FIFA 20 brings more 1v1 opportunities, a set-piece refresh, composed finishing, better defending, and, of course, new “ball physics” to the gameplay table
The big addition to EA’s FIFA 20 is the all-new Volta mode that evokes the old FIFA Street games. However, with many fans less than satisfied by the gameplay tweaks made in last year’s iteration, it was very important that EA demonstrate they’re making gameplay changes that players want. This new trailer doesn’t have everything, but it does show the team is trying to move the franchise in what looks like a fun, realistic direction. Give the gameplay trailer a watch below.
The first big change is how set pieces work. You’ll now be able to line up a target with a reticule and then use the right stick to give the ball curve, dip, or make it knuckle. These changes should, at the very least, make you feel like you have more control over the ball in crucial set pieces. And if I could actually score from one this year, that’d be great!
EA is also trying to increase the number of 1v1 opportunities you encounter during the game. In both attack and defense, you’ll have better control and more options in how you approach a given scenario. The trailer heavily featured the dragback dribble, which was often abused in older versions. Hopefully, EA has put in the time to iron out the kinks and not give us a new version of FIFA 19’s la croqueta skill move. However, I’m excited by the proposed changes to defense. That’s an area of the game that has felt static for a few years now. Giving you more dynamic options for defending is a major plus.
All of that said, there are still a number of issues that weren’t addressed. Most notably is the lack of communication about how pace will be handled this year. Too often your speedster forward would easily be chased down by a slower AI defender, frustratingly cutting off your attack. I’m also interested to see if composed finishing is just timed finishing under a different name. And, if it isn’t, what the team is doing to alter the alarming success of one-time volleys.
There are a number of things here that pique my interest. In the coming weeks, I’m hopeful that we’ll get more clarification on many of these new features. It would also be great if they could just fix career mode.
FIFA 20 is out for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on September 27. FIFA 20: Legacy Edition is out on Nintendo Switch that same day.