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By Tom "El Diablo" Brock on October 3, 2016

Football has changed

Ahh FIFA; the game that I love, but also the game that, from time to time, can make me want to throw a brick through my window.
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No but seriously, FIFA always divides opinions, but that's where I come in to bring you the opinion to top all opinions!

FIFA is one of the games that I buy every year, no matter what's new, no matter what's the same. Over the past couple of years, developer EA Sports made some significant changes to the game; some of which I liked, some of which I didn't like. But the big change this year definitely promises to be "the journey", and boy did that deliver!

But first things first, the game mode that's always most popular among players: Ultimate Team! Last year we had the introduction of FUT Drafts, this year the new feature is all about squad building challenges. Squad building challenges basically mean that you have to build a team whilst needing to keep certain requirements in mind. If you manage to build a team that fits the requirements, you get certain rewards like packs, loan players, coins or special players for your club. This feature really adds something that is really fun to do, squad building, and rewards you for doing it so everybody wins! Also, the squad building challenges, in combination with the new rewards for completing manager tasks, make it so much easier to kickstart your club in Ultimate Team this year. 'Why?', I hear you ask? Well, because you get a lot of packs, loan players and coins by successfully finishing these challenges. This makes it a lot more fun to play for people that struggle with trading in the market in order to get their hands on those precious coins!

In this year's FIFA game, gameplay feels way more fluent than in previous years; this really helps to keep a match exciting from the beginning to end. In FIFA 16, I thought that buildup play was way too slow, but luckily, like in real football, fast breaks are very effective in FIFA 17! I personally struggled really bad in FIFA 16, but I'm still undefeated in FIFA 17 because of the new gameplay! So if you want a piece of me, come at me and I'll teach you a lesson in football! But, all boasting aside, the gameplay this year is really, really good.

FIFA 17's graphics can be described in just one word: FROSTBITE!
The Frostbite engine really takes the game to another level, especially if you take a look at the player's faces in the Premier League. If I didn't know any better, I could have easily confused it for an actual televised match of football! It's that good!

And now... the part you've all been waiting for: "The journey"!

In the journey (aka FIFA's story mode) you get to be Alex Hunter, a 17 year old kid, who gets his shot at a contract with a big Premier League club (which club he gets to play at is up to you!) but first, he has to impress the scouts at a trial. If you perform well at the trial, you'll get a contract and join your club at the pre-season tour in America. You might think: "Ohh pre-season, nothing to worry about." But you couldn't be more wrong. Your first games will be against some of the best clubs in the world! But if you do well in those, some big names in the football industry will praise you for your style of play! After that, you will start the Premier League season, fight for a place in the starting 11, do interviews and train with your teammates. Your season will be full of ups and downs, and will give you a good view of how players experience their rise to the top of the business!

For me personally, the journey is what really made this game awesome! It's been a long time coming but EA delivered and exceeded my expectations. In head to head and Ultimate Team I usually stop after 4 or 5 matches, but in the journey I just couldn't stop playing, hats off to EA, you really impressed me.

In the end, I think that FIFA has released its best game to date, smoother gameplay, new features and most of all, the journey; they all make this game a must have and will keep it interesting until at least summer 2017. FIFA, I know our relationship has had some ups and downs in the past, but we're all good now!

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September 27, 2016 (NA)
September 29, 2016 (WW)