The whistle has blown, and it’s once again time to lace up the cleats and jugar futbol. EA Sports’ global juggernaut in FIFA has hit the pitch for the 27th time, and while it’s certainly not completely different from its predecessor, it does include a handful of obligatory refinements, not to mention a throwback to its spin-off series. Do these new features make FIFA ’20 worth the $60 price of admission? Let’s dust off our vuvuzelas and find out.
You held the world in your arms
This iteration’s most hyped-up feature is a mode that replaces the Journey mode from the last three games. Known as VOLTA Football, this mode is essentially a callback to the FIFA Street series. The two teams have 3-5 players apiece, and you get to choose whether or not the match has goalies and walls. The pitches are set in some of the world’s most famous cities, and they come with commentary spoken in the native languages. If you prefer matches that emphasize showmanship over teamwork, this mode is tailor-made for you.
Don’t worry, the VOLTA mode isn’t the only addition to this year’s game. The ball physics, penalty kicks, and free kicks have been given some tweaks, making the on-pitch action more fluid than ever. The Mystery Ball and King of the Hill match types are now not only in single games, but in Ultimate Team as well. The offline career mode has been updated quite heavily, featuring interactive press conferences and player convos, the ability to fully customize your created manager, and a very streamlined user interface.
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Despite facing the usual tough competition from Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer, EA Sports’ globally-iconic FIFA series continues to nail its headers and volleys. Whether you prefer team-based strategy or fancy footwork when it comes to how you play soccer games, this installment won’t disappoint you.