Early yesterday, EA SPORTS released the FIFA 14 demo to the masses. While there is a long list of additions to the title this year, including better momentum and shooting techniques, there was also some ‘under the hood’ changes that dramatically changed some of the controls that you’re used to if you’re a long-time FIFA player such as myself.
Today, I thought I’d give you a quick tutorial on 5 new controls and changes that you can expect to see in the FIFA 14 demo and to help you ease the transition.
Top 5 Tips: New to FIFA 14
A) In FIFA titles of the past, knock-ons used to be controlled by flicking the Right Stick. This year however, you need to hold RT and then use the RS in your desired direction to knock-on (RT + RS). You can also push the ball further by holding the RT and double tapping or triple tapping the RS in the desired direction.
B) A big change made this year was how the skills work on the sticks. While all of the skills remain the same, you no longer have to hold the LT while doing them. All skills are done by using the Right Stick ONLY.
C) The Left Trigger is now used to guard the ball. By holding down the LT button, you will put your back to the opponent or guard the ball from on-coming tackles. This is also great in tight situations to avoid tackles. It’s important to remember that strength plays a bigger part this year due to the slowed down tempo. Strong players can use the LT button to their advantage.
D) RT is still sprint, but the ball separates from the player a lot easier this year. Be careful of how much you use sprint and tapping the RT along with a desired direction can also knock the ball forward allowing you to set up some pretty powerful shots on target.
E) Some players have a new Flair Shot which you can use by pressing LT + B (LT + Circle on PS). These will only work if you are in the box and have a clear path to the target (basically a show-off type of goal). A reminder that Chip Shots are still LB + B/Circle and Finesse Shots are RB + B/Circle.
One of the great aspects of FIFA’s gameplay are the layers of depth in the controls but still finding a way to remain accessible for more casual users. While most of the controls are listed within the in-game manual, there are also a lot of small tidbits of information that go unknown to many a FIFA player.
Below, I’ve listed a Top 20 list of controls that you may have missed. Some of these can be key factors in the amount of success you see on the pitch.
Top 20 Controls You May Have Missed Playing FIFA
1. Double tap Y/Triangle to send your keeper back to the goal line.
2. On throw-ins, if your players are covered by the opponent, press LB/L1 to switch to an on-field player and move them away with the left stick.
3. Double tap B/Circle for a hard ground shot inside and on top of the penalty box.
4. The higher the finishing stat is, the better the player will be able to chip the ball.
5. Pulling the left stick back on long free kicks (this works anywhere on the field and on corners too), adds back spin to the ball and lets you play slow floating free kicks (ball will be in the air for a noticeably longer time than usual).
6. Pressing RB + X (RB + Square) is a low driven lob pass which can be effective for long passes with less air and more power.
7. Press RB for the keeper to pick the ball up (when the keeper traps the ball outside the box, you can dribble it back into the box and pick the ball up).
8. You can use the Right Stick for manual player switching on defense.
9. Double tap the Up button on the D-Pad to for your defense to step up for an offside trap.
10. The left analog stick determines the ball spin on a set piece (free kick/corners). The length of time you push it forward/back, determines its dip and float respectively. A sideways push will determine its curve.
11. Ronaldo, Neymar and Ronaldinho can take Rabona free kicks. To do it, aim the free kick camera as far left as you can. Hold the left stick left and tap X/Square.
12. For keepers, their handling determines how easily they would miss a ball if you bring them out for a corner or the likelihood of pushing a save into goal.
13. Keeper positioning determines how early they would rush out for a one-on-one without you pressing Y/Triangle, and how easily they can be beaten at the near post.
14. Hold LB + X/Square for an early cross into the box.
15. To go into “x-mode” on free kicks, aim the free kick to where you want it and press LT + X/Square. The camera will then lock on to where you have aimed it. The free kick camera won’t move side-to-side anymore. This gives you better aim (the shot power bar will no longer work though). If you are used to how much shot power is required then it works really well.
16. Double tap the X/Square button for a mid-driven cross (also works on corner kicks).
17. Triple tap the X/Square button for a ground cross (also works on corner kicks).
18. On free kicks, Hold LT to bring a second taker. Then, hold LT and tap X/Square and the second taker will scoop the ball up for the free kick taker to volley.
19. You can press LT + RT to stop a player chasing after a through ball. This can also be used to shield the ball out of play when controlling a defender.
20. Jockeying on defense is the single move that you can benefit from the most on defense. Your finger should rarely leave the jockey trigger which is LT. The best FIFA players in the world contain their opponent by continuing to run back using the jockey. This forces your opponent into making the move rather than you just sticking a leg in. Try not to immediately dive in and steal the ball from your opponent, just jockey with him until he gets too close to the box. More often than not, you’ll just intercept a pass when he gets impatient.
A few other quick tips to remember:
– LB is stop and turn towards the goal.
– Hitting the RT (no direction) stops the ball.
– LT + RT faces you up to the defender.
– LT + LS (desired direction) allows you to receive the ball after a pass and turn.
– Pressing RB before you receive a pass lets the ball pass through your legs.
– Pressing LT + X/Square while in your opponent’s penalty box will cause you to perform a lofted chip pass, which is great for getting the ball in position for a header.
While I’m at it, here is a list of my Top 15 FIFA celebrations, including some of new ones introduced in FIFA 14.
Top 15 FIFA 14 Celebrations
**NEW** Belly Flop – Hold LB Press X/Square
**NEW** Le Cirque Labelle Dance – Hold LT Flick RS Down, Up
**NEW** Ride The Wave – Hold LB, Press Y/Triangle
**NEW** Point To The Sky (Messi) – Hold LB, Press B/Circle
**NEW** Calm Down (Ronaldo) – Hold LB, Double Tap Y/Triangle
Show Respect (Ronaldo) – Hold LB, Double Tap B/Circle
Heart (Bale) – Flick RS Down, Hold RS Down
Arms Out – Tap X/Square, Hold X/Square
Shhh – Hold RS Right
Belly Slide – Hold LB, Flick RS Up, Down
I Can’t Hear You – Hold LT, Double Tap X/Square
Knee Slide – Hold LT, Hold RS Up
Knee Slide 2 – Hold LT, Flick RS Up, Down
Flip (Acrobatic Athletes Only) – Hold LT, Rotate RS
Show Off – Hold RB, Double Tap Y/Triangle
We hope you enjoyed our FIFA 14 demo Control Tips & Tutorial article and hopefully it helps you get a little more enjoyment out of the demo! Let us know if you have any other cool tips for us to share in the comments below!
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