If like me you’ve been glued to this years E3 expo and all it’s incredible new tech, games and pretty much what we will be buying this year and in the run up to Christmas, then you will have been treated to probably the best E3 from Microsoft ever, an excellent conference by Sony, showcasing some absolutely beautiful games amongst other things (The Last Guardian and Shenmue ranking pretty high on the excitement scale) and of course EA’s huge reveal of its upcoming line-up of sports games including Madden 16, NHL 16, NBA LIVE 16 and lets not forget the cream of the crop FIFA…..eh….16.
In the many years gone by, I have played EVERY version of FIFA International Soccer, as it was called back in the day, and I can honestly say that every year there has been a marked improvement, and by the looks of the trailer and press release on Monday, FIFA 2016 will be no different.
For the first time ever, players will be able to take control of one of twelve Women’s National Teams, which will include England, Sweden, Brazil and Italy to name a few, and will feature in several game modes including Kick Off, an offline Tournament as well as Online Friendly matches but will only be able to compete against other women’s teams. With a load of all new in-game animations and life-like head scans, the female players will look and move as they do in real competition.
The new tag line for this years FIFA game is “play beautiful” and this is expected to be achieved through the new range of improvements within the game including “no touch dribbling” and thankfully “clinical finishing” which will provide more variety in shooting and hopefully more wonder goals than before. This is a welcome addition as in my opinion we have not seen any improvement really to the shooting aspect of the game since the introduction of the finesse button.
David Rutter. VP and GM of EA SPORTS FIFA said “Whether fans prefer short and precise passes through the middle, or getting it outside and whipping in crosses, the beauty of FIFA 16 is that it offers fans the freedom to play their way and find success on the pitch”
Another addition to the game will be the EA SPORTS FIFA Trainer, which is an in-game training system which will allow the player to train whilst in the context of game and with the help of an optional graphic overlay (HUD), the player can be shown options available dependent on their position on the pitch. The trainers recommendations will progress as the players level increases automatically (or this can be set manually also.) Basic commands will start you off and deeper hints and opinions will improve even the game of the exceptional player.
Gameplay itself seems to be improving with a greater balance shown within the skills of both the defenders and attackers which makes for a more dynamic and satisfying result when you are trying to retain possession of the ball.
- DEFENSIVE AGILITY: brings balance in movement between attackers and defenders, driven by more than 25 gameplay feature changes to defenders
- DEFEND AS A UNIT: injects intelligence and positional-awareness into players so they can better decide between marking their man and covering dangerous space
- NEW TACKLING FUNDAMENTALS: offers new behaviours like fake and standing tackles as well as full body challenges and the ability to pull out of sliding tackles when found out of position
MIdfield maestro’s will be happy to know that in the most important area of a football pitch, marked improvements will be made to midfielder AI to help your team mates decide better on how to intercept passes and when best to shut down opponents, as well as a new driven pass to play sharp, incisive passes.
With all of the above and the announcement of a new mobile game called EA SPORTS FIFA, developers have tried everything to keep fans happy and maybe gain a few more in the constant console football game battle, and with the cover star still to be decided (Messi….surely) the release date of September 26th cannot come soon enough.
FIFA 16 will be available on September 26, 2015 in the UK on Origin on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.[Source- “dailyrecord.co.uk”]