Electronic Arts' all-new "FIFA 16" may have all the juicy modifications and updates fans didn't get from the predecessor, but it still lacks one major element to boost its worldwide reach — the absence of Japan's women's team.
According to The Verge, though "FIFA 16" got the major upgrade of featuring women's international teams — the first ever in the franchise — it still has a long way to go in terms of content and gameplay.
First, there is the absence of the Japanese women's team, who has been a strong rival of the U.S. team in recent tournaments. "FIFA 16" features 12 women's teams and the Japanese team is not one of them.
The main reason for the conspicuous absence however, has something to do with Fifa 16 account. The same issue that has hampered EA from bringing Japan's men's team from being part of the men's division. Though both the men's and women's teams of Japan are absent in the game, the latter has more weight in terms of importance since they have been one of the top players outside of the virtural world.
Then, there is the limitation of the women's games since there is only a generic tournament or exhibition matches for the female soccer teams. The gaming experience in the women's soccer is also noticeably slow, but the visual presentation is just as beautiful as the men's.
Nevertheless, what the game lacked on the women's teams, it made up for the men's team with improved graphics, better lighting and more detailed visuals of the players the characters of the game were made to mimic.
Still there have been complaints on how "FIFA 16" disappointed some of its fans. EuroGamer.net pointed out that weak kicks, poor first touches and ball distance-related issues are prevalent in the new installment.
The site even singled out that Cristiano Ronaldo's speed has become slower and less powerful with the Portuguese player struggling to get away from Per Mertesacker.
However, there is arguably a big improvement when it comes to the players' physical strength, which is evident in the strongest team players in "FIFA 16."
The top 10 strongest players according to BleacherReport are the following:
1. Wilfried Bony
2. Moustapha Sall
3. Kendall Waston
4. Abdul Ba
5. Felipe Baloy
6. Roman Torres
7. George Elokobi
8. Jamison Olave
9. Chris Samba
10. Adebayo Akinfenwa