It’s that time of year again when FIFA Ultimate Team threatens to completely take over our lives.
And well, this year, I think we’re just about okay with that!
Luckily for FUT addicts like ourselves (and unluckily for your friends & family), the mode on FIFA 20 has ‘replay value’ that will scratch that pack-opening, squad-battling and division-progressing itch of yours all season long.
The marquee addition to FUT 20 is Season Objectives and we were keen to check out what sort of rewards were on offer to us straight away.
Basically, Season Objectives provides you with something to always come back to FUT for – an element that had been missing in previous games.
In former FUT incarnations, we’ve found ourselves hitting a brick wall in terms of our enthusiasm for the grind, but the addition of Season Objectives guarantees players of all skill levels that the mode is well worth sticking with throughout the year.
Admittedly, we’d have liked fewer loan players as the rewards on offer, with these instead replaced with normal cards that you can happily call your own.
Despite that, there’s still plenty of fun, different and worthwhile rewards up for grabs as you progress through the levels, with the Golden G.O.A.T tifo the crowning glory of the bunch.
A unique Eden Hazard and Oktoberfest group of objectives are the two we’re currently working our way through, and more will be added during the season – we can already imagine a Halloween and Christmas set of objectives later in the year.
The FUT squad screen/hub has had a complete makeover this year and it’s an overhaul we’re fully on board with.
Admittedly it did take us some getting used to, but within no more than your first hour or so with it you’ll be whizzing through your club like nothing ever changed!
The options wheel is smart and easy to navigate, and having every player in your club right next-door to your current squad is an absolute godsend.
Squad Battles has also had a much-needed revamp this year, with the big change a welcome end to the maximum number of games you can play each day.
No longer do you just face four squads and sit there twiddling your thumbs for 24 hours, you can now refresh your opponents and get stuck into your next set of four as and when you please!
The inclusion of the latest Team of the Week as a squad you can face is also a nice touch, along with the new player/artist/influencer squad that is available each week.
FUT friendlies is the last of the major new additions and, at first, we were reluctant to even give it a go.
Having seen clips beforehand, we initially wrote it off as nothing more than a novelty that would become tiresome very quickly.
Well, we were very wrong.
The variety in the friendlies are excellent and it’s a welcome relief to use your squad without it impacting your players’ contracts and fitness.
Even if you do get tired of the arcade modes like King of the Hill and Mystery Ball, Max Chemistry offers a happy medium and instantly became our favourite of the bunch.
The eternal problem facing FUT is how it will eventually bridge the resource gap between players and make that chasm less apparent in-game.
It’s not that this year’s incarnation of FUT solves that problem, but what it definitely does is offer alternative routes around it – most notably with online friendlies.
FIFA 20 will be available worldwide on PS4, Xbox One and PC September 27 – you can pre-order the game here.
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