Fifa 16 Demo released yesterday on the European PlayStation Store, so we got a chance to play a couple of matches and see what’s going on with this new iteration of the classic soccer simulation franchise.

Right off the bat, you can notice an upgrade within the game’s visuals; it’s not a complete overhaul, but the players’ models look more polished than ever, and when you combine this with the fact that movements look very natural, you get a super realistic vibe. You can check Messi comparison between his FIFA 15 and FIFA 16 versions, the difference is very notorious.

The teams available feature the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Internazionale FC, PSG, River Plate and a couple more, as well as the brand new addition of women’s national teams, in the flavor of Germany and USA, the strongest national teams as far as women’s soccer goes.

As for the gameplay itself, the game maintains the core rules from previous versions (which is really good), and adds the aforementioned realistic movements to players; it’s hard to explain, but it “feels” so much better than FIFA 15, even though the core mechanics are almost the same. Players react a little bit faster than before when receiving the ball, strong passes result in large bouncing when a player try to dominate said pass with the chest or the foot, players with large physique can abuse of their condition and cover the ball almost flawlessly, etc.

One new addition to the move set is the “No Touch Dribbling”, which lets you… well, dribbling without touching the ball, making a feint. The other remarkable addition is the “Trainer Mode”, which lets you, by pressing the R3 button, turn on or off a sort of help on screen that tells you what button you have to touch in order to recover the ball, shoot, slide, run, etc. This tip hovers over the player you are controlling whenever the Trainer Mode is on and should help new comers to get the hang of the game pretty fast.

Regarding the player balancing, you can have a pretty good idea of what’s going on by playing this demo, as it has some of the best players worldwide. Messi is the best player overall, with a 94, followed by Ronaldo, with 93. I have tried Messi and felt a little overpowered, his combination of dribbling and high speed makes him nearly unstoppable in the hands of a seasoned player, but hey, he is the best player in the world, so it makes sense.

As for the differences between men’s and women’s teams, I would say there aren’t any, except for how fast the players get tired and lose stamina; women seems to lose stamina quicker than men. Aside from that, they play almost identical in every way (keep in mind you can’t play a match that puts a men team against a women team).

So, those were my impressions after playing a couple of matches in FIFA 16; same good old FIFA with a couple of mechanics improved and some graphical tweaks that make the game look better overall.

FIFA 16 releases September 22nd on the US and September 24th on Europe, for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Android and iOS.

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