FIFA 17 the widely acclaimed football game was just released by EA Sports across all gaming platforms including: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. In just over a week following its release, critics and gamers all over the world have praised the latest edition of the FIFA franchise for its overall new features and gameplay mechanics. But one feature really standout that sets it apart from its rival, Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 and that is The Journey.
The Journey is a FIFA 17 story mode campaign that lets the user play the character of Alex Hunter, a young aspiring football player, and his rose to stardom. The story mode gives the player a lot of insights from Hunter's background experiences and gives you the point-of-view of a professional footballer's normal "life." The user will also notice a significant change on Hunter's life especially upon transitioning from amateur to pro. This story mode campaign is a deal-breaking to many especially for those that have purchased the game for their Xbox 360 or PS3 consoles but only to find out that this feature has been omitted for the old-gen versions of the game.
EA Sports False Advertising?
The majority of negative reviews for FIFA 17 in Amazon came from disappointed customers that purchased the game for their PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles. The main reason for this is the fact that most of them are unaware that The Journey story mode is not included for the older version. This sparked a lot of complaints from disappointed customers which then relinquished their frustrations by leaving 1-star reviews for the game.
If you try to look into the root cause of the FIFA 17 problem, you'll find out that the issue stem from the lack of explicit information by EA. In the game's official trailer for the Xbox One platform, you can clearly see that The Journey has been the highlighted feature of the game but towards the end of the video, the publisher failed to explicitly announce that this key feature is not included for its older-gen version (i.e. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms).
The omission of certain FIFA 17 features for older-gen versions of games is not an uncommon practice but this case certainly emphasizes the need for coherence from the publisher's end towards on their advertisements and the need for awareness on the part of the consumers.