Right I'm not gonna write a full review like I did for the last game. Ceebz with that. I'm just gonna highlight why this game is just embarrassingly bad in my opinion, especially in comparison to other games that have been released recently.
Menu lag - Yep, this again. The menus still lag... how EA manage to get the game to do this year to year is beyond me but points for consistency I guess.
AI buffing - Harder the difficulty, the more the AI players stats get buffed. It's been like it for years. EA clearly have a problem with making the game actually difficult.
Passing - Just completely inconsistent. One the game every pass you play is marginally average. The next game every pass is off target and travels at a snail's pace. Prefect for those 90+ pace forwards to latch onto for an easy goal. One or the other EA, would make things easier to gauge game to game.
Ball control - I'd love to know what football matches EA watch to do their field research but watching "professional footballers" knock the ball 3-4 yards away from themselves on basically any touch they take (That or just straight missing the ball completely) is just a joke really.
Shooting/Timed finishing - The shooting is just bad, never have I watched a football match and seen a striker take 3+ seconds to swing his boot back to shoot. It's just embarrassing, unless you have 10+ yards of space you won't get a shot away. Timed finishing doesn't help either. If you're going to introduce a feature like this to the game. Some indication of how it works without having to practise it in skill games would be nice.
No communication - Hard to describe this one. You know when you watch a football game and can hear players talking to each other? You know like: "man on" so the player receiving a pass knows there is an opposing player coming towards him. Yeah that doesn't exist. The players on this game are just dumb, so, so, so dumb...
Ball watching - I absolutely love this one. Please though, go into instant replay when someone has had a player run through your defence completely unchallenged. You'll see the horror of all your defensive line eagle eyeing the ball like a fat kid eyes up the last slice of pizza. No-one watches opposing players runs and actively tries to cut these passing lanes. Not asking for perfection here, just for defenders to try and have a bit of intelligence.
Custom tactics - So instead of allowing people to discover a play style that works for them and adjust how their team plays accordingly. Now we have several presets that people can abuse instead. Fantastic choice again EA, pander to the lowest common denominator of people who like to just abuse pace...
Ball physics - Seems EA still can't find that decent balance here, despite it being one of their biggest selling points. The ball physics are terrible, in no situation would a ball being hammered "upwards" at a defender then fall back to the feet of the attacker. Nor would a keeper parrying the ball fall from a tight angle shot fall back to the centre of the box 10/10 times, sometimes it would be tipped around the post... like in real life football...
Commentators - Same commentary 3 games running, EA are not willing to spend any money changing that aesthetic touch I guess.
Overall this game is trash. And before all the people that are about to tell me to: "Not play it then" I'm not thanks. And to the people that are going to discredit my opinion because: "I'm just bad at the game, I need to learn how to play it" I'm too old and don't have enough free time to dedicate playing this game for anymore than a few hours a week. Simplicity is what made previous instalments appealing in the first place. Have fun to anyone giving this game more time than it deserves and enjoying buying your new controllers. Peace.