FIFA 14 Cover; Lionel Messi EA's Box Art Choice For Second Year In A Row [PHOTO]

By Staff Reporter, Posted: 04/18/13 03:57PM EDT

EA Sports announced on Thursday that Lionel Messi will appear on the cover of the latest installment of FIFA 14.

Messi, the four-time Ballon d'Or award winning (soccer's most valuable player) and record-holder for most goals scored in a year with 91, Messi will be making his second consecutive appearance on the cover of the FIFA video game. EA Sports' FIFA brand is one of the most popular video game franchises of all time. It has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and holds the record for fastest selling sports game ever with $3.3 million copies sold in its first week of release for FIFA 12.

FIFA always ups the ante when it comes to new game features and this year's game is no different. Among one of the most anticipated features is better teammate intelligence. When a person is playing by themselves, the AI of most games does not make the smartest decisions compared to when someone plays in a multiplayer game. In FIFA 14, the AI will adjust and make better decisions in-game and will try to get into the best positions possible for the player. If you play an attacking style of offense, the AI will make moves and cut away from defenders so the attack can continue and not stall because the computer decided to run in a straight line.

Pure Shot is also another feature that EA Sports added to the game. This feature will allow players to position themselves to get into the possible position to take a shot. While players will be able to shoot while off balance and rushed, the shots will look as if the player is off balance with the accuracy of the shot being affected.

The final feature that EA touted is "Real Ball Physics." The way the ball moves while in the air or whether a defender is nearby is a must-have in a soccer video game and FIFA 14 has it. This will create more shot types and new animations within the game that longtime fans of the franchise have never seen before. Players will be able to strike the ball with however much force they want but will also be able to customize certain shots for certain situations.

There has been no release date announced for FIFA 14, but it will likely be a major seller for EA in a year where the company was named "Worst Company in America" by The Consumerist.

Here are Twitter reactions to the release of details from EA Sports:

To read the complete press release and the other features that FIFA 14 will include, you can click here.

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