Powered by the Frostbite Engine, FIFA 17 offers the greatest football simulation to date. Experience life as a professional like never before in FIFA 17’s all new ‘Journey Mode’. Take control of Alex Hunter, the Premier League’s rising star, as you pass, tackle and score your way to glory.
September 29, 2016
It has been hard to justify splashing out another £40 on a FIFA game over the last few years, given the lack of progress that the game has made in offering its players an experience that wasn’t exactly the same as the previous year’s edition.
Yet, FIFA 17 offers sports gamers the most realistic football experience to date. Not only has in-match gameplay been improved yet again, with increased artificial intelligence, personalized set-pieces and physical interaction, but the newly added ‘The Journey’ mode will put you directly into the boots of a professional footballer.
Sports games with a solid story mode are hard to come by, but FIFA 17 appears to offer an experience comparable to Fight Night Champion or the old-school WWE SmackDown: Shut Your Mouth! back in the days of PlayStation 2. FIFA’s maiden story mode follows Alex Hunter, the Premier League’s next rising star, as he bids to become one of the best in the world. Experience areas of the sport that gamers have never had access to, including changing rooms, tunnels, team planes and dreaded visits to the manager’s office. It isn’t for everyone, but it certainly offers something that none of its predecessors have.
FIFA 17 will be the first game in the series to run on the Frostbite Engine, best known for powering Battlefield Hardline and Star Wars: Battlefront. The change promises to improve player models, make gameplay more emotive and improve lighting, providing an overall more realistic football match experience.
Set-pieces have received a major overhaul ahead of EA Sports’ latest installment. Players will have the ability to control run-up techniques when taking direct free-kicks, in order to alter spin and movement of the ball in the air. Targeted corners can be taken to pick out a team-mate and penalty kicks can be approached from different angles and hit at different speeds. It sounds complicated, but it certainly adds to the experience.