This year’s installment of the multi-million unit selling FIFA series returns with not many improvements, but what is there and what has been added takes the game closer to the real-world experience. Electronic Arts have went with the ‘Play Beautiful’ mantra this year and it shows in-game as players have more ability on the ball to pull off the sensational and defenses are more organized thanks to the new AI covering system that does away with the gaping holes left in your backline in the FIFAs of yesteryear. We were lucky enough to go hands on with the game back at E3 2015 in June. In our short time with it, we found that the graphics are just about as good as they can get when it comes to mobile games.
It’s optimized and built from the ground up to be played on smaller displays, but will also look really great when played on a tablet. The joystick and buttons are large and pretty easy to find. Just like most other soccer titles, simple swipes can be used to pass and shoot the ball, or you can tap on another player to pass the ball to him. One thing to note is that this game features some great graphics, so it may not perform extremely well on all devices. The developer says it works well on more recent Android devices like the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, HTC One M8, Galaxy S6, etc. You’ll also need a massive 1.4GB of free storage space to download it.
The new commercial for the game features Leo Messi, Sergio Agüero, Alex Morgan and Pelé, playing alongside normal people. Everybody seems to be really into the game, which I will attest is usually the case every time anybody around me plays FIFA. Buy FIFA 16 Coins is due to launch on September 22, for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. A more stripped down version will also be made available for the Xbox 360 and PS3, while various variants of the game will show up on the Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Wii, iOS, and Android devices. Now, as for FIFA 16, this game will follow the same path as the others before it by running at the same 1080p and 60FPS on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. So, right away it is clear which Football game Xbox One owners should aspire to own by the end of 2015.
Whatever Konami is doing, something is just not going right. We suspect it has a lot to do with the Fox Engine, so Xbox One gamers should expect Metal Gear Solid: 5 to perform less when compared to the PlayStation 4 version. That natural feel owes heavily to the stunning array of animations in FIFA 16. Animations chain together very smoothly in most situations, avoiding the feeling that players are floating or snapping into preset animations during gameplay. Replays can feel slightly jerkier, but most often still manage to look surprisingly lifelike. Tackles, slides, collisions, shots, et al. are all absurdly diverse and a testament to the passion of the FIFA animation team. As impressive as this all looks in game, the places where the animations break down become all the more noticeable.
Case in point: taking ultra long range chicken shots on net. Most keeper animations match closely what the pros would do, except when the ball is miles from goal. In such situations, the goalie tends to stand rooted like a bloody oak tree, waiting for the ball to cross the penalty spot before diving ridiculously for a save – rather than shuffling a few steps and easily claiming the ball. “We think fans are going to be equally as excited with all the new ways as they have been with the gameplay in FIFA 16,” he said. “From hands-on gameplay events across the world, we’ve heard resoundingly positive feedback on the balanced and exciting experience we are building in FIFA 16.”
For the first time in the series, you can play with 12 Women’s National Soccer Teams. Online is as fun as ever with a brand new addition to Ultimate Team while adding in the training sessions to actually mean something in career mode is a wonderful and very welcomed addition. I say it just about every single year with sports titles in that the key is to avoid being called a “roster update” and nothing more. FIFA, year in and year out, has avoided getting slapped with this moniker, and this IP has separated itself from the pack. There is no reason you shouldn’t be picking this game up at launch. With a refined gameplay that requires a more tactical approach to achieve success, fine tuning of numerous details, and deeper options for both online and offline play, FIFA 16 has proven yet again to be the quintessential title for fans of the beautiful game.