It’s that time of year when FIFA players everywhere are looking forward to the next game.
FIFA 19 is set for release at the end of September, and EA Sports has been showing off some of the new features in the game.
Mail Esports spoke to professional FIFA players Ryan ‘Hashtag Ryan’ Pessoa and Shaun ‘Shellzz’ Springette at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere about what they’ve seen so far, and what their thoughts are.
Hashtag Ryan (middle left) and Shellzz (middle right) are looking forward to the new FIFA 19
Every year, FIFA is becoming a bigger esport. It seems that with FIFA 19, EA is looking to make the game even more competitive by giving a lot more control to the player.
‘There’s so much in FIFA 18 that’s out of your hands,’ said Hashtag Ryan. ‘I want the game to be less assisted and more manual based because that’s where skill gaps are introduced.’
One of the biggest things shown off so far is the new shooting mechanic.
‘I like they changed the way shooting works,’ said Ryan. ‘You double tap it to get the sweet spot when shooting. That’s something different.’
Time your shot well and it’s got a better chance of flying into the net. But if you mistime it, you’re going to be embarrassed.
‘That’s good because it adds a bit of skill element into it,’ said Shellzz. ‘If you want to do a driven shot you have to perfect it. You can’t just press a button and it goes in all the time. I know it’ll be a bit frustrating at first because you don’t know when to time it, so we’re just going to have to learn to see what works.’
Shellzz is also looking forward to tournaments thanks to the new custom tactics that EA Sports is bringing to FIFA 19. He says there’ll be more variety in the ways the pros choose to play.
‘I know they’re changing custom tactics, so they’re making teams a bit more customisable,’ he said. ‘Allowing people to have their own play style and own shape, and what they want their team to play like. It’ll be interesting at events.’
EA Sports has revealed a number of new features so far, but there will be more to come soon
As for Hashtag Ryan, he’s interested in the smaller control changes that are coming to the game.
‘I think now for driven shot you hold LB and RB, it’s gonna take time to condition that towards using, because I never really use LB and RB when shooting.
‘With crossing if you hold a button they’ll volley it instead of heading it, so if the ball’s at a perfect height for a volley, you can do that instead of ducking and heading it.
‘Also goalkeeping, having more control over your keeper is so important. I feel like this year goalkeepers are the worst they’ve ever been. So unpredictable. Even when I want them to shift across goal, sometimes they don’t because there’s an input delay.
‘I’ve seen you can move your keeper either side now by holding down the stick and moving left or right. That’s helpful.’
Another big change EA is making this year is to do with 50/50 challenges. Too often in FIFA 18 you think you’ve made a great tackle, only for the attacker to come out of it with the ball. This year, supposedly it’ll all be to do with the momentum of the challenge.
Both players want the game to be more accurate and competitive, but Shellzz admits that in football, not everything goes how it’s supposed to.
‘It’s hard because it’s football and anything can happen,’ said Shellzz. ‘They want to make the game so that the better player always wins, but it’s not always the case. Sometimes you have 20 shots and none of them go in and the guy has one and scores, so it’s something I think you just have to let it happen.’
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