Manchester United’s humbling 2015-16 season, one which saw them exit the group stages of the Champions League, finish fifth in the Premier League and crawl to an FA Cup victory to sweeten the bitterness, which was brightened by the emergence of Marcus Rashford in the middle of the season. With Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Will Keane and James Wilson unavailable for selection at one point in the season, United called upon 18-year-old Marcus Rashford, who then scored seven goals in the last 16 games of the season before helping England to the Euro 2016 round of 16.
Game developers EA Sports announced their new plans for FIFA 17 at E3 in California not too long ago, and their new journey mode featuring the exploits of teenager Alex Hunter seems to be a revelation in the world of gaming. Their stocks have only been furthered by Rashford himself, who pointed out that Alex Hunter reminded him of his rise to fame in a real rags to riches story. Rashford made FIFA’s new game mode seem more immersive than it already did by stating just how real the game mode was to him, from on the pitch to in Hunter’s home.
Rashford recalled his experiences by comparing them with Hunter’s, stating the intriguing nostalgia that came with visits to the manager’s office, a peek into the life of a footballer at home and the physical, mental and emotional hardships of being a professional footballer.
“I actually can’t believe how accurate it is, watching Alex, it reminds me of my journey. It definitely reminds me of my experience, when you see Alex go into the manager’s office you don’t know what he’s going to say or what it’s going to be like, so it brings back memories.
“You see Alex at home with his grandparents, his mum and his dad and that’s what it’s like, sometimes when you’re down you need them to pick you back up and sometimes when you’re up you need them to help keep your feet on the ground. So it’s what it’s like in real life.”
The whole gaming world is excited for the release of the new FIFA series video game, where EA Sports seems to be taking a generational leap to the next era of sports video games. Now, not only can you be a footballer on the pitch, you also get to be one off the pitch, and Rashford’s comments will only add to gamers’ experiences. Rashford specifically came to people’s minds when they viewed FIFA’s aesthetically scintillating new Journey Mode trailer.
It seems the new FIFA game will not only add to people’s love for the game, but also their knowledge of what it means to be a footballer. The entire Journey Mode idea spells out the theme of empathy, and for fans to be able to understand how players feel could motivate them to stand behind footballers on a new level. EA is taking a massive step in the world of technology in gaming, but they are also working towards changing the way people view a game that is incredibly universal.