Another installment in one of the longest and most popular football video game series, whose consecutive parts has been developed by EA Sports Studios ceaselessly for over 20 years. As always, the game lets you pick your favorite national team or club from one of the world’s most renowned leagues. Exciting challenges await you across many game modes in both single and multiplayer. Aside from recurring classic solutions and refined audiovisuals, one of the most interesting additions in FIFA 16 are women’s football teams. Their number may not be very impressive, as there are only 12 women's national teams, and women cannot compete with men. However, just as their male counterparts, female players are faithfully recreated, both in terms of appearance and their characteristic play styles.
FIFA 16 is another installment in a soccer simulation series originated in 1994 that has been developed for over 20 years invariably by Canadian studio EA Sports, a subsidiary of one of the biggest video games publishers – Electronic Arts company. Throughout the years the series has become one of the key franchises in the company’s publishing catalogue, which also includes other series devoted to popular sports, such as hockey, basketball, American football, golf, and MMA.
Apart from PC platform, FIFA 16 got into hands of owners of the most popular consoles of both current and last generation, also including PlayStation 4. It is noteworthy that this is the third installment in the series that came out on the new console from Sony, starting the count with FIFA 14 released in 2013. In contrast to the previous editions, this one missed out Nintendo consoles. Instead, a growing scene of mobile players was provided with their own FIFA Mobile.
In terms of content there is little difference between versions for individual platforms, the only variable being audio-visuals. Just like the last two next-gen editions, PlayStation 4 version of FIFA 16 works on an advanced graphics engine Ignite, so that it is on par with PC version, which traditionally offers the highest visual quality. At the same time it looks much better than its sororal PlayStation 3 edition, based on a last generation engine.
FIFA 16 was released simultaneously on all platforms on September 22, 2015 in USA, and September 25 in Europe.
As compared with previous editions, FIFA 16 offers relatively large bunch of innovations and improvements. One of the most significant ones is women’s national teams. The game features 12 such teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Mexico, Spain, and USA. However, women’s teams are only available in friendly matches (solo and online) and single player tournaments. Moreover, you cannot play women vs. men matches.
Another bunch of changes hit the popular FIFA Ultimate Team mode, now renamed to Ultimate Team Draft. Most of the alterations were made to the team creation process, which is now much simpler than in the previous installments. Before you start playing, you get to select one of the available formations, team captain, and assign players to particular positions (select from 5 random players for each position). Thus formed team can be used in a tournament played against AI or other players. Winning a competition is awarded with an appropriate reward, however, taking part requires paying initiation fee (in the form of coins, FIFA points, or Draft Tokens).
Innovations also touched FIFA 16 career mode. Developers from EA Sports introduced pre-season tournaments, which let you work on the perfect tactics and decide on the line-up. Besides, you can take part in training sessions to improve not only abilities of your players, but your own too. In this next FIFA game the creators gave much attention to polishing gameplay and enhancing artificial intelligence of both individual players and entire teams. The developers enhanced control of the players from the back of the field, so you can now use them more effectively to prepare attacks or quickly push them back to defense.
Players got 25 new movement options, the most significant ones being the ability to control the length of the slide, and to stop mid-tackle. Computer AI reacts better to your actions, letting you construct more effective actions. The game features new passing system, letting you make quick, short passes through narrow spaces. Changes were also made to dribbling, so that now you can not only decide how, but also when to touch the ball. Interestingly, the system was created together with famous player Lionel Messi.
As always, FIFA 16 offers wide range of single and multiplayer game modes, starting with friendly matches and training sessions, various tournaments (played in league mode or cup mode) through to expansive career. You can either play online or together with a friend on one console.
English version of FIFA 16 traditionally features commentary by Martin Tyler and Alan Smith.
In contrast to last generation consoles, PlayStation 4 version of FIFA 16, just like Xbox One and PC editions, runs on next-gen Ignite engine. This time, however, instead of sheer graphics, the developers focused mostly on enhancing gameplay, thus, visually FIFA 16 differs little from the last year’s edition. There are a couple of novelties and modifications, though, some of which are better animations of players, new stadium models, and new crowd chants – which now amount to 900.
Lionel Messi comes back as the star of FIFA 16 box cover, accompanied by local football stars, depending on the region. For the first time in history of the series American, Canadian, and Australian editions feature women players (respectively (Alex Morgan, Christine Sinclair, and Steph Catley).