A FIFA gamer has figured out a way to import this year’s player faces into FIFA 16.
‘Modder’ Master Figeroo released the faces – which include Neymar, Pepe, Antoine Griezmann and more on the modding site, Modding Way.
So, if you’re yet to upgrade to the latest version of Ea Sports’ game, this could come in handy.
But why would they go to the effort – especially for a two-year-old game?
Well, for some people, the FIFA games are not realistic enough.
For years, a growing number of the FIFA community have taken it into their own hands to improve EA Sports’ series. And the results are breathtaking.
So good, in fact, that even the older FIFA games can rival FIFA 17.The below shot, for example, is taken from FIFA 14.
Modding Way is a website that lets skilled gamers upload their very own tweaks, or ‘mods’, to FIFA. Mods are essentially changes to the game’s original code.
These range from minor upgrades to the graphics – adding more realistic grass, for example – to completely overhauling core game mechanics.
Crysis, for example, a first-person shooter that came out ten years ago, looks better than nearly every game of recent years – thanks to a hugely engaged community of modders.
But it’s not just about graphics – mods can also take the form of complete games.
The latest Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim, features a mod called Enderal (below).
This completely transforms the game – adding a different story, thousands of hours’ worth of new dialogue and updated visuals – all developed by the community.
While FIFA’s changes are not as drastic, the community has still managed to create some game-changing tweaks.
For one, there’s a mod that lets you bring in FIFA 17 faces on to FIFA 14. Just take a look what it does to Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (below).
There’s even a tweak that adds ‘SweetFX’ – which improves the vibrancy of the visuals and adds more detail.
FIFA 15 hasn’t been overlooked either.
The ‘RealVision’ mod adds an HDR-effect to the graphics – improving player skin, crowd details and shadows.
FIFA 16 gets even more granular in its tweaks.
‘PostFX’ overhauls the rain and lighting, while there’s even a setting to make the grass more realistic.
The downside is a lot of these mods only work on the PC version of the games.
So, surely FIFA 18 mods are on the horizon, too?
Well, yes and no.
Modding Way states FIFA 18 mods are on the way – although they won’t be too substantial.
They write: “From kits to flags, or even faces textures will be moddable.”
For all of the Frostbite Engine’s brilliance, it’s incredibly hard to modify. Still, there have been a couple of notable additions in FIFA 17.
One mod, for example, creates a bespoke camera that allows you to see much more player detail.
It’ll be only a matter of time before the community gets to grips with Frostbite – and as we’ve seen in Battlefield 1, the engine is capable of some truly breathtaking visuals.
Sounds like exciting times ahead.
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