Here’s some of the key information you need to know before the full release of FIFA 19 on the 28th September.
Tell us about The Journey… will it be back?
Yes, definitely. Last year’s version was miles better than the first season, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
It has been confirmed that Hunter will be joining Ronaldo’s former team Real Madrid.
This is sure to shake up the storyline and the journey you take with Hunter in season three.
This was announced when ‘Alex Hunter’ made a return to Twitter after a year-long hiatus, announcing there would be some big news to come.
As this years version of The Journey is named ‘Champions’ it’s safe to assume Hunter may be participating in the Champions Leauge with his new team.
The Journey will feature three stars and three stories
Fans of The Journey have previously followed primarily Alex Hunter’s story as he grew from an amateur player to a pro, with EA recently announcing Hunter would be joining Real Madrid in FIFA 19.
Hunter’s sister Kim Hunter and his best friend Danny Williams will be playing a much larger role in this year’s FIFA.
They have all been given a separate story that will eventually intertwine together.
The Champions League is the focus and it’s likely we will see Williams and Hunter face off in the finals for the trophy.
It has also been confirmed that the three protagonists will cross paths with ‘some of the world’s most famous footballers’.
The new training mode will make you unstoppable
Footage has surfaced online of a new training feature within the Journey: Champions, the third and final instalment of EA’s popular story mode.
And it looks a lot like piggy in the middle…
Players can practice passing a ball around the circle with a defender in the middle trying to tackle them.
This will be a great way to practice the new ball mechanics in FIFA 19.
Passing has been re-worked to feel more natural, while an 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.
The new practice mode will also allow you to play the role of the defender, giving you a chance to come up with moves to counter the new mechanics.
This mode is sure to give you an edge over other players in Ultimate Team and Career Mode.
Be prepared to get your hands dirty both figuratively and literally.
In FIFA 19 you will be able to play a match set in the 1960’s.
Caked in mud and sliding all over the pitch, when starting off the third instalment of ‘The Journey’ you will be taken back in time to play one special game of football.
You step into the boots of Alex Hunter’s father, Jim.
He’s playing for Newcastle against Coventry City FC, in what was a historic game in terms of ‘The Journey’ storyline.
Now for the bad news.
You will only get to play one game of 1960’s football in the whole of FIFA 19 – so better make the most of it.
Once completing the 1960’s segment of The Journey and scoring Hunter’s 100th career goal you will be awarded a ‘Jim Hunter Legend card’.
Here it is for your viewing pleasure:
Although it doesn’t have the best stats, it’s still quite a cool feature.
There are a host of new gameplay features and tweaks set to arrive in 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.
Defending your title
Perhaps one of the best features that will really test your abilities, is the addition of game plans into FIFA 19.
You can now plan alternate tactics and team settings prior to a match for specific scenarios, for example, if you are 1-0 down or wanting to protect a lead.
The different tactics can be switched on your controller’s d-pad, so you can respond on the fly.
Defending the goal
Similarly, you will have greater control over how your defence attempts to reclaim the ball.
“Pressure after possession loss,” “constant pressure,” “drop back,” “balanced,” and “pressure on heavy touch” all being defensive options.
Perfect your shot
Timed Finishing will be sure to frustrate some of the more casual players but will become a valuable weapon for Ultimate Team pros.
As well as allowing players to shoot the normal way, they will also have the option to hit the Circle/B button again to hit the perfect shot into the back of the net.
Just passing through
Passing has had some major improvements, with the movement of the ball between players feeling a lot more natural, especially in regards to through-balls.
Touch, touch, pass
Along with the passing, a new active touch system has been introduced that makes the game much more fluid, realistic and authentic.
No EA Sports isn’t introducing battle royale into FIFA, instead, your player’s instincts and how you have played within that game will be used to determine how good you are when it comes to dispossessing your opponents.
FIFA 19 will let you give your full-backs specific instructions when going on the attack.
This means you can dictate specific runs that suit your style of play and change whether the full-backs overlap the winger or underlap into the centre of the pitch.
When defending, a second marker will appear above the player you will switch to when LB/L1 is pressed.
EA actually nicked this from PES.
Graphically the game has improved
There have been some minor gameplay improvements as EA have updated the Frostbite engine and player faces look great!
Footy fans were pleased to see that Ultimate Team was announced with the addition of 10 brand new icons.
All 10 players will be available to get when opening packs for your Ultimate Team.
The likes of Stephen Gerrard and Frank Lampard will be gracing our teams with their presence.
As well as Rivaldo, Eusebio, Miroslav Klose, Fabio Cannavaro, Claude Makelele, Clarence Seedorf, Johan Cruyff and Raul.
This brings the total number of legends to 40.
With the likes of Pele and Ronaldo having been added in FIFA 2018.
Pack opening made easy
Budding enthusiasts for FIFA‘s Ultimate team mode love to open a pack or two… or twenty.
EA knows this.
This year they have made it simpler to sort through what you want to do with your cards.
Making the game mechanics easier and more fluid (giving you more time to open packs).
A flick of the analogue stick up will send the card to your transfer list.
Flicking it down will send it to the quick sell pile.
Hitting ‘process’ will complete the action moving the remainder of your cards to your club.
Good luck getting one of the new icons though.
Imagine loading up a game of Ultimate Team in FIFA 19 but instead of spending real money to get players you have to work for it?
Well, this could soon become a reality for FIFA fans around the world.
In 16 countries to be specific.
According to a report by Eurogamer, 15 gambling regulators from Europe and one from the US have together announced they will “address the risks created by the blurring of lines between gaming and gambling”.
Among those that have joined the investigation are the UK, Washington State, Spain, Ireland and France.
This has put a huge amount of pressure on EA to comply with gambling regulations and could ultimately result in the removal of FIFA packs from their games entirely.
Our dreams may soon become a reality.
Here all of the countries that have joined forces to stop the might of loot boxes.
- Austria: Alfred Hacker, Director, Federal Ministry of Finance
- Czech Republic: Karel Blaha, Director of the State Oversight Over Gambling Department
- France: Charles Coppolani, Chair of the French Online Gaming Regulatory Authority
- Gibraltar: Andrew Lyman, Executive Director, Gambling Division, HM Government of Gibraltar
- Ireland: Brendan Mac Namara, Principal Officer, Gambling Policy Division, Department of Justice and Equality of Ireland
- Isle of Man: Steve Brennan, Chief Executive, Gambling Supervision Commission
- Jersey: Jason Lane, Chief Executive, Jersey Gambling Commission
- Latvia: Signe Birne, Director of Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of Latvia
- Malta: Heathcliff Farrugia, Chief Executive Officer, Malta Gaming Authority
- The Netherlands: Jan Suyver, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Netherlands Gambling Authority
- Norway: Henrik Nordal, Director Deputy General, Norwegian Gaming Authority
- Poland: Paweł Gruza, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Finance
- Portugal: Teresa Monteiro, Vice-President of Turismo de Portugal, I.P
- Spain: Juan Espinosa García, CEO, Directorate General for Gambling Regulation
- Washington State: David Trujillo, Director, Washington State Gambling Commission
- UK: Neil McArthur, Chief Executive Officer, UK Gambling Commission
New Ultimate Team cards.
While some players have performed well beyond their FIFA scores, others have fallen well short – and could be in line for a downgrade.
We pick out 18 players who’ll almost certainly have their ratings changed in FIFA 19 – 10 who’ll receive upgrades and eight who should be cut down a peg or two.
Let’s first look at the 10 stars who will definitely get a FIFA 19 boost – kicking off with an absolute no-brainer.
David De Gea
Club: Man United
Worthy of his Team of the Year spot and a shoe-in for an upgrade this year.
Diving and reflexes will see a big boost, bumping the Spaniard’s overall rating up to around 92.
He’ll almost certainly be the best keeper on the game – narrowly beating Manuel Neuer, who has spent much of the season injured.
No player in European football scored more goals than Harry Kane in 2017.
The Spurs star has taken his game to another level in the last year and was rewarded with a Team of the Year place alongside (misfiring) Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Kane’s netted 21 goals in 22 games in the Premier League this campaign – and 31 across all competitions.
His standard card is rated at 86 – which is far too low for a forward now undoubtedly in the world-class bracket. Expect his shooting and pace scores to get a real bump.
One of the most exciting prospects in the world – and still only 19 years old.
He’s developed into a devastating attacking threat – combining well with Neymar and Edinson Cavani in a rampant PSG front line.
We’d expect a big increase here – especially when it comes to dribbling and pace.
An overall score of 87 would rocket Mbappe into the game’s premier attackers.
The Egyptian’s return to English soil has seen him become one of Premier League’s deadliest forwards.
He’s seen multiple boosted cards throughout his FIFA 18 career – his highest being an 88-rated monster.
Expect at least an 86 in FIFA 19, with boosts to shooting and dribbling.
Club: Man City
After Man City’s disastrous experience with Claudio Bravo between the sticks, Ederson has come in and steadied the ship considerably.
The 24-year-old has been in brilliant form this season, with his distribution allowing him to create chances from the back.
At just 83 rated, and with a low 82 score for kicking, we’d expect to see a big increase this year.
The 20-year-old Brazilian broke on to the scene in stunning fashion for Watford – but has tailed off slightly in recent weeks.
Still, despite being inconsistent, he’s been one of the surprise packages of the Premier League season, showing glimpses of gold-card potential.
A 73-rating standard rating, then, seems a tad low, so expect his overall to climb to around 76.
Club: Man City
It’s weird that Sterling is still just 23-years-old – he seems to have been around forever.
The right winger’s strike rate is not to be sniffed at – with 14 in 22 games in the Premier League. His Champions League ratio fares even better – with four from five games.
A base card of 82 does reflect his transformation under Pep Guardiola – with the 71 shooting stat in particular standing out for all the wrong reasons.
Pace will likely climb by one point – but it’ll be dribbling and shooting that get the biggest bumps – likely boosting his overall score to around 85.
Messi is as good as ever at 30-years-old.
The legendary No10 has netted 19 goals in 20 games in La Liga – and 26 from 31 across all competitions.
Although he’s received plenty of upgrades this term, his standard card is still just 93 rated.
When you think that out-of-sorts Ronaldo is at 94, this seems a bit off. EA needs to do the right thing and bump Messi up to at least a 94 rating – especially given Ronaldo’s dip in form.
Dribbling should be at least 97 while passing, without a doubt, should be much higher than 86 (EA has always given the Argentine lower stats in this department).
Lazio have been scoring goals for fun this season and a lot of that is down to this man.
The 27-year-old’s hit rate really is something to behold – 20 goals in 19 games in Serie A.
Add to the mix a handful in the Europa League and Coppa Italia and you’ve got one of the in-form strikers in the world right now.
His 82-rated gold is crazy considering this form – so we’d expect a rise to at least 84 – with boosts to pace, shooting and dribbling to reflect his attacking prowess.
The Brazilian has been in blistering form for PSG since moving from Barca.
At 92 rated in FIFA 18, he can expect to climb a point to hit 93.
Bumps in pace and dribbling, albeit small, will make ensure he remains one of the game’s deadliest attackers.
So who is at risk of getting their scores slashed?
We pick out eight misfiring stars who absolutely deserve their ratings cut down to size.
Club: West Ham
It’s been a torrid season for the West Ham keeper who looks a shadow of what he was at Man City.
Expect his ratings to be hit hard after a string of unconvincing displays for the London club.
There are reports his loan period from City may even be cancelled. Yes, it really has got that bad.
Club: Real Madrid
Real Madrid are currently fourth in La Liga – with boss Zinedine Zidane under fire.
But Ramos has to take his fair share of responsibility, too. After all, he’s the captain and should be leading from the front.
While he’s still undoubtedly class in possesion, there are some question marks over his leadership this season. He needs to get Madrid by the scruff of the neck and pull them through this tough patch. Instead, he’s put in a string of average performances for a Real Madrid back-line that keeps leaking goals.
Club: Manchester United
The Swede came back from injury only to get crocked again – which means we’ve seen precious little of the greatness we know he’s capable of.
Sadly, though, at the age of 36, his powers will almost certainly be on the wane.
An overall rating of 88 ranks him amongst the game’s best – but can we still confidently say that’s still the case?
Plus, with Alexis Sanchez now in the frame, poor Zlatan may be deemed surplus to requirements.
Club: Manchester City
He was once one of the greatest midfielders on the planet. However, with a surplus of younger options, Toure has struggled to make the cut this year.
At the age of 34, we’re almost certain his best days are behind him and sadly, his FIFA 19 rating needs to better reflect that.
Such a shame.
Club: Real Madrid
Ronaldo, who was just awarded his place in the FIFA 18 Team of the Year, is one player who could see his overall score lowered.
Despite an incredible year, the 32-year-old Portuguese has struggled of late with his goal return below his usual high standards.
He’s notably not as quick as he once was as well – remember when he he was outpaced by 33-year-old Juanfran earlier in the season?
A recent poll revealed that around 60 per cent of Real Madrid fans want him out the club.
Could this be the beginning of the end?
Club: Real Madrid
Another Los Blancos star capable of brilliance but drastically under-performing this season.
The 30-year-old has looked sluggish after a promising start to the season and has failed to gel with Ronaldo as well as he usually does.
In La Liga, the Frenchman has netted just two goals from 13 games – and while his Champions League stats fare slightly better, there are signs his best days could well be over.
Real Madrid fans are growing impatient.
Club: Manchester City
Man City’s crocked captain can be incredibly effective when he’s on form – but we’ve hardly seen him action.
A host of horrific injuries have hampered Kompany’s playing time considerably, and there’s a sense his FIFA 18 rating was perhaps a tad too generous.
Add to the mix the signing of Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte and the 31-year-old risks sliding further into the fray.
The Chelsea star was imperious last season and a key man in Chelsea’s league triumph.
But he’s been replaced by Andreas Christensen this season.
At 30-years-old, there’s still some time – but even his biggest fans are starting to lose patience.
The Champions League coming to FIFA 19 is one of the biggest developments Career mode has ever had.
For years EA has been peddling the league’s ‘budget’ version, the Champions Cup.
While some are worried the mode won’t see much love this year, the addition of the Champions League will still change FIFA 19 Career mode in a number of ways.
Ultimate difficulty has been added
The hardest AI difficulty you can play against in Ultimate team has been brought across to Career mode.
This means those of you looking for a step up from the legendary difficulty will get a chance to show off your skills and get some real practice in.
Authentic and exciting
“There’s a big update in the sense that the Champions League is included” Prior said. “This time, Career mode is the most authentic it has ever been.” Prior also hinted there would be a whole user interface overhaul to reflect the new league – not to mention some key cinematic additions that help add more realism.
Prior also revealed there would definitely be a Champions League and Europa Leauge draw cinematic.
Players will be able to see this whole sequence play out finding out which teams are in which groups.
Along with the draw cinematics, you will also get to see the players getting off the bus at the beginning of a game along with mid-game cut scenes of players warming up and taking selfies with the crowd. Player signing scenes have also had a re-vamp.
Training players up
One of the most exciting features likely to have a huge effect on how you play is the ability to train a player’s strength and sprint speed.
Training them up will no doubt put your team leagues ahead of opponents.
When searching for new players to sign you can now tick a box to only see players with a release clause in their contract.
This will ultimately save you a lot of time and money.
Revamped reward system
Ever felt like you weren’t rewarded for how well you did each season?
Well, you can now get a budget increase and a boat-load more cash depending on how well you did in the previous season.
The board will give you more funds for a good or above-average season.
What’s your favourite change coming to FIFA 19’s career mode?
When will we know how much clubs have to spend on Career Mode?
FIFA 19 isn’t even out yet but we’re already getting very familiar with the game.
Yet another leak has been doing the rounds online, this time relating to the hotly-anticipated Career Mode.
Budgets for all the clubs have been revealed. We pick out a handful here, but to see them all in more detail, visit Fifagamenews.com.
Not quite as much to play around with as Man United, but still huge with £176,002,000.
The London club has £79,681,000 to shop with this year.
Huge budget for Gooners fans – you’ll have £110,810,000 to splash on top players.
Has the smallest budget in the Prem, with just £28,667,000.
Manchester United has a huge £148,897,584 to spend in last year’s game.
However, this year, the budget has risen to £195,362,000 – the highest budget in the game.
Liverpool had £66,882,196 in last year’s game, but will have a huge £94, 010,000 to play around with this season.
The West London had £82,197,496 but now have a massive £112,435,000.
What about away from the Prem, I hear you ask? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the biggest clubs from other leagues.
Los Blancos fans will have £109,1116,00 to splash on players this year – some way off Man United’s budget, but not bad.
The Catalan club is in second place with marginally less than Real Madrid – £106,000,000.
In third with £60,344,000.
Unsurprisingly, these guys are top of the pile by some margin, with £167,978,000.
In second place is Monaco with a hefty £44,000,000 – although we did expect more.
And in third it’s Lyon, with £32,049,000.
Fresh off the back of Cristiano Ronaldo joining the club, Juve has £83,758,000 to splurge.
Coming in second with a decent £40,663,000.
Just behind Napoli with £39,559,444.
Top of the pile with £112,672,000.
Coming in second with £63,672,000.
Narrowly missing out on second place with surprisingly low £55,007,000.
The Chinese Super League, new to FIFA this year, certainly impresses with their cash to splash.
The top teams can’t compete with the likes of Man City, Arsenal and other top-tier Premier Leauge squads, however, they are giving some teams, like Napoli a run for their money.
See the full list of budgets below.
Chinese Super League club budgets
Beijing Guoan – €62,099,032
Guangzhou Evergrande – €54,452,472
Jiangsu Suning – €30,758,832
Shanghai Shenhua – €26,980,380
Shanghai SIPG – €24,000,000
Tianjin Quanjian – €23,859,396
Dalian Yifang – €22,500,360
Hebei China Fortune – €22,500,360
Tianjin Teda – €16,800,320
Shandong Luneng – €14,490,210
Henan Jianye – €14,083,163
Guizhou Zhicheng – €11,333,440
Chongqing Lifan – €9,618,838
Changchun Yatai – €5,333,380
Beijing Renhe – €3,252,703
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