FIFA 14 heads out the tunnel on Windows Phone

Time was we posted an article about a new Xbox Windows Phone game (or games!) every week like clockwork. Those days are long behind us, never to return again. But I do get to write about the weekly Xbox console releases, which is almost as fun. And this week we actually do have a new Xbox Windows Phone game, on the unusual day of Friday: FIFA 14 from Electronic Arts! We hear a last-minute bug kept it from releasing on Wednesday.

FIFA 14 is the latest in EA’s extremely popular football/soccer sports series. Last year’s FIFA 13 was originally a Nokia exclusive, and only just became available to all Windows Phone users a month ago. Now all of us (with phones that have 1 GB or more RAM) can enjoy this year’s rosters and new features. And unlike FIFA 13 – which sells for $4.99, this year’s game is free to play. More details and Store link after the break!


  • REAL PLAYERS. REAL TEAMS. REAL LEAGUES: Welcome to the most authentic football game on Windows Phone 8. Feel the excitement of every pass, shot, and tackle with new touch controls. Plus, live every moment of real-world football mastery with EA SPORTS™ Football Club Match Day.
  • FEEL THE PASSION: Featuring 34 leagues, over 600 licensed teams, and more than 16,000 players. From the English Premier League to La Liga and beyond. Plus, for the first time on mobile, listen to commentaries in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish!
  • BUILD YOUR ULTIMATE TEAM: Earn and trade, or buy and sell FIFA players to create your own fantasy team. Choose your play style, formation, kits, and more. Compete in tournaments to earn coins, then spend them on new players and items to improve your team. Play for free or purchase packs. The choices are endless!
  • FIFA FANATICS: Classic modes like Manager, and Kick Off are available for purchase in-game.

Good free to play or bad free to play?

Unless you have a conservative mindset, there’s good free to play and bad free to play. Gameloft’s Real Soccer 2013 is what we call the bad kind, a game that asks for money at every turn and is extremely difficult to enjoy without paying. Is FIFA 14 better then?

Yes! The main game mode is Ultimate Team Mode, in which players manage a team and play its games throughout the season. That’s all you get for free, but make the “Unlock All” purchase and you’ll get Exhibition, Tournament, and Manager modes. Pretty much the same as just buying the game outright.

During the normal Ultimate Team Mode experience, you’ll also have the option of buying packs of cards to use for managing the team’s roster, upgrading their skills, and more. But you never have to pay real money if you don’t want to – the cards can be bought with soft currency earned through playing games. So FIFA 14 sounds like the good kind of free to play overall, and worth a download.

  • FIFA 14 – Windows Phone 8 (1 GB of RAM or higher) – 888 MB – Free – Store Link

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

  • Cool!!
  • Its free
  • wp devs should make sure that the problem of unity engine should be fixed to make some limited apps to 1 gb available to devices with 512 mb devices also    some hope in future it will be fixed , might be in wp8.1 update on announcement 
  • I usually never complain, but what does the first two sentences mean or are trying to say? Don't you guys review/edit peoples articles before posting them?
  • There's nothing wrong with those sentences - the first one is just a little stylized. Serious question: is English your first language or second?
  • I thought the same thing. English is not my mother tongue and sometimes I get a little confused by some sentences or wordings. But this time it looks fine to me. Kind of elaborated but ultimately well written, so I'm not sure what he means :/
  • no, the first two sentences are vernacular english. i glossed over it at first, but on second looks, it's terrible. another textbook case of how spoken english is not always the best for writing. also, you need a semicolon in the second sentence.
  • I've already explained that they are idioms (see my comments below). You may dislike seeing them in writing, but figurative language adds flavor and makes things more interesting to read. The second sentence doesn't need a colon because the second half of the sentence is not an independent clause. Not that I never make mistakes.
  • guess i misread the second. but come on, fellow english major. if your first sentence has generated this much flak for being hard to understand on the first pass, then it's a bad sentence. it's actually become an impediment to understanding; and that is the worst kind of language. i understand you won't back down from your idiom defense, but a nice chunk of your english education should have covered the pitfalls of writing in vernacular english. I mean: you're not exactly Irvine Welsh, are you?
  • That's cool that you're into English too. You can describe any higher level writing as an impediment towards understanding for people who read at a lower level. I said this to someone else already, but being challenged by reading new words and phrases is actually good for readers (I studied to be an English teacher). People need to decipher meaning through context or look for help through outside sources when they can't do that. If the whole article was filled with needlessly complex words or non-stop figurative language, then sure, I'd have gone too advanced in my writing. But one or two sentences with figurative language is not asking too much of anybody.
  • Hey Paul ,
    can you please help me
    i have downloaded the fifa 14 xap file and copied to my sd card
    when i start the download it completes half and at the middle it shows"we are having trouble installing this app,retry."
    and also it says "if this problem continues try uninstalling app and try again"
    note my wifi will be connected.
    pls help me to install
  • I don't know what you mean. It looks well written to me. But maybe they already edited it.
  • No, we didn't change it at all. But I can see how someone who didn't grow up with English could be confused by the wording in the first sentence. It would be silly of such a person to criticize our editing capabilities though.
  • 100% agreed. Maybe he's drunk? Hahaha Just kidding :)
  • I disagree, I have an idea of what it meant, but the sentence structure doesn't look right.
  • Like I said, it's stylized. But I'm willing to bow to your English degree if it's higher than mine.
  • Are you kidding? It's obviously a problem of low reading comprehension skills. Just let them whine.
  • There was a time we posted an article about a new Xbox windows phone game every week.
    FTFY, now, bow to my English degree ;)
  • Please see my reply to Warren in which I break down the idioms... But I'm glad you deciphered my meaning. ;)
  • Understood, thanks for explaining more, I hadn't heard of that particular idiom before (maybe its more common in the US).
  • I've got an English composition degree. The sentences are fine. Anyway, this will officially be he first "free" game I give money too.
  • Yeah same, I speak English as a first language and it looks incorrect to me, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt if you say it's right.
  • I was born in Oxford, England where I have lived all my 27 years and that first sentence made buggar all sense to me. I kinda get what it's meant to say after reading a few times, but yeah, I don't get it at all.
  • Okay, guys. To get more specific, the sentence makes use of idioms: a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words. Time was: there was a time when; at a time in the past. Like clockwork: if something happens like clockwork, it happens at regular times
  • It's lazy writing. You are writing as you would speak and it doesn't translate well to written English using slang American. As your audience comprises all nationalities you should be aware. I write technical manuals for ESL (English as a Second Language) users and it's a prime consideration.
  • I don't get how you could describe idioms as lazy writing. That's like calling metaphors and similes lazy. Figurative language (which includes idioms) makes writing more colorful and interesting to read. It's harder to use figurative language than nopt using it, but the payoff is worthwhile. You're right that our audience does include ESL readers, but that doesn't mean we should dumb down everything to the simplest degree. That would be less satisfying to native English readers, who are still our primary audience. Obviously there are places in which plain language is a requirement (like your job), but that doesn't extend to online journalism and criticism.
  • I dont believe it is lazy writing, but maybe you should consider using more universally understood English (such as my suggestion). I don't think this translation from spoken language works as well when written. You say idioms make it more 'satisfying' for native speakers, but this one just confused me. Maybe less is more in this case.
  • To answer your question Paul, English is my first and only language. Just skimming through the comments above, I guess you have a degree in English whereas I have a degree in engineering. Writing styles are completely different...i write in a that is technical yet easily to follow even if you don't understand or knew before hand the topic/material I'm writing about. You have all of the right in the English world to use idioms, metaphors, etc to spice up your writing but you have to consider your audience. To me (non-English) major, that first sentence sounded and still sounds like broken English...i believe you are trying to say: Its been long time since the days where we posted an article about a new Xbox WP game every week like clockwork. Unfortunately, those days are behind us and never to return again.
  • I agree. Knowing your audience is important.   I don't think anyone is saying that no idioms should ever be used but there are certain idioms that may sound strange even to native speakers. Writing without those is far from dumbing everything down.   If readers are giving feedback I think there must be a reason for it.   As a programmer I lost count of the times I have had to write a piece of code I disagree with my whole heart only because a customer wanted it.
  • Feedback is always appreciated, but not all feedback is useful. Also, there's something to be said for figuring out meaning through context. That's a vital skill for all readers. It's actually good for you to read new expressions and words and then learn them either by context, looking them up, or asking. Clearly some people don't like being challenged, but I maintain it's for the best.
  • You are joking about the not like being challenged comment? Right?
  • All and all, we have different writing styles which is to be expected. Like I said I come from a technical side, so when I write (especially my thesis which I'm working on) its imperative to write clearly where readers can understand what I am trying to explain or show. And my rule of thumb is if it sounds weird when I say it out loud then I have to rewrite whatever I wrote. Saying "Time was....etc" sounds weird to me maybe not you to you since you have an English degree. Guess I am a minority who thought that sounded weird
  • Nothing wrong with not having been exposed to the expression before, man. I didn't mean to throw my degree around either, I just wanted you guys to know that I'm serious about language.
  • Its all good in the hood...i learned something new. I would throw around my degree too if i knew something i did was right and someone complained it was wrong.
  • Man, are aware of the fact Paul --unlike you-- is not trying to explain anything in his article? He's simply informing. It is a total different writing style than the one you HAVE TO use. He doesn't have to be careful that he's using a level everyone can understand. He could do it, though, but he doesn't have to. You do. He doesn't. Simply put: he has to inform using proper English even if not everyone has the right language skills to understand the English level he chooses to use. He needs to use proper English and that's it. He did, so what's so bad about it? Just go and look up the words or idioms you don't understand. That's what dictionaries are meant for. After all, if every writer in the world had to use your writing style following your logic, thousands of words and expressions would be lost every day because couldn't be used since they're "too advanced for the average and ESL reader".
  • He meant "there was a time when". I insist, I'm an ESL speaker myself and I got the meaning right away. Yes, the meaning is THAT clear. Let me remind you this is an English website. Whoever comes here having English as a second or third language has to get used to native writing or, otherwise, go find another site written in their language.
  • Thanks man. You show a much better attitude towards reading than some people.
  • Don't mention it. It's what I've been taught at university so that I can become a good teacher and translator. On the other hand, it makes me sick that some people dare to call "lazy writing" something they can't understand because they're lazy readers.
  • In Engineering we call it Jargon!
  • I'm an ESL student; I study English Teaching and Translation and I find insulting what you're saying. At university, we're encouraged to read and listen to native English. The harder the better. We're supposed to get used to it and learn as many words, verbs, idioms and phrasal verbs as we can and to NEVER look for a water down version of a text. That's the only way we can improve our English skills and be better professionals. Besides, I understood the article very well and found no mistakes being an ESL speaker myself, so that means an ESL speaker is able to understand whatever they want if they work hard on developing their English skills. Therefore, there's no reason for a native speaker to lower their English degree.
  • Thanks for the explanation Paul.
  • I wish I was cool enough to criticize Paul Acevedo about incorporating personality into his articles by claiming my English degree(s) mean I am right and he is lazy. Maybe one day I'll be cool enough to criticize an author and not comment about the content relating to the article. Maybe one day! We all have dreams.
  • Still no support for 512... :(
  • ok now i don't mean to be rude. but there's only so much you can run on 512mb of ram. the OS itself takes up most of the ram. so, you know, mentioning it over and over and feeling bad about it won't change anything.
    and you need to understand, as we go further into the future, games become more and more graphic intensive and hardware demanding. i guess by the beginning of next year you'll see some games that need minimum of 2gb ram and quad-cores to run. then all 92x, 82x, 8x, ativ S guys will whine too. but that is imminent.
  • Well said.
  • But still! A majority of the Windows Phone population uses phones with 512 mb RAM.. So eventually, its a loss for the Developer..
  • A majority of the folks that have the lower end phones probably won't end up spending ANY money on the in app purchases. Not saying your one of those people but its true. What's the point of releasing a free game unless the game is choked full of ads? The developers need to make money. Return on investment for any free to play (fremium) game is dependent on people willing to pay. The minority that even pay will be on higher end phones.
  • i agree with the point about  people with 512mb of ram but if a lumia 920 can't run games at the begining of next year because it needs 2gb then the game isn't a mobile game FGS
  • Try asking Microsoft to use a lot less ram in their next os update "Windows Phone 8.1" ?
  • You say as if you know what goes into making an OS
  • How old will the 920 be by the beginning of next year?
  • But amazing it has finally come up!
  • EW soccer . We need baseball and hockey games
  • It's called Football
  • In U.S it's called soccer, I know it's stupid, but that's how it is.
  • I know it is. Why not give it the name the other 99% of countries that play it call it by?
  • Because we already have a far superior game called "football."
  • They really should have called it something else, though.
  • A far superior game that has now just become an advertising vessel.
    I watched some of the Superbowl on TV. I simply could not understand how it gained such popularity. Time outs after most plays, stoppages almost every minute. Eurrrgh
    On the flip side, I watched Ireland vs England in the Six Nations rugby. Now THAT is a sport! 40 minutes each way of relentless physical sport...and proper impacts (not the silly jostling that happens between guys wearing ridiculous amounts of body armour!).
    Honestly, just have a look at the Six Nations on the BBC (if you can get access). You'll never hold American Football in such high regard after watching real titans duel it out in rugby.
  • haha well said!
  • We have Rugby, our kids play it.  They call it, "smear the queer." I would like to see a professional version arise in the US but too many whiners already about injuries in football and they're f'n armored from head to toe.
  • Call it eggball!
  • Because tackling each other and piling up like idiots is CLEARLY superior.
  • I'm from the US and would love to call it football here. Football is the most intuitive name you could think of for a game played entirely with your feet. I wish the sport was more popular over here. Maybe one day...
  • It's more boring than baseball.  May as well go to sleep until the last five minutes when they actually start playing.
  • its either way, dont be ridiculous.... the person said it right.
    in fact, in some countries I hear "football soccer" dont like it either? is it wrong?
    I like more soccer when I speak in english and in spanish I say "futbol" (obviously) so am I wrong as well? even if I was born in a country where soccer is the main sport? in fact they are going to world cup, so its worse because now everything is about stupid boring world up. so again, stop making problems where there isnt. Football or Soocer is perfectly fine to say.
    but hey, I guess some people really need to get outside more and get some sunlight... really. :)
  • That's correct. It is Football. And actually, the American Football is less Foot + Ball than Soccer
  • American Football used to be a lot more about the foot, but rule changes made that less and less the case as the 20th century wore on. Anyway, the term soccer, for all the crap that British boys give it, actually originated in the UK, I believe. And the U.S. isn't the only country to call it soccer. Japan does too.
  • Because Japan follow US.