The release of FIFA 20 is upon us and the new game is obviously bringing a host of new features to the beloved football video game series.
It will be out on September 27, and people are already planning their potential Career Mode purchases and checking out who the best Ultimate Team players will be this year.
There is more to check though, so here Sportsmail has compiled the most interesting news of FIFA 20.
FIFA 20 will be out on September 27th and there are many new features for you to try
The new street football mode
The biggest news this year is Volta, the street football mode that is as much about skill and talent as it is about scoring.
You can play one-time matches or tournaments online and offline in a wide variety of variations. First you have the rush keeper mode, with teams of three or four on the move players rushing to protect small targets as needed. It’s fast and understandably high-scoring.
So you have the same thing with dedicated goalkeepers who will stay behind and let the outfield players do their thing. It’s harder to score, but you also need to be a little more risky with your game.
Volta Football is the big news, adding a street touch to the standard FIFA experience
Futsal is your most traditional five-a-side game mode, with a bigger pitch, bigger goals, angles, and even a referee to keep an eye on things.
The biggest draw here is the Story mode, which is taking over from The Journey from recent iterations of the game. It’s a classic story of rising from nothing to the top, as you travel the world with your team recruiting the best street players around.
You will level up your character using the skill tree and there are also many visual customizations you can do.
There are also some cameos from street football greats, such as freestyle champion Kotaro Tokuda. Additionally, Vinicius Jr of Real Madrid makes a couple of appearances.
It’s definitely a refreshing change of pace from standard FIFA, and you’ll have a lot of fun bouncing passages off walls and pulling off skillful finishes before trying out a whimsical celebration.
Compete with smaller teams, smaller fields and fewer rules to show off your skills
Revision of the fixed piece
EA Sports has completely revamped the way free kicks and penalties work in this year’s game. They say they have divided set pieces into five categories: aim, position, power, rotation and timing.
You know you have a reticle when you get up to take a free kick or penalty, which you move to show where you want to aim. Then choose your position, wide, normal or straight, each of which has its own advantages.
Next we determine the power to choose between a finesse finish or a more guided shot. When the player is running to catch, you can apply spin: Top, Side, Mix or Knuckle – and the improved ball physics this year comes into play here too, more on that later.
Finally, pressing the shot button again the moment your player’s foot hits the ball will increase accuracy and effect. However, if you get it wrong, you may end up with the egg in your face.
Set pieces received an overhaul for FIFA 20, with more focus on aiming and spin
Realistic ball physics
We’ve all seen real-life examples of the ball appearing to magically swerve in multiple directions as it enters the net, and EA is looking to replicate that in FIFA 20.
The ball will now bounce and bounce on inconsistencies on the surface, affecting passing trajectory and control. Difficult steps and wrong steps will see the worst effects.
When the ball is in flight, you will see more evidence of uphill and downhill shots, more swerving and the “knuckle throw” we see so often from Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kicks.
One versus one
Football is a team game, but you can’t beat a good 1v1, attacker vs defender.
Both sides of the ball have seen improvements and additions this year. The attacker has the Strafe Dribble, which gives you more control over your dribbling, and the consistency of one-on-one shots has been improved.
Meanwhile, the defender has Tackle checked. Tackling a teammate will increase your chances of maintaining possession, and you will also see the attacker retain possession after a good tackle less frequently.
Maneuverability has also been improved, offering more control for cutting passes and blocking shots.
One-on-one has been focused, with more options for both attackers and defenders
New skill moves and celebrations
FIFA players love to show off to their friends and opponents, so the skill moves and celebration on offer are always popular.
The new skill moves for FIFA 20 are: Lateral Heel to Heel, Feint and Exit, Drag to Drag and Flair Roulette.
As for the celebrations, there are 15 new ones to choose from, including “Pigeon”, “Power Slide” and Dele Alli’s iconic “Challenge” pose.
Another novelty is the thrill of kick-off. Tapping the stick as players line up for kickoff allows you to express yourself a little, but has no real impact on gameplay.
As always, there are new skill moves and celebrations, including Dele Alli’s “Challenge” pose