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I've been one to bash FIFA as much as the next person recently but I have to say the next gen version is a big improvement on the old gen versions which even with the current update were getting stale.
First off the gameplay - though not revolutionary its definitely a much more detailed and refined experience, with all the extra animations and physics it definitely makes everything that much more realistic. Graphics are very good as you would expect and though not glaringly obvious at times when a replay is triggered you really get to see the attention to details such as the cloth physics etc.
Another big surprise of mine was the enjoyment of playing the AI. I now find it more repetitive playing online against actual people who repeat the same tricks over and over again than the computer which does indeed play differently depending on which team you're playing. This is great from my point of view and I cannot wait to try the career mode.
The shooting taken from the previous gen is still good too. Although not quite as revolutionary as I might have hoped, the added curve to the trajectory of shots is pleasing to the eye though perhaps still not quite "there" yet...
Now my gripes about the game: Still the same old exploits as in the previous gen, so if you're going online still expect the same old barrage of crosses and OP headers. Chip through balls are still very effective as defenders still seem to watch on as the ball flys overhead but if you set up correctly you can at least.
Another major gripe of mine is the lack of player intelligence at certain important times which can frustrate immensely - if I've got a split second to score I want my striker to execute a snap shot as quickly as possible, not sort his feet out for "optimum striking positioning" giving the opposition defender a chance to pull off last-ditch tackle which he really shouldn't have had the opportunity to do. Likewise, the new impact physics are impressive and I'm personally glad to see strength being rewarded as its as important as pace in my opinion, but there's overpowering someone and then there's clattering them into the ground - something the referees have yet to distinguish - as well as perfectly timed slide tackles being given red cards (see video attached) which puts you off using what should be an incredibly powerful too in your defending arsenal. Though like everything FIFA first introduce, it usually doesn't work how they'd like it to until the next installment.
Keepers as well are still a bane of many a player! Although I have Casillias in my Ultimate Team who is the best keeper I've played with out of all the top ones, every single one is still susceptible to the classic soul destroying moments of stupidity. The amount of times a keepers has pushed a shot into an on-running player or casually moonwalked back towards goal when I commanded him to return after sensing a chip coming is ridiculous. So many goals I've personally conceded have been more than avoidable but I wouldn't expect anything less after so many years of the same.
So to recap, great game with some impressive improvements but also with some of the same flaws as previous ones. Considering its the first crack at a next-gen game I cannot wait to see what the next one is like. Fingers crossed when the World Cup game is released we'll see some further improvements, I can only hope its as good as World Cup 2010 was back in the day!