This review is an unedited version of the review written by Zombie Dredd and published in the Tech Magazine: Issue 28 December 2015.
For fans of football, FIFA has long been the football franchise to offer the opportunity to play as your favourite team or player, and every year the game evolves just a little bit more, moving a little bit closer to the real world sport it is attempting to emulate.
With FIFA 16, EA Sports has offered fans everything they are already used to from the franchise but with plenty of tweaks and a few new additions. It is essentially the FIFA game you know, but for some, it may not be the FIFA game they love.
FIFA 16 has made changes to the passing – and in doing so, to the pace – from FIFA 15, and for some this change may be a step to far. Players more comfortable with manual passing and a slightly slower pace of play will love FIFA 16, while those that enjoyed the style and (player) speed of FIFA 15 may find themselves a little frustrated until enough time spent playing makes it feel like second nature again. On top of that, the ball no longer appears to be magically glued to a player’s feet, and the new ‘no-touch’ dribbling adds a new challenge when deciding to run at the opposition. Again, this means players will generally need to slow the game pace down and attack with accurate passing and breaking down the defensive line of their opposition.
Generally FIFA 16 feels more like it’s trying to simulate real football, rather than lean towards an arcade experience. Taking shots on goal has also been tweaked, and feels a lot more challenging than in last year’s iteration of the game. Tackling is also very unforgiving at times, and sometimes, even a gentle challenge in the box can lead to a penalty.
The game has been graphically improved again and the in-game commentary appears to offer more variation than ever before. The stadiums and weather effects are stunning, as are the players and their animations, while the crowds remain a little ‘cardboard cut-out’. There are also more official teams, leagues and stadiums offered in the game, including the much hyped addition of women’s international teams.
There is plenty to keep FIFA fans playing until next year’s edition arrives, including a comprehensive career mode, the increasingly popular Ultimate Team, and gameplay that rewards players over time as the nuances are grasped.
FIFA 16 is quite possibly the best entry to the franchise – as long as you enjoy the challenges the tweaks have brought about.
Available for: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC
Distributed by: Prima Interactive and available at all retailers of games