With every iteration of EA's immensely popular FIFA series, there are always some changes across the playing field. Each year brings some form of tweaks, improvements and features to keep things feeling fresh. This year is no exception, with FIFA 20 kicking off the new season with Volta, a brand new story mode. There's also a greater emphasis on the defending side, but is it the best FIFA yet ? Read on to find out.
Volta is the main highlight this year. Unlike FIFA 17's The Journey, Volta is a fresh new narrative. It's the latest innovation of EA's included story mode, which offers a more frantic approach to the sport. Unlike the regular matches in the stadium spotlight, Volta provides a more unique, enclosed experience. These see you competing in 3-vs-3, 4-vs-4 and 5-vs-5 matches across the globe. There's more of an emphasis on skill shots this time, and it's something fans of the spin-off FIFA Street series should be pleased to see.
Unlike the previous three instalments, Volta doesn't continue the narrative that was introduced in FIFA 17's The Journey. While some may find this disappointing, I did find myself enjoying the characters much more. You can still expect cheesy dialogue, however. It can be very cringe worthy at times, but if you look past the cut scenes, Volta can be very enjoyable. The more frantic gameplay presents a great change of pace. The new strafe dribbling feature is a welcoming addition, too. This lends itself well to the Volta mode, as the story is all about showing off, pulling off skills in front of your friends. The tweaks feel tight and responsive, which makes dribbling and performing skill shots very satisfying.
Of course, Volta is only one mode in FIFA 20. There's tons of content to keep you busy throughout the year. But let's face it, FIFA Ultimate team is what entices most players to pick up each year of FIFA. This year, there's a few new additions to make doing so worth while. There's the addition of milestone tasks, along with the ability to complete Squad Builder Challenges in less time. There's more of a frequency in rewards this time, but much like previous iterations, it still pays to pay real money.
On a presentation standpoint, FIFA 20 looks fantastic. Players are slowly becoming more life-like, with realistic movement and features. The stadiums also look impressive, with realistic shades of grass, lighting and dense crowds. As this is towards the end of the current console generation, FIFA 20 is very impressive, and it can only be a taste of whats to come in the future.
Overall, FIFA 20 is a much needed improvement over its predecessors. Defending tweaks are an improvement, Volta football is a refreshing addition, and performing goals is a more realistic experience than before. This is the best FIFA in years.