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FIFA 19: EA Sports has FINALLY removed the most annoying thing from Ultimate Team

Jose Mourinho will be devastated

FIFA 19 will not include the ‘Park the bus’ tactical option, following an outcry from Ultimate Team players.

In last year’s game, a simple press of the D-pad would instruct your team to adopt an ultra-defensive, keep-possession tactic – famously employed by Man United’s Jose Mourinho.

The ‘Park the bus’ option was often deployed by lesser players who wanted to cling to a win

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The ‘Park the bus’ option was often deployed by lesser players who wanted to cling to a win

But the change, broken by FIFA YouTuber MattHDGamer, means players are no longer able to sit back and the kick the ball about between themselves, should they be in the lead.

Unsurprisingly, this has gone down a storm with most of the FIFA community – many of who took the opportunity to have a dig at the Man Unted gaffer.

There are also a host of other gameplay features and tweaks set to arrive to this year’s game.

Here are the most important.

Neymar was a big part of the FIFA 19 trailer

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Neymar was a big part of the FIFA 19 trailer

Sweet spot

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.

Tactics

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.


FIFA 19 Standard and Champions Editions are available to pre-order from GAME and Amazon


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.

We’ve seen this before

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We’ve seen this before

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.”

Sounds great!

Revised mini-map

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.

Graphics look to have been tweaked and improved

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Graphics look to have been tweaked and improved

Champions League

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.

Europa League

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.


FIFA 19 Standard and Champions Editions are available to pre-order from GAME and Amazon


General gameplay 

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be on the cover of FIFA 19

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Cristiano Ronaldo will be on the cover of FIFA 19

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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