The release of FIFA 17 was announced for September 27. The announcement came with a host of new features which makes this installment, a potential ultimate football game simulation. Don't just take my word. Check the new features below and you will now why I salivate.
NEW FROSTBITE ENGINE
While it isn't actually a new engine, since it is already been used in Battlefield and Starwars Battlefront, you can see how this will revolutionise the Fifa series. Because of how versatile the Frostbite engine is, it allows Fifa to have better animations, player likeness as well as creating new interesting gameplay modes.
A STORY MODE
A story single player feature will be introduced in Fifa 17. "The Journey" as EA calls it, will have you fill in the shoes of a youth player as you progress through the career from a rising star to a Football Legend. There is a huge RPG element here which sets the kind of player you are. If you are playing with poor performance, you will be sold or loaned out. Play like Ronaldo and you just might be the next Ballon d'or winner.
NEW SET PIECE SYSTEM
With this new feature, you can now move the ball around to position yourself better during dead ball situations. This allows you to kick using the outside of your boot, to make that swerve a little bend-ier. A reticule will also be present for you to see where are you going to shoot the ball to. Penalties are revamped too. You can now dictate your run ups, and shoot the ball as you are doing so.
THE PHYSICAL GAME
The modern football is all about being physical. If you are accustomed to the EPL, you know what I am talking about. The physical play in Fifa 17 has been revamped. Players now have better balance during physical challenges. Holding the left trigger button or L2 button will now be used to adapt to context of position and pressure. Players shielding a ball will get more physical with the player posing the biggest threat to them. This means holding up play will be another option for your attacks. Target man such as Ibrahimovic or Giroud will be more involved in build ups.
ACTIVE INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM
Your AI team mates will make better and more runs to open up better attacking options. They can also make fake runs to divert opposing defence. The AI team mates will also make intelligence moves to open up space for other players.
Counter attacks are now given better balance. Goalkeepers can now kick or throw with greater purpose, by being the start point of a counter attack. Low driven shots are also introduced, for all the grounder finishing. Through balls will be given an additional variation with "curled through balls". Finally, you can make that delicious Xavi through passes.
All of these features, as well as the new engine, will finally revolutionise the dated Fifa engine. I have had it with players not looking like their real life counterparts, not even a likeness. September 27, come faster!