FIFA 17 | Game Review

This review is an unedited version of the review written by Zombie Dredd and published in the Tech Magazine: Issue 40 December 2016.

As sure as the sun will rise every morning, you can pretty much guarantee that every September EA will release its next iteration of the FIFA franchise. This year with FIFA 17 however, EA ensured the game arrived packed with a number of changes.

The two big talking points are the addition of a story driven mode called ‘The Journey’ and the change of the game engine to Frostbite, which is better known for powering Battlefield. The great thing is both of these changes make FIFA 17 the first in the series to really feel like less of an update and more of a new game.

In ‘The Journey’ you play as Alex Hunter who is trying to make it in the professional football world. This is achieved in-game via existing gameplay elements which are mixed with a story and dialogue options. The mode seems a little out of place however, and is one that won’t attract new players to the series, but it is a rewarding addition for fans.

Graphically, the game really looks top class thanks to the engine change. As expected from EA and the FIFA franchise, the presentation and expansive selection of teams and players is likely to sate the hungriest of football fans.

Of course, looking great is all well and good but the important measure of whether to buy FIFA 17 is how it plays. Expectations of the Frostbite engine dramatically changing the game on the pitch hasn’t happened and FIFA 17 feels a lot like FIFA 16. It is slow, considered and demands accuracy of passes. Stronger players are a lot more physical which makes the action feel a lot more realistic. Some players in the game feel a little slower than they should be, but perhaps an update will fix that.

The set-pieces this year feel a lot more complicated than they need to be. I suspect that players who master them will be the players that succeed in tournaments. And you may need to because the referees are as tough as nails (again).

With more teams, leagues, stadiums and all the other good stuff (including the ever popular FIFA Ultimate Team), FIFA 17 is another great FIFA title. Whether it can keep holding its number one position in the future without really working on gameplay remains to be seen. For now, it’s probably the best FIFA ever and football fans will not be disappointed.

Score: 8/10
Available for: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC
Distributed by: Prima Interactive and available at all retailers of games

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