Updated version of the popular FIFA soccer computer game
- Category Sport
- License Full version
- Version (FIFA 2016)
- Works under Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista
- Language English
- Program by Electronic Arts
Set for launch on September 24th, FIFA 16 is the 23rd edition of the soccer sim that has been wowing gamers since 1993.
With official kits and players from almost all of the world's main leagues, it leads the way in terms of being realistic (although some Pro Evolution enthusiasts may dispute that) and promises hours of enjoyment thanks to an array of gaming modes.
Game play changes
FIFA players typically look towards the launch of a new game with combination of both anticipation and trepidation as EA Sports tends to shake things up with a number of gameplay changes and features. And this year is no different.
Thankfully, most of FIFA 16's alterations are for the better.
One of the biggest bugbears of FIFA 15 was that it was too easy to either win by a large margin or lose by one. Quite simply, certain players had the ability to ghost past defenders and if you were playing with Real Madrid you'd probably be banging the goals in, but if you came up against Barcelona's forward trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar, then keeping a clean sheet would be near impossible.
This year, however, sees a number of improvements designed to make things more competitive. To begin with, defences have beefed up, meaning players can get back and make tackles more effectively. It also easy to keep possession after regaining the ball, enabling you to quickly counter attack without passes in your own half falling at the feet of opposition players.
Goalkeeping AI (artificial intelligence) has been greatly boosted as well, giving them greater special awareness, while midfielders have more control of the direction of the ball and create chances more freely.
What about the strikers, we hear you ask. Well, single attacking strategies have gone out of the window and again you'll have to think about how you are going to create scoring opportunities two and sometimes three passes ahead. Players like Messi and Ronaldo still have the agility to get around defenders easily, but most other forwards have to rely on intricate build up play.
New methods for heading and shooting have been added, but these can be learnt using FIFA trainer.
One of the biggest additions to this season's game is the inclusion of 12 international female teams. Women's football is growing rapidly so it makes sense for EA to include this, with the added bonus of potentially enticing more female gamers to take up sim.
The women's teams tend to have very fast and agile players, but shooting power is somewhat reduced.
Another great addition is the ability to take part in pre-season tournaments like real clubs do in career mode. In past years, pre-season friendlies were made up of three games against largely uninspiring opposition, but this year you will be able to take your squad on mini tours of Asia, Europe and South America, adding to the development of your players and giving your transfer budget a modest shot in the arm.
Training is also included in career mode, allowing you to play practice matches between your players and test them out in new positions. This is also good for sharpening up your penalty and free kick skills.
Visually, little has changed from FIFA 15. However, last year's graphics were pretty much spot on so there wasn't much EA could do to make things any greater.
- Better defending
- Goalkeeper AI
- Inclusion of women's teams
- Training in career mode
- Pre-season tournaments
- No noticeable improvement in graphics
- Changes take time to get used to