EA Sports have released a third patch (1.03) for FIFA 16 designed to enhance game experience by refining glitches contained in earlier versions and by introducing new content.
Details of the patch announced on EA’s website reveal that the star heads of numerous players, particularly those contracted to newly promoted Premier League sides, have been updated while new third kits have been added for Serie A clubs AS Roma and Inter Milan as well as for La Liga champions Barcelona.
The patch update has also brought about stability improvements in FIFA 16, refining problems identified by gamers involved in online FIFA 16 communities and by members of the FIFA Live Service Team.
These amendments include improved online matchmaking features, the removal of goal celebration glitches and a loophole related to players’ win/loss records in “FIFA Online Seasons”, the correction of flag errors relating to “FIFA Pro Clubs” and a screen size adjustment for PlayStation 4 users. Errors certain players reported in their “Fixed Pro Club” accomplishments breakdown have also been addressed.
Gamers further stand to benefit from improvements made to FIFA 16’s“Ultimate Team” mode (FUT) as a result of the new patch.
The default value assigned to the “Buy Now” option, for instance, has been updated so that the game automatically displays the maximum value when listing an item for sale on the Transfer Market, FUT’s price comparison infrastructure has been refined when used for consumable goods and a glitch which displayed “Goalkeeper” as the default selection for all “Player Roles” has been fixed.
It is also notable that the FIFA 16 makers have amended an issue in FUT’s settings where the image of the ball shown on screen did not correspond to the selected match ball as well as a glitch which caused a shared “Concept Squad” to be displayed as a playable squad in the “EA Sports Football Club” news feed. EA have also confirmed that an issue relating to the use of historical kits by opponents in “Play a Friend’s Squad” mode has been fixed.
FIFA 16 has received a generally positive reception since its release in September.
ESPN reviewer James Tyler, for instance, highlighted an increased realism in the game’s updated defence and passing mechanisms and he praised EA for taking the long overdue step of featuring female teams. The Guardian’sBen Wilson was similarly effusive in his praise of EA’s accomplishment with FIFA 16, awarding the game a maximum five star review.
The new patch has been released at an opportune time by EA in the run up to Christmas, however, as FIFA 16 has come under increased pressure from Konami’s rival title Pro Evolution Soccer 16(PES 16). While PES sales temporarily overtook those of FIFA around the turn of millennium, the release of the PlayStation 3 in 2006 saw FIFA surge back into the lead and become regarded as an industry leader across all platforms.
But PES is widely seen to have responded to FIFA’s challenge on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and many reviewers regard PES 16 as having outperformed EA’s flagship title in terms of gameplay and graphics. IGN, for instance, determined that FIFA has lost its crown in 2016.
“With its biggest rival matching its dynamism and beating it for fluidity and responsiveness, EA Sports has work to do if FIFA is to regain its title as king of the digital sport.”
Still, the comprehensive nature of the third patch update, combined with PES’reported botching of their most recent patch release, mean that FIFA 16 may yet win out in the Christmas sales race.
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