When i first saw the trailer for FIFA 17, it reminded me of how far this franchise has come over the years. My first encounter with what is probably one of the best football –and by football i mean real football, not “american football”– game ever was in 1998 and the game was FIFA 98 or FIFA Road To World Cup 1998. It has everything from terrific gameplay, kickass soundtracks –who could forget Blur’s Song 2 or Chumbawamba’s Tubthumping– to a fairly complete list of countries participating in the road to the World Cup –who would’ve thought Indonesia could win it all– and a revolutionary indoor or futsal mode.
Along the years the FIFA franchise seems to better itself, leaving rival franchises like Winning Eleven or PES in its dust but this year EA Sports is undoubtedly showing its true class. FIFA 17 features three times as many new animations as they have on average for a new FIFA in addition to better lightning and improved player likenesses. It also feature a new story mode called The Journey which has a similar feel to ESPN’s 30 For 30 Documentary, if it was turned into a game.
This mode allows players to play the role of a character named Alex Hunter as he journeys through his ups and downs all the way to the Premier League. Additional features include a Pushback Technology where players keep a better balance through a new real time physics system, improvements to set-piece physics and also more and better runs by AI teammates.
FIFA 17 is out September 29th.