intellectua1

            Gooooooooooo Sounders!!!!!!

          • Frettfreak

            I used to but it was before the sounders got big! Miss that place!!

        • aye_winchell

          i don’t think you’re the real kenny powers, the real kenny powers would never say that. You’re F**king Out

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          Soccer isn’t a dominate sport in America so that’s definitely not the whole world. Plus who cares what people think outside of the US?

          • chris420o

            well said

      • Fiorta

        A lot of Americans like soccer.

    • iheardulikemlg

      Yes, we have no idea who he is. None of us. Not a single one.

    • chris420o

      Messi is the man and i dont really watch or follow futballl…but my teams are italy and Barcelona…then again ima half italian/puerto rican with spanish descent

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Forgot FIFA dropped today(for consoles) this mobile sports games are a waste of time and money. Either way I’ll grab 14 for the Xbox and maybe I’ll fine some time to play between my GTA V marathons

    • JBartcaps

      63.1% complete!!! Making progress

  • Sam

    There is too much (fun stuff) to do in life.. Not enough time for me to pay attention to EA!

  • aye_winchell

    I hate EA, i hate there philosophy, i hate that you have pay $60 for a roster update every year on madden, and i hate that they have not had an nba game in how many years (probably because they cant find a way to make it work under their philosophy). But Ultimate team is a seriously addicting feature and the only things that gives any value to the games. EA has the Golgothan touch, when it comes to franchise games, while i think the play control is second to none IMO and the UT feature is great, its hard justify paying them any money for anything anymore, i skipped madden this year, really want fifa but probably will pass, and still have nhl 2012 which works just fine for me, since i know little about hockey but love the gameplay.

    • nba2k_ea

      I wish we could get a NBA game that has the play style of NBA2k but the offseason stuff like EA’s madden. NBA2k’s offseason stuff is crap.

      • aye_winchell

        I dislike the game play of the NBA2k, to me it doesn’t feel smooth or fluid when it should be, that’s just me though, i know a lot of people like 2k better, but i never have i have always liked nba live better, even though i can barely remember playing it, and i wouldn’t even be that mad if they at least kept the rosters updated for the last one in what 2010? i mean would that have been such a big deal, i bet the game would still be good enough to play if it had updated rosters.

    • WAldenIV

      Have you played PES? The control scheme is much more detailed than FIFA.

      • aye_winchell

        i have, and while it wasnt bad, i likened it to the 2k games with how the game play feels, at least to me, i little hurky jerky or something i dont know what it is, not as smooth, its probably just me, plus i like a simplified control scheme not a complicated one, i think i played to 13 demo, ill give the 14 demo a shot and see what its like, but i like UT, if i was going to buy one it would be for the UT feature, but i dont think i will, maybe in a year when they go on sale ill give them another look, i used to buy madden every year, but i dont anymore, ill wait for it to go on sale for like $30-$40 then pick it up, usually the digital downloads will be at that point after a while.