EA Sports has created many a classic—and sports video game nerds such as myself have spent many an hour playing those classics—but perhaps no game has the widespread appeal of its FIFA series. The global popularity of the actual sport has a lot to do with it, but there’s more to it than just that.
There are few things better than sitting down with a group of friends a knocking out a few games of FIFA, and there’s nothing shameful about knocking out a few more games later on by yourself. Who cares if its three in the morning? When you’re on a roll…you’re on a roll.
Perhaps that’s what makes FIFA so good to the average sports gamer, though. Aside from the smooth game play, team and league options, classic commentary and realistic atmospheres; the ability to play in multiple settings really makes it appealing.
If you’re with a group of friends, team up and both players can control their own players in the actual game. Set up a tournament and see how far your team can go. Again, hours of fun. Totally worth it.
Even when you’re by yourself, though, FIFA is still incredibly entertaining. Manage a team and try to become the best club in your league. Create players, trade players. Rinse. Wash. Repeat. You can even play online, so even when you’re alone—you can be connected to millions.
What if you could carry FIFA around with you, though? Instead of confining that world to your game system or PC, what if you could play it on your phone? Would the fun ever cease?
Thankfully for gamers and FIFA fans everywhere, that dream will become a reality on September 22nd when EA Sports releases the newest version of the game. This time, though, there will be a version available for Android and iOS devices. That’s right, you’ll be able to play FIFA on a tablet or smartphone, it will be free.
Here are the details.
EA Sports FIFA for smartphones and tablets – which will be free to download and play – features console-like graphics, enhanced AI, and all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from the franchise with a yearly release in order to keep things relevant. The mobile version of the game also finally get player goal celebrations, and new control options for smoother game play.
Obviously this doesn’t appear to be the full version of the game, but that’s tough to expect on a phone or tablet. Imagine all the storage that would use. That alone would make it hard for you to get the full game console or PC experience.
Still, free FIFA is free FIFA; and the report makes it clear that you’ll still get good graphics and AI. All things considered, that doesn’t seem like a half bad deal.
Throw in the fact that you can literally play the game whenever you want, wherever you want; and this seems almost too good to be true. Imagine how much more you’ll be able to play FIFA now. Imagine how much time you’ll spend on all that aforementioned fun.
Totally worth it.
–Andrew Kulha has been writing about sports since 2010, including coverage of the NFL, College Football, MLB and NBA. He currently covers the Iowa Hawkeyes full-time with 247Sports.com.