FIFA 16 Review

Well it’s been a year and the new and improved FIFA hit our shelves only a few weeks back, have you played it? Possibly not if you are reading this and trying to judge whether PES has it over FIFA this year.  With both games being released a week apart from each other, which one are you going to grab? Well I’m not here to answer that question, instead this review will be solely dedicated to FIFA and FIFA alone.

Once the whistle blows and Kick off has commenced, you will notice differences in the game play almost immediately.  Total possession is what you will experience, defence has been tightened up allowing you to play through the midfield more fluidly through to the forwards, taking your time and seeing where the opponents weaknesses lie and strike when an error is made, the game unfortunately has been slowed down as a result and it will make you swear when you see that ball being passed for the 50th time back through to the AI defence.

This new type of game play being introduced reminds me of past failed titles of FIFA 13 and FIFA 14, eradicating the almost silly yet fun fast paced end to end play.

If you were expecting an answer to all the issues and problems with FIFA 15 you will be sadly mistaken, the graphics and presentation hasn’t changed from the year before, not that it really needed it, considering that the player likenesses are dead on.

However not everything is a loss and we are still far away from a dull and dreary title.

Ultimate team, FIFA’ s combo Fantasy team meets trading card extravaganza is still the crown jewels for the title, the introduction of FUT Draft mode is a breath of fresh air, if you don’t have the time commitment to play FUT on a day by day basis and really put the hours in then this mode is definitely for you. Basically pick your players and choose your captain from a number of world class players, get them into position, choose a manager and work on your chemistry ratings to ensure your team play well together and when you are done, compete in a series of up to four matches in a winner stays in competition, during that time earn coins, packs and loan players. Draft in Messi for 4 games and see what impact he will make to the success of your team.

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This year, FIFA introduces Women’s soccer, EA obviously recognising the sport as highly skilful and popular to watch. Choose from 12 teams and compete in the World Cup, taking your country to glory through some of the worlds best Women footballers ever seen, you truly can Bend it like Beckham!!! For real man.

Commentary is again provided by the delightful duo of Martin Tyler and Alan Smith, players are picked out and discussed at length at times and they mention action has it unfolds whilst playing, its almost as if they are peering through your window watching you play, however the more you play the more repetitive they can become, for instance they now mention major signings during the transfer season, there is only so many times to can hear about Bastian Schweinsteiger’s move to Manchester United for 35 Million and what an exciting player he is to watch!

Career mode, my favourite, is back and bigger than previous years. Pre Season competitions are now available for your team to compete in, this is a great way to earn some extra transfer cash before the actual season starts, this also allows you to experiment with different formations and players, as it allows you to use up to 7 substitutes instead of only 3 during a match.

Training Drills, a new feature, allows you to choose up to 5 players and focus on individual training requirements, this ultimately boosts your players rating in certain areas and increases the overall value of the player. You can either play through the training sessions for each player or simulate them all, but it is recommended to do this weekly in order to keep your players fresh and in optimum condition.

Typically, you will find all the major and lower tier teams available in a FIFA game, considering they have the licenses to produce real team names and sponsors, even league’s that aren’t available in the game, the popular teams are represented in “Rest of the World” this is the first year however EA have decided to omit my beloved Rangers. Why, who knows? They are the biggest team in Scotland, and the world’s most domestically successful club, yet they are not included. For shame.

That aside, this is another fine outing for the FIFA series, although my preference is more the fast paced action, end to end play, as you would come to expect in a video game, EA have decided to go more life like, will that be their own undoing? Only time will tell. Never the less it’s a title worth picking up.

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About: Matthew Cawley

I always had a passion for games even in my younger years, when I first received the Atari 2600, Pele Soccer was the flavor of the year, I played that game so much I actually started seeing top down soccer players in real life. My first real advanced gaming experience was when I received the Commodore Amiga 500, this is where adventure games took over my life, Sierra classics such as Police Quest, Space Quest, Kings Quest and the entire Leisure Suit Larry series dominated huge portions of my childhood.

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