Got the game yesterday and managed to get 10-15 online season games in. After I turned it off, I was really not sure if I'd played Fifa 16 or 17 to be honest. The gameplay feel seems a little different, but no more so than "change some sliders around" different really. It seems copy pasted onto the Frostbite engine, and the most crucial issues from 16 are still there.
- Manual player switching is still not manual, the game switches player at random times anyway
- Counter attacking still seems to be way more effective than possession play
- Players still leave their positions too often, even when instructed to stay back on attack
- Custom, high pressure tactics are still affecting the oponents players, making them laggy and often useless
- Goalkeepers are still unable to steer a shot towards the cornerflags, still to many rebounds straight out in the box, preferably to the other striker.
And some new.
- High long shots across the goal seems to go in far to often
- Passing is too accurate, and facing the right way seems less important. Ping-Pong passing is back with a vengeance
- Animations feels less life like than 16, more mechanic somehow
The bold part is the worst though. There are some minor improvements compared to 16, I'll admit that. The graphics looks a little better, crisper. I was expecting more though with Frostbite.
Am I just not seeing the greatness, and am I alone in feeling so, hmm, empty, after playing the actual game?