FIFA 15 was rather good, as it goes. Reviews of the game were mostly positive, with critics noting that EA had done a good job of optimising the graphics for PS4 and Xbox One. But ‘better looking graphics’ aren’t going to cut it with FIFA 16 and while the decision to (finally) include female footballers is a huge step forward for the series, for many core FIFA fans, they’ll need more of a reason to buy.
The solution to this, EA reckons, is to make comprehensive and tangible improvements across the entire pitch. In FIFA 16, every single position in the game has new a trick up their sleeves, from the goalkeeper all the way to the forwards. But talking about them isn’t as interesting as seeing them which is why EA has released a brand new FIFA 16 gameplay trailer – watch it after the break.
FIFA 16 Gameplay Trailer – ‘Innovations’
As mentioned, FIFA 16‘s gameplay improvements start right at the onion bag. EA says that this year they have “doubled down” on their efforts to improve goalkeeper fundamentals. This may seem like a pretty small thing, but given that FIFA 15 already made a lot of improvements to goalkeepers (including new save animations, improved AI, and new player models) FIFA 16‘s goalies should feel like the best ones yet.
But hopefully you won’t have to rely on them too much – at least, that’s what it seems like given that defenders now have all sorts of tackling abilities. Previously, if you mistimed a slide tackle when an attacker was making a run on goal, you’d be stuffed, as your defender would never be able to get back up in time. In FIFA 16 you can use the momentum to get back up and try again. Additionally, you have greater “freedom of movement”, there are new taclking behaviours, including fake tackles and tackles in the air, and your AI defenders should seem smarter too.
Midfielders also have better interception intelligence, which is certainly welcome given how rubbish they were at it in FIFA 15. But when they aren’t cutting out passes like a brick wall come to life, they can also attack better too thanks to FIFA 16′s new no touch dribbling feature, as brought to the game by Lionel Messi. And as for attacking players, there is “dynamic crossing” that should better target those in the box, along with “realistic shot trajectories” which should give you more incredible goals. Highlight reels at the ready, folks.
FIFA 16 will be released on September 25, 2015 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.