If the English Premier League could be defined by one video game, it would be EA Sports FIFA 16. Both are the biggest, boldest and most commercially successful football brands out there, each relying on star power and mass appeal to provide their excitement. Matches are direct and fast, with wing play, early through passes and sprinting as usual FIFA 16 as they are engaged in a hard-fought battle between Southampton and Manchester City. PES perhaps for the more discerning follower of the beautiful game, but FIFA still manages to surpass it on sheer spectacle alone.
The problem is that the spectacle comes at the expense of the complexity. While you often see teams eschewing convention and trying an entirely new style of play, FIFA 16 does not strive for such diversity. Once you get used to the patterns of player movement and possible overtaking angles, you soon realize that you will never experience a situation or event that you have not seen before. This is a series hesitant to take risks and change its profitable formula; a formula that becomes more and more limited with each passing year. Do not get me wrong, FIFA 16 is still an enjoyable experience – it’s just not a diverse or complicated experience.
With so much success to be had playing the run-focused, direct passing game, the difference between winning and losing often comes down to sticking to what you know and focusing on not making mistakes, as opposed to actively looking for creative ways to break a defense down. While the dramatic ways in which it is possible to score goals yield sharp bursts of triumph, it now plays routine FIFA formula eliminates any sense of individual brilliance. In another world – one without pes 16– this formula can still be attractive. But with PES showing what is possible when you take the reins off and allow in particular midfielders who can control a game calmly and in a controlled manner, the game starts to lose its luster.
The outcome of FIFA 16The fame and accessibility of the game is that there are many high quality players. Finding a rival who understands the game, both online and in person, is not a challenging undertaking. This makes for matches that are fiercely fought, with play flowing smoothly back and forth between different phases of attack and defense. The difference between winning and losing against human players still comes down to who makes the fewest mistakes, rather than intelligent strategy, but the added pressure of these matches always makes them appealing.
The same cannot be said of matches against the AI, which lose their charm very quickly despite the impressive array of game modes and competitions to participate in. FIFA 16‘s underlying mechanics, the AI is repetitive and performs the same old predictable runs across the field. Despite countless improvements over the years, playing against the AI doesn’t feel any closer to playing against a human opponent, let alone a real football team.
While FIFA cannot match PES so out on the pitch it still offers a richer range of features. Chief among these, as always, is Ultimate Team, which is still the most entertaining way to play FIFA. You’ll build a squad of talented favorite players and take on the rival teams of others in an immersive mix of video games, sticker book collecting, and fantasy soccer. However, filling your team with experienced players is a long process. Unless you want to give away chunks of real money in exchange for packs of cards with Gold-rated players, increasing your purchasing power often takes a lot of games. Therefore, only those who are in it for the long haul can realistically expect to add the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Agüero or Robben to their teams.
You can now at least temporarily put together your dream team thanks to the addition of the Ultimate Team concept. It allows you to create a team from a selection of top-rated players and take control of them for three matches. While it’s a fun way to try out players without the patience required to acquire them normally in Ultimate Team, the three match limit means the design doesn’t have the depth to make it little more than a mildly amusing game. novelty.
But as always FIFADue to its power, it contains an incredible amount of content that you can play once the novelty of the draft has run its course. Leagues and teams across Korea, Saudi Arabia and Colombia are included, as well as 12 women’s national teams, a first for the series. These can be used in the all-encompassing career mode and various tournaments, not to mention online leagues, co-op seasons and 11 vs. 11 “Pro Club” matches.
Still, the volume of the content, however well presented, is not overpowering FIFA 16‘s shortcomings on the field. There’s nothing offensive about the design decisions made, they’re just not as exciting anymore. While it’s more impressively animated and more accommodating to casual players, FIFA 16 has brought little to no improvement in core football itself.
And yet, no doubt FIFA 16 will dominate the sports game charts as it has successfully done so for so long – the brand alone will ensure that. This is a great game for delivering a quick fix of football action packed in the sharpest visuals and flashiest presentations. But releasing a game as safe and conservative as FIFA 16 while rival PES continues to push the boundaries and diversity of the game means that, for the first time in a long time, FIFA is not the best football game out there.
- Playing against real opponents remains an exciting affair.
- Women’s football is a current addition.
- Incredibly wide selection of teams, players and modes.
- Football mechanics have become stale and predictable.
- Relying too much on the fastest players.
- There are few reasons to adopt this over last year’s version.
The ugly one
- Images and animations of crowds are still uniformly awful across teams and stadiums: Look away when the camera pans across the terraces.
FIFA 16 is as good as FIFA ever been, but that’s exactly the problem. While it offers the same extensive range of content, pes 16 has beaten it where it matters most: on the pitch. Suffice to say, the series now has a lot to catch up on.