EA Sports have today (September 8) released the FIFA 16 demo – on PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 – and good gosh is it smooth.
After the successful demo launch of Konami’s rival soccer-sim PES 2016 earlier this month, EA had a lot of ground to make up; it’s safe to say they have.
Much slicker than ever before, this year’s iteration brings a feeling of real fluidity to passing moves. The implementation of a new driven pass – activated by holding the R1 button on the PS4 version – allows capable players – Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas for example – to fire passes through the center of midfield.
It was too easy to bypass the midfield in FIFA 15 – with ridiculously accurate long balls from defence to attack – FIFA 16 changes that. As is the case in real-life, the midfield area is now the key to winning any game.
PES may be the king when it comes to challenging your friends arcade style but, in terms of an authentic soccer experience, FIFA absolutely nails the formula; encouraging you to build up play through the midfield, maintain patience, and then strike once an opening arises.
As seen in the IGN E3 Demo above, attacking strategy is by no means overpowered. Opposition players can act to intercept passes much more effectively than ever before. In your first few matches, it’s a feature which may well have you pulling your hair out, but give it time, learn to read when to play the right pass, and you’ll be rewarded with a warm sense of satisfaction every time you string together a slick passing move.
The demo allows you to play as 12 teams – Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan, River Plate, Seattle Sounders, and the newly added US and German women’s sides – in 8 minute exhibition matches.
It also offers 12 minute matches of the new FUT Draft Mode; which allows players to supplement their FUT team with a squad of randomly selected players. If you’re new to the game, you should definitely check this out, it allows you to play as highly rated players from the get-go, and it’s the best way to learn about FUT Mode’s team chemistry system.
The three stadiums included in the demo – Borussia Park, the CenturyLink Field and the Santiago Bernabeu – look as stunning as ever. That said, it is a little disappointing that they’re the only grounds on offer. Here’s hoping that the same levels of detail have been put into every full game stadium.
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Original Author: Jay Michael