FIFA 16 Release Day Finally Here! What’s New & what to Expect?

It’s that time of year where football fans around the world start to get excited. It’s not because England recently qualified for the Euro’s in France, and it’s not because Manchester United beat Liverpool 3-1 last weekend (well it could be a little bit because of that) it’s because very shortly, the highly-anticipated FIFA 16 will be released upon the world.

FIFA dominates the console genre of football, and with good reason too. In recent years, it has become an almost unstoppable machine that can’t be beaten, no matter how much PES tries. Every new release ensures improvements to old features and inclusions of brand new ones.

Now the main important thing to take from this post is, of course, the release date. If you’re lucky enough to be stateside, you can get your hands on FIFA 16 on September 22nd, South and Central America, and most of Europe can buy it on the 24th, and the United Kingdom have to wait until the 25th of September.

The experts at EA have listened to fans from the previous FIFA installment, and as such have tweaked different elements which let the side down last year. The main enhancement fans wanted is balance, last year gameplay seemed quite attacking heavy, meaning defenders were often left watching the likes of Messi or Ronaldo elegantly race away towards goal.

Defending has also had big improvements, with defenders now more intelligent and who track attackers who might be rushing towards them. They also run into covering other players positions. Slide tackles have also seen work, you can now quickly return from the ground with the click of a button, giving you more opportunity to chase the attackers down.

Midfield has also seen an overhaul, with many players completely bypassing this section of football due to it being all rather pointless. Interceptions have been added with more realism, and AI has been improved meaning one-on-one battles in the middle of the park become a lot more exciting. FIFA 16 also adds a ‘passing with purpose’ button, to enable your teammates to drill low, powerful passes towards your attacking force.

Attacking, or scoring, has been improved too meaning now you can feel a real sense of achievement when the net ripples from your shot. Starting a move from your keeper, with some battles in midfield followed by a lofted cross into the box for your striker to head home really gives you the sense you are playing, and watching, a true game of football.

Of course, EA has tweaked and modified all aspects of gameplay, from goalkeeping to dribbling. The biggest move they’ve made though is the inclusion of women. For the first time in history, fans will be able to select from certain female teams and compete for glory.

Overall, you’re sure to enjoy FIFA 16 just as much as every year you take a day off work to build up your ultimate team online or immerse yourself into the career mode.

Get your FIFA 16 Companion app today!

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