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Football is a beautiful game played across the entire planet, even known to some as Soccer, but that’s another story in itself. The sport’s most recognized video game for a number of years has been FIFA, a game offering all sorts of different ways to play the sport, and without doubt my favourite console game of all time.
EA Sports’ newest title, FIFA 16, has been met with a pretty mixed response ever since the release of the demo. Some gamers would suggest that the game offers an alternative to the usual pace-orientated gameplay, I am one of those people. Although, it could also be argued that the game feels a bit scrappy and even disjointed to play at times, a fairly accurate criticism it must be said.
This year’s game has developed many of its previous game modes, building new features into career mode and the likes, but the introduction of FIFA Ultimate Team Draft is the REAL exciting feature this year. But aside from the draft many fans will have been expecting other specific changes, but did they get their wish? Let’s find out…
You know the first game in 'The Mighty Ducks' where Gordon Bombay takes over the District 5 team? That was NHL 15. It was a mess. It looks like EA went and passed around eggs on the ice since the release of NHL 15 (Bombay had the team do that in The Mighty Ducks, in case you didn't know). Maybe they even unleashed a flurry of slapshots on Goldberg. Whatever they did, NHL 16 is an improvement over 15.
But how much of an improvement is it? Are things taken out of last year's game now back in? How's the gameplay? And most of all, is it worth your $60?
The Positives / The Negatives
It has become popular to hate on the Madden franchise in recent years. When you corner the market on NFL video games for consoles, people expect more from you and resent you if you don’t live up to their expectations. Such is the case with Madden. Year after year, the team at EA puts out a solid product, if unspectacular product.
As the third entry on the current console generation, Madden NFL 16 doesn’t feel like a rehash of past years. There are redesigns, quality of life changes, and gameplay alterations that feel like they’ve been in the works for quite some time. Desperately needed changes to the passing game, new controls, all-new animations, a more intuitive UI, and a new scouting system make Madden 16 feel like more than a fresh paint of coat.
But are the changes enough to convince weary fans to get the latest version in the franchise? Let’s go over the pros and cons so you can decide for yourself.
The Positives / The Negatives
The latest installment if the NHL series has been announced by EA, and they are letting the fans vote for who they want to be on the front cover of the next NHL game.
It's not the biggest surprise that a new NHL game is coming, but EA has now officially announced a NHL 17. The game is in development for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and the release date has yet to be announced. Though if we go by the previous games in the NHL series then it is safe to say that NHL 17 will come out sometime in September, like most of the other games in the series.
EA is letting the fans vote for who they want on the cover of the game in a three round vote. The first round ends on May 2. Round two is from May 3 to May 9. The third and final round is May 10 to May 16.
This round lets the fans choose between eight players.
- Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks, vs. Anze Kopitar, LA King
- Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers, vs. Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
- Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers, vs. Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers,
- Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues, vs. Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
EA also released a trailer called "Vision" which talks about the vision they have for the game, though it is mostly a live-action trailer.
San Marino's national football team has grown accustomed to goal droughts, heavy defeats and losing streaks over the years, but their fans still believe they should have representation on FIFA 17.
A group of San Marino fans have started an online petition, with the hope to force their way onto football's biggest game next year.
The microstate has never had a playable team on any of EA Sports' previous FIFA titles, and with only one solitary win in the last 26 years, it certainly looks unlikely to happen any time soon.
However, for all of San Marino's shortcomings in recent years, they certainly know how to celebrate a goal – as you can see in the video above.
While many football fans might brush off their argument for being included in next year's FIFA 17 game, there is no doubt that some gamers would fancy the challenge of controlling the San Marino team and challenging people online.
So, if you would like to 'Make San Marino Great Again,' for lack of a better expression, sign the petition to get them on the game!
You never know, it might just work.