Earlier this week, EA SPORTS released a demo for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, two weeks in advance of the full game’s release date. Today at GoodGameBro, we’re taking a look at the Top 5 things to try in the game demo!
1.) Play matches at Estadio do Maracana AND Arena Amazonia in the demo.
The Estadio do Maracana is a focal stadium in Rio de Janeiro and the default venue when you boot up, but it’s not the only stadium available to play at in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil demo; go into the Match Options screen when setting up a match and switch to Arena Amazonia to play on the pitch in Manaus, located in the jungles of Brazil.
2.) Analyze the full Starting XI, Substitutes, and Reserves for all 8 nations.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil demo allows you to play as one of eight nations: Brazil, Australia, Côte d’Ivoire, England, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States. Going into the Team Management screen when you set up a match will allow you to view the names and ratings of the Starting XI players, the Substitutes available to come off the bench, as well as the Reserves pool who can be activated to the match day roster. If you plan to use any of these teams in the full game, you’ll be able to get a head start determining which players will get the call for the biggest matches of the year.
3.) Play penalties and try out new goalie distractions when full time ends in a draw.
Even though the presentation of games played in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil demo is based on Group Stage matches, if you’re tied at the end of 90 minutes, you’ll be going to Penalties to decide the winner. When it’s your turn to play goalkeeper, you’ll want to try out the new distraction tactics/taunts available by pressing one of the face buttons on the controller (Square, Triangle, Circle, or X on PS3; X, Y, B, or A on 360). Just be sure that you’re ready when the kicker takes his shot, or your taunts will be for naught!
4.) Try out team tactics on corner kicks and free kicks in the attacking zone.
Also new to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil—and playable in the demo—are tactics on corner kicks and free kicks in the attacking zone. Press down on the directional pad when you’re preparing to take the kick, and you’ll bring up a menu with four options; press down again on the d-pad to have your teammates run to the near post, press right for an edge of the penalty box run, press left to crowd the keeper, or press up to set up a run to the far post. Effective use of these tactics can help you make a more successful attempt on net from these set pieces.
5.) Score goals and check out the worldwide fan fest cutaway celebration sequences.
When the World Cup happens, the whole world is watching; score a goal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil demo, and you might just be able to see one of the new celebration vignettes showing supporters from your nation celebrating at a “fan fest” featuring landmarks from the country. The screen above shows United States fans celebrating in Washington, D.C.; what other landmarks can you find in the demo?
Have you played the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil demo yet? What other details have you found that you think deserve mention on this list? Share your thoughts and impressions with us in our forums here at GoodGameBro!