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With this in mind, get the most from FIFA 14 with these beginner’s tips that’ll get you off the bench and into the game.
Reaching the Back of the Net
EA Sports transformed scoring in FIFA 14 with the all-new Pure Shot and Real Ball Physics that make shooting the ball more realistic and satisfying. The ball can dip, dive, curve, rise and misfire depending how you strike it, either alone with a free shot on goal, or with a defender pulling on your jersey.
First thing you must learn is how hard to hit the ball to have your shot stay on target. Similar to previous FIFAs, there is a power meter for shots. Tap the shoot button (B/Circle) and the ball will roll towards the goalie. Hold it down too long and you might end up hitting someone in the face on the second tier balcony. The power meter is on a hair trigger as well, so practice makes perfect. Mastering the force put on the ball is key to getting good scoring chances.
You use the left stick to aim your shot while powering up to take the kick. As soon as you start powering up your shot, use the left stick to aim high or low, and what corner you want the ball to go towards. Hopefully it beats the keeper, but not the net.
Passing is Key
Passing the ball has always been a very important component of FIFA, this year more than ever. Unlike previous installments of the franchise, passing is the hardest it has ever been, thanks to revamped Teammate Intelligence. Defenders swarm as soon as the ball leaves your foot. The guy on the receiving end will try to get the ball, but two defenders will do the same.
Passing works the same as shooting with the power meter. Tap the pass button to perform a short pass to a close teammate, or hold it to send the ball to a teammate farther down the pitch. Survey the field and choose your passes wisely. One wrong pass could have you going from a scoring drive to quickly sprinting back on defense.
After going over how dangerous a bad pass can be, we’ll stress how important passing is. A good passing game will win and lose matches. You won’t be able to take one guy and run down the entire field dipping and dodging every defender for a glorious goal (yet). Passing is the glue that holds a winning team together, and we need your middle name to be Elmer.