In anticipation of the next instalment of the legendary Fifa video game, fans’ appetites are being whet by a bevy of cool new features. Here are, in our opinion, the best things to expect when you get your hands on the game come release day.
Nine Brand-Spanking New Stadiums
Fifa 2016 adds a whole host of new stadia for fans to play in. We can’t wait to see if we can do it on a moderate Tuesday night in Marseille. The full list is: Borussia Monchengladbach’s Borussia-Park, Norwich’s Carrow Road, Seattle Sounders’ CenturyLink Field, River Plate’s El Monumental, Portsmouth’s Fratton Park, Al-Ittihad and Al-Hali’s King Abdullah Sports City, Olympique Marseille’s Stade Velodrome, Watford’s Vicarage Road, and Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium.
The Inclusion of Portsmouth’s Fratton Park
When going through the list of the new stadiums you must’ve thought to yourself…what? Portsmouth? Why? Well, actually the reason is really touching. The stadium has been added to commemorate the passing of FIFA Creative Director Simon Humber, who passed away earlier in the year. Naturally, he was a big Pompey fan.
For the very first time, Fifa will include female national teams. This landmark is testament to the rising popularity of the sport in 2015.
Sure, it looks like shaving foam. And it still looks weird when sprayed onto the pitch. But you and your mates can now recreate all the juvenile fun you’ve had while watching the Premier League, because vanishing spray is included in Fifa 16! Yeah!
Instead of just blabbering idioms like some crazy idiom…machine, the commentators will actually talk about the two teams playing and their relationship to one another. Soon you’ll be able to hear about head-to-heads and other rivalries.
More Intelligent Tackling
More than just jostling, tackling and going ape, you can also intelligently slide in and out of challenges to avoid the impending wrath of the ref. Not that you’ll spend time focusing on tackling, you gung-ho devil, you.
More Realistic Transfers and Transfer Budgets
So now each team has a ‘realistic’ budget. Not sure what that means. Further than that, transfers are promising to be more realistic. Think this means that the Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £30m transfer never happened.