FIFA 16 was released this week and we’ve concluded…it isn’t all that much different to last year.
Yes, the gameplay is marginally slower, and the balance between attack and defence has been improved, but the most notable initial changes are as superficial as more realistic beards and facial hair!
Don’t get me wrong – EA Sports has made another market-leading game full of delightful little additions, such as new Premier League stadiums and a more authentic in-match atmosphere.
But it does not feel any different from playing last year’s edition. It does not feel like a new experience. It feels a little as though FIFA 15 has simply been given another squad and player update.
Playing with the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea, it is clear that pace is still king. One depression of the right trigger and the likes of Theo Walcott and Eden Hazard are away with ease.
Fastest players on FIFA 16: Arsenal star UNBEATABLE… Chelsea, Man U & Liverpool men also 90s
Although speed plays a massive part in non-virtual football, it would have been nice to see more emphasis placed on skill and guile – otherwise these games are in danger of moulding into each other.
Yet EA Sports can get away with this minimal game-play progress because this year’s edition has taken the socially significant step of introducing 12 women’s national sides as playable teams.
And, ultimately, that is probably what this year’s edition will be remembered for…
FIFA 16 player screenshots: Messi tattoos more realistic than face, Man U & Arsenal stars look great
FIFA 16 ratings: Liverpool cover star WORSE or on par with £50m trio of flop signings
FIFA 16 women’s ratings: Carli Lloyd better than Suarez & Hazard, 7 females beat top Arsenal man