FIFA 19

Get­ting a lit­tle closer to its Ul­ti­mate self

PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) - - CONTEST -

The yearly re­fine­ment of EA’s all­con­sum­ing foot­ball sim is al­most here, and there are plenty of new ad­di­tions for pros and new­com­ers alike. The good news is the game is get­ting a bal­anced host of im­prove­ments, from core game­play ad­di­tions to fi­ness­ing FIFA Ul­ti­mate Team.

Last is­sue we de­tailed ad­di­tions such as Timed Fin­ish­ing (a timed sec­ond tap of shoot de­liv­ers ex­tra power and pre­ci­sion), Ac­tive Touch (pro­gres­sive an­i­ma­tion), 50/50 chal­lenges (physics-based tack­ling), and Dy­namic Tac­tics (press the D-pad to al­ter your team’s de­fen­sive and of­fen­sive moods). All of those make FIFA 19 play far bet­ter than pre­vi­ous edi­tions – if that were pos­si­ble.

PITCH PER­FECT

For many, how­ever, what you play in FIFA 19 is as im­por­tant as how. One new mode that catches our video-as­sisted eye is a re­fresh of the New Kick­Off mode. No longer a sim­ple ver­sus match, New Kick-Off en­ables you to set up lim­it­less ways to play against friends. You can cre­ate House Rules to tai­lor matches (cre­at­ing games where the win­ner is the first to a set goal tally, or only headed goals count). You can ad­just the ref­eree set­tings, turn­ing off fouls for some old­fash­ioned ’70s soccer fun. New Kick­Off tracks your match stats too, and it’s tied to your PSN ac­count so you can take these be­spoke com­pe­ti­tions on the road and play any­where.

FIFA Ul­ti­mate Team also gets a shake up in the ver­sion we play, with new Di­vi­sion Ri­vals. Aimed at mid-tier play­ers, Ri­vals fea­tures ten di­vi­sions tied closely to your skill. Best of all, Cham­pi­ons Points can now be banked and used in the fol­low­ing week to en­ter a week­end league. So if you just fail to make the cut, your hard graft can be held back for the next qual­i­fi­ca­tion week.

Help­ing you im­prove is a new re­play tool that en­ables you to learn from the best, with key match mo­ments played out and the DualShock 4 in­puts placed over the ac­tion. Study hard and you can get closer to earn­ing this year’s new Icons, which now in­clude Ri­valdo, Cruyff, and Eusébio.

“FIFA UL­TI­MATE TEAM CHAM­PI­ONS POINTS CAN NOW BE BANKED AND USED IN THE FOL­LOW­ING WEEK.”

Now with of­fi­cial Cham­pi­ons and Europa League li­cences, FIFA 19 is un­stop­pable.

Above You can now al­ter your tac­tics dy­nam­i­cally in-match from the D-pad, for stan­dard and Ul­ti­mate Team games.

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