FIFA 16 Demo Previews

Well this is very interesting. For many years now EA Sports’ FIFA games have been absolutely dominated by pace across the football pitch, fast passing, fast players, that all seemed to work in the past. Now? Not so much, and I couldn’t be any happier.

Every football or soccer fan will know that some teams can play attractive football, some others can’t. Well, from my personal experience with the FIFA 16 demo, this contrast in footballing style has been captured like never before. You look across the world of football and the main stereotypes usually read something like this; Spanish football is technical, English football is fast, Italian football is slow/patient, well this demo provides that perfect balance.

When playing with a side like Barcelona you can spray the ball around with quality, dribble into the pockets and thrive in the spaces that you create. One thing I would say, FIFA’s demos – in my view – never tend to reflect the true feel of the final Fifa 16 coins. However, if EA stick with this structure I think that this game certainly has potential – aside from a passing issue that many gamers have noticed, but we’ll come onto that.

We’ll be looking at all of the positives, negatives, and the biggest talking points surrounding the demo’s gameplay, providing our very own verdict on each change made to FIFA 16.

So, where to start?…

FIFA 16 Demo

In-game presentation:

There are a few noticeable changes to the presentation of the game within the demo version, including a new optional “FIFA Trainer” option that hovers over player’s heads. This feature slightly convinces me that EA will stick with the slow and difficult gameplay, because FIFA Trainer will act as an assistant for gamers, suggesting that developers have created this as a way to help struggling gamers find the right passes etc.

The official description for FIFA Trainer: “Learn as you play with an optional graphic overlay that prompts you with gameplay options depending on your Fifa 16 account on the pitch and trainer level. Basic commands get you started, while deeper hints will improve the game of the most skilled players.”

Other new and noticeable features would have to include the coverage of the game itself, providing a more up to date and impressive set of commentary lines. The commentators seem to be very much aware of what is going on during the match, stating useful analysis and statistics in-game.

Verdict: Positive

Personally, I have found that the game can often be pretty inconsistent in its passing quality, so a personal trainer could prove pretty useful for those that are struggling to keep up with the speed of things. Many things are similar to last year’s game in terms of scoreboard etc, however the commentary team’s presentation of statistics is quite a useful upgrade.

Passing Play:

There has been a mixed response regarding the changes that EA Sports have made to the passing side of the game, as the consistency of last year’s title has seemingly long been forgotten.

While playing FIFA 15 players would arguably be allowed to play free-flowing, passing football, regardless of the quality of the team in question. For example, teams that are famous for their dazzling football such as Barcelona could be played off the park by literally anybody, simply put, it was a level playing field.

FIFA 16

However now, I’m not so sure.

My initial reaction was that the FIFA 16 demo allows the better teams to play around with it, show their quality and dominate as they should. From the games that I’ve had so far, the passing is much more consistent with the likes of Bale, Iniesta and Busquets, whereas when I played with Chelsea for example, John Obi Mikel’s distribution was pretty lacklustre to say the least.

The margin in performance between the small and large teams might well have widened within this title as the emphasis is firmly set on passing quality. FIFA should benefit from this though, allowing domination for the expected favourites, while leaving the door open for shock results. For example/ Last year, there is a high chance that you could start a match with Celtic and pass a club like Barcelona off the park, which isn’t realistic on any difficulty in my view.

There are a few new passing features though, instructions for which can be found below:

– Dummy a Pass: Press and Hold R1/RB

– Bouncing Lob Pass: R1 and Square/ RB and X

– Driven Ground Pass: R1 and X/ RB and A

Something that I have noticed is that the driven ground passes are quite controlled, whereas the standard Y/Triangle pass will probably not serve as a standard pass anymore, but serve their purpose solely as a through ball. Passing needs to be accurate when playing this demo, as loose balls can very easily swing the momentum of the match.

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FIFA 16: featuring woman’s teams

The most notable change to this years FIFA is clearly the inclusion of woman’s teams – and if your itching to try them out, you need a lot of Fifa coins, and there’s not long to wait.

EA has announced a demo will be available from the 8th of September. The demo will feature two woman’s national teams, 10 club teams and three stadia.

The woman’s national teams are:

Germany
United States
The woman’s national teams will only be able to play against other woman’s teams.

The club teams are:

FC Barcelona
Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Chelsea FC
Inter Milan
Manchester City
Paris Saint-Germain
Real Madrid CF
River Plate
Seattle Sounders
The stadia are:

FIFA 16

BORUSSIA-PARK
CenturyLink Field
Santiago Bernabeu
There are a few different game modes on your Fifa 16 account. You can play the standard match in the form of Kick-Off, but you can also try your hand at FIFA Ultimate Team Draft, FIFA Trainer – a mode designed to help improve your ability and Skill Games – mini games to play during loading screens.

You can also experience Bundesliga Broadcast Presentation which EA describes as “authentic broadcast graphics when Borussia Dortmund visits Borussia Mönchengladbach at BORUSSIA-PARK”. This is only for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One though.

FIFA 16 launches September 22nd for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

How do you think about FIFA 16 Demo

The next installment of EA Sports’ highly-regarded FIFA series comes out on September 22nd, but there’s good news for FIFA fans who know that’s not nearly soon enough. The demo for this year’s game will be released September 8th, and it should have enough content to hold you over for the next two weeks.

EA Sports just revealed everything that the FIFA 16 demo will include, and there’s more than you’ll need to hone your skills before the game comes out.

Teams
You’ll have your share of some of the most popular clubs in the world to choose from, because nobody wants their first experience with FIFA 16 to be playing as Sunderland.

EPL:

Chelsea FC
Manchester City
La Liga:

Barcelona FC
Real Madrid CF
Bundesliga:

Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Mönchendgladbach
Seria A:

Inter Milan
Ligue 1:

Paris Saint-Germain
Argentine Primea División:

River Plate
MLS:

Seattle Sounders
International:

USA (Women’s)
Germany (Women’s)
The addition of women’s teams is one of the many new things in FIFA 16, and you can get your first taste when the demo comes out. They will only be able to play against each other, but that’s ok when one of them is the best in the world.

Features
Kick off: The usual fare. Jump right into the action you know and love.

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Ultimate Team Draft: A variation of the game’s most popular mode. You will pick from one of five formations, then select from one of five players at each position if you have enough Fifa coins. Don’t forget to take into account chemistry, which factors in things like nationality and club team connections.

FIFA Trainer: We talkin’ about practice. Hone your skills and prepare your trash talk while you wait for the full game to come out.

Skills Games: A nice way to gloss over the dreaded loading screen. While previous iterations have had a free kick mode for you to mess around with, you can now get a taste of the six new skills games. Yes, we’re still talkin’ about practice.

Presentation: Get the full Bundesliga experience when you pit one Borussia team against another. In the same way games like NBA 2K and Madden have upped the pre, post, and in-game presentation, soccer’s getting in on the fun as well. This feature won’t be available on PS3 or Xbox 360.

Stadiums: Choose from Borussia Park (Borussia Mönchendgladbach), where you can get the best Fifa 16 account, CenturyLink Field (Seattle Sounders), or the historic Santiago Barnabeu (Real Madrid). Pit the Sounders against River Plate at Madrid’s stadium for an experience you could never get in real life.

There you have it. Sorry if this has you itching to play a demo that hasn’t even come out yet, but technically it’s EA’s fault for putting this information out so early. Get ready for the kickoff on September 8th before the full game comes out September 22nd.

The upcoming FIFA 16 demo

EA Sports has revealed what will be included in the upcoming FIFA 16 demo, which is set to launch on September 8.

You’ll be able to jump into a single Kick-Off match, take part in a FIFA Ultimate Team Draft, and pick up some tips in the FIFA Trainer mode with Fifa 16 coins. During the loading screens you’ll be able to play one of six new skill games. There’s also a Bundesliga Broadcast Presentation, featuring special broadcast graphics in a match between Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

FIFA 16

The following clubs will be available in the demo:

FC Barcelona
Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Chelsea FC
Inter Milan
Manchester City
Paris Saint-Germain
Real Madrid CF
River Plate
Seattle Sounders
Germany (Women’s National Team)
United States (Women’s National Team)
Note that women’s teams can only compete against other women’s teams.

Your stadium options will be Borussia-Park, CenturyLink Field, and the Santiago Bernabeu.

The demo will be available September 8 on Xbox One, 360, PlayStation 4, 3, and PC before the full game’s release on September 22.

IGN has all the information about the upcoming FIFA 16 for you. Here are the most important changes in the game from Gamescom earlier this month.