Another year means another FIFA exit and there will already be a question on everyone’s lips: What small changes have been made this year that EA says are enough to justify me parting with £ 50?
Well, FIFA fans will be pleasantly surprised as EA Sports either knocked the ball out of the park or, more appropriately, rolled it up in the upper bins.
FIFA 19 is a phenomenal package that is packed with content and, most importantly, offers the smoothest gameplay you will find in a sports game.
With incredible graphics and a substantial amount of new animation, EA has really pushed the boundaries of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for the first time. We finally have an ambitious FIFA title that seems a long way from the last generation.
EA showed a lot of ambition and everything clicked this year, FIFA 19 is fantastic
The graphics are stunning and the new animations are clean, EA has taken consoles to the limit
EA has created one of the most realistic football atmospheres ever seen in a game with player banners, a variety of chants and, most importantly, an incredible collection of licenses. The Premier League theme is now played before the league games, but more importantly the new Champions League experience is a football fan’s dream.
Stepping to the iconic music with the banner waving in the middle of the pitch and the official ball sitting on the perch ready, FIFA 19 finally lets you live any soccer fan’s dream and capture the scale of the game. event expertly.
While the abundance of content and game modes is already impressive (we’ll talk about that later), gameplay needs to be at the center of any football game. FIFA 19 is one of the most satisfying sports games on the market, with every match a pleasure to play.
PES have struggled behind FIFA for many years now, but one thing their rivals Konami have perfected is the art of fine passing. Yet FIFA may have finally matched them – from one-touch moves to perfect inch balls, every pass is exquisite.
Playing Champions League matches in FIFA 19 with the full license is something special
The level of artificial intelligence this year is phenomenal, with players always finding space, even when they are on the opposite flank. This makes executing the perfect ball an absolute treat, especially when your player is smart enough to pass slightly over the defender’s foot without you even asking.
But what really helps make the gameplay so smooth is the long list of new animations. The “ Active Touch System ” is the biggest gameplay update to a FIFA title since the addition of 360-degree dribbling.
FIFA 19 saw the light of day as players constantly react to situations and ball physics as they would in real life. From jumping through the air to encounter a deflected pass to the back heel of the ball from behind to maintain forward momentum in one quick motion.
Players adapt their body to positioning in an instant to help them perform movements seamlessly. Gone are the days when your midfielder would stop and spin before passing the ball behind him, your player will now automatically tilt their body ready to pass before the ball even reaches them.
The active touch system is the most important game update since 360 degree dribbling
You will especially notice this new system with skillful players who love to add flair and tricks to their game. Playing with Neymar is delicious as it adds a bit of extra flair to every move he makes. Outside of kicks, rabona crosses and heel kicks galore – his personality shines in more ways than ever.
This smooth, silky gameplay is executed perfectly while maintaining the crisp, action-packed pace the FIFA franchise is known for. Over the past year, EA has slowed the pace to allow for thoughtful and more precise decision-making. This year there are plenty of opportunities for that, while the matches also maintain the sense of urgency, adding thrill and drama from the first kick to the last.
There is really a lot of depth in the games this year, the defense feels a lot better with the new 50/50 battles meaning attackers and defenders will go head to head for every ball. Your wingers will not walk into defenders and accept that they have lost the ball, if they have momentum they will plow straight.
On top of that, the new revised tactical system is exceptional. It is easy to understand but has a monumental impact on the game and leads to a great variety of matches. Shifting from possession to building up quickly instantly sees your players advancing rather than closing in for an easy pass. The ability to save different playstyles and formations in defensive / offensive instructions adds a whole new layer of adaptability that can instantly flip a match on its head.
Flair players like Neymar show themselves constantly with heel kicks, rabonas and outside passes
And for those who are extremely competitive (who doesn’t play FIFA?), There’s a much higher skill cap, which adds even more depth.
The aforementioned 50/50 Battles remove most of the random deviation from the game, making defense increasingly important. At the other end of the pitch, the best players will benefit from the Timed Finish, a new mechanic that allows you to press shoot a second time when the player’s foot meets the ball. Time well and your shot will be much more powerful and accurate – but do it wrong and your shot comes out for a throw-in.
With new ways to prove your skills, you’ll want to show off your footballing prowess in the best possible way, playing against your friend on the couch. While Ultimate Team is still FIFA’s main event, nothing comes close to the feeling of beating your friend sitting in the same room with them.
This experience is enhanced by the revamped Kick-Off mode which introduced a host of new features – I was back in college, living in a student house again.
You can have the best of the series, add home and away matches, or even make your one-off fight a Champions League final. You can even turn to the ridiculously fun party modes ranging from no rules, long shots counting as two goals, headers and salvos or a survivor who sees one of your players randomly kicked out at every time you score.
Launch options and party modes make FIFA 19 an even better multiplayer experience
As for people who prefer to play solo, it doesn’t get any better than the Journey mode with the final chapter of the three-part series from Alex Hunter. The young Englishman has now joined Real Madrid with the Champions League firmly in his sights. You can choose one of the Galacticos de Madrid to become your personal mentor, help you become the best in the world, and fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, for the first time, you don’t have to focus on Alex alone. Journey This Year is a three-part story with half-sister Kim Hunter and best friend Danny Williams also having their own separate stories, meaning you can choose to follow one all through or dive into all three. .
Career mode, on the other hand, is quite disappointing in the sense that it hasn’t changed at all. Of course, the tactical system and the licenses allow for a more realistic and complete experience, but a different menu with the Champions League logo in the background on European match days is not enough to be the only new ‘feature’. ‘mode.
Still, FIFA 19 overall is a superb game and easily the best EA released in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One era. And it will stay that way for at least a month, as EA has announced that it won’t be releasing any big and groundbreaking updates anytime soon. FIFA 19 could be the game to rejuvenate the series which, despite its dominance in the market, has not always reached the highest marks in recent years. If you’re a soccer fan who craves the beautiful game even more, do it virtually and pick it up on September 28th.