The age-old FIFA vs PES argument has turned into a touch outmoded. Could possibly serve some purpose for social media confirmation bias: the diehard Konami fan insisting PES’s player faces are better, the 20-year FIFA veteran evangelising Luton Town’s away strip (which, admittedly, is lovely). But your entire landscape has become too partisan. Almost as much as no United or Liverpool fan should plunge to City or Everton between seasons, simply put average Johnny Football is within too deep to reverse loyalties. For anybody who is team PES, and reading this, be honest: nothing I write will most likely convert yourself to FIFA 19 Hack.
Here’s annoyingly,many people, though: if you find yourself team FIFA 19 Hack, there is certainly still a heated debate to be concluded. Because within that dedicated audience sit factions who want their mode, and their mode alone, updated each season, on the behest of most others. Ultimate Team. Career. Pro Clubs. All three have a relatively dedicated, torch-brandishing crowd, who proclaim that they won’t be buying that year’s edition if their respective favourite isn’t fixed/upgraded/modernised. I’ll get to how each fares shortly.
The single exception to should you love rule is story mode The Journey, which everyone plays in a bit, agrees is good, completes for ones rewards, then leaves alone for 51 weeks. While that may appear harsh, it’s actually a complement: in previous editions the writing may be so strong and characters so likeable that you simply was going to burn through it at once, like a TV box set. It’s similar here. Three past favourites return and so are playable: original storyline focus Alex Hunter, plus sister Kim Hunter and buddy Danny Williams. The cute wrinkle is being able to toggle concerning the trio without notice from chapter two onwards.
Without providing spoilers – we now have a FIFA 19 Cheats The Journey rewards and ending walkthrough towards the – this third and final episode of Hunter’s tale ties the story nicely, and delivers amazing unconventional elements. Think playing as Hunter’s granddad Jim at a boggy ‘70s pitch with John Motson on commentary, and piggy-in-the-middle inside the Real Madrid dressing room.
Essential Kim’s tries to cement herself while in the US national side the story works with Alex and Danny’s Champions League ambitions, as well as it not the only way in which the mode enters uncharted territory. Just as before you won’t need to go back after finishing, but it surely matches expectations and delivers some tidy Ultimate Team rewards en route.
For those other modes, a element binds each: the Champions League. Both it and sister Europa League are welcome additions all over the board, with Lee Dixon and Derek Rae’s commentary a refreshing break from your tiring Tyler-Smith combo, and many types of presentation elements accurately recreated: arch, ball, theme, deafening music after every home goal inside the Bernabeu. Also available like a standalone tournament, the Champions League has understandably been a dev focus, and I can fault its implementation from an on-pitch perspective.
However, it’s become the most up-to-date in an extended brand of sticking plasters on career mode, which those diehards I said earlier have wanted overhauled for years. Editing the group stages of either competition to go in your team of choice, and seeing their name drawn right out the hat TV-style in your news feed, are smart touches, but otherwise it’s unerringly almost like last year. Scouting, transfers, youth development: all identical. Still nice, it must remain said, however status quo aura will put some off purchasing.