Every year, without fail, EA releases a brand new FIFA game. And every year, EA has to come up with some significant new features and tweaks to prove that this year’s game isn’t just last year’s game in a new box with a new roster update.
EA has already tried to prove how different FIFA 16 is, with the biggest addition being the inclusion of women’s international teams. As important as that is, we don’t just want new characters models, new names on the back of the jerseys and new pronouns in the commentary, we want tangible gameplay changes. So could ‘no touch dribbling’ be the change that we need? According to the new FIFA 16 gameplay trailer, no touch dribbling will change everything.
FIFA 16 Gameplay Trailer – No Touch Dribbling
As explained by FIFA 16‘s senior producer Nick Channon, no touch dribbling is inspired by Lionel Messi’s very own style of play. Messi is well known for his dribbling prowess and with no touch dribbling you’ll be able to get the upper hand over your defender in one-on-one situations.
Instead of just doing a spin, a pass, a cross, or a rainbow flick to get the ball away from your defender’s feet, you can stay off the ball instead, feinting and duping the defender into the opposite direction of the one you want to go in. It’s a tiny window of opportunity but when you pull it off correctly, you can buy yourself enough time to get past the defender and even get the ball in the box for a chance on goal.
It certainly looks nice in a highly stylised gameplay trailer, but will it make a huge different to FIFA 16‘s gameplay? Maybe. As Channon notes, no touch dribbling is best performed by skilled footballers, but it looks as though it could be a bit fiddly for real-life players to make happen. After all, FIFA has previously included ‘feint’ shots where you could pretend to kick the ball, but these features aren’t really used by the average FIFA player.
FIFA 16 will be released on September 25, 2015 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.