FIFA 17 (PS4)

FIFA 17 (PS4)

Manufacturer: EA Sports


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FIFA 17 (PS4) Review

Having used the Impact and Ignite engines for the previous 5 years and more, FIFA was becoming familiar to the seasoned players. Known for being used in games like Battlefield, Mirror’s Edge and numerous other titles, Frostbite 3 is an engine that is developed by EA Digital Illusions CE, popularly known as DICE. EA pulled the rabbit out of the hat when they announced that they will be using the Frostbite 3 Engine for FIFA 17. Players were anxiously waiting for the changes that the new engine has brought about in the game. And yes, we do have a lot of positive changes in the game. But then there is another threat for FIFA this year. 


Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 was the best football simulation game to be released, at least when looking back at the last five years. KONAMI has been propelled to its previous stature with PES 2016, and with PES 2017, they’ve done things right once again. It was time for EA to prove a thing or two with FIFA 17. Have they combined all the good elements to bring out the best football game ever? Or has the new engine brought down the game from its predecessor?


What’s New?

Apart from all the goodness from FIFA 16, there are some brand new changes in FIFA 17, thanks to the new engine. This section of the review will take a look at all those brand new features of FIFA 17 in detail. There’s a completely new campaign mode known as The Journey. People who’ve played the NBA 2K series will instantly recognize the familiarity with MyCareer. 


The Journey – A brand new story-based campaign

It is as clichéd as it can get, but no one is complaining. The Journey follows the life of football prodigy Alex Hunter as he turns into an all-star from being an underdog. The mode is similar to Be A Pro, but now focuses a lot more on the story of Alex. The story mode consists of numerous cut scenes which are absolutely fantastic to watch.  Then there are the training sessions wherein Alex is converted from a trialist to a superstar. 


The matches are more or less the same. Depending on your performance you get to play in the starting XI or sit out on the bench. But there are situations when the story has to proceed in a particular fashion. No matter how good Alex plays, the match may end on a negative note. 


Amazing graphics and photorealistic visuals

FIFA raises the bar each year when it comes to the visual aspect of the game. And it is no different this year. The new engine has definitely helped the game and the player’s skin and clothing are really close to the real thing. Sure PES 2017 is great in terms of the visuals but FIFA 17 is a step higher in this regard. Another great addition, which increases the realisticity of the game are real managers. Yes, you heard that right. FIFA 17, for the first time ever, showcases real club managers. There’s José Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Arsène Wenger and more.


Ultimate Team – Still unbeatable

Ultimate Team returns in FIFA 17 as well and we still don’t have an answer from KONAMI in this regard. People who don’t know about the Ultimate Team should read this. It is a game mode wherein the player creates squads with players from different teams to compete both online as well as offline. There’s no table for points and players just need to play matches with others in their same league and earn points to get promoted or win the division. 

This year, there’s a new addition to the Ultimate Team. There are Squad Building Challenges and like the name suggests, the players are made to build squads based on different constraints and submit them for achieving various rewards. This is a very minor, yet effective addition.


Gameplay Changes

The gameplay has undergone minor tweaks that make the experience all the more exciting. These are not major improvements over the previous generation, but it is mainly because FIFA has reached a point wherein they don’t have much to improve upon. The game feels much more fluidic and there are improvements to the passing and the overall physical play of the players. Defending is not easy at all and the numerous button combinations don’t help either. 

Players who haven’t played FIFA 16 and are fans of PES will have a really hard time with the button combinations. But you’ll eventually get used to it. The Set Piece system has undergone a total overhaul. But then, instead of making it simpler, it has become slightly complicated. At the end of the day, if you are returning player from the FIFA series, you’ll be right at home. But for players who are used to PES, these changes may not be that enticing.



FIFA 17 is like an unpolished version of a great game. There are amazing new additions and the visuals are spectacular. There are a lot of great things but everything together isn’t as cohesive as PES 2017. The Journey Mode is a welcome addition, but the story is simple and clichéd. We can definitely expect FIFA 18 to be a revelation with the Frostbite engine as this one has amazing potential. It is just the first game on the new engine and it is too early to judge. FIFA 17 is a great addition to the series and is a must-buy for fans of the game. But, PES 2017 is just too hot to handle for FIFA. 

  • Pros:
    Photorealistic visuals and a great experience visually The Journey Mode is a welcome addition that promises a lot of exciting moments Ultimate Team is still going strong without an answer from KONAMI
  • Cons:
    No major changes compared to the previous version of the game The number of button combinations are quite overwhelming and can take some time to get used to Overall gameplay is inferior compared to PES 2017 Defending is still something that needs time to be mastered.
Our score:
4 / 5

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  • The FIFA 17 (PS4) is manufactured by EA Sports and was added in August 2016 in the PlayStation 4 Games section
  • This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5

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