With the release of FIFA 15 later this year getting closer and closer EA Sports has dropped another gameplay trailer for the next installment in the franchise. The last time a trailer was released the focus was purely on the emotion and intensity of the game, but this time around EA is keen to show off the control and movement of the players in-game.
After the strong emphasis on the feel of the game with the last trailer it was nice to get a proper feel of the actual gameplay with this one. The trailer showcases a number of technically proficient stars such as Lionel Messi, Neymar, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla in a bid to demonstrate the close control of FIFA 15. Clearly the game won’t handle the same using the likes of Marouane Fellaini.
As with most modern editions of FIFA the pursuit of realism is evident once again, offering more realistic player movements thanks to improvements to biomechanics of the players. Gamers will be able to maintain much closer control over the ball and more accurately reflect the real life players they are based upon. One prime example shown is that of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and how in-game he will now favour that magic left peg of his, just as he does the majority of the time in real life. This fits in well with the EA Sports philosophy of trying to reproduce the personality of the world’s best players in FIFA.
Improvements to the control system don’t just affect those in possession of the ball, however. There have also been changes made to how a defender uses their physicality. Players going in for a challenge can now use more life-like shoulder barges, shirt pulling and blocks on players to gain an advantage in winning back the ball. Successfully executed sliding challenges will also see the victorious defender gain close possession of the ball after the challenge, allowing them to quickly get back into the action.
FIFA 15 will be releasing September 23 in North America, September 25 in Europe and September 26 for the UK on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and even PS Vita.