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FIFA 20 preview: EA Sports raise the bar once again

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  • The eagerly-anticipated FIFA 20 hits the streets on September 27 and will undoubtedly spark a frenzy amongst fans of the series.

    The game will feature the usual raft of changes, but Electronic Arts are expected to have pushed the boat out with other major improvements.

    Read on as we look at what fans of the FIFA series can look forward to this autumn.

    EA return to the streets with Volta mode

    Fans of the FIFA series often look back with fondness to the early part of the century when the ‘FIFA Street’ games were all the rage.

    EA Sports have gone back to the future with FIFA 20 by introducing Volta, a mode that promises players can use the streets as their stadium.

    Featuring five different game types, from three-on-three to professional futsal, Volta allows users to play in different street locations around the world.

    Volta will also allow you to control of any of the licensed teams in the game, meaning you could take the world’s top stars and drop them into a completely different environment.

    Improved gameplay experience

    In some previous incarnations of FIFA you would have been hard pressed to use the betting lines at 888 Sport New Jersey to wager on where the ball would end up from a set piece.

    The system has been improved and now allows to aim a cursor and apply spin to the ball, giving you greater control over the whole process.

    Switching between players is also smoother, ensuring that users don’t waste valuable seconds at key moments in the game.

    Movement throughout the game feels slicker and is a considerable upgrade on what was on offer in last year’s edition.

    Defensive system overhauled

    EA said that AI defending would be overhauled in FIFA 20 and they have certainly delivered on their promise.

    Defenders are still capable of making successful challenges for the ball, but they no longer feel like they are completely unbeatable.

    If attackers have better pace attributes they are allowed to put that to use, generating a much greater level of realism in this aspect of the game.

    It also slightly easier to score when you are clean through on goal, rewarding you for piecing together moves that break down a stubborn defence.

    The players to watch

    Every previous version of FIFA has featured players who have the potential to become world-beaters in the future.

    FIFA 20 is certainly no different in that respect, giving players the opportunity to add rising stars to their squads.

    Lille’s Nicolas Pepe is one player worth noting, with an expected rating of 83 providing plenty of scope for further improvement.

    Krzysztof Piatek, Luka Jovic and Jadon Sancho are other players who should be on your wish-list when the game is released.

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