For as long as we’ve been playing video games, EA Sports’ FIFA franchise has long been king of the sports video game world — no matter what the sport.
But that dominance poses an interesting problem for EA Sports: how do you climb any higher when you’re already out the mountaintop?
And year-after-year, EA Sports finds an answer, with FIFA 19 being no exception, as it is yet another massive leap forward in the franchise.
One of the aspects that stands out most about the game is the improved gameplay, which is loaded with new features that make the game feel as realistic as ever.
The new Active Touch System allows players to utilize a suite of new first touch tools, such as the disguised touch, flick-up volleys, or even skill specific animations. This new system has fundamentally changed the way players receive and strike the ball — providing closer control, improved fluidity, creativity, and increased player personality.
Another new feature is Timed Finishing. While playing, double tapping the shoot button on any strike attempt triggers a timed finish, putting you in control of how accurately you connect with the ball. The precision of the second button tap determines the result of the contact, with perfectly timed balls increasing in accuracy and power, and poorly timed contacts more likely to miss the mark.
The newly introduced Dynamic Tactics also revolutionize the way FIFA is played, as a re-imagined system gives you the tools to set multiple tactical approaches, offering in-depth customization pre-match, as well as more options for dynamic in-match adjustments from the D-Pad. Each tactical approach combines formations, mentalities, and attacking and defensive play styles, enabling you to easily customize your play in any situation.
Finally, EA Sports upgraded the 50/50 Battles, which utilizes user reactions and player attributes to determine the outcome for winning loose balls across the pitch, as increased teammate intelligence and spatial awareness means every challenge matters in the fight for possession.
As they do every year, EA Sports has further improved the virtual footballing experience through subtle changes to the gameplay that makes playing soccer on your television screen feel as real as ever.