FIFA 16 Review

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Modes: Single-player, multiplayer

Storyline: 8

Gameplay: 8 / 10

Graphics: 8 / 10

Replay Value: 10 / 10

Sound and Music: 10 / 10


Expected to have sold over a million copies on the first day of release, the world’s most popular sports game franchise, FIFA, takes to the pitch with its third next-gen release. Although Messi appears on the box art again for 2016, this year’s release focuses on defense rather than offense – an approach that has crept into the game’s development too. EA has stuck closely to its ‘if it’s not broken, don’t fix it’ principle with this release and, unfortunately, with only a few marginal updates (a handful of additions and tweaks), a feeling of staleness has descended upon the king of football.

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Another year, another FIFA. With over 13 billion hours of online gaming devoted to its predecessor, there is no doubt that this year’s game will find an audience — the brand alone will ensure that. Undoubtedly still an impressive game that has steadily evolved, stuffed with official licenses and game modes, FIFA will manage to find a special place in your heart, despite the criticism. On the field, it plays much the same as last year, although more time has been spent on the games defensive play and there is far less emphasis on pace. Its most notable additions this round are the FIFA Ultimate Team Draft, women’s teams, an improved career mode that adds Pre-Season Tournaments and Player Training to the mix. So yes, it is much more than just a roster update. There is enough to keep football fanatics busy.

What we like?

  • FIFA 16 introduces a myriad of tweaks to the gameplay.
  • New AI makes the game feel more natural and the reactions of the players and their runs more realistic. They are now able to anticipate passes and play better through the midfield.
  • Passing also requires more concentration from gamers. It’s not as easy as before, but a lot better.
  • The slide tackle has also been drastically improved. It is now one of the best ways to steal the ball, instead of a last option.
  • Unmatched presentation. Thanks to a great music selection and awesome animated menus, FIFA looks as slick as ever.
  • Great celebrations
  • Better game modes
  • Beautiful graphics — better facial features
  • Across the entire game, EA has piled a whole host of new animations, including awesome cut-scenes — particularly the ref controlling free kicks better.
  • Goalkeepers have improved significantly.
  • 78 football stadiums that also include 50 real-world venues to choose from.
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    What we dislike

  • This year’s entry isn’t revolutionary. Been there. Done that.
  • Sluggish in comparison to FIFA 15
  • Too familiar. A little stale and predictable.
  • Crowds have room for improvement
  • FIFA has always felt leaps ahead of underdog PES, but no more. The latest Pro Evolution release is arguably as good or perhaps even better than FIFA 16. Of course, avid fans won’t care and won’t want to hear any of it. Those whose hearts are set on EA’s FIFA, will find it pitch perfect. FIFA 16 is still an enjoyable experience. When the final whistle blows, veterans will be pleased.

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