Sports video games continue to evolve, and FIFA 15 is once again on the front line with some impressive changes to the latest version.
While there are fans who will buy the newest game regardless of any updates, this year's release can appeal to everyone by doing more than just updating the rosters and slightly improving the graphics. The biggest changes do not necessarily have to do with the game play as much as simply creating the most realistic game on the market today.
There were a number of changes across the game, but here are the most notable improvements we are most interested in seeing.
New Goalkeeper AI
Arguably the biggest change in the game is one that could end up really angering players.
Goalkeepers have virtually been nonfactors in the past as they often struggle to make even basic saves. While almost every other player on the pitch is capable of making realistic skill moves, the men in net were limited to just a few actions.
However, this is now changed as EA Sports revamped the position, with some help from United States national team and Everton star Tim Howard. The 35-year-old veteran discussed the impact this will have with Jeremiah Oshan of SBNation:
I think what the next-gen goalkeeping feature is going to add is more realistic, more dynamic, more explosive goalkeeper movements. Rather than just your run of the mill stand and dive, you're going to get more real-time type of action and movements. [...]
So many goalkeepers at this last World Cup were talked about for their outstanding performances. Rather than just scoring, I think it's going to be pretty cool to see your goalkeeper perform at an incredibly high level.
This is certain to keep fans entertained as you can see dozens of new types of saves, both from straight shots and deflections. The keepers will also have more awareness when it comes to charging the ball to get a clearance.
Of course, the result of this is it will be harder for you to score against the CPU. This could cause some frustration and possibly some broken controllers that are hurled across the room.
More Realistic Pitch
One of the things you usually do not even think about when watching a match is the pitch itself. Rarely is there anything notable about what happens to the grass.
However, the new video game shows you exactly what we have failed to notice. Over the course of a match, the pitch gets worn down from constant play, marks from slides and even the path of the ball. Amazingly, each of these factors will be included in FIFA 15.
Additionally, some added changes including shaking goal frames and bending corner flags make the game as realistic as possible.
It is unlikely this has been a major complaint in past versions, but it shows how the creators are willing to keep working to create the best game possible. This small improvement becomes massive for fans looking to get the feeling of watching a real match.
If you are looking to make a realistic video game, you need your virtual players to act like real players. This game does just that thanks to added emotion for each person on the pitch.
Players are no longer just celebrating a goal, they are also showing despair when they miss an open shot or getting angry after a few hard fouls from the same opponent.
Steve Boxer of The Guardian explains some more improvements:
One new system in the game dictates that all the players on the pitch will have changing attitudes towards their team-mates, according to whether those team-mates have performed well or not. They may clap each other along to maintain team spirit, or shake their heads when someone is clearly under-performing. As for their attitudes to opponents, a scrappy foul may be overlooked, but two or three few more and you'll have a fight on your hands.
Even the fans have seen some changes as the crowd will react differently based on where the match is being played. This will be an attempt to truly capture the essence of each stadium and assure that every competition is different.
While most of those playing this game are unlikely to ever make it to a professional league, FIFA 15 helps you feel like you are there already.
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