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FIFA 17 - Demo review

Snehartho Dey
SENIOR ANALYST
3.87K   //    14 Sep 2016, 20:25 IST
Marco Reus displaced Lionel Messi as this edition’s cover star based on fans’ votes.

FIFA 17 demo is out as scheduled as the marquee football game was released on September 13 across all gaming platforms.

With the launch date of the full-length game around the corner, EA Sports has given its audience the chance to get a selective experience and the option to play with some of the high-profile clubs in order to understand the gameplay and get familiarised with the new ratings of the players. Without further ado, as Jeff would say, let’s break down the new features and experiences of this game.

First of all, the demo provides only two options for the user- kickoff and “The Journey” mode. Journey mode allows you to play as the uprising star Alex Hunter in the colours of Manchester United but only until a point after which you have to buy the full game to enjoy the complete story.

In kickoff mode, you will be allowed to play with these following teams.

  • Manchester United

  • Manchester City

  • Chelsea

  • Real Madrid

  • Juventus

  • Inter

  • Paris Saint-Germain

  • Olympique Lyonnais

  • Seattle Sounders

  • Bayern München

  • Tigres U.A.N.L. (MX)

  • Gamba Osaka

Frostbite engine features limited to new gen consoles and PC

Stadiums included in this demo are CenturyLink, Stamford Bridge, and the brand new inclusion Suita Football Stadium, home to Gamba Osaka.

Moving on to gameplay, the first improvement one should notice in this edition of the game is the return of fluent and slick short passes which was definitely missing from FIFA 16. Build up play is much more effective and off-the-ball movements are very crucial.

Player intelligence without the ball is one of the specific areas where EA have made a huge advancement from its previous versions. Constantly on the move while attacking, now picking out a forward through pass has become easier since a set of players are able to create spaces by running behind the defenders.

Of course, it is important to note that the introduction of Frostbite engine is what makes this edition of FIFA revolutionary with advanced graphics, especially in the all-new journey mode. However, some of its features are only available on new generation consoles and PC.

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Play as Alex Hunter in the new Journey mode which blends cinematic cut scenes and on-filed gameplay together

With Lionel Messi being dethroned by Cristiano Ronaldo as the top player in FIFA 17 and the top 50 player ratings released earlier, the game has already caused controversy and debate among its fans. However, with the release of this preview, further questions may arise especially after the unveiling of previously unknown ratings of several players. For example, Premier League champions Leicester City’s midfield engine N’Golo Kante, now at Chelsea, has been rated lower than Asmir Begovic.

New in match performance and table analysis

In-depth information like shots taken and touches of key players will be displayed in each game. The stats will be shown in graphic presentation with commentators discussing and narrating the performance of the player on the pitch.

Also, another major feature included in this sneak peek are commentary lines analysing league table and cup standings making the footballing experience all the more realistic. In the Journey mode, the commentary is specific towards the character Alex Hunter as commentators will directly track his contributions and progression in real-time.

Here is how you can download the demo version for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4. The full version will be launched on September 27, 2016.

Buy FIFA 17 here

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