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FIFA 14 announced with new features that 'capture the emotion of scoring goals'

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As expected, EA today unveiled FIFA 14, the next installment in the popular soccer franchise. FIFA is one of the few sports franchises that, regardless of annualization, always manages to reinvent itself with new features. This year is no different as EA looks to "enable fans to experience the emotion of scoring goals."

To accomplish this, FIFA 14 is introducing a new "Pure Shot" feature along with a brand-new ball physics system that will "transform shooting, making every shot attempt feel real, and when players connect with the perfect strike, feel exhilarating."

Pure Shot will allow you to adjust your stride and approach angle to find the best position for scoring a goal. New shot types include pure strikes, as well as off-balance and rushed shots. Accompanying the new shot types are real ball physics that now determine the trajectories of balls, allowing you to kick the ball with force from a distance, nail low rising shots with accuracy, along with blast dipping or turbulent shots.

Other features include increased ball protection that let you fend-off and block defenders from the ball while dribbling at any speed, or "out-muscle" defenders for position before receiving the pass. Teammate intelligence has also been improved on both sides. Teammates should now have tighter decision-making logic, as well as smarter marker and run tracking. Overall, your teammates should hustle more for the ball and create more opportunities to score goals -- at least, that's the sense we are getting.

In addition to improved AI logic, you are now able to turn in every direction at sprint speed while preserving momentum. FIFA 14 also inroduces variety on touches when sprinting, which means skilled players will have better touch and more control when sprinting with the ball. Which also means I will get my butt whooped online by players much better than me.

And here's a list of tons of other features you might like to know:

  • Changes to the wildly popular FIFA Ultimate Team
  • Global Scouting Network that brings the world of professional scouting to life. You can now develop and refine a scouting network to search for talent year-round.
  • A new online Mode that will encourage social competition
  • Multiple new features and benefits to EA SPORTS Football Club, the live service that is the heartbeat of FIFA
  • Complete authenticity with more than 500 officially licensed clubs. 

"FIFA 14 will play the way great matches are contested with build up through midfield, tension throughout the match as chances are created, and incredible finishing," said David Rutter, Executive Producer for FIFA 14. "Opportunities in FIFA 14 will be rewarding and great goals will look stunning." 

FIFA 14 is due out on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC for later this year. EA did note that additional platforms will be revealed in the months ahead, which likely means it will be available on the PS4 and currently unannounced next Xbox.

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