FIFA World Cup Undoubtedly is one of the biggest events in the history of sports.
To honor this event every time, EA Sports come up with a special installment purely dedicated to the world cup event. This time, they are calling it 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
The game just got released on Xbox 360 and PS3, and I am sure that most of the FIFA fans out there would already be trying to get a World Cup victory of their country.
However, there is one small issue. Like always, there are only a few hot favorites and there are chances that your own favorite might not be in a good form. What then?
In that situation, you will have to play well if you want to win matches with that team. I am saying that because usually, World Cup dedicated installments have a free-flowing gameplay which actually favors the survival of lesser favorite teams.
I am also saying it because I have seen people reaching finals with Ireland or USA. And yes, that’s possible.
Now the million-dollar question is how?
If you are a FIFA veteran and have been playing most of the games released by EA Sports, you will figure that out after playing a few matches. And if you are not, or you are still struggling to get your team a victory; the following tips/tricks can save the day for you.
Which Team to Choose?
When it’s World Cup, it’s obvious that every player would prefer his/her own Nation regardless of its form. From the neutral’s perspective, that’s not a bad thing, but you might find yourself at a slight disadvantage which can be covered with strategy.
And if you are like me who want to try out different teams, Germany, Brazil, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweeden and Netherlands are some choices I will recommend for you.
If you don’t want to stick to your national team, you should know that whether you are good at attacking or defending. Aggressive players should try out teams like Brazil and Germany while people who feel comfortable with a more stable back line should give Italy a go.
Which Formation to Go With?
If you haven’t played many matches and you are just starting the game, I will recommend that you play a little with the default formation of every team. This way, you will become aware of the weaknesses of a specific formation that are contradicting your play-style.
After that, you can select the one that favors your style. If you like being aggressive, 4-3-3 can turn out to be a great combination for you. However, every formation has shortcomings and benefits.
You can make a formation more effective by knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your team.
For instance, in case of Brazil, wing play is highly recommended because players like Neymar, Lucas and Hulk are very fast, and they can get to the through-balls more effectively breaking through the opponent’s defense.
Similarly, in case of Italy, possession play will be more effective contrary to long balls as those players have the skills to maintain possession along with a strong back line.
So, while selecting a formation, you should know at least two things, what suite’s your playstyle and what sort of players your team has.
Personally, I like to play with two formations depending on aggressive or defensive needs.
For former, it’s 4-3-3 while being neutral, I go for 4-4-2 Diamond Wide formation. This formation has a DM (defensive midfielder) and prefer to play with a DM. Having a DM can interrupt a lot of counter attacks, which are going to be a big threat, especially in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
General Gameplay Tips
No matter how good you are at choosing your team or formation, at the end, it comes to your skills on the field. So it’s very important that you spot the difference between FIFA 14 and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
The major difference like I mentioned before, is that the latter has free-flowing mechanics, and goals are easier to score. That’s why an attack minded approach can be a better choice.
You will also notice that players will run out of stamina faster than they usually do. So subs have a critical role to play overall.
Sometimes we don’t substitute a star player with a lesser skilled player based on the trust issues. This mistake can cost you games. Fresh players always perform better than the tired players regardless of their skill level.
So choose your substitutes carefully and use them accordingly.
Form factor FIFA World Cup Brazil is similar to FIFA 14 so you will also have to watch out for that. I am not sure that if the form changes would that drastic as FIFA 14, but they would have an impact on the player’s performance on the field.
Like I have mentioned before, In 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, attacking can provide you more benefits than being on defense. That being said, Air balls aren’t that effective as they usually are in FIFA games.
You should try practicing the rolling through balls, which are relatively more useful. Instead of playing two strikers up front, try playing with wingers are more attacking positions.
Don’t be hasty in the midfield as if the ball gets interrupted or snatched away from your player in the mid area, it can result into a nasty counter attack.
If you are falling behind and the time is running out, don’t forget to go attacking or ultra attacking using your thumb pad.
Watch-out of the counter attacks though as teams like Germany and Brazil will always try to punish you on the counter. If you don’t have a strong team, try to retain possession as much as you can.
How does that help? Well, if you can rotate the ball smoothly, ultimately, there is always a high possibility that one of your attackers will break through cleanly surprising the opponent.
Defending is slightly harder in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil due to fast paced gameplay. One silly mistake and rest of your defense can fall apart like nothing. So, first thing you should avoid is hasty tackles especially in the midfield.
If you don’t win the balls with those sliding tackles, you will leave extra vulnerable spots for your defense to cover. So always try to keep a tight line and avoid immature tackles.
A lot of players struggle against the counter attacks, and it’s quite natural. Usually, when you take a corner, it fails to reach your player and after the ball is cleared, it lands straight into the feet of opponent’s striker initiating a counter attack.
In this situation, you should first try to cover as much ground as you can and avoid any tackles if possible. A single missed tackle can make you feel regretful.
On the contrary, if your defense does not have players with high strength and tackling or even sprint speed, your best move to stop the counter would be tackling and taking the ball as soon as possible as you won’t be able to stop a fast opponent’s striker once it gets into the rhythm.
Player switching plays a key role in how the defensive line is going to hold.
If you are switching players very fast and forcing them to take the ball, there are chances that your formation will lose its form creating needless spaces for the opponent’s strikers.
If the ball is in the mid, you shouldn’t be bothering your defenders just yet and try winning the ball through midfielders and vice versa.
Keep in mind that it’s not always necessary to have a strong defense only with more players at the back. It’s how you choose them to act.
Players sometimes make their CBs run more than normal and when they loose ball in the midfield, one through ball can easily punish them at the back.
Try avoiding those habits as they will cost you extra goals.