A new football season has commenced and that only means one thing for a profusion of gamers, FIFA 20 is nearly upon us. Football fans and gamers alike are gearing up to claim bragging rights in one of the most popular sports games on the planet.
EA Sports’ vastly popular franchise is an overwhelming favourite with the gaming community and sports fans worldwide and is often heralded as one the biggest console releases of the year, with fans often booking days off and changing plans to get the edge on the competition early.
With FIFA 20 nearly on our doorsteps, here’s all you need to know about the eagerly anticipated release ahead of its launch.
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FIFA 20 Release Date & What Consoles Will Support It?
The game will be released on Microsoft Windows, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on the 24th September.
What is New on FIFA 20?
FIFA have the uphill task every year of improving and adding eye-catching, mouth-watering new content to the game. EA are their own competition and relish to make the franchise better every year, which is why they still monopolise the football gaming platform and bat off any competition that wish to usurp EA’s football throne.
One of the new sweeping changes is its career mode, adding a host of new features to a part of the game fans feel that EA have neglected. All the kits, stadiums and players have been updated, including all European competitions.
However, if you’re a Juventus fan then be prepared for a name change, as Pro Evolution Soccer have secured the exclusive rights for the Serie A outfit and will be under the name of Piemonte Calcio in FIFA.
Along with this, there has been a major renovation with free-kicks and penalties which fans have grumbled about in past games. This much-needed revamp of set pieces and free kicks will inject a new dynamic into the game and will give the player a new-found tool to combat other players with.
The set-piece handbook has been completely revolutionised, handing players a variation of how to hit the target when stepping up to take a free kick. The right analog stick can add curl, dip or extra power when taking free kicks.
FIFA 20 is also encouraging more versatile attacking options, meaning your attacking options will be more clinical in front of goal when you find yourself one-on-one with the keeper.
Nonetheless, EA have not paved the way to the goal and have made it harder to score from the more adventurous parts of the pitch – meaning the days of 30-yard rockets taken on the volley could be long gone.
Since attacking tactics have been improved, defending has had a step up as well. The new features will allow a more attacking presence and a better chance of getting past your opponent while also giving defenders a wider range of skills to win the ball back.
EA also have added all-new updates to Career Mode, which let you experience interactive press conferences, player conversation and an exciting new player morale system.
Let’s Get Back to the Streets
One of the most exciting add-ons is the return of FIFA Street, or as EA have rebranded it VOLTA, which means ‘to return’ in Portuguese. This means that FIFA 20 have taken the game back to the streets with an authentic, trick-based, small-sided football experience for the fans. VOLTA is nostalgia in a bottle for the veteran FIFA player, making a triumphant return after a seven-year absence.
VOLTA moves football from the roar of the stadium to the rhythm of the streets in urban-based playgrounds from all over the globe. It’s up to you to build your player, pick your attire and mould your own playing style.
There is a variety of game modes when taking football to the streets, VOLTA kick-off takes your favourite teams and plants them in the streets of Spain – a London cage, or atop a Tokyo skyscraper.
VOLTA World lets you build your own squad and play through an immersive single-player mode against community generated squads. After each victory, recruit a player from the opposing team and build your team in terms of chemistry and skill.
VOLTA story takes your unique player through a narrative driven experience, where you find yourself facing off against legends of the game on the street. Earn rewards, customise your player and battle it out to meet the very best in the VOLTA World Championship tournament in Buenos Aires.
Finally, we come to VOLTA League, where you play your way through promotion and relegation online. Play against others online, where wins lead to promotion and a chance to compete in higher divisions.
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The new game mode promises to be an exciting addition to this year’s game.
What Variations of the Game Can I Buy?
FIFA have provided you with the choice of three games to purchase – Standard, Champions and Ultimate.
The standard edition is the base version which comes with three FIFA 20 Ultimate Team Rare Gold Packs (one per-week for three weeks) special edition FUT kits and a loan item.
The Champion Edition improves on the Standard by including 12 FIFA 20 Ultimate Team Rare Gold Packs (one per-week for 12 weeks).
The Special Edition adds 24 rare gold packs (two per-week for 12 weeks).
Both the Champion and Special Edition can be purchased and played three days before the release so you can get that all-important advantage over others.
Who is on the Cover this Year?
Cristiano Ronaldo has been plastered over the FIFA cover for the last two games, but he’s not set to make it a hat-trick in the franchise. Eden Hazard will grace us all this year for the standard edition while Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk will finesse his way on to the front cover of the Champions version.
Whatever addition you buy you won’t be disappointed, as FIFA 20 is the ultimate football game of the year.