FIFA 15 is a curveball from the past few years’ iterations of its mobile offerings – rather than trying to offer a dialled-back release of the full FIFA experience, EA opted instead to focus solely on the Ultimate Team version, which has been getting better year-on-year.
Initially, it all feels a bit like collecting Pokémon cards – opening packs, comparing stats and getting right down to the deck building. It’s a balanced combination of strategy and fan-service, and though you have to pay to get the most out of the game, you could realistically sink hours into FIFA 15 without dropping a penny – something important when balancing a game reliant on IAPs. Paying customers will likely have an advantage, though, so there’s a element of pay-to-win lacing the experience. However, if you’re happy to simply play to yourself against the surprisingly intuitive AI, then you’ll be fine.
An on-screen control scheme will irritate those used to playing FIFA elsewhere, and it will never be as predicable or precise as you’d like. That said, when a game’s presented as intuitively and attractively as FIFA, you can’t complain: it’s a perfect on-the-bus time sink you’ll happily sacrifice memory for. • iPhone+ | iOS 5.1.1 | Freemium | v1.0.7 http://bit.ly/fifa15apple • Android | OS 2.3.3 | Freemium | v.1.1.2 http://bit.ly/fifa15and • You may also like the latest impossibly slim waterproof sony xperia z3 compact android tablet.