An epic ode to the joy of football, but with room remaining for improvement.
Despite a delightful new story mode, FIFA 17 falls short where it matters - on the pitch.
For all that FIFA promises something for every football fan, from the casual observer to the full-kit fanatic, I still find myself wishing that EA Sports would spend a little more time focusing on the basics. You could probably create the perfect football game by letting Konami handle everything on the pitch, with EA Sports responsible for everything off it. But FIFA plays well enough that the gains elsewhere – in terms of licensing, authenticity, and big-match atmosphere – more than compensate for those shortcomings. For my money, PES is still ahead where it counts most, but The Journey gives FIFA something unique and rewarding. If you can afford it, this year it might just be worth getting both.
The Journey is an almost unqualified success, but in terms of on-pitch action FIFA 17 is comfortably outclassed by PES 2017.
Not the transformative experience offered by this year's PES, but still unmatched in the genre for atmosphere, licenses, and finer details.
Whether you’re interested in the new story mode or not, the bevy of modes and slightly improved gameplay means FIFA 17 has something for everyone
FIFA 17 feels like a reintroduction to what makes this series great
FIFA's new story mode grabs the headlines, but its gameplay still makes the difference.
FIFA 17 bounces back nicely after a down year without sacrificing any of its primary strengths. The Journey is a well-produced campaign mode that complements the existing feature set nicely, and the move to Frostbite appears to have gone off without a hitch. It's not really accurate to say FIFA is back since it never really left, but it is fair to say that it has momentum again, and that speaks well of its future as we head into the back half of this generation.
Overall, FIFA 17 performs well and keeps the trophy for football greatness, but it can certainly do better. But with the exclusive licensing and creative game modes, it's tough to beat. However, Pro Evolution Soccer is making great strides in competing against EA's series this year. We'll have to see if FIFA can continue its stay at the top for years to come.
Apart from the new graphic engine and some new game modes, FIFA 17 does not innovate and shows itself as a slightly better copy of FIFA 16. Not even the new graphic engine can live up to the expectations that the players had for the movements and facial expression.
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FIFA 17 is a very good football game that does a lot of things right, especially when it comes to presentation. The Journey provides a good story mode for FIFA, introducing the trials and tribulations of a young professional footballer, and when it comes to the action out on pitch, FIFA 17 continues to be a well rounded experience, even if it feels bogged down in midfield compared to PES 17. FIFA 17 will not disappoint fans of the series with the new things to try out, but when it comes to football games this year, there’s no clear winner.
Aside from the missing customization, this is easily the best and most complete FIFA ever. There are other areas with minor issues, but nothing worthy of mentioning in the negatives section. Tightened gameplay, improved visuals and The Journey make this a monumental achievement in the series and it reestablishes the series as the King of the Pitch, yet again.
EA tried to make FIFA 17 feel new and while it succeeded in some areas, it failed in others. Certain modes in the game have been given a new sense of purpose and direction with the formation of the campaign and the graphics look better than ever thanks to the Frostbite engine, yet the gameplay experience does not yet feel real enough.
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FIFA 17 introduces in football games a thrilling, if limited, journey. All in all is the "same" enjoyable and rich game, now visually more polished than ever.
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FIFA 17 has a FIFA 16-based gameplay but more polished. It includes a variety of game modes for every taste.
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FIFA 17 is a typically slick offering from EA, but if you want the best football game PES 17 is the way to go.
Football has never looked so good, and with a new story mode and some welcome additions to gameplay, EA has got a great football title on their hands.
FIFA 17 was already coming off one of the series’ best outings in awhile, but with features like the The Journey mode and the even more realistic Frostbite engine, EA Canada has once again given players a reason to buy the game yet again with FIFA 17.
EA introduces FIFA's best new mode in years and delivers an excellent game on the pitch. The Journey may well bring back lapsed fans.