It’s one of those weird things that, although Pokémon Go, Overwatch, and even some casino games have managed to enjoy unprecedented global popularity, the world’s gamers are a little more fickle when it comes to sporting simulations.
Whilst the likes of the Madden, the NBA, and even the NHL games have done a great job in making sure that sports fans can emulate the actions of their favorite players, it seems that we have some way to go before soccer games become as big a hit in North America as you find in the rest of the world.
However, this could all change with EA Sports planning to release FIFA 17 on September 27. This is because the soccer game for PlayStation, Xbox, PC and mobile devices will be the first in the series to use the Frostbite game engine.
This amazing piece of software has been used with a huge amount of success in the Battlefield series for delivering increased physical rendering, artificial intelligence, and improved scripting. And it’s hoped that this will add a much-needed dose of realism to the soccer franchise that has frequently encountered gamer’s frustration as they seek to find the perfect balance between entertaining playability and authentic sporting realism.
Furthermore, recent reports suggest that FIFA 17 will include a few extra features that might help it mirror the success found by Lucky Nugget Casino, here in bringing their traditional table and slots games to a whole new global audience.
In particular, it’s the Journey Mode that’s thought to be pivotal in helping the game find an audience beyond the traditional soccer fanbase. This is because the Journey Mode adds a new narrative twist that sees gamers following the exploits of a single footballer player in London who has to work his way up to Premiership glory.
And with the Journey Mode allowing the gamer’s efforts on the pitch to have marked effects on the development of other aspects of the game – such as how likely you are to get that transfer to a top team or face life in the lower leagues – it’s shown how all-consuming the modern sporting simulation has become.
But despite these interesting new features, it will be the central aspects of the gameplay that will make or break FIFA 17.
And thankfully it seems as though EA Sports have managed to overhaul the troublesome set-piece moves of previous installments so that it stands a good chance of matching Lucky Nugget Casino’s impressive endeavors in North America!
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