For soccer fans, this is the best game available, easily justifying the purchase; that can't always be said of yearly releases of sports games. At the risk of stating the obvious, the problem with an annual sports game is there's often little added to the overall experience to justify the purchase. This isn't the case with FIFA 16. Though it's comparable visually -- but still better on next-generation consoles than on last year's FIFA 15 -- it's the controls, options, pace, and modes that make this year's game feel light years ahead of what came before it. Worth noting is the increased attention paid to defensive players, with more tension and drama in the midfield, including new ways to pass and dribble, so the spotlight isn't only on your forwards and strikers.
Along with regular games against smart computer-controlled teams, or playing head to head with a friend beside you (not to mention in online matches and tournaments), the new FUT Draft mode adds another layer of strategy as you buy player packs, build teams, and play them against friends (or enemies) online -- but be aware it costs virtual money, which you can redeem via in-game purchases. Winning tourneys will put more cash in your bank, which you can use to buy more players, and so on. What's more, adding women is a great idea and long overdue -- after all, the U.S. Women's National Team won the 2015 Women's World Cup. It's clear that FIFA 16 is the finest football sim there is. If you like soccer and video games, you'll love FIFA 16.