North American cover art featuring Marco Reus
FIFA 17 is a sports video game in the FIFA series developed and published by Electronic Arts, that was released in September 2016. This is the first FIFA game in the series to use the Frostbite game engine. Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus serves as the cover athlete on the game.
The new features in FIFA 17 include new attacking techniques, physical player overhaul, active intelligence system and set piece rewrite. EA also announced at Gamescom 2016 that Squad Building Challenges and FUT Champions will be in FIFA Ultimate Team, but not in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions of the game.
Commentary is once again provided by Martin Tyler and Alan Smith with Alan McInally (in-game score updates), Geoff Shreeves (injury reports), and Mike West (classified results for major leagues). Commentary in other languages (such as Spanish and French) is also provided.
EA Sports announced at E3 2016 that they will have all 20 Premier League managers' likenesses in the game. New goal celebrations, such as Paul Pogba’s ‘Dab’ and Mesut Özil’s ‘M’ celebration, feature in the game.
On 23 June 2016, EA Sports announced that the J1 League and J.League Cup will be featured in the game for the first time. On 4 September 2016, EA Sports announced at Brasil Game Show 2016 that 18 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A teams will be featured in their respective league (Corinthians and Flamengo, who signed an exclusivity deal with Konami for Pro Evolution Soccer, do not appear). Five Série B teams are also in the game. The Brazilian teams in the game have generic player names which the user cannot change. Women's teams, who were introduced in FIFA 16 also return, with the Norway women's national football team being added to the series.
FIFA 17 introduced a new single-player story campaign mode, "The Journey", for PS4, Xbox One and Windows. Players assume the role of Alex Hunter (voiced and modeled by Adetomiwa Edun), a young footballer trying to make his mark in the Premier League. The player is able to select any Premier League club to play for at the beginning of the season. The player can only play in an upfield position as a right winger, striker, left winger, or central attacking midfielder. The story mode also features a dialogue wheel, similar to the Mass Effect series. The game even has a few cameos from other footballers such as James Rodriguez, Marco Reus, and Harry Kane.
Alex Hunter is a fictional 17-year-old male from Clapham, London. Hunter's grandfather is former English striker Jim Hunter, who scored 22 goals in the 1968–69 season. Under his grandfather's guidance, Hunter's life goal is to play as a footballer in the Premier League. The game begins with a football match between two young teams, one of which features Hunter and his best friend, Gareth Walker. After a penalty shoot-out in which one of Hunter or Walker scores the winning penalty, a scout remarks about Alex Hunter's talent to Jim Hunter. Seven years later, Alex Hunter and Gareth Walker take on the exit trial which can be failed depending on how Alex Hunter performs. If the player fails they will have to redo the exit trial. If they succeed then Hunter signs for a Premier League club. Hunter soon learns that Walker has joined the same club.
Both players attend the club's pre-season tour of the United States, where they play against Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain. In the regular season, after starting most games as a substitute, Alex Hunter is loaned out to one of Newcastle United, Aston Villa, or Norwich City as a result of the major signing of either Harry Kane or Ángel Di María by Alex's parent club. After impressing on loan in the EFL Championship, Hunter returns to his parent club only to find that Walker has left for the club's rivals.
After returning from loan, Hunter is able to receive sponsorship deals from Adidas, each deal being received whenever Hunter hits a milestone number of followers in the Twitter-based social media menu of the game mode. The deals include new boots, a photoshoot, and the chance to appear in an Adidas advertisement alongside Di María. After a successful season in the starting eleven, Hunter gets to start in the final of the FA Cup, in which he faces Gareth Walker for the second time since his departure from the club. Before the game, Hunter and Walker encounter in the tunnel. Regardless of the result, Walker and Hunter shake hands after the game and they become reconciled. Later, in Hunter's flat, Hunter discovers that he has been named to the list of likely players to be called up to the England national team.
Marco Reus, Eden Hazard, James Rodríguez and Anthony Martial were announced as the official ambassadors of the game. After a global cover vote conducted by EA Sports, Reus emerged as the winner.
The game received positive reviews upon release, with gameplay, the Frostbite engine, sound, and presentation all critically acclaimed. FIFA 17 has been the fastest selling edition of the franchise.
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