The first footage showing the Champions League on FIFA 19 has made its way online.
The gameplay segment, taken from a demo version of the game, shows exactly what you can expect from this year’s game in terms of presentation.
Let’s take a closer look.
At the start of the match you’ll be treated to the full Champions League experience, with both team names appearing in a blue box sporting all the necessary logos.
Next up, you’ll get a shot of the trophy as the players walk out on to the pitch.
Finally, before kick off, you’ll see a load of people waving the huge Champions League ‘ball’ in the middle of the pitch – all perfectly animated.
As the game kicks off, you’ll see the CL style and colour scheme is echoed in the team names at the bottom of the screen.
Elsewhere, the hoarding sports the CL badge.
If you do go ahead and win the CL – you’ll be treated to a selection of cut scenes showing the players lifting the trophy.
Here’s a couple of them:
It’s not just the Champions League that’s been added this year.
There are also a host of new gameplay features and tweaks set to arrive to this year’s game.
Here are the most important.
If you tap Circle or B just as your foot hits the ball, you massively increase the chance of striking it into the top corner.
It’s all about timing, so get it wrong and you’ll be punished with a scuffed shot.
Game plans have been introduced this year – which are set up before a match.
Here, you can set what tactics your team has depending on certain situations – such as if they’re 1-0 up or losing a match.
Once you have made the plans, simply assign to a D-pad press and you’re good to go.
Unlike last year, when it was hard to see if a tactical option had been executed, there’s now a clear toggle for on-the-fly instructions.
You’re also now able to adjust your team’s width and depth, as well as instruct your full backs what kind of runs to make in attack or your centre back to cover certain areas of the pitch.
There’s greater control over your team’s defensive style, too – with new settings: “pressure after possession loss,” “constant pressure,” “drop back,” “balanced,” and “pressure on heavy touch.”
A simple but welcome change.
One team will now have triangle icons, the other will have circles – so it’s easier to see who’s who.
EA has got everything from the Champions League logo including the commentary team, Derek Rae and Lee Dixon.
It’ll also have its own mode and the ability to create custom tournaments. Amazing.
This was slightly overshadowed by the Champions League announcement, but yes the Europa League will also be in FIFA 19.
Expect the full broadcast package, too.
Passing has been re-worked to feel more natural, while a active touch system allows better first touches from different parts of the body.
It also opens up the possibility of a feint attack – where, as the ball approaches, you can shift your weight one way, before going the other.
Stepovers, too, are reportedly easier to pull off and look more convincing – making it harder for your opponent to defend against.
Finally, 50/50 battles over a loose ball will now take into account more variables than last year – such as reaction time.
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