The release of20 is upon us, and the new game is of course bringing a range of new features to the beloved football video game franchise.
It’s out on September 27, and people are already planning their potential signings in Career Mode and checking out who the best players in Ultimate Team will be this year.
There’s more to check out though, so here Sportsmail has compiled the most interesting new additions to FIFA 20.
FIFA 20 releases on September 27, and there are plenty of new features to check out
The new street football mode
The biggest new feature this year is Volta, the street football mode which is almost as much about skill and flair as it is about scoring goals.
You can play one off games or tournaments online and offline across a range of variants. First up you have the rush keeper mode, with teams of three or four outfield players who rush in to protect the tiny goals as necessary. It’s fast-paced, and understandably high-scoring.
You then have the same thing with dedicated keepers who’ll stay back and let the outfield players do their thing. It’s harder to score, but also allows you to be a bit more risky with your play.
Volta Football is the big new addition, adding street flair to the standard FIFA experience
Futsal is your more traditional five-a-side mode, with a bigger pitch, larger goals, corners, and even a referee to keep an eye on things.
The biggest draw here is the Story Mode, which is taking over from The Journey from recent iterations of the game. It’s a classic story of rising from nothing to the top, as you travel the world with your team recruiting the best street players around.
You’ll level up your character using the skill tree, and there’s plenty of visual customisation you can do as well.
There are even some cameos from the greats of street football, such as freestyle champion Kotaro Tokuda. Plus, Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr makes an appearance or two.
It’s certainly a refreshing change of pace from standard FIFA, and you’ll have a lot of fun bouncing passes off walls and pulling off skilful finishes before trying out an extravagant celebration.
Compete with smaller teams, smaller pitches, and fewer rules to show off your skill
Set piece overhaul
EA Sports have completely revamped the way free-kicks and penalties work in this year’s game. They say they’ve broken down set pieces into five categories: Aim, Position, Power, Spin and Timing.
You know have a reticle when you step up to take a free kick or penalty, which you move around to show where you want to aim. You then choose your position, wide, normal or straight, each of which has their own benefits.
Next you determine the power to choose between a finesse finish or a more driven shot. When the player is running up to take, you can apply spin: Top, side, mix, or knuckle – and the improved ball physics this year come into play here also, more on that later.
Finally, pressing the shoot button again at the moment your player’s foot hits the ball will increase the accuracy and spin. However, get it wrong, and you may end up with egg on your face.
Set pieces have been given an overhaul for FIFA 20, with more focus on aim and spin
Realistic ball physics
We’ve all seen real life examples of the ball appearing to magically swerve in multiple directions on its way into the net, and EA are trying to replicate that in FIFA 20.
The ball will now bounce and bobble off inconsistencies in the surface, affecting trajectory of passes and control. Hard passes and mistimed passes will see the worst effects.
When the ball’s in flight, you’ll see more evidence of rising and dipping shots, more swerve, and the ‘knuckle shot’ which we so often see from Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kicks.
One on ones
Football’s a team game, but you can’t beat a good 1v1, attacker versus defender.
Both sides of the ball have seen improvements and additions this year. The attacker has the Strafe Dribble, giving you more control over your dribbling, and one on one shooting consistency has been improved.
Meanwhile the defender has Controlled Tackling. Tackling towards a team-mate will increase your chances of keeping possession, and you’ll also see the attacker keeping possession after a good tackle less frequently.
Jockeying has also been improved, giving more control for cutting off passes and blocking shots.
One on ones have been given a focus, with more options for both attackers and defenders
New skill moves and celebrations
FIFA players love showing off to their friends and opponents, so the skill moves and celebrations on offer are always popular.
The new skill moves for FIFA 20 are: Lateral Heel to Heel, Feint and Exit, Drag to Drag, and Flair Roulette.
As for celebrations, there are 15 new ones to choose from, including the ‘Pigeon,’ the ‘Power Slide,’ and Dele Alli’s iconic ‘Challenge’ pose.
Another new addition is kick-off emotion. Flicking the stick as the players line up to kick-off allows you to express yourself a bit, but has no actual impact on gameplay.
As always, there are new skill moves and celebrations, including Dele Alli’s ‘Challenge’ pose
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