FIFA 16 Preview – Women make their debut




A new FIFA game is announced in the spring of any year, is now no longer news. Rarely, however, that announcement will have to rely on so much ridicule as this year. Not only EA made the announcement on the day the now resigned FIFA president Sepp Blatter was re-elected; Also the content of the announcement was quite surprising. For the first time in history, EA with a soccer game which can be played with women’s teams. Very logical, given the ever-growing popularity of women’s football, but yes, the jokes were not from the air.

The core of that story is that EA Sports FIFA 16 stops in twelve female national teams, namely Germany, the United States, France, Sweden, Britain, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Spain, China, Italy and Mexico. Of those countries, the developer has copied all the players and put in the game. A silly little detail for us is that the Orange Lionesses did not sit. That means Anouk Hoogendijk, Vivianne Miedema, Lieke Martens and all other known and unknown names of Dutch women’s team are therefore not of the party.

Previously released trailer for FIFA 16 where women’s center stage

What a pity that is: we still were curious about this new game variant of the long-running football series. When we recently got the chance to play the game already, introduced with much curiosity the first jars starts with women’s teams. It was at that time only the national teams of Germany and the United States playable, which for us – certainly no connoisseur of women’s football – the name of the American goalkeeper Hope Solo, the only sounded a little familiar.

Then once the ball began to roll, the difference between the male and female versions of football in FIFA 16 it soon became apparent. In the first place, is the lower pace. In addition, the animations of the player are quite different. EA has a number of players to the motion capturing studio taken to stop the movement of women in a realistic manner in FIFA. Now we’re talking about the work that thereby came to see: the sound is different, and then we mean especially in the commentary. Sixty percent of the existing database of the commentary should be reinstated. Obviously, because every sentence in which the male gender was made, should be adjusted. “His shot ‘is so’ her shot,” and so on.

Despite all the changes the women’s football in FIFA 16 feels ultimately yet it is not overly different from what we are used to, dotted with perhaps one small exception. So some quick actions or difficult body movements do not seem possible. The keepers of an even more serious level than men seem already the case. Furthermore, it is primarily the same game. And then the question is, above all, the game mode to take seriously or largely a gimmick? With twelve teams – which can not play against men’s teams – we can imagine that women’s football in FIFA 16 is especially fun to try once, but not much more than that.



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