FIFA 17 is released on the 29th September, the latest game in this popular football simulator series. If you love football, or know someone who does, this is definitely one to add to your wish list!
With a new game engine and a host of new features, this promises to be an exciting experience for newcomers and seasoned players alike. There’s a new single player campaign where you can take a young football star and make his mark on the Premier League, and there are many new features and other improvements to the core game.
The Journey – One of the most exciting new features is the single player story mode called The Journey. This part of the game allows you to play as Alex Hunter, an up-and-coming footballer, with Mass Effect style dialogue wheels and some familiar faces to interact with along the way.
You can choose one of 20 Premier League clubs to play for, and you can play in any position, including goalkeeper. You’ll have to deal with the life of a footballer both on and off the pitch.
Frostbite – This is the first FIFA game to use the Frostbite engine, giving the whole thing a fresh new look with greatly improved graphics, as well as new gameplay. The game is also more responsive, with a much bigger array of animations and moves by the players.
Motion capture technology also brings familiar faces into the game like never before, with 20 managers from the top clubs and star players all fully realised in the game, as well as iconic real-world stadiums and locations.
Gameplay – The new gameplay mechanics include improved set pieces such as free kicks, penalties and corner kicks, as well as new systems that improve AI player behaviour. Players move and react more realistically, making it more fun to battle for control of the ball during a game.
So far the reviews have generally been pretty good, with a current average rating of 86 on Metacritic. IGN said ‘The Journey gives FIFA something unique and rewarding’, while Game Radar’s Ben Wilson certainly seemed to enjoy it, saying ‘I’ve had the game for a week, and it has swallowed me whole for 35-odd hours, in the most enjoyable way possible.’
If you want to get onto the pitch and test your skills in the Premier League, you can play FIFA 17 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from the 29th September!