The disrespect to Firmino’s rating in FIFA 20; Champions League and Super Cup winner, works his ass off as a False 9, all-around amazing player and you gave him an 86???? IF ANYTHING HE SHOULD BE AT LEAST 88 @EASPORTSFIFApic.twitter.com/kNvBjA0iJW
This is a disgrace from FIFA 20. Firmino deserves at least an 88 rated card. Bobby is the system for Liverpool and he still is one of the most underrated players in the world. He’s arguably the most complete number 9 in the prem atm. What rating do you think Bobby should be? pic.twitter.com/NO7ZjFv60U
Every year upon the new release of the latest version of FIFA by EA Sports, players around the world wait to see if there have been any changes made to Career Mode.
It is an area EA have come under a lot of criticism for in recent years, as no major alterations had been made recently even though it was in need of a major face-lift.
At first glance, it appears this year, prayers have been answered and new content is coming – but what are these announced new features?
It seems that EA Sports and the team working on Career Mode for FIFA 20, have identified the community had grown frustrated with the lack of thought given to improving the mode.
The introduction of new user-led press conferences and player conversations, are one of many ways they hope to make it stand out next to the likes of Football Manager.
Press Conferences and Player Conversations
This feature is something that has been in the game since FIFA 18, but only within the Journey game mode based around fictional footballer Alex Hunter – where you as a player were actively involved in life decisions, forming Hunter’s personality which affected the type of player he was.
However, the feature has been reimagined for Career Mode to add to the build up to a game, as well as post-match.
It seems, looking at EA Sports’ ‘pitch notes’ surrounding the new features, a manager will be able to actively answer questions in press conferences using pre-set emotional responses such as praise, criticise or motivate, which will trigger an answer within the game mechanics.
Another feature is the importance of player morale – which will be heavily linked to the response you give in a press conference. So far EA Sports can’t be faulted for their authentic approach.
FIFA have promised fans this feature will always feel dynamic and authentic, with the addition of pushy journalists who will implement questions that attempt to provoke certain situations based upon results, goals and form of players and the overall team.
EA SPORTS on the new Press Conferance game mechanic:
‘Our vision was to breathe new life into manager career mode by building up a variation of ever-changing stories that would surface through pre and post match interviews.
‘They aren’t just there to mimic authenticity, but built based off of player progress and result in influencing player morale as well as the standing of the manager in that team.’
The role of player conversations will act in a fashion allowing FIFA gamers to witness on-screen conversations, mainly between a manager and player or a captain to a fellow teammate, in a text style format as if you were reading your club’s WhatsApp group messages.
This feature will allow you to select a response out of three options again each emphasising a different emotion, which will effect morale of that player.
Player Morale System
As briefly mentioned above, this new feature is the best of the additions EA Sports have added to the FIFA 20 Career Mode experience, as it is the tool that drives everything else.
Morale within Career Mode is going to be a vicious circle for gamers, as everything you do affects a player and team’s morale and then the overall morale will consequently affect everything that happens on the pitch and in press conferences.
In reality this is reflective of what it must be like as a manager in modern day football or any sport, where man management is key to success and being labelled as one of the best in your role.
A player’s morale will be influenced by factors such as: playing time, wage demands, performance and how well the team is doing.
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We have seen numerous examples of morale dips in recent times, when you look at Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale as well as on-loan Barcelona man Philippe Coutinho, who have both been at the centre of transfer saga’s over the summer, due to being unhappy at their club.
Whereas, on the flip side, you have players such as Raheem Sterling or Virgil van Dijk whose morale seemed through the roof coming into this season after impressive campaigns and silverware in 2018/19.
From player faces, to kits, badges and stadiums alike, the FIFA community and its content creators have been pleading with EA for a few years, trying to implement more features within the game that allow you to customise and alter items, and provide a platform for creativity.
Until now, that has only really been possible when designing a pro-player in the game mode of Pro Clubs, or when choosing a player Career Mode – never before have you been able to customise a manager.
What would you look like as a manager? Would you be rocking a club tracksuit, tailored suit, or perhaps strive to look like a 1990s boy-band reject – all these styles are available to choose from as seen above.
Adding to outfit choice, when deciding on a manager career mode you will be able to customise aesthetic components such as height, build, bone structure, skin colour, eye shape, hairstyle all the way to how big your nostrils are.
Dynamic Player Potential
This is the last of the main features to discuss, which EA have spent time perfecting for Career Mode ahead of the launch of FIFA 20 in September.
FIFA player potential has always been one of the most intriguing aspects of Career Mode, judging players future growth in terms of their overall rating, in the seasons ahead of the current one.
For example if a striker scored 20 plus goals in a season, you would expect his rating to go up for the next season, much like how FIFA Ultimate team works.
However where career mode is unique, is that players overall rating can fall if they are playing poorly, as well as age plays an impact as they experience a decline in certain attributes in game.
So with the added bonus of extreme morale fluctuation this year, player growth potential could be very different per career mode that is played, as different decisions within the season will alter how far a player will rise or fall.
FIFA 19 Highest potential players
Here is the highest possible rated starting XI of young players on FIFA 19, with the highest potential growth on the current game, it has an average age of 20 so they will be around for a long while yet.
Looking at the team from FIFA 19, and thinking ahead to what it will be on the fast approaching new game that releases next month, there are unlikely to be too many changes to a starting XI which already boasts some of the best young talent in world football.
A few players that could have an impact are the likes of English forward Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix and Barcelona new boy Frenkie De Jong.
Sancho signed a new lucrative contract with German side Borussia Dortmund, doubling his wages and keeping him at the club for the foreseeable future.
Manchester United fans will soon be able to buy a fourth kit, but only if they are willing to shell out a whopping £80.
Adidas have teamed up with United and FIFA game makers EA Sports to release a special leopard-print strip.
The unusual strip is set to be featured on FIFA 19 on the game’s Ultimate Team Mode through the FUT Transfer Market when bought in packs.
Fans will be able to buy it direct from the game or on Adidas’ online store.
It will be available to buy in adult sizes only, in XS, S, M, L and XL.
Bayern Munich and Real Madrid’s red, orange and yellow fade shirt, and Real Madrid’s blue offering that looks like outer space are both available to buy.
Last season the kits were only available to be played in on the popular football game.
Now they have quite literally been brought to life.
Adidas will soon release a Bayern limited-edition jersey that was created in collaboration with EA Sports. Last year, the kits were exclusive to FIFA Ultimate Team. But this year, fans will be able to purchase the shirts as well. [FootyHeadlines] pic.twitter.com/kfW2dmEzDY
Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford thrashed Stormzy and Michael Dapaah (a.k.a Big Shaq) in a hilarious FIFA 19 No Rules clash.
The latest instalments from EA Sports has proved to once again proved to be a resounding success, enjoyed by millions of players around the globe.
In order to celebrate the global acclaim achieved by the game, a FIFA World Tour is being launched to celebrate the world’s largest sports video game with some of the biggest global stars across music and sports.
Kicking off the first stop in London, Man United duo Lingard and Rashford faced off against take on Glastonbury headliner Stormzy and Big Shaq in the new No Rules mode, which allows fouls, offsides and handballs to slide.
With the England internationals choosing to pick the Three Lions, their musical opponents opted to play as the Red Devils.
The World Tour will unfold over the coming weeks, travelling from country to country with global superstars sharing their love of football and what it means to the play game, both on and off the field. Upcoming stops will include:
Odell Beckham Jr vs A$AP Rocky in New York City
Maluma vs Martin Garrix in Rio, Brazil
Kimpembe, Meunier, Niska, Alonso in Paris
Liam Payne, Christian Pulisic, Marco Reus and more in Dortmund
Safe to say the results were absolutely hilarious and you can watch a load of goals, jokes and confetti by pressing play on the video above!
Eddie Hearn sent boxing and gaming fans wild on Twitter after admitting he was working on a new game with EA Sports.
Older fans will remember the days of playing the popular Fight Night series on PlayStation and Xbox across the country.
The last edition was Fight Night Champion in 2011, which contained a popular story mode following the career of fictional character Andre Bishop and his rise to the top of the game.
However, since 2011 there have been no boxing titles released by the American company, with the focus for combat sports combats instead being placed on the UFC.
But now, that could well be about to change.
According to Hearn, he is ‘trying to convince EA Sports’ about releasing a new title – admitting it would be huge.
With the Englishman heading up both Matchroom Boxing and working with streaming company DAZN in America, one would imagine the likes of Anthony Joshua and cruiserweight monster Oleksandr Usyk would feature heavily in the game, if it were to be created.
Although imaging rights and licensing could be a problem, Hearn may well be the man to help broker a potential deal.
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There are just days to go until FIFA 19, the latest edition of the hit video game series, is released.
EA Sports have started unveiling player ratings for the top stars in the game, with the best 10 players in each position for Europe’s top five leagues revealed.
talkSPORT have already given you a run down of the highest-rated goalkeepers in the Premier League, and now we are taking a look at FIFA 19’s 10 best defenders currently playing in England’s top flight.
The list is dominated by the Premier League’s big six, with every defender in the top 10 playing for one of Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City or Tottenham; the final top six side, Man United, have no defenders who make the cut.
The biggest eyebrow-raiser from the unveiling is the placing of Virgil van Dijk, the Liverpool and Netherlands star. Van Dijk is widely regarded as the finest central defender in the division, but he doesn’t even earn a place in the top three of the rankings.