Fifa 15 Review

Fifa 15

Developed by EA Canada

Published by EA Sports

*It’s The Last Match Of The Season*

*Please Note: This Review is of the Xbox One Version*

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The Story:

Like most Sports games; Fifa 15 doesn’t exactly have a story mode instead opting for the more suitably titled; Career mode in which you choose either your own custom made player or a well known professional player and help them rise through the ranks to become some of the world’s best players and to help your team get on top of the leaderboard.

In addition to the regular career mode; There is also the manager mode which allows you to climb into the footsteps of a football manager and take up the many managerial duties such as buying players, playing out a full season and winning either Trophies or Promotion depending on the level of your team. Other than that though; Pretty much like all Sports games with not much of a story.

The Gameplay:

There are a few differences with Fifa 15 compared to the other games and in particular; Fifa 14. For a start, the game plays a hell of a lot smoother than Fifa 14 along with a strong use of Dribbling being implemented into the game to help make the game more technical and easier to play. The AI has improved from the previous titles aswell with the computer being smarter and more technical than the previous games giving players a challenge when they go head to head with the CPU. Considering the Engine is exactly the same as Fifa 14 a lot of things have been altered including Cross headers and corners being toned down and precise and accurate ground through balls which make the game feel slightly overpowered. Truthfully though, there isn’t much to say about Fifa 15, it’s football, and pretty much plays the same as previous installments in the series, there have been some slight tweaks to the series such as the ones I’ve just mentioned but otherwise it’s the same familiar gameplay that Fifa players are used to.

Personally I was more of a fan of manager mode, basically you take on the role of a manager for any team of your choosing and proceed to win trophies, play out games and buy in new players, it’s always worked out in the past Fifa titles and it’s no different here, buying in new player has a bit of an addictive element involved, mixed with a slight bit of strategy.

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The Sound:

Fifa 15 features some of the best sound the series has had in quite some time with the basic sound effects such as Chanting sounding much better than ever before with it giving off the true impression that you are actually in the stadium with the fans and players. The game has a wide variety of football comentators from around the world including Martin Tyler, Alan Smith and Andy Townsend to name a few making this a truly authentic football title.

The game also features one hell of a soundtrack to have a boot around to including huge artists including Madeon, Kasabian, The Ting Tings and Avicii to name just a few. When looking back at all the songs available at the players disposal; There is a decent mixture and range of song choices so there is literally a piece of music for everybody.

The Graphics:

The visuals on Fifa 15 look beautiful with the players and stadiums looking the most realistic they have ever been in a football game. The game has a multitude of stadiums and players to choose from which all look as they do in real life with stadiums including Anfield, The Etihad Stadium and my hometown’s stadium; The Stadium of Light to name just a few. The Weather feature on the game also helps to show the beauty and detail put into the game’s graphics with the look of the pitch and players changing with the weather.

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Lasting Appeal:

Like most sports games and pretty much every other Fifa title; Fifa 15 is pretty much never-ending with plenty of things to do at the players disposal. There is both of the career modes of both Player and Manager aswell as the character creator. Then of course you have your online matches and leaderboards to consider since most people strive to be the best online Fifa player and as per usual; there is also the achievements/trophies for you hunters out there.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, Fifa 15 is another exceptional entry in the long running Fifa franchise and takes everything great about the previous entries and improves upon it. The gameplay is great but eventually like all Sports games; It just gets a bit repetitive when played for hours and hours on end but it is good when you return to playing it. Other than that and the ground through balls being overpowered; This is a great game and a must play for all football fans.

My Score = 8/10

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The Good:

  • Career mode is the closest to a story a football game can get
  • Gameplay changes are great
  • Game runs smoother
  • Great Soundtrack
  • Brilliant Visuals
  • Manager Mode
  • Plenty of Replay Value

The Bad:

  • Ground Through Balls feel Overpowered
  • Gameplay gets repetitive

Fifa 15 is available now from all good retailers for Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, 3DS and Wii. Thanks go out to EA for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube.

EP43121207040_7D67F00BE500592C9EAB_L Review by Matt McNamee

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