EA Sports FIFA 17

Last updated date: May 11, 2019

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9.0

EA Sports FIFA 17

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 155 expert reviews, the EA Sports FIFA 17 placed 12th when we looked at the top 19 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Powered by Frostbite: One of the industry’s leading game engines, Frostbite delivers authentic, true-to-life action, takes players to new football worlds, and introduces fans to characters full of depth and emotion in FIFA 17. New Football Worlds: Frostbite injects even more detail into the worlds of FIFA 17. Experience all new environments like tunnels, locker rooms, the manager’s office, and the team plane. Authentic True-To-Life Action: Frostbite powers a truly immersive, story-driven experience that embeds you in football and lets you live through all of the emotions of the sport on and off the pitch. Characters Full of Depth & Emotion: Frostbite delivers heightened realism for characters on and off the pitch. This leap in fidelity unlocks exciting new opportunities for telling stories and delivering engaging experiences for every player. The Journey: For the first time ever in FIFA, live your story on and off the pitch as the Premier League’s next rising star, Alex Hunter. Play on any club in the premier league, for authentic managers and alongside some of the best players on the planet. Experience brand new worlds in FIFA 17, all while navigating your way through the emotional highs and lows of The Journey. Introducing Alex Hunter: A touted prospect, Alex Hunter is on a journey to make his mark in the Premier League. Emerging as one of the best young prospects in the academy, the expectations are high and the opportunity is there for Alex to perform on the world's biggest stage. Will you deliver? Your Performance. Your Decisions. Your Unique Story.: In The Journey, Alex Hunter’s Premier League career is impacted by your performance on the pitch, and the decisions you make off of it. Make critical decisions throughout the game that will change what happens next and how other characters react to you. Will you put your team first before your own success? The choice is yours. Authentic Storylines: The Journey will pull you through a true-to-life experience in the Premier League. It's a cinematic world informed and influenced by real players, personalities, locations, and events that take you places you've never been and bring you experiences only available in FIFA 17. Own Every Moment: Complete innovation in the way players think and move, physically interact with opponents, and execute in attack puts you in complete control of every moment on the pitch. Set Piece Rewrite: From free kicks to penalties to corner kicks, inject personality and experience control from every dead ball situation. Physical Play Overhaul: A transformation in the way players physically interact in all areas of the pitch. Control is now in your hands as you battle for space and possession. Active Intelligence System: A brand new system introduces constant spatial analysis, increases activity off the ball, and changes the way players move, read, and react. New Attacking Techniques: New options in attack give players more ways to create chances and finish in front of goal. FROSTBITE GAME ENGINE TECHNOLOGY, THE JOURNEY AND FUT CHAMPIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON XBOX ONE, PLAYSTATION 4 AND PC PLATFORM VERSIONS ONLY. Internet connection and an EA Account required. Must be 13+ to create an account.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.8
15 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.3
3,203 user reviews

What experts liked

Excellent graphics and smooth gameplay, with an entertaining new story mode.
- BestReviews
It’s sentimental, but appropriately so – football fans seem especially prone to outbursts of emotion, from full-blown weeping at relegations to misty-eyed reminiscences of “the good old days”.
- IGN
September 22, 2016 | Full review
The new volumetric lighting is staggeringly realistic, with the feel of both summer evening kick-offs at Old Trafford and cliched wet Wednesdays in the red-and-white corner of Staffordshire recreated perfectly.
- The Guardian
This year’s game runs on the Frostbite Engine for the first time, just like Battlefield 1, which does take a little warming to.
- PC Gamer
October 12, 2016 | Full review
Take it with a pinch of salt and The Journey's plot can be entertaining
- ARS Technical's
September 29, 2016 | Full review
That remains a combination of still-excellent fundamental gameplay (on a par, at least, with Pro Evolution Soccer 2017's much-improved showing) and Ultimate Team, the game-above-the-game to which PES still has no serious answer.
- GameSpot
September 26, 2016 | Full review
FIFA 17, thanks mainly to The Journey, feels like a reintroduction to the things that have made this series EA Sports’ pride and joy for the past eight years.
- Polygon
September 28, 2016 | Full review
FIFA’s crowning glory, the Ultimate Team, is back with some nice additions to make sure you have even more ways to play. Squad-building challenges offer exclusive rewards and different challenges to complete, ranging from beginner to advanced difficulty.
- God Is A Geek
September 22, 2016 | Full review
Ultimate Team remains unsurpassed
- Games Radar
September 22, 2016 | Full review
The biggest new addition this year’s FIFA 17 is “The Journey”, a new single-player story campaign mode.
- CGM
September 22, 2016 | Full review
The big standout this year is The Journey. It’s a really nice addition to the series and one that I hope EA carries forward to the next game.
- Pure Playstation
October 10, 2016 | Full review
The good news? It's a fine year for FIFA. With the Frostbite engine in action it's looking good and playing even better than before. The Journey is an enjoyable new take on the solo career mode, and in its wealth of other modes and excellent presentation, it's still the strongest all-round package out there.
- Digital Spy
November 24, 2021 | Full review
The Journey can be played by player switching through the whole team or by being player-locked only on Hunter. Either way, the new physicality initiated by depressing the left trigger comes through
- Game Informer
September 23, 2016 | Full review
Overall, then, FIFA 17 is a success. Long-term fans will still immediately get stuck in with multiplayer behemoth Ultimate Team, which is as addictive as ever, but the title also gives players a lot more variety beyond that.
- Game Rant
Overall, The Journey is a resounding success, and anyone put off by story modes in other sports games—most notably NBA 2K16's bizarre "Livin' Da Dream" effort—should give it a try.
- Bleacher Report
September 26, 2016 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Some feel the futbol games haven’t changed at all despite a format change.
- BestReviews
For all that extra burst of speed, though, I found responsiveness to still be an issue – it’s anyone’s guess whether you’ll manage to get a shot away before a defender closes in.
- IGN
September 22, 2016 | Full review
Variety is also a small issue. Play a Master League campaign in PES as an English second-tier side and you’ll compete against an assortment of strategies and tactics, depending on your opposition: triangular passing, long balls at physical forwards, and all things in between
- The Guardian
Continues to be more concerned with adding new features than fixing existing problems
- ARS Technical's
September 29, 2016 | Full review
As for the mode itself, hope and romance are what it does best--convincing dramatics and RPG gameplay, not so much.
- GameSpot
September 26, 2016 | Full review
My main issue with FIFA 17 is the control. While the new physical play mechanic helps you to shield the ball and give you 360 degree protection, it doesn’t help the game to flow and move when attacking.
- God Is A Geek
September 22, 2016 | Full review
Lack of opponent variety in lower leagues
- Games Radar
September 22, 2016 | Full review
My one gripe with FIFA 17 is the commentators. I’ve never been a big fan of them and I’m never going to like the dull tones of Alan Smith.
- Pure Playstation
October 10, 2016 | Full review
And the bad? When it comes to the actual gameplay, PES 2017 has definitely surged ahead.
- Digital Spy
November 24, 2021 | Full review
The only thing lacking is a way to track how many goals or assists you're racking up as you turn out for your Premier League team of choice, for those who like to know their stats.
- Bleacher Report
September 26, 2016 | Full review

Overall Product Rankings

An Overview On PS4 Games

  • If you haven’t played Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” in a while, it may be worth a relook. The award-winning game has undergone a recent revamp, taking it in the direction of a role-playing game. However, it’s still technically a stealth game, requiring the player to master the ability to sneak up on opponents.
  • When it comes down to it, many of today’s top games excel at worldbuilding. With Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” it’s all about the map. This version has the largest and most connected map in all the renditions. You’ll find even when you’re out in the middle of the desert, there are plenty of awe-inspiring views. The game will take you deep into the heart of Egypt, immersing you in the ancient culture of the country.
  • The open-world Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” also offers a sizeable map, with mesmerizing landscapes and photorealistic graphics.
  • If you’ve played “Grand Theft Auto” before, you’re probably already familiar with the meticulous detail put into the graphics. Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” has realism all the way down to weather and lighting effects. This lends authenticity to the experience that makes you feel as though you’re truly a part of that world.
  • One of the best things about Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition is that it helps you grow as a player. The game takes note of moves that you haven’t yet used and coaches you to complete them in order to become better at virtual combat.
  • One new feature that will enhance your experience with Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” is the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system. It also adds Mother Base to your adventures, which means Big Boss will have more resources than in previous Metal Gear games.
  • Storylines have become huge in many of today’s PS4 games, but many of them have a problem with growing repetitive over time. As with previous iterations, Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” has an engaging storyline. However, some find the quests are repetitive over time, and you may find that finding the loot is too easy if you’re a more experienced player. Missions with Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” can also become repetitive. Although the story is captivating, it doesn’t seem to have as many twists and turns as other open-world games. Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” is all based on auto heists, which provide plenty of adventures without a complex storyline. The quests in Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition can also become repetitive.
  • Although Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” repeats itself over time, it’s important to note that you drive the storyline in open-world games, and this game gives you plenty of opportunities to make it your own.
  • If your setup supports 4K resolution, you may want to sway toward Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” which offers 4K gameplay as an option.
  • Lack of responsiveness can become frustrating with any game. The controls with Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” can feel a bit awkward at times. That means combat can tend to feel unnatural, with attacks not landing quite the blow they feel like they should.
  • Many players prefer the spirit of competition that comes with playing others. Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” offers both solo and online team gameplay options.
  • For gamers on a budget, Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” is the best option, selling for less than $20. Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” and Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition can be found in the $20-$30 range. But the Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition includes a season pass, which expands your gameplay options.

The PS4 Game Buying Guide

Your PS4 is all hooked up and ready to go. Now you just need the perfect game to get you started. If you’ve owned a PlayStation before, you probably have a few favorites of your own, but it can’t hurt to take a look at what’s out there. You may even find that a game you tried in the past has improved so much in recent versions, you’ll want to try it again.

With so many PS4 games available, though, you’ll first need to narrow down the type of game you want to play. There are role-playing games, abbreviated RPG, which are among the most popular. RPGs kicked off with games like “Dungeons & Dragons” and continue today with popular options like “Final Fantasy.”

The vast majority of games will fall under the action header, which includes the many shooter games you find when you’re looking around. This genre also includes fighting and combat games like “Street Fighter” and “Double Dragon,” as well as stealth games like “Assassin’s Creed Origins.”

Another video game category that’s popular with many players is open-world games. “Assassin’s Creed Origins” falls into this category, as does “Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.” With an open-world game, you’re free to move around a virtual environment, choosing how you reach particular goals. These games have become increasingly popular as gamers seek to feel as though they’re part of an adventure, rather than just competing to win.

There are plenty of factors beyond gameplay, including the visuals on the screen in front of you. You’ll want to spend time in a world that’s immersive, rather than one that takes away from the experience. If you have a 4K TV, you’ll find your options are narrowed considerably since not all PS4 games are built to render at that resolution. Some games also have technical glitches that slow down response time, a flaw that can be extremely frustrating if you’re just trying to enjoy some game time.