FIFA 16 Expected Features and Improvements
After a turmoil filled few months during which FUT 15 has hogged the community limelight, it's easy to forget that right now, (yes now) we are potentially right on the cusp of the grand unveiling of FIFA 16. Traditionally this happens around May/June time, so with that period looming large, let's take a look at how EA could deliver their best soccer-sim yet with FIFA 16.
FIFA 16 needs to look jaw-dropping and take advantage of what the PS4 can truly offer. FIFA 15 didn't give you that wow factor – too much motion blur and choppiness was of great annoyance. Whilst the presentation does look top quality, there is still massive amounts of room for improvement with player models and gameplay visuals.
More Official Stadiums
It's not easy to accurately 3D model a stadium. However, EA are starting to grow their catalogue of official stadiums. Every team from the English Premier League featured official stadium status in FIFA 15. Could every stadium from the Spanish league be featured in FIFA 16? Perhaps. EA may also take the approach of adding a number from all of the mainstream football leagues outside of England: Spain, Germany, Italy and France. Whatever happens, expect more official stadiums.
Some managers are very animated whilst others are reserved – this should all be noticeable as you're playing. It's time that managers looked as realistic as they do in real life, along with their personalities and gestures. Take Jose Moreno as an example, he loves to get up and express his anger when things aren't going well, and go crazy when his team has scored a goal. Managers can also trigger fan reactions, they sometimes go hand in hand.
Whilst the crowds are starting to look better than a bunch of 2D shapes, there's still room for massive improvement. Take a real football game, if your team was losing a game 5-0, then many fans would be getting up and leaving – this is the type of thing that we need to see as it adds realism. What happens when a team lose a bunch of games in concession? They start turning on the manager, and this should be noticeable as you play. The crowd should behave differently, all with their very own reactions and expressions, and this shouldn't be hard for EA to achieve – namely because of their The Sims franchise.
You've just scored that amazing goal, now it's time to celebrate! Why should we be limited to the variety EA set? Those who own a PlayStation camera should be able to create their own custom celebrations. It would work by the camera capturing your movements, and then it would save as a celebration, which would be triggered by a button-punch combo of your choice. Your very own robot dance readily available for Messi to perform after scoring that amazing goal. Perhaps a celebration's editor could also be included for those who don't own a camera – although this wouldn't be that easy to develop.
The real question is… are we set for one of those disappointing releases which offer nothing more than a player and team update? Hopefully not! Let's hope that EA are working on something far more special with lots of new innovations that will leave fans with a huge smile. FIFA 16 is set for release on the 23rd of September 2015 and will be available for pre-order soon. Which features and innovations would you like to see? Leave your ideas in the comment box below!