Last year FIFA consolidated its reputation as the pre-eminent football video game, but nothing wilts faster than laurels rested upon. That said, a pitfall awaiting such annual franchises is the pressure to innovate simply for the sake of it, to make this year’s iteration substantially different from the last. And so this year FIFA returns with a glitzy marquee of new gameplay features and innumerable tweaks.
Thankfully, the much-hyped trinity of Player Impact Engine, Precision Dribbling and Tactical Defending wasn’t empty bluster or beguiling hucksterism on EA’s behalf. Individually, each feature quietly revolutionises the game’s already-solid gameplay for the better. Yet taken together, they radically reshape the game.