Wot i think: fifa 17

     

Some years a new FIFA game arrives with barely anything lớn write about bar balance adjustments that might size a monthly patch in many other games. FIFA 17 isn"t one of those years. The lachạy thử iteration of EA"s football giant boasts a new, glossy mode called The Journey in which you take control of Alex Hunter, watch his ascent through his first season in the Premier League in mo-capped cutscenes, and make occasional decisions via a BioWare-style dialogue wheel. It"s an exciting addition và no doubt compelling even if it"s also a bit shit.

As per the rest of the game.

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FIFA isn"t the first game lớn add story khổng lồ its sports - NBA2k has been doing it for years in the MyCareer mode - but conceptually it"s a great way lớn make the matches in between more interesting. Real football is already as much about storylines as scores, và the best experiences I"ve sầu ever had with FIFA have sầu been when there were long-running rivalries between me and friends as we sat beside one another in front of the screen. The Journey is an effort to lớn lover a little of that personal context to lớn playing on your own. And in this, it works.

You follow protagonist Alex Hunter from a 17-year-old going through his exit trials at a club of your choice, khổng lồ battling for a first-team spot, being sent out on loan & through to lớn the over of your first season. The cutscenes are well acted & well voiced but the set-up is pure cliché: your grandfather is a former footballing great; your dad is absent, a failed footballer himself, và thus a source of motivation as you attempt to lớn win his approval; your best friend is an aspiring footballer whose success goes khổng lồ his head; & your agent looks và sounds as if he"s about khổng lồ sell your soul.

Despite the sports movie tropes, I found myself rooting for Hunter: there"s a warmth to a lot of scenes - the quantity of fistbumps aside - và the game resists most of the seemingly-inevitable dramas signaled by the above sầu. It"s only a shame that it doesn"t put anything else in their place; by Christmas it felt as if the plot had dried up, leaving long stretches of nothing but football as per any other mode.

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The larger problem is how you interact with the story. Your dialogue choices fall inlớn three camps: Fiery, which wins you social media followers, makes your manager dislike you, & makes you sound lượt thích a prick; Cool, which loses you followers, makes the manager like you, and makes you sound lượt thích a sweet young man; & Balanced, which sometimes increases followers, sometimes catches your manager"s fancy, và sometimes does both. Followers are important because the more you gain, the more sponsorship giao dịch you accrue, & the more money you make - though why that matters I am not sure, given there"s nothing to spover the money on. Having your manager lượt thích you increases the chance of you being on the first team, rather than on the bench in the reserves, which proved useful khổng lồ me during stretches when my performance on the pitch ought lớn have seen me sold khổng lồ Leyton Orient for six packs of Monster Munch Pickled Onion.

Stats bonuses or no, it doesn"t feel lượt thích you have sầu a lot of room to lớn develop Alex Hunter as a character. The "Fiery" choices really are total diông chồng things khổng lồ say, all swagger và braggadocio with none of the fun of Commander Shepard punching people in the face. They"re also too infrequent, relegated khổng lồ post-match interviews where the questions và answers quickly start repeating or very occasional moments during cutscenes.

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Part of the issue is that the arc of your journey is pre-defined: you are destined to climb the ladder towards being a football great, no matter what the reality of your performance on the pitch. I chose Manchester United as my club and never once cleared the performance rating expected of me. When I was sent on loan to a Championship club - as you always are, regardless of performance - I played no better, making my inevitable return lớn Manchester United somewhat unlikely. By the time the kết thúc of the season rolled around I"d cocked up enough that I was only ever an undeserving substitute - except, that is, for plot critical matches, where I would inexplicably be promoted khổng lồ a starting position. It never felt lượt thích I earned any of the rewards the game showered Alex Hunter with.

The mode highlights flaws not just in me but in the game, too. During matches in The Journey you"re offered the option to either control your entire team or only Alex Hunter, as you could before in the Be A Pro mode. In either instance, you only control the match for the spell when Hunter is on the pitch - eg. if you"re brought on or taken off midway you only play part of the match - và the top right of the screen houses a rating for Hunter"s performance specifically. He starts off with a solid 6.0 and you gain points for good passing, scoring goals, successful interceptions, & other works of footballing skill, while mistiming tackles, sending passes towards the opposition, và wasting chances causes you khổng lồ drop points.

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There are problems with this rating system. At the start of the game you select which position you want Alex Hunter to lớn play in, and if you are controlling the whole team you might find that your decision leaves Hunter in a place where he doesn"t see much of the ball. I selected Attacking Midfielder - all but ending the careers of Wayne Rooney và Marcus Rashford in the process, as it turns out - and even in that prime pitch real estate I"d often cut Hunter out of matches by using my wingers và targeting big man Ibrahimovic upfront.

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In an actual football match you"d criticise Hunter for not making himself more involved in the match, but in FIFA it creates a strange anxiety in which you"re compelled to pass to Hunter to lớn vày his stats a favour rather than because you think it"ll help the team win matches. Ignore this anxiety và Hunter will be substituted và your involvement in the match suddenly over.

The alternative sầu is the take control of Hunter alone, which introduces new ways to thất bại and earn points by letting you Hotline for a pass, suggest your teammates have a crack at goal, or run out of position. This too proves unsatisfying. For one, as years of dimwitted commentary has proven, the game is not always the best at registering your intent & it"ll often punish you, for example, for failing khổng lồ pass the ball even when you received the ball in an impossibly tight spot and then won your team a corner. For another, it makes you dependent on the rest of your team, who are now entirely controlled by FIFA"s similarly dimwitted AI. It grates to lớn be punished for a "bad điện thoại tư vấn for a pass" when in reality your teammate simply bungled the ball khổng lồ an opponent. It grates even more to spkết thúc long stretches of the game keeping your position while you pray that your own team make an effort to cthua down the opposition & win possession baông chồng.

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This brings us lớn some broader problems with this year"s game. As mentioned at the start, each year at a minimum FIFA spins the dials of re-balancing in order lớn change the way the game plays. Some years defending is more important, some years it"s all about attacking; some years it"s all about pace & daring runs, và some years it"s a tactical passing game. This year ramps up the tốc độ, which is fine, but counters that by strengthening certain players" ability lớn shield the ball. Now a striker like Ibrahimovic who is relatively slow but a prodigious goalscorer can be compelled lớn stave sầu off defenders behind hyên by holding down the left trigger. This is technically a good thing in terms of representing the real sport.

Or it would be if the ability didn"t seem absurdly powerful and if defenders had a good way to lớn counter it. At times it now seems impossible lớn win bachồng the ball from your opponent as they st& stock still, leaning backwards slightly. In real life one player might harry an opponent shielding the ball from behind while a second dashes in from the side. This would likely happen in a few seconds given the pace of the modern game, putting pressure on the opponent with the ball to turn and pass quickly. In FIFA, where you control one player at a time, this does not happen - you simply find yourself locked against the baông chồng of a stationary footballer with little you can bởi khổng lồ win the ball.

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This is doubly frustrating when you"re controlling just one player on the pitch, watching AI grind against AI lượt thích a racy Strictly Come Dancing routine. It"s triply frustrating when you"re playing as a Championship team, which FIFA continues lớn render not as tactically different from the Premier League but simply as being like the Premier League but shit at everything. Those months on loan in The Journey are a slog, damning you khổng lồ control matches in which players with no pace, finesse or control galumph around the pitch. Watch some real Championship football sometime & you"ll see that it is not simply a debuffed Premier League. Across the board the game fails to support a footballing strategy or philosophy called anything other than "FIFA".

FIFA is a big game and it"s impossible to cover everything it includes without the Đánh Giá feeling as long as an Aston Villa match. The things I"ve sầu left out of this review are those that I feel haven"t substantially changed, but if you"re interested in specifics I"ve sầu focused on different elements of the game in previous years. To briefly recap here: women national teams are still a welcome feature after being added in 2016; FIFA Ultimate Team is still devilishly more-ish; và "NOT HIM" is still the signature cry of everyone who uses passing assistance, which is basically everyone.

In terms of what FIFA 17 does differently, there"s a lot designed to lớn impress, from the now Frostbite-powered gurns on each accurately-modeled footballers" head lớn the biggest new back-of-the-box feature in years. But it"s mostly a game of the same old problems - a Louis Van Gaal team in José Mourinho clothing. It falls down on the pitch and fails to lớn exeđáng yêu well on its new ideas. I hope next year brings a better Journey và a better destination.


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