As soon as you are in your first UT match you are thrust back into a similar pace of previous iterations, the ball move's around at a ferocious speed and you need all of your skill, wits and sometimes a bit of fortune to win.
But one fundamental thing - the 'game changer' in my view, is that pace is no longer an abused attribute - it is however still usable. This has more profound effects than meets the cheap Fifa 16 coins. Without being able to blast past defenders with your pace, you are forced to think of other ways to create chances and score goals, and finally - your players matter.
Each player finally feels like an individual on the pitch, and I think this is mostly due to having to utilize their other attributes. For example I know on my RW Feeny is comfortable in position and a good passer, but will struggle to beat a man one on one, so with him, I'm looking to create triangles.
On the other side Dawkins can beat a man, his top speed is often not enough to out run a defender, but he is quick enough off the mark to cause troubles and can dribble well. Beckford is my starting striker and whilst he is fast, he often misses his chances, which is a very different beast to Kenwyne Jones who I can use to hold up play or bully my way into the box.
And each player shines (or fails to) in their own way more so than I have ever felt in previous UT's, from attackers to midfielders to defenders, the other stats finally matter.
And for once I think I've finally found depth in UT.
One thing I wanted to try was replicating the worlds footballing styles, because I felt at first I was being ring fenced into this constant passing play.
And it's all more or less possible. I was able to use physical players in the FL and deliver crosses to a target man, I was able to (as much as my skill allowed me) control the game and slow it down to a methodical and skillful style like the Fifa 16 news, I was able to utilize players with good dribbling and attack with confidence and flair like Brazil and I was able to use a loaned Robben and a few mixed players to replicate the Germans clinical fast paced game with intricate dribbling and technical skill.
This is getting really long for a first impressions, and whilst there are downsides, I personally feel this is a nice direction for Fifa.