Yes, it is that time again, time for the World Cup. We all know how exciting this prestigious international tournament is, bringing all of the best players together to represent their nation. This year, the World Cup is taking place in Brazil. As you know, the upcoming tournament has brought with it a variety of money-making opportunities, one of which is the associated FIFA game by EA Sports.

EA took the decision not to release this game on the PS4 and Xbox One, with concerns about the install base. An odd decision, in my opinion, as the PS4 has sold over 7 million units and the Xbox One’s sales have likely passed the 5 million point at this stage. I think that many football fans will skip the title purely for the fact they have FIFA 14 on the new generation of consoles, and this is a superior experience to this game on an old generation console. Also, many of them will have sold on their PS3 or Xbox 360.

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil doesn’t make many changes to the formula, and basically plays exactly the same as FIFA 14 on PS3/Xbox 360. Obviously, the team roster has been changed to incorporate all the national teams who took part in the world cup, and some new game modes have been added. The UI has also been changed to reflect the theme of this year’s world cup. Other than this, the changes are only minor and aesthetic for the most part.

However, that’s not to say that it is a bad game by any means. The single player game modes are included are quite fun to explore and play, and offer a moderate amount content for you to sink your teeth into. Firstly, you can jump in and start a career with your national team, bringing them all the way from the qualifying stages to the final. Also, we have a mode where it is possible to change history. You will be presented with a qualifier which resulted in a team leaving the competition, and will be tasked with saving the match and making that team a qualifier.

There are also a variety of online modes, such as Road to Rio de Janero in which you will play across all 12 host cities to finally make it to Rio de Janero. Also, online tournaments and random friendlies are also possible to play, although, the title doesn’t seem to feature as many active online players as FIFA 14. Hopefully, that may change during the World Cup main stage itself.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the game, it will peak in activity only during the World Cup itself, and few people will play after the event has finished, leaving limited replay value and a relatively short amount of time to get the most from the game. Perhaps this is why there isn’t as much online content as FIFA 14, as EA feel that there won’t be enough time to explore it? Regardless, you will certainly be able to get a fair amount of enjoyment from the game, but it may begin to bore.

The highlight of this game is its charm and colour, however. While FIFA 14 may be rather neutral and lacking of vividness, this entire game is themed around this year’s World Cup colours, and oozes warmth. The menus, graphics and gameplay elements have all been doused in a yellow/green colour scheme, and look great. However, if you have become used to the PS4 visuals of FIFA 14, it may be hard to adjust to the less impressive crowd animations and lower quality models and textures. If you haven’t experienced the PS4/Xbox One visuals, then you won’t notice anything amiss.

The music is also another highpoint, and certainly does well to redeem the game. Overall, if you are a football fan, I think you will certainly still enjoy this title. It may not match up to the offering made by FIFA 14, but it does a great job of representing the World Cup as authentically as possible. If you still have a PS3 or Xbox 360, I would definitely recommend picking it up if you want to get in on the World Cup action!