And so they should be, we got to play the EA Sports title early at E3 and were thoroughly impressed. The new headline features such as the 50/50 battles and timed shooting feel fantastic.
But what really stood out to us were the finer details, some subtle changes have really made a big difference to the game and for the better. Here are the five new features from FIFA 19 you may not have known about.
FIFA 19 is packed with new features but it’s the subtle changes which set it apart from last year
New goal kick camera
When you’re playing FIFA against your friend in the same room, it’s frustrating that they can see where you’re aiming the camera for goal kicks.
Those days are gone as now the game places the camera much further back, showing you the entire pitch and stopping you from panning your view.
It gives you a better idea of which of your players are in space and leaves your opponent guessing – helping prevent silly Karius-esque moments where you give the ball straight back to the opposing striker.
Different shapes on the mini-map
A big aim for EA this year appears to be adding clarity to the game. With the quick nature of football requiring you to make split-second decisions, the last thing you need is confusion of where your teammates are.
That’s why the away team will now appear as triangles on the mini-map in game while the home team will remain as circles. That may not seem like anything important at first but when trying to play a long pass to someone off screen.
It makes spotting one of your teammates that little bit faster and that spit second can make or break your attack so this is a welcome change.
No more parking the bus
You can no longer ‘park the bus’ on FIFA 19, good luck defending against Real Madrid now
Is there anything more frustrating in FIFA than coming up against someone who does nothing but sit deep and then try to counter-attack?
It’s certainly not a fun or rewarding way to play so EA have decided to remove the tactic from the game as well as all out attack – leaving us with just balanced, attacking, ultra-attacking, defensive and ultra defensive.
EA have overhauled the tactics to system to give you more options and control over how you play – including your style of defending. If you still want to have an emphasis on defence, you’ll need to be smarter about it now.
A grey cursor showing who you will switch to next
Speaking of defending, it always feels awful when you’re desperately scrambling back but can’t select the right player you want – allowing your opponents sweaty, pacey winger to dribble past with ease.
EA have thankfully made things a lot easier for us with the introduction of a second cursor. As well as the red cursor which shows which player you’re controlling, a grey cursor will appear on the next player you’ll switch to when pressing L1/LB.
It’s one of our favourite changes it doesn’t interrupt the gameplay but makes the whole experience much smoother while removing a large source of frustration. Paired with the new 50/50 battles FIFA 19 may be the first time we actually enjoy defending.
Goalkeepers don’t always pick the ball up
That subheading may sound like a bad thing at first glance but it’s actually a very nice addition to FIFA 19.
When the ball rolls to the goalkeeper from the opposition, he will keep the ball at his feet if there are no players nearby. This allows you to start a counter-attack swiftly and adds an extra bit of realism to the game.
Goalkeepers using their feet and playing out from the back is an increasing trend in football, so it makes sense that we will occasionally see keepers doing the same in FIFA 19.
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