FIFA 16 has been out for a few days now in the UK and I’ve had a bit of time to become acquainted with the game and frankly it is in a state. Why is it in a state? Well multiple reasons. Now this isn’t me just being sour that I’m not winning as much as I used to, I accept that this FIFA, like no other, has a steep learning curve that requires a lot of practise. But some issues are inexcusable and in some cases require a lot of work on EA’s part to repair.
The first and by far the biggest issue that many people are experiencing, particularly PS4 users, is the rampant disconnects in the game. Mostly it seems to happen after the final whistle, which is particularly aggravating for those that have played 15 hard-fought minutes and won, only for it to be snatched away. This results in a loss on your record, loss of points in season mode, and being awarded a lost in draft mode. This is particularly bad for draft mode as people pay money to enter. Basically in this state the game is unplayable for many. Why pick up the game if your progress, your record and your coins are lost. There’s no point. Especially on release when many people have taken time off and paid £40+ to play the game.
The second issue comes with the refereeing. I thought FIFA 15 was bad, but this years ref seem to be even dumber. There are at least 2 to 3 penalty calls per game, for innocuous clips and inexplicable fouls. You don’t even have to hold down circle, the AI will commit the fouls for you.
Thirdly, after last years goalkeepers who looked like they’d never played football in their lives, EA has brought out atomic supermen to go in-goal for this installment. It’s incredibly hard to score within the box. At times I’ve seen even low rated goalkeepers make a string of amazing acrobatic saves.
The passing this year is a nice addition to the game that adds complexity but it is being smothered by high pressure tactics. The game wants you to take your time and pick the right passes but makes it impossible when the opponent constantly runs at you like Usain Bolt for 90 mins.
In better news the Fut Draft, bar the disconnects, is very fun and a great way to try out the very best players. For me the entry price is too high however and for that reason I probably won’t be using it as much as I’d hoped
What have you made of the game? Let me know in the comments down below?