As of Gamescom 2015: 7 Impactful Changes Coming to FIFA 16
The clock ticked on towards fifa16 releasing, latest news about fifa16 appeared explosively, wave after wave. FIFA 16 looks to continue that tradition by expanding the game mode options as opposed to drastically altering the actual state of play.
Below are those additions that we think are most important, not least the new Draft Mode that is coming to FIFA Ultimate Team and designed to expand the already significant audience that is addicted to what the veterans tempt fate by callling ‘FUT’.
Without further ado, then, the most impactful changes coming to FIFA 16…
FIFA Ultimate Team Draft Mode
For those that don’t have the patience, willpower or desire to dedicate themselves to an entire season of Ultimate Team building, the new draft mode might provide fresh incentive to become interested.
The whole idea revolves around giving you a taste of the game’s most iconic players – Messi, Ronaldo, Suarez, Hazard et al – without asking you to put the volume of time in usually required to acquire them.
Kick off a new draft mode and you will be presented a selection of players for each position. Up front you might have the choice between Ibrahimovic, Rooney and Aguero, at left back it might be Alaba, Baines or Marcelo. Genuinely, no matter which of the options you pick you’re going to be at the helm of a dream team.
Once your first 11 and a set of substitutes have been selected you’re ready to play.
This really is only a taster of what it’s like to command such a team, however, with draft mode sessions lasting a maximum of four games. Lose a game before the four game run is over and you’re out. Draft a new team and start again.
One of the most welcome components of draft mode is the option to play cooperatively with a friend, allowing you to share in the fantasy football-esque excitement of picking a team before taking on all comers and their own fantasy teams; whether they be AI or humans online.
FIFA Ultimate Overlays
If you think that there’s simply never been enough opportunity for celebration and self-congratulation when it comes to showing off the stunning Ultimate Team you’ve forged, then you’re not alone – any kind of pomp and pageantry has been sadly absent from previous releases.
In an attempt to fix that this year’s FIFA will display any special and/or rare players in your team prior to kick off, making sure that your opponent sees exactly who they’re up against. Hopefully, then, we’ll feel that bit more respected and noticed by our foe when we take to the field with our Team of the Week edition of Alexis Sanchez or our Javier Zanetti Legend card.
12 national teams from the women’s game are included here, all of them officially licensed. In addition, over 100 facial scans have been taken from some of the most famous players in the world – many of which took centre stage this summer as participants in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Female players are assigned their own ratings separately from the men, so don’t think you can go directly comparing the likes of Marta, Carli Lloyd or Celia Sasic to Raheem Sterling and company.
Career Mode Pre-Season
Pre-season friendly tournaments are now available to participate in, allowing you to travel through Asia, South America, North America or Europe prior to the start of the season proper.
Winning these tournaments lines your next transfer budget with extra cash, so it’s well worth putting the required effort in. The stature of your team dictates the prestige of tournament and opposition you’ll be invited to play against. If you’re Man Utd then you can expect to go up against Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus.
Playing as Plymouth? Don’t expect anything so glamorous. Wycombe, perhaps?
FIFA Ultimate Team Commentary
Tenuously linked to a previous point regarding Ultimate Team overlays, new commentary is included that is unique to the mode and designed to further enhance the idea that you’re playing with real, important players.
Whole storylines are promised for certain stars, told throughout the commentary of matches that they’re a part of. If the commentary duo of Alan Smith and Martin Tyler can string together a yarn about a specific goalkeeper or a promising youngster, and keep that yarn going for five or six matches (at least), then we’ll be impressed.
Career Mode Training
In what seems to have taken forever to include, we’re finally getting the option to train our squad players and (hopefully) improve their value to the team. By completing mini-games you can enhance certain attributes of your chosen player in line with their base statistics. You can’t, for example, decide that you want Thiago Silva to be a forward and then spend the rest of your season building up the correct attributes to achieve such a thing.
You can, though, improve Silva’s defending skills. However, the improvement will be felt most by the game’s flock of young up-and-coming stars as they’re the ones with the potential to grow. Silva might be able to be improved in a minor way, but an 18 year-old protégée under his tutorage will benefit much more from time on the training pitch.
Clearly, the idea is to give you the option of building a team through youth development rather than relying solely on cash.
More Elaborate Celebrations
Celebrating goals can now be performed with individuals not on the pitch. Run over to the subs bench after a goal and you’ll celebrate with squad players not included in the first 11. Alternatively, sprint towards a cameraman and the perspective will change so that you see your player through the eyes of that camera - allowing you to get a first hand look at his/her lips as they kiss the lens in true Steven Gerrard fashion.
It’s a small change, that’s for sure, but it’s the kind of window dressing that allows you to more easily suspend your disbelief and get involved in the showmanship of what is the world’s centrepiece sport.