Updated: Oct 19, 2018
It’s that time of the year again! Time to buy new controllers because you’ll wear out the joysticks of the ones you currently have, time to set multiple alarms because you’ll be staying up way later than you should be, and time to apologize in advance to your roommates or parents for the wrathful outbursts of pure rage you’ll exhibit in a temper tantrum because you got scored on in the 90th. The time, ladies and gentlemen, is FIFA season.
Arguably, “FIFA season” is a year-round, never-ending ordeal for many people; but as FIFA 19 recently hit stores on September 28th, a little more hype is due during this time of the year. As a regular FIFA purchaser, one really can’t expect a franchise’s newest entry to be either much better or much worse than its predecessor; therefore, the games are best looked at with a perspective that focuses on the changes made from the last game to the current one, whether the changes be groundbreaking or extremely subtle. Luckily, a lot of the changes implemented in FIFA 19 are for the better.
Someone who hasn’t played much FIFA, or soccer even, should feel like they are being welcomed by the FIFA franchise.
This game, as opposed to previous entries, is far more extravagant and it displays said extravagance quite “loudly.” This bombastic style they chose to go with this year is most likely because of the extensive licensing this title has acquired.
FIFA 19’s Ultimate Team truly is ultimate. FUT (FIFA Ultimate Team) is essentially a mode where you craft your perfect team with all the players you want, and you can use this team to play others online. In order to build your dream team, you have to win matches, take part in bids, and purchase cards packs which contain a variety of game items, including the teams’ players themselves. Creating an Ultimate Team and maintaining it has been known to be quite complex and painstaking, however, once you get the hang of everything, and know what all the stats and gauges mean, then it can be a really fun and addicting experience.
In an effort to appeal to more fans, FIFA 17 introduced “The Journey.” This was a true campaign mode, which put you in the role of young up-and-coming star Alex Hunter. The game mode was well- received by fans and critics alike; and was a wonderful conglomerate of what the core of FIFA has to offer, wrapped up in a nice little neat campaign. As the characters have grown and progressed in their careers, there’s less training, more playtime, and the story’s all the more interesting too.
FIFA 19 isn’t a perfect game, but it’s just about as close to a perfect soccer game that we’ll get anytime soon. The franchise has gotten bolder in recent years, and it seems to be paying off so far. Each new title sees changes that don’t go unnoticed and are usually appreciated by fans of the series as well as newcomers, and FIFA 19 is no exception. The graphics are great, the gameplay mechanics are fantastic, and the exciting and rousing tone makes this soccer game a solid entry in the long line of FIFA titles. FIFA 19 is available now in stores and online now for the PC and all consoles