This year's edition of FIFA introduces its usual handful of smart additions and gameplay tweaks, its most notable additions being the FIFA Ultimate Team Draft and women's teams. On the field, it plays much the same as last year, with perhaps a bit less emphasis on pace. Interceptions are way up, but that's countered by the fact that it's easy to keep the ball on your field while sprinting, which makes for a lot of breakneck counters - a FIFA staple. I'm not going to lie, it's a lot of fun, but Pro Evolution Soccer supporters have a point when they point to that sim's more nuanced and reserved pace as a positive. The crazy back-and-forth verges on feeling unrealistic at times, especially when playing the computer, which rarely attacks the ball with anything resembling vigor unless you're playing on World Class difficulty or above.
All of these great changes have had their edges dulled in the time between then and now: a real shame. It seems that too many cooks spoil the broth in the name of 'balancing', and what we have once again is a marginally better offering that in actuality could have been leaps and bounds better. Yes, FIFA 16 is better than FIFA 15, but in light of what Konami has brought to the table, the improvement feels hollow, as PES 2016 is so far ahead of its rival. It's been almost a decade since the battle between PES and FIFA felt like a contest. While FIFA has changed minimally in recent years, PES has taken a back seat, overhauled its engine, and come back this year better than ever. With FIFA's incremental updates, the series has aged dramatically on the new-gen consoles.