FIFA 20 review: A revelation in the streets

Posted by freemexy on September 28th, 2019

FIFA 20 review: A revelation in the streets

fifa 20 ut coins is an end-of-cycle iteration that can still legitimately claim to be different and better than its predecessors.

Sure, its Career suite has gone so long without substantial changes that anything there might make all of FIFA 20 feel like a new game. But Volta Football, a street soccer/futsal story mode, is what distinguishes this edition the most. It’s much meatier than the side mode I was expecting, and does more than its fair share to make the game feel fresh and new, rather than just an improvement. The simple fact is no sports video game this year added an all-new mode as dynamic as Volta Football. Its varying games — from three to five players a side, on different courts, played to different scores — is a great alternative to standard play, even if it’s not purely a FIFA Street revival.

Mostly, Volta Football is a way to skip to the good stuff of soccer, the quick passes and the scoring, in rowdy and rapid-fire succession. It’s also nice to knock out a match or four, either in the story campaign or as part of a world tour separate from it, as a chaser to a long bout in FUT or Career. There’s even some career progression for your created player, though I breezed through the perk tree so easily that it felt carried over from The Journey, the story mode of the past three FIFAs, without much extra thought.
Volta Football’s story is entirely different, starring a created avatar instead of fixed player characters. But it features the same, somewhat hammy themes of sports story modes — overcoming adversity, believing in yourself or, at least, not underestimating others. You’re part of a globe-trotting street soccer crew trying to be the best in the world at a fast-paced game played on rooftops and in alleyways. Some real-life big names cameo (I learned who street superstars Jayzinho and Rocky Hehakaija are), and the boss battles — training exercises and title matches — can be challenging to the brink of frustration, but ultimately worth repeating until you win.

The real progression is in building up your team’s cast of supporting characters, both women and men, all impossibly hip and worldly looking. Win a match and you’ll get your pick of a new recruit, somewhat like winning a marker in the Need For Speed franchise. Then go in and trick them out in the threads you’ve won, which are always on offer. This is actually more necessary than it sounds, because I often found myself facing clones of players I’d recruited, and confusion reigned when mine were in their default threads.

Volta Football is so much its own world that I overlooked the reality that women soccer players finally have a career mode in this video game (much like NBA Live 19 added with The One last year). Mixed-gender competition is simply how it is with rec-league soccer, here and in real life. This can even reach into Career, as I was delighted to find the avatar I’d created in Volta Football could be imported with a single click into Career, as a player or manager. Women can be managers but not players in Career, although the facial features of either gender can be applied to a male or female head — a twin sibling for your created star, in other words.

Volta Football isn’t FIFA Street mainly because trick shots and fancy footwork play less of a role. I was more encouraged to make standard plays like low, driven shots (because bagging three would unlock a piece of gear in the first two-week “season” of content). But if you come to Volta Football expecting to do back-heel flicks and spectacular juggles, the defense will easily dispossess you and wing off a shot with startling accuracy, even at distance. 3-on-3 soccer especially requires paying attention to teammates, taking advantage of spacing, and denying shooting and passing lanes on defense.want know more fut coins news Read More

Like it? Share it!


About the Author

Joined: December 6th, 2018
Articles Posted: 2,579

More by this author