FIFA 20 Gameplay: First playthrough reveals game looks EXACTLY the same as FIFA 19

The first full game of the new game was a bore 0-0 draw at the FIFA eWorld Cup finals in London.

The FIFA eWorld Cup marked the end of the FIFA 19 season, and it gave us the annual reveal of the new game – the first playthrough of FIFA 20.

After a tricky year on 19, it has been vital for EA Sports to get the release of FIFA 20 spot on, and to be honest, it has been so far so good.

Volta Football, revealed at E3, was a great start to the life of FIFA 20, bringing the nostalgic feel of FIFA Street back to the franchise. 

Teasers of gameplay including free-kicks, dribbling and enhanced defending, coupled by deep dives in the Pitch Notes kept FIFA on track, although they were knocked by the loss of the exclusive Juventus licensing by rivals PES 2020. 

They had a massive opportunity during the FIFA eWorld Cup Finals, with the tournament being broadcast live on Sky Sports

So how did this big reveal go? Well… it left a lot to be desired.

FIFA 20 Gameplay first playthrough

Head to 2:23:40 for the FIFA 20 playthrough

FIFA influencers MattHDGamer, Calfreezy, Mike La Belle and Cacho were the four men who got their hands on FIFA 20 at the O2 Arena in London, and given these guys play a lot of FIFA, it was surprising to see them play out a drab 0-0. 

Yes, a couple of shots went close, and there were some great saves from the goalkeeper, but with similar build-up play, there was nothing clear that suggested that FIFA 20 was going to offer anything different. 

READ MORE: What's new in FIFA 20 Gameplay?

If someone had tuned into the stream at the point – they would have assumed that it was a game of FIFA 19 being played.

It’s an own-goal moment from EA, as they could have highlighted something much more prominent, like Volta, which would have been a greater spectacle for the live audience in London. 

Advantage PES 2020

The demo of Konami’s PES 2020 was released last week and has gone down a hit with the community. Even FIFA streamers have picked up their controllers to broadcast the gameplay and incredible visuals of the new game. 

With English giants Man United on board can PES battle FIFA?Starting with the exclusive rights of Juventus, PES have a great platform with partnership deals with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Arsenal, as well as exclusive rights of the Brazilian domestic setup.

With gamers allowed over a full month with the demo ahead of the full release, there is plenty of time for the community to make their decision, and with more partnerships being announced every week, PES have a great chance to tackle FIFA this year.

READ MORE: Everything we know about PES 2020

All on Career Mode?

The Pitch Notes deep dive into Ultimate Team came last week, but there was again nothing groundbreaking to get fans excited.

Last year’s skill games come to the mode this year in FUT Friendlies along with greater customisation and season objectives.

Get ready for Career Mode news coming this month There has been a reveal on Pro Clubs, but fans still want more – there looks to be plenty resting on Career Mode

It looks like Career Mode or Volta Football will be the subject of EA’s Gamescom set, and with the manager mode not getting any reform in recent years, it is crucial they deliver it this time around. 

READ MORE: All the new features in FIFA 20 Career Mode

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Alastair Pusinelli

I am RealSport's Editor-in-Chief having covered almost everything across the board on the platform. Starting with content on football and the Chinese Super League, I have expanded into esports and gaming, via a stint as rugby editor.

With RS now focused on gaming and working alongside Gfinity, I led the site's coverage on the football titles of FIFA, Football Manager and PES. This has enabled me to cover official esports events such as the FIFA eWorld Cup, FUT Champions Cups and the Gfinity FIFA Series.

Elsewhere, I have been published in The Sunday Times and Variety magazine, as well as working in the offices of Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Hampshire CCC.