In the current market, there are some occurrences that appear regularly every year. We have a yearly sequel of Call of Duty, Battlefield, Assassin’s Creed and all the major sports games with the ball, exactly two of them. The most anticipated game of them all is certainly a yearly FIFA edition, which arrives every September and spreads on every possible platform. FIFA 19 is a worthy successor to the generally excellent FIFA 18 for a number of reasons, but none of them are really in terms of gameplay. Truth, it has some nifty changes and it feels more fluid, but the real upgrades are more game modes and even more licenses.
But, the most important aspect of FIFA is how it feels and how good it plays. In this year’s edition, EA Sports has worked on some specific areas, and each represents a noticeable change in the flow of the game. The freshest new feature is the Active Touch System which basically means that gameplay on the pitch feels far more authentic. Using the right stick you can put the ball down and control it better, or chip it up a bit and prepare it for a volley. How successful you’re gonna be depends on the player you lead. Some players will have better control, while some will send the ball to the VIP loggia. Alongside providing an opportunity to begin a decent attack quickly, these new animations just look far more realistic. This improves realistic feel rather than redefining how you play. When you’re battling for position, it feels more natural and you have better control over retrieving the ball. Even if it was your fault for losing it.
Everything feels much more organic than in the previous iteration of the game, and now with the right player, you can retrieve the ball you deemed lost in the FIFA 18.
After playing PES for too many hours to admit, jumping back to FIFA’s frenetic pace initially felt jarring. However, it’s apparent that FIFA still lacks a focus on build-up play, which is something their rival simply does better. Nevertheless, this is still a really good football game, and the Lovers of fast-paced play will certainly enjoy.
The biggest changes to FIFA 19 aren’t in the way that it plays, however. It’s things you can do in the game – and in this area, it firmly has PES 2019 beat. But the biggest change comparing to the last year’s iteration is not in the way it plays, but in the things that you can do in the game. And that’s the area FIFA beats PES soundly. FIFA 19 is chock-full with game modes, customization options, and things to do. Remember that Kick-off mode? Well, it’s back now, and it has got a facelift. Now you have the options to track your victories against your friends online. You can also modify your game by turning off cards or having a player sent off every time you score a goal. These changes are more than welcome because they add a party game feelings into proceedings. You probably won’t play it every time you start the game, but it’s ideal if you play with someone who isn’t a hardcore football player.
EA Sports probably made search auditions because they want to pull out the maximum profit from their newest signing; the official licenses from the UEFA championship league, Europa League and Super Cup which they overtook from Konami. This was the only big license that was missing from FIFA’s arsenal.
Typically for EA Sports, the view licenses are handled with utmost quality. You will see every recognizable feature of the UEFA championship league, from the ball, the music, to the specific advertising. Everything has been reproduced in sublime detail, and so much atmosphere is packed into these matches that players will want to play him all the time. These licenses affect the career mode too, and you will see your graphics for the home screen when the European week is on. Unfortunately, that’s the only way these licenses extend into the Career mode.
Our biggest issue all the new UEFA licenses is the subpar commentary provided by Derek Rae and former Arsenal star Lee Dixon. These two just don’t feel natural here and considering the quality of the other commentaries, these jarring shortcomings stand out even more.
Similar to the gameplay, the visuals have received some minor changes rather than the complete overhaul. Player faces have a bit more details and movement, and the crowds in stadiums look and feel more alive. Lightning in the stadiums looks fantastic when playing in HDR, but we noticed a slight frame drop if the scene is particularly abundant with details.
FIFA 19 is overall a grade game filled with plenty of details. It isn’t a huge step forward in terms of raw graphics or gameplay, there are new licenses and a lot of game mode to try on, which would be enough for every fan to spend countless hours playing it. And we guess that’s the most important thing.