Another year, another FIFA game. This one, though, felt like the first proper version for the new generation of consoles; although 14 was a great technical showcase, that extra year of development and time with the new systems was sure to do wonders for the game.
With new AI moods and personalities, improved goalkeeping, and plenty of new animations, FIFA 15 takes the series one step closer towards the uncanny valley and the realism that they’re aiming for. Despite having some issues on PS4 at first, and turning some diehard fans away with the changes, it seems to have done its job for the most part.
“Long time FIFA fans might reasonably hope for a revolution in gameplay similar to the move from FIFA 08 to FIFA 09” started Peter’s review, going on to say that the biggest change “is the way momentum and strength come to bear during each on-pitch encounter”. Thankfully, even though this changes the defending and tackling quite a bit, it “never feels unfair” and in fact feels more realistic.
The goalkeepers are “not only animated with a wider range of movements and reactions, they’re also more difficult to beat” due to their advanced AI, making them smarter and less likely to be duped by cheeky tactics that would’ve worked in previous games. When you get into the box, “there are many more deflections, rebounds and scrappy goalmouth scrambles” according to Peter.
The improvements and changes feed back into the presentation, too: the team management is easier to explore, and you can be a lot more tactical with it. Ultimate Team too saw a raft of improvements, with concept squads and loan players. Overall, it makes for one of the best FIFA releases in at least a year.
Peter concluded, going on to score the game 9/10:
FIFA 15 is not quite the great leap forward that many would have hoped for but it’s a bigger jump than it initially appears to be. The changes, although infuriating to begin with as they make you re-learn elements of your game, ultimately make for a more realistic game of football.
Now we want to know what you think: did you love or loathe this latest instalment in an extremely popular series. Could you adapt and play with the new changes, or were you constantly off your game? Whatever the case, we want to hear from you.
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