Game Title: FIFA 15 (PS4)
Developer: EA Canada
Publisher: EA Sports
Recommended for: Fans of the series
The most popular sports game franchise is back with its second next-gen release for football fans. Offering more visual additions and improved physical play, FIFA 15 is a landmark achievement in the series, thanks mostly to the fine tuned details (cutaways of the crowds, the chanting, the movement of players and the overall ambiance of the stadium) which better captures an authentic match day experience.
For those who have spent the last year mastering FIFA 14, everything you’ve learnt has probably gone out the door. With the latest release, EA has done a great job of incorporating new skills and re-inventing the style of moment for the game’s players. Try taking a shot at goals in the same manner you’ve done a thousand times before and you’ll find that the goalkeepers are now able to save them easily. As a result, the learning curve is quite big and you’ll find EA’s winning formula a lot more refined and more realistic/lifelike.
It’s a fine idea, one that has infiltrated the goalkeepers controls as well. For once, it seems that FIFA can boast good goalkeeper AI. Don’t expect to get past the goalie with the same trick over and over again, these guys now move and react just like the real deal. You’ll even find the goalkeeper leave the box to clear balls heading in his direction.
Man-to-man battles are also much more authentic. Players fight for the ball with shoulder barges and pulling on each other’s T-shirts.
Dribbling has also become more effortless, especially with more skilled players. You’ll find that maneuvering players left or right could move the ball past defenders or cause you to clash with them directly. FIFA 15 fundamentally changes the way you compete for the ball. What is more, you’ll immediately notice the spin, curl and flight of the football has been vastly improved. The ball has its own AI, spinning and moving depending on your first touch.
Then there is the improved, more accurate refereeing. Refs now disallow goals, call back players for cards (sometimes this takes a while longer), stop fights and even make mistakes too. Gone are the robotically accurate decisions and calls.