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Fifa 17 Review

  1. Major Tom
    Platform:
    • Xbox 360
    • Xbox One
    • PS3
    • PS4
    • PC
    • Mac
    Genre:
    • Sports
    Developer:
    EA Canada
    Publisher:
    Electronic Arts
    PEGI / ESRB Rating:
    PEGI 3+
    Release Date:
    Sep 29, 2016
    The first and most obvious is a brand-new career mode called The Journey. Calling it a career mode doesn't quite do it justice, though, this single-player campaign comes with something that's usually anathema to sports games - a story.

    It delivers a warm rags-to-riches tale of a young player named Alex Hunter, a 17-year-old up and comer kicking off his career in the Premier League at a club of your choice. Players will take him along the path from green noob to Premier League all-star.

    The other big change is under the hood. The 2016/17 season marks the debut of the Frostbite game engine for the FIFA series. Originally built by developer DICE to power first-person shooters, it makes a smooth transition to the world of sports. One of the key changes EA has implemented with this new engine is to speed the action up after reducing the tempo for FIFA 16, making for a sharper, quicker game than that of the previous season.

    The switch also comes with cosmetic changes, with the Frostbite engine making FIFA 17 a serious contender for best-looking football game ever.

    As ever, FIFA is chock-full of things to do. The pre-existing career mode has been improved to give you more control of your team, while the card-trading Ultimate Team mode has also had a significant update.

Recent User Reviews

  1. Kingpin
    3/5,
    "Better than FIFA 16 but needs work"
    Pros
    Excellent graphics and presentation, with a huge variety of modes. The Journey is fun, original, and emotional. Improved attacking AI and new penalties system.
    Cons
    The match gameplay is often mediocre, with poor passing and a lack of responsiveness when trying to select a player. Scoring is also hit and miss and penalties are woeful. I find the pace is now too fast and shielding the ball too easy.
  2. Major Tom
    5/5,
    "Improvement on FIFA 16"
    Pros
    + Looks fantastic
    + Journey mode has huge potential
    + Licensed teams
    + Addictive gameplay modes
    Cons
    - Gameplay still not perfect
    - Choice doesn’t feel like it matters in Journey mode
    Very good improvement to last year. The journey is a great addition to the game. Hope they keep this mode for next year hopefully with a rising star story progressing through a number of seasons. Corner and free-kicks are a good challenge. Penalties are very poor and need worked on. Gameplay and look of the game have improved.
    Major Tom likes this.

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