FIFA 15

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FIFA 15
FIFA 15 Cover Art.jpg
Global cover art featuring Lionel Messi
Developer(s) EA Canada
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series FIFA
Engine Ignite (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Impact (PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360)
Platform(s)

Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
PlayStation Vita
Nintendo 3DS
Wii
iOS
Android
Windows Phone

Xbox 360
Xbox One
Release
  • NA: 23 September 2014
  • EU: 25 September 2014
  • UK: 26 September 2014
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

FIFA 15 is an association football simulation video game developed by EA Canada and published by Electronic Arts. It was released on 23 September 2014 in North America, 25 September in Europe and 26 September in the United Kingdom and Ireland[1] for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, iOS, Android and Windows Phone.[2] On PC for the first time, FIFA 15 runs on EA’s Ignite engine with the same features as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions.[3][4] This was the last FIFA title since FIFA 2001 to see a release on any Nintendo system until 2017, when EA announced that a FIFA game would be coming to the Nintendo Switch.

The game features Lionel Messi on its cover, alongside different player in different parts of the world, and is the first game in the FIFA series to be fully licensed by the Premier League. FIFA 15 received positive reviews across all platforms, although the PC version in particular was criticized for the amount of bugs that were featured at release.

For the third consecutive edition, the main commentators for the game are Martin Tyler and Alan Smith.

Ultimate Team[edit]

Concept squad, one of the new Ultimate Team features.

FIFA 15's Ultimate Team introduced a new feature, in which users can sign loan players for a limited duration of matches. Another new feature is The Concept Squad, where players are given access to the game's database and can create a "dream squad".[5] The concept player's card is grey colored.[6] A number of new legends are also introduced to the game, including Franz Beckenbauer, Roberto Carlos, Peter Schmeichel and Hristo Stoichkov which are only available on Xbox One and Xbox 360.[7]

Licensing[edit]

A demo was released on 9 September 2014, with three new teams - Chelsea, Liverpool and Napoli - alongside the previous game's demo's teams: Borussia Dortmund, FC Barcelona, Manchester City, Boca Juniors and Paris Saint-Germain.[8]

A full list of the game's leagues, clubs and national teams was published on its official website on 18 September with the description "Experience true football authenticity with FIFA 15 - featuring 35 licensed leagues, over 600 clubs, 16,000+ players and 41 licensed stadiums".[9]

EA Sports had signed a deal with the Premier League as the Official Sports Technology Partner. In this way EA are licensed under Premier League development. This deal allows all 20 Premier League stadiums to be included in the game, including the seven stadiums from FIFA 14. Official Premier League scoreboards and television graphics are also in the game, as well as real-life referees, chants and advertising hoardings.[10]

The Italian Serie A is fully licensed in FIFA 15.[11] All Serie B teams except the three relegated from the 2013–14 Serie A, and several Argentine clubs, feature with generic crests and kits.[9] The Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and Brazilian clubs are not licensed, due to a failure to reach agreement with the rights holders,[12] but the Turkish Süper Lig returns to the series.[13] The Brazil national football team feature in the game, despite the domestic league not being included.[14]

One of the new features added for FIFA 15 is that all 20 Premier League stadiums are included and officially licensed.[15] On 19 September a list of stadiums in the game was published on its website, alongside 31 generic stadiums.[16]

Lionel Messi returns as the main cover star for all regions on the global cover. Messi has starred on the cover of all instalments of the FIFA franchise since FIFA 13, when he replaced Wayne Rooney. Some regions also have a player from that region starring on the cover with Messi. Nintendo's platforms may not have localised variants of the game cover available, or feature an additional player, in select regions.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS4) 81.57%[17]
(XONE) 82.17%[18]
(PC) 64.00%[19]
Metacritic (PS4) 82/100 [20]
(XONE) 84/100[21]
(PC) 76/100[22]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 7/10[23]
Game Informer 9.25/10 [24]
GameSpot 8/10[25]
GamesRadar 4.5/5 stars[26]
IGN 8.3/10 [27]
OXM (US) 8/10[28]
PC Gamer (US) 78/100[29]
Hardcore Gamer 4/5[30]

FIFA 15 received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website GameRankings provides an average rating of 81.57% based on 15 reviews for the PlayStation 4 version.[17] The Xbox One version received a similar average of 82.17% based on 12 reviews,[18] and the PC version 64.00% based on 2 reviews.[19] Another review aggregation website Metacritic gave the PlayStation 4 version a 82/100 based on 29 reviews,[20] the Xbox One 84/100 based on 19 reviews[21] and the PC version 76/100 based on 5 reviews.[22]

Chris Schilling of IGN gave the game a score of 83%, saying "FIFA 15 is still one of the best sports simulations around, with superb animation and big-match atmosphere", although finding flaws in the frequent use of cutaways and the quality of the game's artificial intelligence.[27]

A score of 8 out of 10 was given by GameSpot writer John Robertson, who concluded "If you're looking for football that is exciting, exaggerated, and immensely entertaining, FIFA 15 is the game to get" but was critical of the game's commentary.[25]

Steve Hannley of Hardcore Gamer gave the game a 4 out of 5, saying "Shrewdly taking advantage of current-gen’s capabilities with added emotional intelligence and improved animations, this is easily the prettiest EA Sports title this year", but he criticised the "relatively unchanged" game modes.[30]

Some users complained that their version of FIFA 15 suffered from lagging, stuttering and audio looping, as well as gameplay bugs and lighting issues.[31][32][33] Patches have been released for the PC version of the game, fixing several bugs, but the major stuttering issue remains unresolved.[34][35] [36]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.gottabemobile.com/2014/09/23/fifa-15-release-hits-iphone-ipad-android-windows-phone/
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  8. ^ "Fifa 15 - demo out on September 9 ahead of full release of EA Sports game featuring Swansea City's Liberty Stadium in UK on September 25". South Wales Evening Post. 3 September 2014. 
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  10. ^ "FIFA 15 - EA Secure Barclays Premier League Mega Deal". Futhead. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "FIFA 15 - SERIE A TIM ANNOUNCEMENT". EA Sports. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "FIFA 15 - BRAZILIAN CLUBS UPDATE". EA Sports. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "TURKISH SÜPER LIG TO FEATURE IN FIFA 15". EA Sports. Archived from the original on 7 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "No Brazilian Domestic Leagues Added To FIFA 15 This Year". FIFASolved. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
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  23. ^ Jack Arnott (23 September 2014). "FIFA 15 review". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  24. ^ Matthew Kato (23 September 2014). "FIFA 15: Sitting At The Top Of The Table". Game Informer. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  25. ^ a b Robertson, John (23 September 2014). "Welcome to the highlight reel.". GameSpot. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  26. ^ Ben Griffin (23 September 2014). "FIFA 15 review". GamesRadar. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  27. ^ a b Schilling, Chris (23 September 2014). "FIFA 15 PS4/XBOX ONE REVIEW". IGN. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  28. ^ Alex Dale (24 September 2014). "Review: FIFA 15". Official Xbox Magazine. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  29. ^ Jon Denton (24 September 2014). "FIFA 15 review". PCGamer US. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  30. ^ a b Hannley, Steve (23 September 2014). "Review: FIFA 15". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  31. ^ Crossley, Rob (24 September 2014). "This Glorious FIFA 15 Bug Is Every Manager's Worst Nightmare". GameSpot. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  32. ^ Galang, Gel. "‘FIFA 15’ Reported Problems and Bugs Include Run-to-Center Players: No Access to Ultimate Team and PS4 Lags". IBTimes.com. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  33. ^ Campbell, Colin (24 September 2014). "FIFA 15 bug turns soccer into a farce (update)". Polygon.com. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  34. ^ Parrish, Peter (8 October 2014). "FIFA 15 patch fixes PC kick-off bug, doesn’t fix stuttering". IncGamers.com. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  35. ^ Cheong, Ian (9 October 2014). "FIFA 15 Patch Addresses Numerous Bugs, Doesn't Fix Stuttering Issue on PC". GamerAnx.com. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
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