Will FIFA 16 Have Fixed These Bugs?

FIFA 16 is approximately 4 weeks away from its release date for the XBOX One, PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360. Therefore, we should see an increase in online activity for FIFA 15 up until then as we get ready for the next leap forward for football sims. We’ll have to keep all of 15’s gameplay elements fresh in our minds in order to get an insight into the intricate details that EA have changed for FIFA 16.

There may be elements of FIFA 15 that’ll feel better to some of us, but there are certain things in the game that none of us will miss. While incidents like the ones you’re about to see are certainly rare, we hope that none of them transfer over to FIFA 16 – I’d prefer to keep my controllers intact. But even though they must have been so frustrating to play with, they’re still hilarious!

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These FIFA 15 Videos Show Everything We Don’t Want to Happen in FIFA 16!

The following are all of the areas that FIFA 16 promises advances in:

Women’s National Football Teams are finally in the game with FIFA 16!
25 changes to defensive mechanics featuring improved sliding, fake tackles and in-air tackles.
Better AI awareness of gaps in defensive play.
Goalkeeper fundamentals have been upgraded to improve the last line of defence.
Improved interception intelligence makes midfield-play a much stronger presence in FIFA 16.
Upgraded passing options, with improvements to crossing choices
All of these gameplay features are certainly necessary after having engaged with FIFA 15 for almost a year now. But there’s one aspect of the game that is frequently referenced in a negative light: goalkeeping. And I can see why!

Obviously glitches aren’t something that EA can completely obliterate from the franchise, however goalkeepers are often complained about in the community. I wouldn’t be the most passionate player of FIFA 15, but even I have seen some absolutely shocking mistakes. But there have been some weird things happening all across the pitch in FIFA 15.

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I’ve seen arms disappear, insane breakages, impossible feats achieved and just general glitchy madness. I’m surprised by how often I see it in FIFA 15 to be honest, in comparison with previous years. Hopefully FIFA 16 won’t follow in its footsteps. Though after having played FIFA 16 at Gamescom earlier this month, I’m not exactly sure whether it’ll top PES 2016 for me this year – even the demo has show huge potential! But even though these glitches are often infuriating when you’re playing…they are damn funny to watch.

Let us know what you want to see fixed the most in FIFA 16 in the comments below, and if you have any links to funny glitches or videos, stick them in too!

FIFA 16 Could Make It to India on Time

Electronic Arts (EA), publisher of popular franchises like FIFA, Battlefield, and Need for Speed, has changed its distributor for India, NDTV Gadgets has learned.

An email was sent out to game stores and sub-distributors from the incumbent distributor Milestone stating that it would no longer distribute EA’s games and would soon send a close out list of pending stock.

This follows a report posted earlier this week on local gaming site, IndianVideoGamer suggesting a new distributor would be appointed shortly.

(Also see: Sony First-Party Games Will No Longer Face Delays in India: Report)

While the identity of the new distributor is unknown at this point in time, retailers can breathe a sigh of relief. The last game that EA’s previous distributor Milestone imported in any significant quantity was FIFA 15.

Even then, barring the initial stock of the game at release last September, copies of the game were few and far between, leaving many a consumer with buying the game via the grey market. This was odd considering that FIFA is one of the few games that sells extremely well in the country. Speculation amongst industry insiders claim this is a result of cash flow issues within the company.

“Our only order from them was FIFA 15. We didn’t take stock of Battlefield: Hardline due to the fact that we were stuck paying the full VAT amount for FIFA,” an independent game store owner said, adding that he stopped doing business with the company due to non-availability of stock and issues with value added tax (VAT).

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We’ve been given to understand that the VAT to be paid to the government for game sales is five percent and the split of payment between retailer and distributor decided by the percentage of margin on a game. In case the full amount cannot be collected from the distributor, it is then collected from the final point of sale, i.e. the retailer.

What does this mean? On a game like FIFA where sales are brisk, the retailer can end up losing money due to the distributor failing to pay it’s amount of VAT.

“When you talk about FIFA and have a Rs. 50,00,000 to Rs. 60,00,000 billing, You’re talking a good Rs. 2,00,000 to Rs. 3,00,000 right there. And if you look at the entire year, it’s really huge. Lot of people are having issues with this,” a buyer for a leading chain of game stores explained.

Considering that margins are wafer thin for game retailers, falling in the range of 18 to 20 percent, losing an additional five percent due to distributor negligence is an issue a lot of them were looking to sidestep with the upcoming EA roster that includes FIFA 16. To the point where more than a few were looking at parallel imports as a solution. The game, along with other upcoming EA titles have not been listed for pre-order in India yet.

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“We were ready to import FIFA 16 from other markets in the event Milestone cannot supply us, but since they’re not distributing the game, hopefully the new distributor will bring in the quantity the market needs,” said a product executive at an online store.

And while no new distributor has been named, one could surmise that it may be Sunder Electronics. The company is a sub-distributor for Sony’s first-party lineup and consoles and EA traditionally aligns itself with the distributor of Sony’s games in markets like India. Nonetheless, EA did not reply to a request for comment.

FIFA 16 Closed Beta Download is Now Available; Takes 15.7GB

If you had applied to get included in the FIFA 15 closed beta test, received your invite and the download code for the beta, you should now be able to download the files.

An email is being sent out to all those who have the invitation and the code which not only tells them about the availability of the download but also instructs how you can run it.

The FIFA 16 closed beta takes up 15.7 GB of disc space so make sure you have that much at hand before starting to follow those instructions.

On the contrary, if you had not applied to be selected for beta testing, you wouldn’t know much about it too. This year the beta testing is skipping PC platforms and being held only on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

The game modes made available through the FIFA 16 closed beta are Pro Clubs, Career Mode, Online Seasons and Ultimate Team.

When it comes to the teams and players you will see that the beta is using statistics from FIFA 15 i.e. the last installment meaning the player and league data base has not been updated for the current standings yet.

Oh and Electronic Arts is expecting the FIFA 16 closed beta testers to provide their feedback though the official forums. Just logout from the forums, launch the beta and log back in to get to the beta related forum.

FIFA 16: The First 6 Things We Will All Do With The Demo

With the release of the FIFA 16 demo now just less than a month away (9-10th September depending on which platform you plan to get it for) it’s time to start planning what we’re going to do when we get our first chance to play it.

The demo will allow players to select from 12 playable teams, including European champions Barcelona and English Premiership champions Chelsea, and it will also offer the first chance to experience the new women’s football mode (more on this later) as well as a whole host of other new features.

Two game modes will be available in this year’s demo – Kick-Off mode and Ultimate Team. Kick-Off mode allows players to play a 4 minutes halves “Match Day” game, playing against either the AI or a friend in one of 3 available stadiums – Borussia-Park, CenturyLink Field and the Santiago Bernabeu.

And of course, the Ultimate Team mode will allow players their first chance to experience the FUT Draft mode (again, more on this later). So with 2 entries on our list already teased, let’s now take a look and see what the first 6 things everyone will do when we get our first taste of the FIFA 16 demo…

FIFA 16 – Authentic Updates

FIFA 16 aims to provide a more realistic feeling with the new added features this season. EA SPORTS FIFA series has consistently make an effort to create an authentic match day experience for their fans. FIFA 16 is adding presentation changes which will be a true reflection of the current real world stats.

BUNDESLIGA PRESENTATION PACKAGE

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German Bundesliga will now have there very own authentic overlay package in FIFA 16, which will mirror broadcast matches. When rivalry Bundesliga match are been played, the match will have the same look and feel as seen on match day.

OVER 450 NEW OR UPDATED PLAYER STARHEADS

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There will be over 450 new or updated player starheads included FIFA 16 , the most ever for a FIFA title. With the addition to Barclays Premier League players and athletes from Women’s National Teams, EA SPORTS FIFA also captured the likeness of some FUT Legends, and players from the major clubs in Spain and other leagues around the world. (FUT Legends only available on Xbox One and Xbox 360).

NEW WEATHER CONDITIONS & DIFFERENT TIMES OF DAY

There will be a greater variety of weather options in FIFA 16, with nine weather choices available. FIFA 16 expanded on FIFA 15 weather options. These new weather conditions includes hazy, partly cloudy, foggy, random variable rain showers and variable flurries. FIFA 15 only had sunny, overcast, rain and snow. Additionally, we’ve expanded the number of available kick-off times.

OVER 900 NEW CHANTS

Over 900 new chants are available in FIFA 16. The crowd chants are taken from all regions of the world, from South America to Europe, to give a more realistic field. Some of the new chants include PSG’s “Allez Paris,” and Liverpool’s “When The Reds Go Marching In”.

NEW MENU OPTIONS

Expect a new interface for FIFA 16 which includes the ability to choose the stadium of your choosing to serve as your background. Key moments from a match are easily available to watch again in our new Full-Time Highlight menu option.

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STORY OF THE SEASON

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FIFA 16 will engage the gamers in their club’s season story. The commentator will outline notable player or team performances, big player debuts, and transfer rumors. In-game graphics and commentary will also pick up on interesting team stats for matches, and reference the wider context of league standings.

WORLD-CLASS COMMENTATING

Commentary continues to expand in FIFA 16 with specific FUT Legends (exclusively on Microsoft consoles), Pre-season, and Women’s National Teams commentary to deliver a fantastic match playing experience regardless of the mode.

For our worldwide audience, commentary options include Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Latin American Spanish, Japanese, Polish, Dutch, and an all-new Russian commentary team. These are available across all platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC.

The new weather condition, new chats, story of the season and Bundeliga presentation package will only be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC only.

FIFA 16’s Ultimate Team Career Modes Get Revamped

At Gamescom 2015, EA Games had their press conference where they went through the titles that will be releasing soon. And one of those games is FIFA 16, the top soccer game in the market.

But one of the challenges with a yearly video game series is making the next installment different and innovative, and EA Sports has done so with FIFA 16 with the FIFA Ultimate Team mode and Career Mode getting some improvements.

In FIFA Ultimate Team Draft, fans can compete in single player or online in a single knockout string of four games to achieve rewards – the more games won, the better the reward to utilize in your FUT Club. Once fans enter a Draft using virtual coins, FIFA Points, or a Draft Token, they will choose from one of five formations, then a captain, and then go on to fill out the rest of their 23-man squad by selecting a player from a choice of five in each position.

Fans will be tested as they choose between picking the best players and creating a team with the right chemistry before they enter their games.

“We are delivering unprecedented depth and innovation to the franchise this season by bringing several new ways to play across Career Mode, Ultimate Team, and through the introduction of twelve Women’s National Teams,” said David Rutter, VP and GM, EA SPORTS FIFA. “We think fans are going to be equally as excited with all the new ways as they have been with the gameplay in FIFA 16 . From hands-on gameplay events across the world, we’ve heard resoundingly positive feedback on the balanced and exciting experience we are building in FIFA 16 .”

This feels similar to what EA Sports is doing with Madden NFL 16 and its Draft Champions mode . In it, players draft from randomized players of three and try to fill out a team. This seems like the same principle only with virtual currency.

In Career Mode, Pre-season Tournaments will help managers grow transfer budgets and get their team in good form ahead of competition that counts. Managers will select from three of nine tournaments presented at the start of each season before jumping into their domestic campaign. Player Training will assist in the development of youth and squad players in between matches. Fans will select from more than 30 drills and put up to five players through their paces to improve faster. This opens up new ways to play, especially for those managers looking to develop youth players and transfer them to other clubs.

With the new and revamped features, FIFA 16 looks to stay atop the soccer simulator market. We will see how everything comes together when FIFA 16 releases this Fall.

In the meantime, check out the new trailer for FIFA 16 below and let us know your thoughts on these features.

Can’t wait to play the new FIFA ’16? Get the bundle and play before everyone else

Scheduled to be rolled out to the world on September 22; FIFA 16 has already caught the eye of most gamers, thanks to the company having teased the game in a brilliant fashion. With new stadium, new teams, and a better-than-ever game lined up, it’s all down to the waiting game now.

However, you can get your hands on the game before everyone else, only if you purchase the new Xbox One bundle that features FIFA 16. Thanks to the selection, FIFA enthusiasts should be able to play the game a week before everyone else, i.e. September 15.

You can pre-order the bundle and have it with you by September 15. The bundle is set to hit shelves for an introductory price of $499, although variations in the price is likely to be seen based on you geographical location. The bundle is set to be rolled out in two variants; the 500GB bundle, and the 1TB bundle.

The bundle includes the Xbox One console, an Xbox One wireless controller, and a soft copy of the game. In addition to this, you get three FIFA Ultimate Team Legends; something you don’t find on PlayStation, or any other gaming device. If you purchase the 1TB bundle, you also get a headset and a year-long EA Access membership.

Thanks to the EA Access membership, you are granted access to The Vault where you can download EA games that are free to play. Additionally, you get a 10% off on EA digital purchases. Also, you should be able to get landed with all the EA titles nearly a week before they are rolled out around the world. If you plan on getting the Xbox One in the coming times, this may well be your chance given everything that’s on offer.

Understanding FIFA 16 Closed Beta; Starting Date, Games Modes, Invite Process

EA Sports started sending FIFA 16 Closed Beta invites to select FIFA 15 players last month, players are asked to participate in the beta on August 13.

There is still sometime before we jump-in to the beta, so today we’ll try and explain every detail about the beta that you should know before it starts.

First-off the beta is being held in order to test the game and allow players to give their feedback to developers. This will give creators an opportunity to fix any and all issues before the game goes public.

On the other hand, betas are also a way to promote the game these days.

FIFA 16 closed beta will go on for about ten days, but more details about that are still not revealed. After the beta ends, players will no longer have access to the client. This is the point where players are supposed to provide their feedback to developers.

FIFA 16 beta will only be available on consoles (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360). Meaning PC players won’t have access.

During the beta, players will test the following game modes:

Pro Clubs
Career Mode
Online Seasons
Ultimate Team
All game modes are going to be tested simultaneously from day one.

In order to access the beta, getting an invite won’t be enough. You will have to register to get yourself a guaranteed spot.

EA Sports look at your playtime, performance in a certain game mode, and other aspects before picking you up for the beta.

Lastly, you will have to fulfil the agreement for the beta, that comes with certain confidentiality terms. The beta is for people above the age for 18.

If you have any questions regarding beta, shoot them towards me in the comments.