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6 Ways that FIFA 15 Can Be Improved

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The trend among many sports video games is to make iterations year over year instead of seismic changes. The video game publishers know that soccer fans will buy the new FIFA game each year, and as long as those numbers are strong, there doesn’t seem to be the driving need to make big changes.

However, no matter how good FIFA 15 is, there is room for improvement to give FIFA players more value in future versions. Here are the ways the FIFA video game can improve:

1. Graphics 

The graphics in FIFA 15 are stunning, but while this year was technically the first next generation build for the Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles, I still feel that the graphics can be better. While many of the player facial models have improved, they still look like high-resolution versions of last-gen’s games. From what I’ve seen of PES 2015, the player models have improved greatly and it still frustrates me that EA is not taking advantage of the same technology to push the game to its limits.

EA Sports needs to take a closer look at the NBA 2K franchise to learn how to make a game look so photorealistic.

2. Lighting

Granted, the lighting in FIFA 15 looks marginally better in this iteration than FIFA 14, but I still think that PES still has FIFA beaten in this department.  It’s still jarring to play a game that is supposed to start at 8pm or 9pm, but the pitch looks as bright as it would at Noon. It may sound like a small issue, but after so many years of having to manually change the settings to make it more realistic, I’m concerned that it still hasn’t been fixed in the game.

3. Unlockables

EA Sports should eliminate some of the unlockables that gamers must unlock before building a virtual pro. For example, why can’t I change my player’s skin color or add dreadlocks? Why must those features be unlocked? I can understand unlocking kits and cleats/boots but items such as hair seem more trivial.

4. Emotion Engine

The highly-touted “Emotion Engine” in FIFA 15 is forgettable. It’s not a game changer and it’s not something different that we haven’t seen in previous games.  Sure, maybe now you’ll see more players get into each other’s faces or players looking a bit distraught after missing a clear open goal, but I’m not really seeing the impact of the feature that EA showed us earlier this summer.

5. Business model

Isn’t it time for EA Sports to consider new squad updates that can be downloaded and updates with iterative changes instead of having soccer fans buy a brand-new game each year? Perhaps it would be in EA’s best interests to release a new game every 2 years, and allow gameplayers to download squad updates, graphic updates, new kits and player animations as well as new stadiums at a fraction of the cost in between new releases? This is something gamers have complained about for years that FIFA and many sports games feature glorified squad updates. And it’s frustrating to pay $60 yearly for a game with marginal improvements.

6. Saving games to the Cloud from year-to-year

FIFA needs to launch a system to allow game saves to carry over year-to-year especially if there is a new product EA wants us to buy annually. After playing all three Mass Effect games in which you needed your saves to carry from one game to the next in order to fully enjoy the game’s expansive story, it would finally be nice to have a FIFA game where if I started a franchise this year, I could carry it over to the new game without the need for me to start from the beginning annually with each new game release.  Even if you couldn’t carry all of your stats over, you should be able to carry your Virtual Pro and stats over season to season. EA can’t say that it’s not doable because when EA had rights to NCAA Football, it’s main selling point was that you could take a created pro and move it to Madden and pick up your current stats.

In summary, FIFA 15 is still worth grabbing if you want to have a game where the AI plays a lot better than it has in past years but the game still has a way to go to not feeling like a roster update and being able to justify a yearly $60 purchase.

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Joe

    October 16, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Don’t forget about the commentary! We should be able to purchase commentary just like fifa 10.

    • Harry Cee

      October 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      YES!!! TOTALLY!!!

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