Summary : A great game but lacks ways of making in game cash
When it comes to Football (or if you’re an American: Soccer) games, there is one game that usually pops up and that’s EA Sports’ FIFA series. Each year, EA Sports churns out another game in the series with somewhat better graphics and updated team rosters. In an attempt to tap a previously untapped customer area, EA Sports mobile division has also been quiet vocal and managed to release some new FIFA games for both iOS and Android devices with FIFA 16: Ultimate Team being the latest in the series.
FIFA 16: Ultimate Team more or less follows the same formula as its predecessor and has players build up their dream squad from scratch by either buying players off of the transfer market or opening player packs while hoping to get lucky. With almost all internationally registered players available and categorized according to their skill, the game pushes the difficulty curve quite linearly as you and your team evolve.
EA has done quite a wonderful job when it comes to the graphics and sound effects department of the game. Now, I would like to go on the record by saying that the commentary of the game does get a bit repetitive and is often not on point but then again we do have to remember that this is after all a game for smartphones. Therefore, babbling commentators and non-animated, cardboard crowds are perfectly fine for this game.
The controls are also quite fluid and come in both the classic and touch screen style. You can even go as far as using both the classic controls with a bit of the touch controls for passing and dribbling.
The only downside in the game is in the fact that it does becomes quite repetitive quite fast and pretty soon you find yourself playing through the motions trying to earn some extra gold to buy a new play pack, which incidentally are not cheap. The game in a way not only encourages but somewhat forces players to spend real money if they ever want to get somewhat a good player on their team as quite often their player packs are quite expensive and do not offer a guarantee of getting the said player. So, if you don’t mind spending a bit of cash in a sports game, then by all means go for FIFA 16: Ultimate Team. If not, I do suggest that you stick to the 2015 version of the game.
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