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FIFA 15 review: The glorious game

SINGAPORE — We’ve had new iterations of the FIFA series since 1994, and this year is no different: FIFA 15 is entering the pitch, an update from last year’s version with it’s own bag of tricks to wow audiences.

SINGAPORE — We’ve had new iterations of the FIFA series since 1994, and this year is no different: FIFA 15 is entering the pitch, an update from last year’s version with it’s own bag of tricks to wow audiences.

FIFA 15, if you’re new to it, is about football — two teams of 11 men kicking a ball around a field for at least 90 minutes. But where it shines is how it presents the sense of theatre in each game – the emotion when you score a late equaliser, the tension in a penalty shootout. Emotion is what makes football special, and here you have it in spades. FIFA 15’s presentation is stellar, looking even more like a televised football match, from the great commentary to the replays of dramatic moments during the match.

EA Games has also amped up the emotions by letting the players respond while the game is on, instead of just during cut-scenes: Now you can watch a player moan about a foul while the referee waves play on. Goalkeepers are also now more realistic, making even more dramatic saves — while sometimes making believable mistakes.

Still, there’s a sense that the game hasn’t totally changed. There’s still a focus on quick counter-attacking play, but it can be said that EA Games probably doesn’t want to ruin a winning formula.

As a whole, FIFA 15 still represents the best in football simulation out there, but the games feels like more of a tweak than something new. Yet all that is forgotten when you step out onto the field, the crowd chanting in full surround sound. There’s really nothing else like it out there. The Winning Eleven is waiting on the sidelines with its launch next month to maybe take the trophy, but right now FIFA 15 is in full control.

Rating: 4/5

The standard edition of FIFA 15 is available for S$69.90 on PC and S$79.90 on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The Ultimate Edition is available on all platforms for S$89.90.

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