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.
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.
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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 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.
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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