I know that the Madden football video game series is the most popular game that EA Sports creates—I think?—but not too far behind that would have to be the FIFA series, where soccer fans get to lead their clubs to glory.
And, just to tease us, EA released the trailer for this year’s game, FIFA 16, which looks absolutely insane.
Set to hit shelves on September 25th, you can bet your ass that I’m already counting down the days till I can pit my dude Lionel Messi and Barcelona against CR7 and Real Madrid.
Oh, and if you’re looking to mix it up and play with the girls, well, for the first time ever the game will feature women’s teams—a nice touch by EA, especially after the popularity of the Women’s World Cup this summer.
In fact, here are just a few new features that the game will be giving soccer gamers, via IGN:
FIFA Ultimate Draft Mode
“Kick off a new draft mode and you will be presented a selection of players for each position. Up front you might have the choice between Ibrahimovic, Rooney and Aguero, at left back it might be Alaba, Baines or Marcelo. Genuinely, no matter which of the options you pick you’re going to be at the helm of a dream team… One of the most welcome components of draft mode is the option to play cooperatively with a friend.”
Career Mode Preseason
“Pre-season friendly tournaments are now available to participate in, allowing you to travel through Asia, South America, North America or Europe prior to the start of the season proper… Winning these tournaments lines your next transfer budget with extra cash, so it’s well worth putting the required effort in.”
More Elaborate Celebrations
“Celebrating goals can now be performed with individuals not on the pitch. Run over to the subs bench after a goal and you’ll celebrate with squad players not included in the first 11. Alternatively, sprint towards a cameraman and the perspective will change so that you see your player through the eyes of that camera – allowing you to get a first hand look at his/her lips as they kiss the lens in true Steven Gerrard fashion.”
So grab your water, have your mom bring you some oranges to bite on and get ready to hit the sticks, because FIFA 16 looks absolutely sick. Looks like I know how I’ll be spending my hungover weekends this fall—with football and, well, football.