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.
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.