Strong, handsome and, at times, fantastic, but FIFA 15 still never quite feels like football.
That, perhaps, is FIFA's defining contradiction. EA can quite fairly claim to have again delivered the best football game ever made. But every year the developers seem to have less of an idea what that means.
FIFA 15 is still one of the best sports simulations around, with superb animation and big-match atmosphere.
Different but certainly not better, despite the amazing next gen visuals FIFA has never seemed so indecisive and lacking in direction.
Improvements largely concern presentation over play, but they're crucial in making you feel closer to the game than ever. The best football game just got better.
The outstanding gameplay makes any mode a blast to play, and FIFA 15 is the best entry in the franchise.
FIFA 15 is what fans have come to expect, but it wears its changes well
FIFA 15 might not be wholly realistic, but it brings more flair and excitement than any game in the series so far.
FIFA 15's EPL influence runs deeper than its new matchday presentation; it's also a faster, more attacking game.
FIFA 15's improvements don't jump out right away, but they rapidly manifest themselves in smarter teammates, livelier stadiums, and more tactical gameplay. Beyond that, FIFA 15 is still a remarkably polished and complete experience, boasting excellent career modes and a variety of touches like Seasons mode and Match Day Live that remain unmatched by other sports sims. NBA 2K may yet challenge it for supremacy, but for now, FIFA remains the best all-around sports sim on the market.
Simply because the World Cup is mentioned in this year's installment, I'd say add this to your collection, but if you're neck deep in collected items from last year's title, sticking with the old might not be a bad idea.
There's an old adage that says "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." FIFA 15 perfectly embodies that sentiment. This game subtly refines the mechanics of what was already a great series, and while it's very similar to previous iterations, that's largely a good thing.
FIFA 15 is not quite the great leap forward that many would have hoped for but it's a bigger jump than it initially appears to be. The changes, although infuriating to begin with as they make you re-learn elements of your game, ultimately make for a more realistic game of football. There's more nuance, more fidelity in the tactical systems and there's greater movements from the players on the pitch. In a series that is synonymous with incremental improvements, FIFA 15 manages to feel like more of an evolutionary leap.
Ultimately, FIFA 15 succeeds in creating the ultimate experience for fans. Whether you want to manage a club to a Champions League Title, or have a 10 year career with a custom player, FIFA's got it. FIFA 15 sets a high bar for sports games, and FIFA 16 will need to work twice as hard to clear it next year.
FIFA 15 builds on the solid foundation of last year's game to give the most realistic FIFA game yet, with gameplay that is out of this world.
EA Canada can't win in that respect, because whichever angle they cater toward, they'll always be upsetting someone else. It's a shame Career Mode has seen such little love this year, but regardless, there are enough changes overall that FIFA feels a very different game this year. They've not reinvented the wheel, just put shinier trims on it, and perhaps this isn't the year that the presentation needed to take centre stage.
There's a sublime game of football in here, but overpowered goalkeepers and a lack of innovation sour the experience.
FIFA is built on a bedrock of design decisions that have become geologic in their permanence, and as unconsidered as the ground we walk on. I hope one day they get rid of all the shit underfoot.
There just isn't much else EA can do to make its soccer franchise better. So it made great, incremental improvements everywhere
'FIFA 15' represents a significant leap forward for the series and offers one of the the best soccer experiences from EA Sports.