When FIFA 16 is released next month, it will include a range of new gameplay features. There’s no-touch dribbling, women’s national teams and there’s that huge online mode, FIFA Ultimate Team Draft. These things will hopefully make the game’s £40/$60 price tag feel worth it, but they aren’t the only new things that will contribute to the FIFA 16 experience.
If you’ve played a FIFA game before then you know that even the little things can make a huge difference, such as the soundtrack (which is regularly spectacular) or the way the crowds look less like bad papier-mâché projects and more like real people with every annual update. EA has packed the upcoming sports sim with loads of these small changes, and now they’re showing them off in a brand new FIFA 16 trailer called ‘Sights & Sounds’.
FIFA 16 Trailer – Sights & Sounds
One of the biggest features mentioned in that FIFA 16 trailer is the realistic stadiums. FIFA 16 will include 50 licensed and 28 generic stadiums for you to play in, including new stadiums such as Carrow Road (Norwich City), Vicarage Road (Watford), and Vitality Stadium (Bournemouth) and old favourites including Wembley Stadium, Camp Nou (Barcelona), White Hart Lane (Tottenham Hotspur), and Old Trafford (Manchester United). Your favourite stadium of the bunch will sit behind the main menu and you’ll be able to quickly jump into a match from there.
EA also points out that there are comprehensive commentary packages and stats sheets, with the game letting you know who’s doing what (with comparisons too) and at the end of the match, there will be highlights; just like a real TV broadcast. This should compliment the new ‘story of the season’ feature pretty nicely, too. Plus, there are also over 900 new crowd chants.
Furthermore, EA says that FIFA 16‘s player models have become even more realistic and that there are plenty of post-goal celebrations for us to do, too. This trailer doesn’t have much female player gameplay, so it’s hard to say whether their models look any better than they did before, when they didn’t look particularly impressive.
What did look rough though, is Messi’s celebration towards the end, with fan comments on the trailer pointing out that he looked “weird” and that that wink was “ugly”. Tweaks may have been made to the game since this trailer was made, though, so we’ll reserve judgement until release.
FIFA 16 will be released on September 22/24 (US/Aus and UK) on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.