I was playing Fifa 14 on Xbox One yesterday and was blown away with one small thing. Yes the graphics are very good, and the gameplay looks better than previous games. Sure the game plays well and provides a pretty real football experience, but it was a small little bit with the commentary that really caught me and impressed me. We know that sports games are continually trying to give the most realistic experience possible, and EA is on the right path in FIFA 14. As I was playing my career mode in the middle of a game, the commentary was broken with an update from another game happening in the career game world. The new voice reporter began tell of a Manchester City penalty being awarded and being taken, but as he was giving his report, I got a scoring chance in my game. Martin Tyler interrupted the other game report to give the play-by-play of my chance, leading to a goal. When the goal was over and done with, Martin Tyler referred back to the reporter’s goal news, apologizing for his interruption and delivering the news that Man City had converted the penalty.
This felt like a real broadcast. A new report from elsewhere, delivered by a third voice, then interrupted as a chance occurs in the present game, and then referring to the interrupting and completing the report. This blew me away. In some games, you get that sort of thing where commentators will be cut-off, but it is just the programming. I am happy to see what is being done now and excited to see the future of sports games as companies continue to try to deliver as real an experience as possible.
It’s the little things that make a game great and really sell the in-game world as real. Keep it up and keep improving!