Archive | August 2016

New Fifa 17 Feature Physical Play Overhaul Explained

Because of the bad reputation in Fifa 16, EA has revamped Physical Play in Fifa 17 giving hope to all Fifa fans. Although we might not fully know what “Physical Play Overhaul” is about, we can expect what it will be in the game based on gameplay video and its description on the official site.

The new overhaul is explained on the official Fifa website as “A transformation in the way players physically interact in all areas of the pitch. Control is now in your hands as you battle for space and possession.”

It can be a good addition to Fifa 17 next to the Squad Builder Challenge. However, as we know, it can be totally different when the game finally comes out. It might even never work at all.

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Physical Play Overhaul

Pushback Tech

The first mechanic mentioned in the Physical Play Overhaul is called “Pushback Tech”. It “innovates in trapping, dribbling, physics, and defending to create true-to-life battles for position and the ball. This is especially important when you want to control the ball and buy time for a teammate to make a run or get into a supporting position. “

The Pushback Tech sounds really promising since we can get more control of the ball and prevent the opponent team to steal it from us. In Fifa 16, several times we come up against a player that always slides up the ball and successfully steal the ball without any chance of defending. With the mechanic, we can prevent this by using a big player to hold the ball and pass to other players.

New Physical Interactions

The second mechanic, New Physical Interactions: ”player interactions come to life in realistic details across the enter pitch, like goalkeeper collisions, across body tackle, 50/50 battles, jostling while ball is in the air and ball controls while shielding”.

Unlike the Pushback Tech, this mechanic might give concern to a lot of players. Normally, the more physical interaction developer team adds to the game, the worse the game is and the more frustrated we get.

Based on the description, it sounds like the penalty kicks will be given more often because of a goalkeeper. Hope that this time, it’s not going to be a 100% free kick or penalty in every jostling and goalkeeper collisions.

360 Degree Shield

The final mechanic, 360 degree shield “New proximity based shielding will help you fend off opponents and keep possession. Defenders can be shielded out as you dribble in any direction.” This feature is quite interesting in itself but we need to wait and see when the game comes out.

Squad Builder Challenge – New Mode in Fifa 17

“Find players, Build squads, and Exchange for rewards”

A lead producer from Fifa 17, Garreth Reeder, gave a talk on the new feature added in Fifa 17 called “Squad Builder Challenge“. Basically, it is about building a squad with certain requirements using the players you have. Then exchange them for rewards such as a rare player or even Fifa coins.

As stated by the lead producer, EA team have been working on Squad Builder Challenge for a very long time. They want players to use all player cards in the most useful way. While playing Fifa 17, you will be getting a lot of players that sometimes you do not want them.

Some people might buy packs and sell stuff they do not want immediately. EA team do not want this to happen. Instead of throwing away unneeded players right away, you can trade them at a later point in the new challenge for awesome rewards such as rare players, Fifa coins, and more.

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garreth reeder

Different Challenges

There is a different kind of challenges in the new builder including different leagues and puzzles. Some challenges you might even need to give some bronze, silver, and gold players. It means all players, bronze or gold, are necessary.

Several challenges are available at once. Each has different requirements, rewards, and even remaining days. Some might give you 5 days to solve while the other might give you 6. Some are repeatable and some aren’t. Some challenge you might need to provide the extra bronze player, silver player, and even gold player. Do not afraid to trade them since a better reward is waiting.

The puzzle challenge group, such as Hybrid Nations, comes with requirements related to nationalities. For example, “Two Nations” challenge, you need to exchange a squad made up of two nations with at least 60 Chemistry. For “Triple Trouble“, it’s going to be 3 nations and “Quad” for 4 nations. Of cause, a harder challenge comes with better rewards. After you complete all puzzles under “Hybrid Nations” you are going to get group rewards such as a world class player.

There is also the challenge related to leagues. Similar to Hybrid Nations, this time, you need to only use players from a certain club in order to earn rewards.

Current Known Requirements:

  • Team Chemistry – A minimum/maximum amount of team chemistry you must have
  • Team Overall Rating – A minimum/maximum amount of team over rating
  • Player from a club/league – A certain number of player from a certain club/league you must have
  • Nationalities – A certain number of player from a specific nation you must have. Sometimes you need to have 1 Italy player. Sometimes it is going to be your team can have a player from exact 4 different nations.
  • A number of players in the Squad: An amount number of players you need.
  • Bronze/Silver/Gold – A certain number of bronze/silver/gold players you must have.

In the squad builder challenge, you need to use every player you have in your club to meet all challenge requirements. Because of this, it is necessary to never throw away any player since you are going to need it someday in the future. This might be a good way to make coins in Fifa 17.

Squad Builder Challenge in Short

Choose a challenge >> see requirements >> find players on the transfer market or packs >> complete the squad >> meet requirements >> exchange squad for rewards.

fifa 17 squad challenge sample

Still, we haven’t known much about the career mode, just only rumors from fans.

Latest FIFA 17 News Summaries

“The obvious objective of video games is to entertain people by surprising them with new experiences” said Shigeru Miyamoto, Japanese game designer and creator of classics such as Mario, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. EA Sports has taken Miyamoto’s wisdom to heart as they have developed FIFA 17, the latest installment of the popular video soccer game. Andrew Wilson, FIFA CEO, promised in a press conference last month that FIFA 17 would be “a major step forward in personalisation, immersion and competition.” Though the game maker has kept most of the details secret, several interesting facts about FIFA 17 have leaked out in the past few months. The following are highlights of some of these latest leaks and speculations.

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March: Norway’s Women Are In

Last year FIFA 16 made history with the first time inclusion of women’s teams which generated much excitement. This buzz has continued this year when it was rumored that FIFA 17 would add the Norwegian Women’s team. This has been one of the most successful national teams in women’s competition as former European, World Cup, and Olympic champions. Word leaked out that the team will be included in FIFA 17 when Andrine Stolsmo Hegerberg Norway’s midfielder posted an Instagram picture of a photo session with the game developers followed with the hashtags “#fifa17.”

Also making FIFA 17 headlines in March was much online speculation about who would be the male player featured on the game’s cover. Lionel Messi of Barcelona has been the “Mr. FIFA” for the last four game editions beginning in 2013. But a couple of developments have fueled speculation that a new athlete will be featured on the upcoming FIFA 17 cover. First, Messi’s contract with EA sports expires this year. Also, the outstanding play of Madrid’s James Rodriguez and Jamie Vardy from Leicester City, the surprise champions in 2015, make them both contenders for the new game’s cover.

norway national female soccer team

Norway National Female Soccer Team will be playable in Fifa 17


April: Release Date Speculations

messi cover for fifa 16

Messi or Mr.Fifa on a Fifa 16 cover.

In April speculation about the early release FIFA 17 demo made news online. Gamers are hopeful that EA sports will follow last year’s example, when they released the early version in September 2 weeks before the actual release date of the game. The release was actually not a beta or demo version, but FIFA 16 real version with some restrictions. It was limited to Xbox1 users, and gamers could only have 10 hours of play. Later in the spring, speculation fueled hopes that FIFA 17 would be previewed at the annual Electronics Entertainment Expo(commonly called “E3”) in Los Angeles June 14-16. This is an industry-insiders-only convention to promote upcoming games. Gamer experts took special notice when EA announced it would host its own convention in LA just two days before lasting from June 12-14, with a press conference set for June 12. It will be held at Club Nokia@LA in downtown Los Angeles and will include opportunities for play of demo versions of upcoming games, though it has not been officially announced that FIFA 17 will be one of those games. Fans hope that demo or beta versions will be unveiled at that event, which will be mirrored in a sister EA convention in London at the same time.

Also, much discussion took place in April among the online fan blogs about the release date of the actual full game as the wait entered the final six month countdown. Believed to have been in development since 2015, FIFA 17 will be released sometime in September 2016 most industry experts forecast. Traditionally, the previous versions have hit the market toward the end of September, usually after the 20th of the month. James MacArthur, writer for the fan website “FIFA 17,” analyzed the release dates of the previous last five years and made a prediction in April. He writes, “Considering the release dates in the US only, we expect FIFA 17 release date to be September 23, 2016.”

May: Will Jiangsu And San Marino Make The Cut?

With just one month to go before the Los Angeles EA convention, FIFA 17 excitement centered around which teams and leagues would be included. Online polls of fan favorites for new leagues to be added to the upcoming FIFA 17 may influence EA to consider some new additions like what they have done in the past. Currently, voting has made the Israeli Premier League and Turkish second tier league the fan’s first and second choices respectively. The third choice is Germanys’s third tier league. New teams expected to be added to the 650 teams from FIFA 16 are the Glasgow Rangers, Jiangsu Suning, and perhaps even San Marino. Glasgow had been dropped from the team list in FIFA 16 due to a contract dispute. Jiangsu, a leading team in the Chinese Super League, is making a major bid to be in FIFA 17 mainly because of superstar Alex Teixeira’s addition to their roster with a $50 million contract. San Marino’s hopes for inclusion rest not on their record, which is dismal, but to a fan petition demanding the small nation’s team be added to FIFA 17.

San Marino football team

San Marino is expected to be included in Fifa 17

June: Ignite Is Out, Frostbite In

While the gaming world waited for a explosion of game news with the advent of the EA and E3 conventions in mid June, early June news of FIFA 17 still continued to leak out. Leading those stories was the change of engines for the upcoming edition. Previous FIFA versions had used the Ignite engine as its technological platform, but FIFA 17 will move to the Frostbite engine. Created by DICE, the team that brought Battlefront to life, Frostbite has powered such games as Star Wars Battlefront and Need For Speed. Also creating buzz among fans was the disappointing speculation that a street version would not be part of the FIFA 17 game. Some gamers had hoped this is what CEO Wilson’s “great leap forward” was referring to, but insiders seemed to dash that hope when they pointed out in June a street mode would go counter to EA’s FIFA philosophy–develop a game that offered realism.

While it is difficult to separate fact from fiction from fan speculation in the world of FIFA 17 news, one fact seems certain. Excitement and anticipation will continue to mount until the game’s release this September.

Fifa 17 is going to use Frostbite engine, the same way SWBF did.

Gameplay in Star Wars BattleFront made by Frostbite Engine.

July: Marco Reus on the Cover, Release Date Confirmed, And New Career Mode

marco reus on fifa 17 coverWith the big title from EA Sports comes FIFA 17 and the cover star? Borussa Dortmund’s footballer Marco Reus. It was an honor to be on the cover, Reus said, to be on what is an exclusive group of football players that join the ranks as FIFA cover players. The news came as over 3 million fans pitched their vote, and Reus came out on top. The other top pics included James Rodrigues, Anthony Martial, and Eden Hazard.

The release date has finally been announced and is scheduled for September 27 in the US and September 29 for the rest of the world. Interesting, since it was developed by EA Canada.

But the release has some new content that is sure to grab the attention of the fan base. While it still contains the necessary play modes such as Ultimate Team, the game is introducing an additional type of career mode termed “The Journey”. In this mode, you begin as an up and coming Premier League recruitment. The mode is filled with intense cut-scenes and cinematic to make it more involved than just the standard career mode.

In The Journey mode you’re in control of a single player, and begin by signing for your choice of 20 English Premier League teams. A story line drives the backbone of The Journey’s path, as you, Alex Hunter, and your best friend Gareth Walker see rivalry and friendship to the all stars. It’s not quite clear if the storyline is dynamic, but it’s known that you’re able to choose options in conversation – i.e. you select how to respond to coaches, the media, and your team.

The game boasts a new physics engine and that puts the graphics in top ranking. But, as with all sports games, the end result is how the game actually feels to play. There have been some major improvements to game play with the addition of adjusting run-up and delivery angle to free-kicks and throw-ins and there are additional aiming cursors for accuracy and reliability.

Sample from the "Journey"

Sample from the “Journey”

The grounds you get to actually play are varied, but Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium is available as well as the new location that was officially confirmed is Suita City , the Football Stadium that is home to Gamba Osaka.

However, hands-down The Journey is the biggest addition to the game, and should add a unique, almost RPG-style element to the game, if you so choose to play it. If not, there is always the standard career mode. That, with the new physics engine and some additional physics and movement optimizations, this game should be best in class for the year.

You can pre-order the game as disc or download to receive multiple benefits in Ultimate Team mode, like Team-of-the-week loans.

Published by EA Sports, “FIFA 17” is set to be released for the PS 3, PS 4, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Android, and iOS. You can watch the official trailer below:

August: New Game Trailer, Mobile Application, Pro Clubs Improvement, and Transfer Budget Leaked

EA Sports has released a new trailer for FIFA 17 showing its great graphic developed by new Frostbite engine. Not only that, we can clearly see the player and manager change from last summer such as Jose Mourinho and Ibrahimovic in Manchester United, Kante in Chelsea, and more. In addition, new celebrations, moves, and other signings are also shown.

fifa mobile coverA new mobile application was released featuring a fresh approach to squad building, Attack Mode, and daily live content. Plus, a new online league is included in the mobile application as well allowing players all around the globe to have a competition together.

The online league mode allows individuals to join with their friends and others around the world to find out which one has the best football skills. A player can build their own team and create a bigger club here. Victory belongs to those who have a better power controlling the field, abilities to playing a game and having greater players. A themed token is rewarded in this application that can be used to redeem free packs and players.

The game is designed in an innovative Attack Mode, a built-in turn-based basis matches where one will only play their teams attacking chances in each half and then pass the game to their adversary. It is quick, easy, and suitable for all types of player.

player growth rating in Fifa 17EA Sports has also announced on their website regarding the Pro Clubs improvements by introducing a new system called Player Growth system. The new feature was pulled from earlier games which based upon fan feedback. EA Sports states that the game is designed to assist players in improving their gameplay level

The developer listened to supporters comment by providing a customizable Custom crests and Kits as well as improving player growth and indicating a match rating. EA has also included a trait option where a player selects from a variety of features to give them a room for growth. It will bring a new level of identity to the Pro Clubs Season

EA Sports released the new rating for hundreds of football players based on their performance in both league and cup last year. The players include Eden Hazard, Petr Cech, Phillip Lahm, Toni Cross, Marco Reus, and many more. They also released the top 50 players at the official site.

Budget for all 20 Premier League team have been leaked a month earlier than the official release date. Manchester United have the highest budget at the amount of £106,040,664 following by Manchester City (£100,981,972), Chelsea (£84,256,840), Arsenal (£76,501,448), and, surprisingly Stoke City (£68,928,672). Burnley have the least budget at £26,352,166 which is around £70m lower than Manchester United.