Parents need to know that “FIFA 17” is a soccer simulation. There’s no inappropriate content in this game, although there’s lots of ads for companies like Nike, Adidas, and others, and these ads are constantly updating with new content. Parents should also be aware that unmonitored online play could expose players to inappropriate commentary from opponents.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
“FIFA 17” is a simulation that virtually recreates the world’s most popular sport. As you might expect from such an offering, gamers can select their favorite team, take control over all the players and vie for supremacy on the pitch. This year’s game offers multiple solo and multiplayer modes (both online and in front of the same TV), visual improvements, enhancements to artificial intelligence (A.I.), ball control, and a dramatic boost to the emotion shown in the game. “FIFA 17” houses hundreds of officially licensed clubs and many thousands of authentic players who look and act like their real-life counterpart.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
Most annual sports games don’t often impress because of the short 9-month (or so) development cycle. But “FIFA 17” is extraordinarily fun. With the gorgeous graphics, tweaked controls, new attack options, and especially the new story mode, this is the best soccer game on the planet. For the first time ever in this franchise, you play as Alex Hunter, a young and promising prospect who made it to the English Premier League. You can choose to play on any club in the league, alongside some of the best players, and make decisions on and off the pitch that change the story, including sacrifices you might need to make. There’s a role-playing game (RPG)-like element, too, as you increase your skills over time.
The game, player and ball movements have been improved upon, along with artificial intelligence (A.I.), new attacking techniques, and more. FUT or FIFA Ultimate Team, is back and better than ever. The mode tests your team-building skills as you choose the best fit for each position, and then compete with them. While the character models and animation looks great, some player’s faces — when trying to convey emotion in The Journey mode — don’t look so good. Plus, while the voice talent is great, some key characters have dialog, while others don’t. “FIFA 17” also doesn’t allow for a lot of player customization. But feature for feature, and when you factor in the new story mode and higher production values, “FIFA 17” is most definitely worth the cash among footy fans.
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RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 10 and older
Quality: 5 out of 5
Positive messages: 4 out of 5
Positive role models: 0 out of 5
Ease of play: 5 out of 5
Violence: 1 out of 5
Sex: 0 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 5 out of 5
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Developer: EA Sports
Release date: September 26, 2016