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FIFA 17 first impressions from E3 2016

FIFA 17 doesn't come out until late September, but there were some demo stations available at E3 2016 for those who were interested in a sneak peek. I tried it on the Xbox One and recorded the gameplay against another player. What do I think so far? Hit the play button to find out.

Note: The game isn't final yet so that things may change before its release.

The presentation looks mostly the same, but you'll notice a significant difference when the camera zooms in on the faces. There's so much more detail. You can see scars or even pimples on the players' faces. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not, because players now look older (though that alone doesn't change how they play).

Penalties, free kicks, corners, and throw-ins look different from the previous version as well. There's no more left or right indicator during penalty kicks. During corners, there's a ball indicator that you move before a kick. The longer you hold the X button, the stronger the kick will go to the spot.

Free kicks further from the net stay in Tele Broadcast view. You can press the Left Stick to change it to the close-up view that we're used to in FIFA 16. Free kicks closer to the net look better. During the kick, the camera zooms in, and then automatically zooms out if it gets deflected or doesn't go inside. Also, I noticed you can now move the player throwing in the ball.

Moving the ball is mostly the same, but there's an improvement in how players physically interact with each other, whether it's blocking a run, or shielding the ball. Your player will slow down if he gets bumped by an opponent. It feels more realistic than the previous version, which makes me happy.

I noticed that passes were a little more difficult. Passing blindly didn't work most of the time, and I found myself needing to be more patient to target whom I'm passing to.

A new major feature for FIFA 17 is The Journey, where you live your story on and off the pitch as the Premier League's next rising star, Alex Hunter. Unfortunately, I did not get to play this mode, since there were people behind me who were also eager to play.

Overall, I'm happy with FIFA 17 so far. I'm planning to pre-order from the Xbox Store. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

  • I hope they fix offline gameplay fifa 16 was a tad bit too slow tbh and the ai also more about passing and holding possession than actually putting tons of pressure on you
  • I hope they fix the net. What are they made out of, Iron? On PES, the net buldges when you score, as a goal net does in real life. The nets barely move in FIFA. Its very satisfying (in real life football, and gaming footbal) to make the net buldge when you score. FIFA has alway "gimped" this part of the game. The faces still don't look as good as PES yet. They really need to get that right. The pitches look great though, as do the realistic stadiums.
  • So the bottom line is... You won! Lol
  • Other guy scored late in the game. It was a draw!
  • Damn. Shattered my dream of you playing against some smug guy from the Verge and getting the W
  • LOL played against someone who was also a fan of FIFA. We were talking about what we liked/disliked about the new game
  • Is it coming to mobile?
    Off topic but I'm glad to announce that you can now install IMO on desktops it's not a UWP app it's a desktop software I'll disturb them on fb about mobile.
  • I really hope that they updated the Clutching Knee and Writhing Engine for FIFA 17. The excruciating effects of a stiff breeze brushing past were not very well represented in the last release either.
  • You should really be a comedian; bet you'd get a big laugh if you make fun of other sports as well, how about the flopping in basketball or overweight people playing football, or the juiced up baseball players playing in front of a crowd that's fallen asleep.
  • Nah. I don't need to be a comedian. FIFA is enough of a joke all on its own.
  • Either the joke's on you, or the 6.96 million people who bought FIFA 16.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • So if i press in th LS button i can see where i place the ball? and if i press again i go to the old freekick right?
  • Correct
  • Alex Hunter.. I'd rather give up on video games altogether than play with Manchester ****ing United.
  • Then use one of the other 19 EPL teams like I'll be doing ;)
  • What the hell! The only decent gameplay footage so far of Fifa17 and EA got it taken down with a copyright claim??? Did they say you weren't allowed to capture footage? They're so frustrating at times, they release their crappy PR videos that only show stuff unrelated to gameplay, in their interviews they only ever stick to the script to talk about their shiney new feature and don't talk about the modes people actually play and care about (in my case career mode).
  • R
  • I hope they bring back set pieces in practise on next gen consoles, like taking free kicks and having practise matches. These things were missing on next gen consoles since FIFA 15.
  • Only pro clubs matters to me, I hope for long overdue improvements.