Summary: FIFA 15 embodies for many critics the idea of if it isn't broken, don't fix it. With minimal updates, apart from its roster of soccer players, the game does not improve on the previous year's entry that much
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It's a baby step rather than a leap towards perfection. Fifa 15 is still not entirely flawless, but then who cares when it's already the new best football simulation ever?
With plenty of features, beautiful graphics and gameplay that is so solid it can turn you into a fan of the sport, "FIFA 15" continues its run as the best EA series and is easily the best sports game of 2014. Regardless of your affinity for soccer, "FIFA 15" manages to create passion and drama on the pitch that never feels flat.
There just isn't much else EA can do to make its soccer franchise better. So it made great, incremental improvements everywhere
The outstanding gameplay makes any mode a blast to play, and FIFA 15 is the best entry in the franchise.
Prepare to 'Feel the Game', and not feel fresh air on your skin for a while
Improvements largely concern presentation over play, but they're crucial in making you feel closer to the game than ever. The best football game just got better.
FIFA 15's improvements don't jump out right away, but they rapidly manifest themselves in smarter teammates, livelier stadiums, and more tactical gameplay. Beyond that, FIFA 15 is still a remarkably polished and complete experience, boasting excellent career modes and a variety of touches like Seasons mode and Match Day Live that remain unmatched by other sports sims. NBA 2K may yet challenge it for supremacy, but for now, FIFA remains the best all-around sports sim on the market.
FIFA 15 is not quite the great leap forward that many would have hoped for but it's a bigger jump than it initially appears to be. The changes, although infuriating to begin with as they make you re-learn elements of your game, ultimately make for a more realistic game of football. There's more nuance, more fidelity in the tactical systems and there's greater movements from the players on the pitch. In a series that is synonymous with incremental improvements, FIFA 15 manages to feel like more of an evolutionary leap.
Ultimately, FIFA 15 succeeds in creating the ultimate experience for fans. Whether you want to manage a club to a Champions League Title, or have a 10 year career with a custom player, FIFA's got it. FIFA 15 sets a high bar for sports games, and FIFA 16 will need to work twice as hard to clear it next year.
FIFA 15 builds on the solid foundation of last year's game to give the most realistic FIFA game yet, with gameplay that is out of this world.