Like the best professionals, FIFA 16 responds to an unexpected challenge with disciplined play driven by the knowledge of what it takes to win. Having slammed the door on its competition for much of the preceding console generation, EA Sports’ FIFA was blindsided last year by the soccer video game equivalent of an equalizer goal. Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 delivered stronger gameplay than FIFA 15, a withering success against a franchise that prides itself on technical brilliance. To carry the sports metaphor further, all eyes fall on the betting favorite after such a startling blow, especially when a fickle crowd turns and cheers the underdog. After PES 2015 arrived, players of both games wondered if the big goals routinely scored in FIFA 15 were truly earned.
We should probably start with ‘everything’, as there’s a lot to get through. What I mean by ‘everything’ is that the heart of the game, the way in which FIFA plays football, has for the first time in a few years made a jump big enough to feel like a distinct break rather than an iterative polish. Last year’s slants and foibles–pace, over-the-top through-balls, maddening defender behaviour–have been taken sternly in hand, to the extent that playing FIFA 16 feels like learning a new game. It’s hard, and the first few games are a mixture of frustration and promise. Alright, opening packs were once a fond experience for us all, now it has become quite boring and typically annoying when you get the same players. Most times we are disappointed by the quality players, packs are just hit and miss, mostly miss. IF you don’t have the money, you’ll never get a half-decent striker for your squad either.
Let me be fair, you’ll eventually get great players (if you stick around playing FUT long enough), but expect to have a lighter piggy. I’d say it is better to enter the transfer market to build your team with affordable players with high chemistry, rather than having one or two big name stars. Rooney and Muller just do not belong with Benzema. The things Benzema can do with the ball are things Rooney and Muller would not even dream of doing. Messi was instrumental in the semi finals against Bayern Munich and in the final against Juventus. Messi’s goals also produced far superior results than Ronaldo’s. Messi’s goal against Atletico Madrid gave the title to Barcelona and he scored a wonder goal in the final of Copa Del Rey as well.
FIFA 16 promises a much more aggressive and combative midfield. New animations will allow you to have more control over drilled high-powered shots and catch that loose ball dropping down and volley it to the back of the net. In FIFA 16, the players can curve their crosses just so that it is perfectly timed to get past the defenders into the six-yard box and have your striker present there to nod or tap the ball home. EA has plenty to learn from other sports sim games, and even getting your own face in the game needs work – EA’s own Game Face system hasn’t been properly updated in a long while, and being able to use next-gen tech like the PlayStation 4’s or Xbox One’s Kinect to get you in the game should be a no-brainer. Let’s just hope the results aren’t as nightmare-inducing as last year’s NBA 2K15 squads.
And how about some other Create modes? We’re able to Create a Player, but we’d love to see even more Create modes. While Ultimate Team scratches the itch to create your perfect team, you’re still at the mercy of the transfer market and luck of the draw. We’d love to be able to put together our own dream team to take through career mode, whilst letting us create our own stadiums, kit and even a mascot. And how about a chant creator? It’s not the end of the fight, of course. FIFA will always struggle to make wholesale changes simply by nature of how popular it is. Fans expect a certain game each year, of course, but FIFA 16 is looking to appeal to the midfield battle fans. PES 2016 is the one to beat, however, so it looks as though it’s over to EA to topple Konami from the throne.
Therefore, when Women’s Football was announced for FIFA 16, a lot of gamers voiced their frustrations. We seriously hope they are not just straight out misogynistic remarks. But that wouldn’t really surprise us at this stage would it? Basically we were seeing statements like, “Whats the logic behind putting women teams in FIFA? It won’t fix the game and more shit players will be there. Great logic EA.” and “Why would they put women in FIFA when 95% of players are boys??? Makes no sense.” Hmm.