|a game by||Electronic Arts Canada|
|Platforms:||PC, Playstation 3|
|Editor Rating:||6.8/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown|
|User Rating:||8.7/10 - 3 votes|
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|See also:||FIFA Games|
The FIFA series has been leading the way since the mid-2000s in terms of football titles as PES simply couldn’t keep up. Plus no other developer ever dared to make a pop at the champ either. Though FIFA 2016 is perhaps the pinnacle of mediocrity that comes with a company that has been at the top for so long. Like the best teams in the league, you still have to strengthen your squad from a position of strength and FIFA 2016 is quite content with what it has and fails to freshen up.
This game plays pretty much like any other title in the long-running FIFA franchise. Though you could argue that it plays like any other football game on the market so long as you simply jury rig controls for a little more familiarity. Games like PES or Sensible Soccer won’t feel too far off the mark in this respect.
The series has come under fire pretty much every year for it’s the inability to change and offer more to players. Though this may have been straw that broke the camels back, with The Journey soon to become a feature in an attempt to galvanise the franchise. This title would do what the franchise has done for a few years previous. It would remove the fast-paced and goal heavy gameplay and replace it with a more methodical and slow-paced game. The aim being marketed to focus on passing, improving defending and showcasing realism.
To the game’s credit, it does what it aims to do. Passing is a priority and the game adds a drilled pass option which offers variety. Defending is definitely stronger than what attackers can provide and realism in terms of real match tactics are present here. Though the fun factor suffers due to this. Plus, let’s face it, this has been done before only for the developers to U-turn the following year, bringing pace and through balls back into the forefront.
One addition that truly is fantastic to see is an introduction to the women’s game. Players are now able to control any major national women’s team. Though that is it. There is no be a pro, no career mode addition, no FUT inclusion. Nothing. It just seems consistent with the view of the women’s game in reality. Often acknowledged to exist but not often more than that.
This seeps into the rest of the title. Career mode is unchanged, be a pro is as standard. Basically, every single fibre of this game that isn’t related to FUT is untouched. Which shows where the priorities of the developers and publishers are and have been for a long time now.
FUT steps it up again
Despite the view that FUT does drag the rest of the title down, which let’s be honest, it does. It really ups its game again this year. The new draft mode is a phenomenal incision that allows players that maybe don’t want to invest cash into the game to play with some of the best players in the mode. This along with its already fantastic multiplayer facilities from past titles culminates to give the best version of FUT to date.
This game is the epitome of a formulaic and somewhat nefarious approach to money-making does to the overall gameplay. The base game outside of the multiplayer facilities remains about as good as it was four years ago, with no real strive to improve since the Be a Pro feature. Token additions do enough to entice players but offer so little in practice.
The FUT mode remains the prime asset for the series and really does deliver on what it promises. The one area of the series that can actually do this. All in all, if you buy FIFA for the FUT mode, you won’t be disappointed. Though, if you’re looking for a well rounded and feature heavy football title made with love. Then you’ll have to look elsewhere sadly.
- Female representation
- FUT draft mode
- Slower, sluggish gameplay
- Lack of innovation
- Token additions
- Graphically much like the previous year’s title