Game Review | EA Sports FIFA 17
Following the rise of 17-year-old wonderkid Alex Hunter, it takes you through the first year of a Premier League career, including weekly training and a full slate of fixtures, and is far more enjoyable than it has any right to be. Select Manchester United and you compete with Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a first-team spot! Good luck with that! West Ham’s Reece Oxford was involved as a consultant. It offers a real insight into the actual reality of a professional footballer. These details is exactly why so many people love EA Sports games!
EA has positioned The Journey as an experience never before offered in football games, and correctly so; it’s one that football fans both casual and committed should find satisfying and unexpectedly insightful.
If The Journey has been EA’s off-pitch focus, on the field of play it’s the Frostbite engine that the publisher has trumpeted loudest. Surprisingly, however, incorporating the tech which underpins Battlefield and Star Wars Battlefront only changes Fifa from a visual standpoint.
15 of the 20 Premier League bosses have been scanned and included here, the accurately modelled is scarily accurate!
For better or worse, there’s also been some tinkering under the hood. Passing feels quicker, although not necessarily sharper, and this year’s batch of digital maestros seem more prone to fumbling the ball under pressure.
It’s clear EA has gone the extra mile to immerse players in the world of football – the studio even gets real-world stars like Marco Reus and Harry Kane to voice their digital input – but in doing so they’ve ensured that The Journey is the start of something special. I can’t wait to see where it goes next year.
With some annoying flaws such as the new penalty kick issues, FIFA17 seems to have taken on a new journey and The Journey of Alex Hunter is exactly what new and old FIFA fans are looking for.
Excitment is already brewing as to what lies in store for the next gen. of the EA Sports FIFA football game!
Our Rating: 8/10 (A slightly new direction by EA, enhanced by The Journey storyline. Very solid game.)