The FIFA series has slowly but surely become the best football simulation on the market, taking significant strides past arch-enemy PES.
However, this leading status didn’t really encourage EA Sports to make the most needed changes in the game, bringing enough improvements each year to make the previous game obsolete but leaving enough flaws and blanks so people will have to buy the next one.
While the end of the season approaches, FIFA 17 is getting closer to its inevitable death and the first news from its little brother FIFA 18 should come really soon. Here’s a glimpse of what we expect from FIFA next season!
FIFA 17’s major change was a brand new set pieces system, with corners, free-kicks and penalties getting major updates that drastically increased difficulty. Scoring from a corner-kick or a free-kick has become harder, and even though practice helps, those feel more unpredictable than before.
But the worst of the lot are undoubtably penalties. The new system is probably FIFA 17’s biggest failure, with hazardous aiming, terrible goalkeeping, bugs and worst of all: those RUNS. Because guess what, EA, it’s already hard enough to score from those silly new penalties without the opponent being able to guess where you’re shooting from your player drifting left or right while he’s running.
EA really has to listen to the fans and correct what has been one of the most annoying things on FIFA 17. The system itself is not bad, but it has to be improved.
5. Graphical Improvements
Last year, EA introduced a new graphic engine for FIFA, Frostbite, which is also used for Battelfield 1, Mirror’s Edge or Star Wars: Battlefront. It was a huge step forward compared to previous FIFAs, bringing a way cleaner game with a lot more details.
But now they’ve taken care of the global appearance, EA needs to improve the details. Frostbite has the power to do wonderful things, and yet FIFA still has a lot of minor flaws and bugs and incoherences that kind of ruins Frostbite’s contribution.
Body movements could really be improved for example. Because while they look not too bad from far, the detail of it is sometimes awful.
4. Focus on Other Leagues Than the Premier League
Ok EA, we got it, you’ve got a killer deal with the Premier League and you’re really proud of it. Now it’s maybe time to extend this to other major European leagues, don’t you think?
Premier League has all 20 stadiums, the overlay package for the PL and the FA Cup, most players and managers face-captured…and then, the other leagues. We know that EA also has a strong partnership with the Bundesliga as well as La Liga, but no other league gets as much development as the English league.
We’d love to see more of the other leagues in FIFA 18. There’s only two stadiums in France (Paris and Marseille, and given how it evolved EA teams could really use a trip to the Parc des Princes), two in Italy (Juventus and San Siro), three in Spain (Valencia, Atlético and Real) and six in Bundesliga.
Many major clubs have never or did not have their player face-scanned. EA needs to focus less on the Premier League, who really had a huge preferential treatment in the last two years, and start giving attention to other major leagues.
3. Revamp Career Mode
Career mode have always been one of FIFA’s major modes. But lately, it’s been totally set aside by the rise of Ultimate Team. Unavoidable consequence for Career Mode fans: the mode is stagnating, and feels like it’s been completely abandoned by EA.
EA have tried to bring some fresh ideas to career mode these last few years, with skill games, customising your avatar or objectives to bring some more challenges to your career. But it wasn’t enough to make a real difference.
In particular, the transfer system should be entirely rethought. Player values, selling, contract negotiation, all of this could use some fresh ideas. Also, it is always quite surprising to see how, while you are doing the most to make changes in your team, most teams barely evolve through the years. A more lively transfer market would be a nice change to bring to this career mode.
Overall, it would be interesting to improve interactions between the manager, which you are supposed to incarnate in this mode, and players. Theses aspects of the career mode, who should be central, are way too “simple” and haven’t changed in ages.
2. Develop the Journey
FIFA 17’s biggest novelty was The Journey, a “Be A Pro” like game mode who got you in the shoes of Alex Hunter, a young man trying to make it in the Premier League.
Of course, FIFA 17’s Journey was already huge for a first version. But now, EA has to keep going forward and bring most wanted improvements to this game mode to make it even better.
For example, creating your own character, being given access to other leagues, extend the journey to several seasons – even if that means stopping the narrative after one season and keep going with the occasional cinematic once in a while for the rest of the thing. In a word: make it better.
1. Other Ideas
Of course, there’s a lot fans would love to see change on FIFA, and these five ideas are far from what it takes to make the game perfect. Here are a few other ideas EA could look into:
Develop women football, for example by bringing big clubs.
Introduce a new game mode. One lead would be 5-a-side game mode or better, an in-game – probably DLC – FIFA Street. A petition lately appeared to ask for the come back of Fiesta Mode, which disappeared in 2012, who was one of fans favorites. In one word: bring fun back into the game.
New leagues and licences of course. Every year, FIFA brings new leagues and licences to the game – which makes it so much better than PES – but there are still a few EA could grab. Chinese Super League of course would be a lead, as well as a bunch of unlicensed national teams that would bring a nice addition to the game. Unfortunately, PES still has exclusivity for UEFA competitions until 2019…maybe for FIFA 19 then?
FUT will definitely get some improvements, being the most popular game mode on FIFA. The addition of FUT Champions and SBCs this year was great, but it was year 1 so it will still need improvement to make it more enjoyable and above all accessible to the more average players. The amount of novelties brought to FUT was huge this year, with new cards and game modes, so now it’s up to EA minds to think of more things.
Source : 90MIN