They started the presentation by showing us an improved defense. FIFA 16 has always felt balanced towards to attacker, the defender always having a hard time keeping up. In FIFA 16 they promise that it's possible to follow the attacker more closely. After a few matches, I'm not so sure it's the defence that's been improved, or the attacker who's been blunted. Next they show a new training function; it's said to be useful for both beginners and more experienced players. It works like this: while you're playing a match, the game will constantly tell you what you can and should press. If you're running along the edge of the field, the game will tell you that you can press square to kick a high ball or cross to make a pass. It seems like a nice little addition, but I don't think experienced players will benefit from it too much.
Helping me out a little is the addition of a new type of pass. Because it’s slightly more difficult to break down defenses (even the AI works as a unit more cohesively, closing down gaps, responding to changes of possession more quickly and abandoning man-marking when sensible), EA Sports has added a quick, to-feet drilled pass. Exploiting small gaps is slightly easier as a result, tempered only by the fact that the receiving player will sometimes struggle to get a decent first touch in. FIFA 16’s been crying out for a pass like this for ages. If the development team can make those adjustments, then at least on the pitch I feel confident this will be another solid campaign for EA’s flagship sports franchise.
With that being said, I see FIFA 16 being in an interesting spot right now. The game feels more balanced than it has in a couple years at this moment, but work still needs to be done to keep it from being a game that devolves into this chaotic jumble where people are just running around at full speed the entire 90 minutes. There’s time to hone in on stuff like fouling and physics to make that work in the same way there’s still time to make players continue to feel a bit different from one another on the pitch.
This is more than just a case of slapping a female face onto existing models, animations, and ratings. While female teams can only play one another, and aren’t present throughout FIFA 16’s game modes, they are certainly worth trying out if you’re looking for an entertaining and enjoyable exhibition match. EA also showcased one of the major changes that’s coming to its ever-popular FIFA 16 Ultimate Team mode. This year sees the introduction of Draft Mode, a clever and novel mode that will test players’ abilities to make difficult choices, build squads that gel, and then make them perform on the pitch.