I love FIFA. It is my favourite game and has enough variety to keep you enthralled for hours on end.
However, the latest instalment - FIFA 16, is just a tad disappointing.
The game feels almost identical to FIFA 15, bar a few tweaks here and there. It just isn't enough of an improvement on the last game to really make it an essential purchase. It really does feel the same, and that is a great pity.
However, there are a few positives which I enjoyed discovering, but they were few and far between.
- Drilled passing. This addition allows for a quicker passing tempo, but you must ensure that the guy you are passing to actually knows how to control a football.
- Animations and graphics. These two aspects have been sharpened from FIFA 15, and it helps with the realism of the game. It is a wonderful game to look at, but it always is.
- No-touch dribbling. This type of dribbling allows your players to open up space at the expense of defenders. It adds an extra dimension to the gameplay which was lacking before, but it is difficult to master.
- Improved game modes. As I mentioned before, there is a lot that you can do with the game. From career mode to online matches, that same variety is in FIFA 16. The skill games - a tutorial of sorts, has been updated too. I did, however, find it difficult to find a match for online matches.
Other than those abovementioned aspects, I just couldn't really get the fact that FIFA 15 is so similar out of my mind. I think a bit of a trick was missed here by EA Sports, and hopefully they will learn that a lot more is needed to ensure the franchise keeps that number one spot. We gamers are not that gullible.
I give FIFA 16 a 7.5 out of 10
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