|a game by||Electronic Arts|
|Platforms:||XBox One, PC, Playstation 4|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.6/10 - 5 votes|
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|See also:||Soccer Games, FIFA Games|
It’s that time again, as EA pump out Fifa 20, another routine, no thrills addition to their football franchise. As EA keeps on churning out annual sporting titles like clockwork, it can be difficult to keep up with the changes are new features of each Fifa instalment. With many fans often stating that the changes are minimal to none in most cases. With transfers being applied, new kits being added and sometimes a new mode thrown into the mix. It seems like a tried and tested formula that works, makes a tonne of money but one that often seems lacking a moral compass. For those that have managed to miss the annual cash cow that is the Fifa series. This game plays like any football game of the last two decades with core mechanics remaining very similar to early 2000’s versions of the series. Just with a much more polished set of visuals to bring it into the year of 2020. Though, if you have played games like NBA 2K20 or any UFC title, you’ll be familiar with the layout, especially the ultimate team mode that EA seem to wedge into any title that they can.
So What’s New
Gameplay has had an overhaul from the mess that was FIFA 19 which is merely a necessity rather than something to commend it for. Shooting feels more reliable, strafe dribbling makes a return and pace is back with a vengeance, doing away with the rubber handing between attackers and defenders that drove players insane last year. Then in a more off the ball sense, defending has also improved. Switching between players is much more reliable and intuitive. Allowing more a more natural playstyle and a fair chance of tackling in crucial moments.
Does it look the part?
Fifa in the last three or four years has consistently looked the part. The issue has been the inability to push the medium further. The engine has remained very much the same and therefore the graphical detail has begun to plateau. To the point now that the step up is minimal to none. Rival title PES Soccer 2020 does a much better job of representing a lifelike and fluid footballing scene visually. Which is laughable considering that it only gets a handful of licences thrown it’s way each year. Fifa does still have the edge with online play and general gameplay but PES is finally beginning to close in on a franchise that has had a monopoly on the genre for over a decade.
One Track Minded
Though, despite some graphical and gameplay additions for the better, there has been little to no change elsewhere. The game adds a Volta mode which gives players a taste of old Fifa Street titles without the same charm or refined gameplay. Merely adopting the core gameplay and making it fit, just barely might I add.
Then the journey adds another campaign to its story. Which decides to regrettably centre itself around the volta mode as well. Talk about putting all your eggs in one basket. Other modes like career mode remain lacklustre as it has been since the late 2000’s. If you need a point of reference for this I urge you to play FIFA 06 and its career mode. You will find more features and thought put into this than the career mode of the present. The ultimate team remains the core focus of the franchise as it continues to make all the money for EA. Admittedly the mode looks and runs as smooth as ever and is a fantastic concept for a game mode. It’s nefarious and downright immoral tactics behind the mode that make it hard to commend EA for despite it’s positives. Perhaps with a new generation on the way and the ESRB cracking down on loot boxes. Maybe we will see a battle pass or something to that effect.
Another Year, Another Fifa
As we look upon another attempt to spruce up the Fifa brand in 2020 we once again see a failed attempt to do so. With most of its changes being fixes for last years failures and the genuine additions being rather drab in nature. Though as a sum of it’s parts, it still holds up as a decent gaming experience, especially online. The Fifa community is one of the most active and vocal of all within gaming. So it seems ludicrous to think that EA can’t react to the fans demands and give them what they want.
Balanced gameplay, new features worth investing money for, a fair Ultimate team without loot boxes and a career mode that can at least match PES and their master league. These are top of the priority list for fans. Though it seems EA have a different set of priorities and their agenda isn’t set to change any time soon.
- Fixes last year’s failures
- Slight graphical enhancements
- New slick UI
- Volta mode is not the shining beacon EA had hoped it would be
- Ultimate team still a priority over all other modes