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FIFA 2017 game

FIFA 2017 Game

The hype over football is far from ceasing ― in fact it has become more intense over the recent years. And while fans are longing for the Confederations Cup to launch this summer, gamers have their wishes granted: in the late September last year FIFA 17 by EASPORTS was released.

Recently gamers have been criticizing the developer more and more often: in their opinion, the company is too involved with the graphics, while gameplay upgrades are completely forgotten. Has the EACANADA studio managed to satisfy the demanding gamer community?

Before going deep into gameplay features, let’s reveal one fact: last year FIFA 17 became the best-selling console game. Considering its far-from-affordable standard edition price of 2000 rubles, it hints that the box with Mark Royce on the cover hides something really incredible.

  1. For the first time in the football simulator’s history the game features a plot. You are going to meet Alex Hunter, a black young man with a dazzling background. A 17-year-old British football player is trying to push his way into the Premier League and you are responsible for choosing a team and ensuring his future success.
  2. Graphics. Regardless of what’s happening with the storyline and throughout the game, incredible detailing, textures and gameplay physics justify all the flaws. The improved Frostbite 3 engine, already tested in latest Battlefield и NFS versions, allows to see the football field grass being trampled and how the referee bends his brows.
  3. Artificial intelligence. Many gamers would argue that the opposing team is playing too “smartly” and the players are excessively brilliant, but it makes the process more interesting.
  4. Your opportunities are also expanded. Improved targeting allows for new corner kicks. The added features include the technique of circular ball protection during dribbling, player collisions and interactions when the ball is in the air, enhanced attack moves and many others. The full control over the ball and fielded players are at your fingertips.
  5. The immensely popular UltimateTeam mode has also been changed. Now the game offers true cyber-tournaments, which can be accessed through winning play-off matches over opponents. Victories at the weekly FUT Champions are now awarded with real prizes, not useless virtual cups.

The game still contains many scripts disallowing to implement certain kicks and movesThe game still contains many scripts disallowing to implement certain kicks and moves, photo WEB 

Unfortunately, the storyline doesn’t permit to develop Alex Hunter’s career, so he will play for one season only. Perhaps the developers will expand this line in the next release. This being said, the plot is rather trite, it is far from intricacy of epic cinematographic works: situations are predictable, there are no unexpected turns like traumas or doping scandals.

The game still contains many scripts which render certain kicks and moves impossible. What is more, the players’ speed seems to be reduced even more… On the upside, there’s enough time to work on the ball skillfully, to plan for precise passes.

This year’s FIFA Interactive World Cup offers a $ 1.3 million prize fund, photo  WEBThis year’s FIFA Interactive World Cup offers a $ 1.3 million prize fund, photo  WEB

However, how significant can it be if FIFA remains the best football simulator? It seems impossible for competitors to reach the same level now. Of course, this opinion is purely subjective and open to debate. But it’s hard to argue with figures: within the first week of British sales ― that’s where the gameplay takes place ― people bought 40 times more FIFA 17 discs versus the same period of Pro Evolution Soccer, its main competitor.

FIFA is still the best football simulator and it’s now impossible for the competitors to reach the same level, photo WEBFIFA is still the best football simulator and it’s now impossible for the competitors to reach the same level, photo WEB

Naturally, in comparison with conventional football, online gaming doesn’t yield colossal profits. Nevertheless, with each coming year the simulator developers invest more and more funds into virtual tournaments. Although FIFA 17 is not even on the list of TOP-10 popular online games, this year’s Interactive FIFA World Cup offers a prize fund of $1.3 million. The winner will get nothing short of $200 thousand.

Local championships will not disappoint their participants either. For example, in April Kazan held a tournament with a prize pool of 10 thousand euros ― and that’s quite impressive!

Victoria Romanova, Moscow, Russia

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