The Raid 2 : Brutal and Beautiful

Truthfully, The Raid 2 : Berandal is the most anticipated movie that I have been waiting for this year. I really have huge expectation toward this movie that starred by Iko Uwais and directed by British director, Gareth Evans. In 2011 I watched its predecessor, The Raid : Redemption. I thought It was astonishing movie but not the superior one. It was only took location at an old apartment with very linear and simplistic story, though it offered great martial art pencak silat choreography.

Rated 8.9 by voters in IMDB made me infatuated to watch The Raid 2 that would be released at Cinema on March 28th 2014. Actually I was afraid to set very high expectation since it can kills the enjoyment of watching the movie. Because of the Raid 2 I had unlocked my new achievement : watching movie at Cinema alone.

The Raid 2 : Berandal takes time 2 hours after the first sequel. Rama starred by Iko Uwais has given dreadful mission to unveil and wipe out thug Gangsters in the city by Bunawar (during a whole movie it isn’t mentioned in which city the movie takes place). There are 2 gangsters live peacefully, Japanese Gangster run by Goto Family and Local Gangster led by Bangun family.

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Figures. the three biggest Gangsters : Bejo, Bangun and Goto Families ready to rock you

Bangun has an imprisoned son  who has been living in a jail for several years, named Ucok. Rama’s mission is to befriend Ucok and becomes his trusted man as an entrance to the gangster world. So that Rama’s identity is cleared out and he is given a new name, Yuda. He sent to the prison where Ucok jailed. After released from the prison, Yuda becomes Ucok’s right hand, help him and his father to exploit lower level criminals. Bejo, a new rising gangster star, appears in the surface between Goto and Bangun family and makes a dispute. He desires to rule the gangster world by tearing down Goto domination. He doesn’t works alone. He is helped by Ucok who want to get rid of his father and then lead Bangun Family with more powerful invasion and more territories. The movie tells story how Rama, disguised as Yuda, eradicates the Gangsters and traitor who runs  police department.

I couldn’t agree more that The Raid 2 is much better than its predecessor in every aspect. It is more cruel and mayhem, more story, better fighting choreography, better cinematography, more various characters, scenes and actions. The raid 2 : Berandal injects you with more adrenaline. It’s brutal, chaos though there is an enjoyment and beauty inside them. Its story is more complex than the first sequel. It feels like watching “The Departed” (nevertheless IMHO The departed still offers better story). As the second sequel, The Raid 2 Berandal has succeeded to fix the lack of story in first sequel. The dialog also more natural and smoother than before. I must confess that the team is ingenious in choosing the sets. It was incredibly beautiful when the snow was falling. Prakoso was dying with the blood shrouding his whole body.

It is also terrific set when Rama (disguise as Yuda) fights bunch of convicts in the middle of  muddy field. The fisticuffs which adorned by the rainfall makes more dramatic situation. The car chase scene is also the great one.  I am wondering how they took that scene with such a wild and terrific angle on the main road in Jakarta. As we know that It is near impossible you can drives your car speedy in Jakarta main road without hampered by traffic. It needs a huge effort of course to convince and get permission from the police. Beyond those all, my most favorite scene (perhaps it is one of the best fighting scene I have ever seen) is “kitchen fight scene”. It’s final scene when Rama scuffles with the Assassin. They both show magnificent and visceral martial art technique. It was violent, beautiful, classy and breathtaking at once. It is outstanding!

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Figure. An astronomical outstanding final fight between the assassin and Rama (people called it ‘kitchen fight scene’)

I think the story in this movie can be developed and improved more. The actors performances are in average except for Ucok (acted by Arifin Putra). He may has saved the movie by performing strong character and sadistic son of Bangun. I believe Uko Uwais should be can more explore his acting performance in this movie as leading role. The Assassin, starred by Cecep Arif Rahman, never has a conversation, but it’s okay, he has built his character quite good. But again Ucok nailed it.

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Figure. Hammer girl and Metal bat boy, comical characters who enrich the story

Is the Raid 2 Berandal a must watch movie? It’s depends on your taste and what you are expect. If you are looking for melancholic drama, complex and brilliant story, The raid 2 doesn’t suit you. If you loathe watching bones fracturing, human slaughtering and more brutal scenes, the Raid 2 doesn’t suit you. It offers you with beautiful prominent martial art, breathtaking and adrenaline pumping scenes.  This movie is classy and terrific. For me, it is a must-see-movie for you!

Nothing to Prove Anymore, Leo

Oscar has been over. I feel disappointed because of my favorite actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, won nothing. Well technically I am a fan of Leo’s movies. I started to pay attention to him after I had watched “Catch me if you can”. He played as  a trickster, Frank Abagnale Jr. My most favorite Leo’s movies are :

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The Man In The Iron Mask

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Catch Me if  You Can

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The Departed

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Django Unchained

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Shutter Island

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Wolf of Walls Street

But among them, In my opinion the most outstanding Leo’s performance is at Wolf of Walls Street. I don’t say that his acting on his previous movies wasn’t good. it is very  good! But Wolf of Walls Street is beyond them.  He played as Jordan Belfort, a stock broker in Wall Street. He acted as outrageous, crazy, ambitious person that broke the law to runs the business. Sometimes he was crying, depressed, sometimes he was angry, mad and ambitiously had an astonishing speech rose the spirit of his employee. The most outstanding Leo’s acting is when he was intoxicated because of drugs. He acted like half palsied man even he must put much effort in order to step down through the stair. It was hilariously funny and slightly weird. He didn’t finish, he was trying to drive to home meanwhile he was under influence of drugs, he was only able to move a half of his body.

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Jordan Belfort, a briliant and passionate motivator and speaker

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Finally he got to home safely, even though with much dent on his fancy car. It wasn’t over, He was trying to stop his friend, Doni, communicating with FBI. The FBI agent disguised as an investor that interested to buy stock in market.  It was brilliant acting by Leo! After watching a whole movie, I recognized that Leo was deserved for Oscar through this movie. Perhaps, it was his best performance in his career so far. When the Oscar 2013 winner for best lead actor was being announced, I can saw his disappointment. He was trying to hold his cry. When I had put my best effort to something that I excited the most and then failed, indeed I would shed my tear. You are crying when you get something that you want to the most after all your endeavor that you have been through otherwise you have ended up with failure. My heart was touched when I was seeing Cristiano Ronaldo winning speech for Ballon D’or 2013. He was crying. After waiting so long, he defeated Messi, his strongest rival in La League.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s tears of joy at FIFA Ballon D’or 2013 Award. He was declared at the best footballer on the earth

Finally he has proven that he is the best football player in the world. So does Leonardo Dicaprio. He has proven that he is one of the best Hollywood actors of all time through his performance and high class movies that he had made. Nothing to prove, Leo, people know that you already a winner in their hearts.  But still, deep down in my heart  I want to see Leo wins an Oscar award someday as the best lead actor.

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Oscar 86th Academy Award : Leo hugged and kissed  the best actor winner (honestly I don’t know who he is). The Wolf of Wall Street isn’t enough to give him an Oscar Award

Bioshock Infinite : The greatest twisted ending of all time is in a game!

I was never playing Bioshock sequel before. I played Bioshock Infinite because of its tremendous rating in several games review website (and I also fans of first person shooting game in PC). Many people think Bioshock Infinite is the best game that released in 2013. So, Why do the people think Bioshock Infinite is really good game? In my own opinion, it is because of its beyond briliant story and stunningly beautiful scenery of Columbia City. Although, the gameplay is pretty solid, either not outstanding or bad.


Bioshock Infinite tells a story in 1970s about a man, Booker Dewitt, a former mercenary who involved in a past massacre. His life was ruined by his own guilty. His gamble addiction habit twisted him into a great number of debt. To pay his debt, he was demanded to bring a girl named Elizabeth from a flying city Columbia. Yeah, Literally Columbia city was located above clouds. The city was built and led by Zachary Comstock, called Prophet by people of Columbia. They revered Comstock as a hero and God of Columbia. It wasn’t exaggerated, people considered Comstock able to predict the future. He had predicted that someday Dewitt will comes to Columbia to take Elizabeth from him compulsively. Oh yeah, Elizabeth is Comstock’s daughter by the way. Fight couldn’t be averted among Dewitt and Columbian Soldiers which were given order by Comstock to protect her. The rest of the story? I can’t tell you more. It is full of suprise, twist that you will never forget. It’s beyond outstanding.


Your eyes will be spoiled by the beauty of Flying City Columbia. Its graphic looks like Disney animation with its own manner in colors. You can walking around Columbia City and then enjoy the beauty of the buildings, railways, flying trains.

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It is first person shooting genre. You can distinguish this game from others FPS games by its special fighting ability fitur : Vigor system. It allows you to cast something like magical vigor. You can electrocutes enemy, summons raven to attack them, or manipulates the gravity. That’s fun! Nothing special in weapon’s variance. Shotgun, Carbine, Handgun, Magnum, etc are available for you. Moreover you can upgrade them by spending some money you got during the game.

 Infinite-6Well overall, Bioshock Infinit offers you beyond briliant story with unforgettable twist, great graphic and pretty good gameplay. Have you ever seen Shawshank Redemption, Beautiful Mind, Shutter Island, Inception? They are very great movie with great twisted ending. Inception presents elaborate story, even sometimes is debatable. In my humble opinion, Trust me, Bioshock Infinites is above them all in story and twisted ending.

Comic 8 Review

User Rating : 7.9/10

Genre  : Comedy-Action

Actors  : Pandji, Ernest, Mongol, Fico, Nikita Mirzani, Agung Hercules, Indro Warkop, Nirina etc



Comic 8 tells story about bank robbery attempt by bunch of guys. Three unrelated teams coincidentally robbed same bank in the same time. They hijacked the bank and hostaged officer (nikita mirzani) and an old citizen (Indro warkop). Polices were given command to take them down. Realizing they were suppressed under polices attack, they agreed to work together as one team to escape with abundant money. And the rest of story it’s better unrevealed because comic 8 is full of unpredictable twists.

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Actually I was interested to watch this movie because I am stand up comedy fans. Almost all of actors in this movie are stand up comedian. So, by that fact, I had very high expectation to this movie. I had expected this movie would be hilariously funny.

After watched a whole movie, I can say that Comic 8 is much funny, but not as funny as I expected before. The movie is good, I think it’s only my expectation which too high. Honestly I enjoy more their performance in stand up comedy instead of in movie. Sometimes their jokes in comic 8 aren’t better compared with their content in stand up comedy. But still, it is very good and perhaps the best Indonesian comedy movie lately. It also offers great action effect. Slow motion and shooting scenes are the coolest! Sometimes It feels like watching action hollywood movie during gun fighting scene. The storyline is so good with unpredictable twist that (maybe) blow your mind in the end of the movie. So again, comic 8 is worth to watch. One of Indonesian superb movie has been released this year!

Lone Survivor Review (7.0/10)



Lone Survivor tells a story about failed ambush of Osama bin laden. US army base sent a team, red team, consist of 4 soldiers. In the middle of their stealth interception, they got caught by native civilians. They deal with a situation to choose : kill those civilians hence they can continue their mission, set them up free in consequence they failed and back to the base. In the middle of their hesitation, the captain chose to failed their mission.  They didn’t know the big trouble is awaiting for them. A freed civilian told Taliban about US Army operation immediately. They chased US Army with massive amount of rifle armed soldiers. The fight couldn’t be avoided. The red team was attacked badly. They were shot, blown up by missile launchers. In the end, there was only one survivor, lone survivor who survived from Taliban.


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Perhaps there are already a lot of movies that tell story about US army missions in middle east.  Hurt locker, Zero Dark Thirty are two of them. This movie is good, worth to watch. An intense rifle fight will pumps your heartbeat fast. It’s not like exaggerating battle like Rambo who can kills hundreds soldiers alone. It’s more realistic and make senses movie. The wound seems real. Actually nothing special in the storyline, no twist, no tricky plot. It’s like common mainstream movies which only main character who survived at the end. Lone Survivor offers you thrilling action. After watched the whole movie, it feels like watching Battlefield 4 EA Games  brought to the cinema. Yeah I imagined they are Pac, Irish, Recker and Dunn.

Choices and Future

Sesuatu yang berdampak besar untuk diri sendiri dimulai dari pilihan yang ‘menakutkan’.  Manusia memiliki mekanisme pertahanan untuk mencari pembenaran kepada pilihan yang paling aman. That’s natural instict. ‘Pembenaran’ bisa mengatasnamakan logika atau bahkan hati kecil. Ketakutan, proses pembenaran dan suara hati kecil pada saat itu menjadi buram, tidak jelas dan tidak dapat dibedakan. Self defense mechanism bagaikan pisau bermata dua, bisa menyelamatkan atau malah menjerumuskan dalam lembah penyesalan.  Tidak ada yang tahu masa depan. Berbagai pilihan dapat membawa diri pergi terbang entah kemana. Tidak harus terbang bisa juga terjatuh keras ke tanah. Sepertinya yang paling baik memang tidak pernah tahu berbabagai kemungkinan masa depan. It will terrifies you. Deal with it, live with it, the show must goes on.

3 Memorable Games yang Saya Mainkan Tahun 2013

Berikut ini coba saya bahas 2 games terbaik yang saya mainkan di tahun 2013 ini. Tentunya selain 3 list games yang dibahas dibawah ada beberapa game yang saya juga telah/sedangkan mainkan seperti Call of Duty series, Battlefield Series, LA Noire, Crysis 3, Final Fantasy XII, PES series etc.

Final Fantasy X

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Kali ini saya akan review game yang baru saja saya tamatkan beberapa bulan lalu. Yup, Final Fantasy X untuk console PS2. Telat banget kali ya game keluaran tahun 2001 baru saya bisa mainkan sekarang di tahun 2013. Maklum ga punya console PS2,. So, ketika saya mendapatkan emulator PS2 di PC untuk pertama kalinya, FFX menjadi list teratas game PS2 yang ingin saya mainkan.

Final Fantasy X (FF X) bercerita tentang perjalanan Yuna sang summoner bersama para guardian untuk membebaskan Spira dari  ancaman Sin. Karakter utama pada FF X ini adalah Tidus, salah seorang guardian dari Yuna. Tidus pada awalnya merupakan atlet dari seorang atlet beach ball terkenal yaitu Jecht di Zanarkand yang kemudian tersesat ke dunia yang bernama Spira. Lambat laun Tidus mengetahui berbagai fakta yang mengguncangnya, bahwa Zanarkand tempat asalnya telah hancur 1000 tahun lalu oleh Sin, yang mana merupakan jelmaan dari ayahnya sendiri, Jecht. Mengetahui kenyataan bahwa Tidus tidak bisa kembali ke Zanarkand, akhirnya dia memutuskan untuk menjadi Guardian seorang putri Summoner terkenal, Yuna. Bersama Yuna dan guardian lainnya : Lulu, Kimahri, Auron, Rikku dan Wakka mereka memusnahkan siklus kematian yang dibuat oleh Yu Yevon, yaitu Sin.

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Awesome! Storyline FFX benar-benar mengagumkan! Layaknya kisah menarik lainnya, cerita yang terjadi benar-benar membuat gamer penasaran akan kelanjutannya. Dari awal permainan  Square Enix membuat kita penasaran : Siapakah Tidus? Apa yang sebenarnya terjadi dengan Zanarkand? Alur cerita yang terus maju pun membeberkan satu persatu fakta tentang Spira, Sin, Zanarkand dan darimana Tidus berasal. Semakin lama kita bermain, kita akan memahami apa yang terjadi sebenarnya dimana setiap kejadian terkait satu sama lain. Layaknya masterpiece, Final Fantasy X memberikan twist yang semakin membuat menarik cerita yaitu fakta tentang Seymour,  final aeon, Auron, ajaran Yu Yevon maupun Zanarkand yang merupakan dunia fantasi yang dibuat Yu Yevon dari faith yang dikumpulkan di Mt. Gagazet. Pada puncaknya, FF X memberikan happy dan sad ending. Happy endingnya rakyat Spira sekarang telah merdeka karena Yu Yevon dan Sin telah dikalahkan. Sad endingnya adalah Tidus ikut musnah bersama musnahnya Sin dan Yu Yevon. What a brilliant story!

Graphic & Sound

Well untuk tampilan grafis di kelas PS2, FFX menurut saya cukup, tidak sebagus FFXII dan juga tidak kalah jika dibandingkan game PS2 lainnya. Adapun FFX untuk pertama kalinya menghadirkan fitur character voice sehingga membuat cerita lebih hidup (mengingat FFIX sebelumnya tidak memiliki fitur ini). Harus saya akui penambahan suara pada karakter berbicara merupakan hal yang oke! Jika dibandingkan dengan FF IX, mimik pada karakter FF X terlihat lebih hidup dalam menyalurkan ekspresinya.








Seperti series Final Fantasy pada umumnya gameplay yang dihadirkan masih menyenangkan. Yang berbuat berbeda dari FF sebelumnya kita bisa switch karakter di tengah battle sehingga lebih banyak pilihan strateginya. Untuk character developmentnya pun terbilang hal yang baru dan customable. Kita bisa memilih seorang karakter mau dispesialisasikan menjadi apa : white magic, black magic, balance, thief, dsb. Kita pun dapat menjumpai berbagai side quest sepanjang game ini.


FFX merupakan game yang sangat saya recomendasikan untuk pencinta RPG. Game ini pernah membuat saya melupakan dunia sekitar “sejenak” dan benar-benar tersedot didalamnya. FFX bisa menjawab bahwa dengan grafis pas-pasan game bisa dibuat menjadi luar biasa melalui storyline dan gameplay yang diatas rata-rata (mengingat at the same time saya bermain game dengan kualitas grafis yang jauh lebih baik seperti Crysis 3).

Adapun sedikit kekurangan dari FFX ini yaitu soundtracknya (suteki da ne) tidak sebaik OST final fantasy pendahulunya (FFIX, FFVIII). Final boss nya pun terlalu mudah (sin, jecht dan Yu Yevon) sehingga seperti kurang greget.

Far Cry 3









Saya salah satu penggemar FPS game. Beberapa game telah saya mainkan seperti battlefield, Call of Duty dan Crysis 3. Namun Far Cry 3 menawarkan sesuatu yang extraordinary yaitu open world FPS dengan berbagai side quest dan sistem character development yang oke. Grafis yang aduhai dengan setting tempat sebuah pulau nan subur sangat memanjakan mata.










Far Cry3 bercerita mengenai sekumpulan anak muda dengan lakon protagonis yaitu Jason Brody aka Snow White.  Jason dan teman-temannya berlibur di sebuah pulau. Layaknya anak muda yang haus akan tantangan mereka melakukan berbagai olahraga ekstrim, salah satunya terjun payung. Jason dan teman-temannya pun terpisah satu sama lain. Naasnya mereka mendarat di tempat yang salah berisi kawanan bandit yang dikomandoi Vaas. Seiring berjalannya cerita akan terungkap bahwa Vaas tidak bekerja sendirian. Dia di back up oleh seorang kartel ganja kelas kakap.  Permainan bercerita tentang Jason yang mencari teman-temannya yang disandra satu persatu dan memberantas sindikat penjahat dengan mengeksplorasi seluruh pulau dibantu penduduk lokal daerah.

Secara keseluruhan cerita dan setting yang dihadirkan Far Cry 3 tidaklah terlalu kompleks namun sangat menghibur. Tidak banyak twist yang terjadi sepanjang permainan. Cerita pun berjalan secara linear.

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Well, setting lokasi di Far Cry 3 adalah suatu pulau dengan penduduk local yang masih jarang. Terdapat berbagai keanekaragaman hayati, demografis dan hewani yang bisa kita nikmati sepanjang permainan. Mulai dari anjing, harimau, merak, rusa, kambing, babi bahkan komodo tersebar di pelosok pulau. Pada kondisi tertentu mereka bisa sangat berbahaya. Sepertinya untuk setting tempat Far Cry 3 sedikit refers ke Indonesia. Mengapa saya katakan demikian? Yup benar, Karena disana ada komodo salah satunya. Petunjuk lainnya adalah beberapa kosakata bahasa pun dipakai seperti “Rakyat” yaitu sebutan suku local pulau tersebut, maupun “Beras” yang mengacu pada daerah sawah.

Far Cry 3 menyuguhkan grafis yang memanjakan mata. Dengan format open world kita bisa menjelajah pulau menikmati pantai, gunung, air terjun dan keindahan alam lainnya yang luar biasa. Keanekaragaman hayati dan hewani membuat setting terasa lebih hidup! Amazing!










I love FPS, I love open world game. Far Cry 3 menggabungkan keduanya secara brilian. Far Cry 3 tidak hanya sekadar FPS game biasa yang berjalan linear. Terdapat berbagai macam side quest yang disediakan mulai dari menjadi bounty hunter, balapan, menembak dsb. Yang saya sukai dari Far Cry 3 adalah sistem developmentnya. Karakter bisa menjadi lebih powerful yaitu dengan cara memperbanyak obat-obatan, menambah amunisi senjata, meningkatkan skill bertarung dan bertahan serta upgrading barang pelengkap. Nah disini yang membuat seru, untuk mendapatkan obat-obatan kita harus mencari tanaman dengan spesies tertentu untuk diambil ekstraknya. Caranya tentu dengan berkeliling ke pelosok daerah. Obat-obatan dapat digunakan untuk menambah health point, anti binatang buas maupun meningkatkan intuisi dalam bertarung.  Sedangkan untuk upgrading peralatan pelengkap seperti dompet (untuk menyimpan uang lebih banyak), sarung pistol, sarung panah, dsb dapat dilakukan dengan berburu kulit hewan. Untuk membuka peta dapat dilakukan dengan mengaktifkan pemancar radio di pucuk tower.

Dari segi combat systemnya, permainan tidak monoton tembak-tembakan secara terbuka. Kita juga bisa menyergap melalui stealth kill (istilahnya di game ini takedown) dengan cara bersembunyi di semak belukar. Pemain juga bisa melemparkan batu kerikil ke arah yang diinginkan untuk mengacaukan konsentrasi musuh. Beberapa hal yang membuat saya kagum bahwa keberadaan hewan buas bisa jadi malah menguntungkan kita. Hewan buas menyerang siapa saja! Efek terbakarnya rumputan, pohon maupun rumah kayu terlihat begitu nyata. Api dapat menjalar dan membakar siapapun yang berada diantaranya.


Great gameplay and side quest, beautiful visual graphic menjadikan game ini layak untuk dimainkan bagi para penggemar FPS game.










Pertama kali saya bermain series FIFA adalah FIFA 1998 kalau tidak salah. Hal yang lucu pada game itu adalah pemain bisa dengan mudah membuat goal yaitu dengan cara meloncati keeper. Selang belasan tahun kemudian saya memainkan FIFA 13 (biasanya saya bermain Pro Evolution Soccer, karena game ini yang ngetrend kalo main bersama teman2). Awalnya sih susah bermain FIFA 13 namun lama-lama kok terasa asyik. FIFA 13 menawarkan gameplay yang realistis dimana untuk mengoper dan menggiring bola tidaklah semudah PES. Artificial Intelligentnya pun lebih bagus. FIFA 13 memang cukup realistis namun lama-lama menggiring bola tidaklah menjadi terlalu sulit asalkan memakai pemain dengan skill tinggi seperti Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar. Chance membuat goal dari tendangan luar kotak pinalti pun besar. FIFA 14 memperbaiki kekurangan tersebut dari versi pendahulunya. Menggiring bola menjadi lebih sulit, dan shooting nya pun terasa lebih pas dan sulit dibandingkan FIFA 13. Yang terasa lagi FIFA 14 menawarkan grafis yang lebih smooth. Akselerasi berlari pemain, tabrakan antar pemain terlihat lebih nyata. Mungkin ada sebagian kalangan berpendapat bahwa gameplay yang sulit akan membuat keindahan bermain berkurang. For me, realistic gameplay is fun. Like usual, FIFA selalu menawarkan Opening Soundtrack yang super keren.









Sedikit kelemahan dari FIFA 14 adalah Tournament dan Cup yang kurang lengkap, tidak ada Champion League Cup (liga champion) maupun piala dunia. Jika anda penggemar bola maka FIFA 14 wajib di coba.