Thereâ€™s no denying that Fifa 15 is a very good football game (yeah, yeah, soccer). Itâ€™s realistic in many ways and being good, really truly good at it, involves taking all of those amazing details into account. All in all, it can be an amazing experience that makes up for the ones that those of us who were unable to get real professional experience.
Nonetheless, there are some things that break the realism and even make you feel cheated: the fact that so many in-game situations look like fouls. It seems a bit exaggerated at first, but FIFA 15â€™s physics work in a way in which players usually fall hard and spectacularly. This doesnâ€™t really matter when you are playing against an easy AI, but when taking on professional and world class difficulties it begins to weigh on the overall experience.
While human players try to play it clean and avoid having players booked or sent off, Fifa 15â€™s AI opponents seem to use full force and dangerous tackles with an astounding amount of success. This wouldnâ€™t be a problem if they didnâ€™t make your players slam into the floor, which additionally prevents any quick reaction. As this happens more and more often, itâ€™s pretty easy to get angry and frustrated.
The gameâ€™s physics are good, but they need a bit of visual balancing so it doesnâ€™t look like the referee is being unfair.
The Gameâ€™s AI Works in Mysterious Ways
As said before, FIFA 15â€™s physics are pretty great. Both the ball and the players respond to realistic simulations which even vary depending on the fieldâ€™s conditions, which is pretty awesome. Needless to say, players are material things that can collide.
This generates a big deal of realistic situations in which players bump and even fall to the ground. This also means the ball can deflect off a player and generate unpredictable situations, just like in real life.
FIFA 15â€™s problem with this is that the AI often becomes extremely dumb under these situations. Many times players get in the way of their own teammates or goal-bound shots. Whatâ€™s even worse is that when this happens with an opposition player, it frequently ends up being a foul. The worst case scenario is when a goalkeeper is in the mix; Iâ€™ve had a good share of own goals because of this AI flaw.
Most Teams Lack Personality
Any football fan knows each team has its personality based on the coachâ€™s choices and the players available. In this way, big representatives of high quality football such as Barcelona and Real Madrid play in notoriously different ways and try to keep their own style regardless of the score.
Now, itâ€™s pretty obvious that winning a match may require less-than-spectacular defensive tactics. Nonetheless, as difficulty is cranked up in FIFA 15, teams begin to change their mentality in ways that- while somewhat realistic â€“ become very annoying and make matches become a real pain.
If a weak team is completely overwhelmed by its adversaryâ€™s quality, anyone would understand the use of ultra defensive tactics and settling for a tie. However, this procedure is followed by many teams, including important ones.
What makes this even worse is that additional variables such as derby matches and league positions seldom affect how a team behaves on the pitch.