FIFA 19

FIFA 19 is a great football video game marred by ongoing issues with Ultimate Team.

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FIFA 19 gets its first title update

FIFA 19 gets its first title update

And EA has patched out Petr Cech's negotiations helmet. Boo!

EA Sports has issued FIFA 19's first title update - and it patches out Petr Cech's meme-worthy negotiations helmet.

The Arsenal goalkeeper had tweeted to joke about the fact that in FIFA 19's career mode, he wears his protective helmet. It looks quite silly.

The patch, which is live now for the PC version of FIFA 19 and out soon for the console versions, ditches the helmet and gives Cech a tie. Here's the patch note:

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FIFA 19 launch physical sales down 25% on FIFA 18

FIFA 19 physical launch sales are down 25 per cent in the UK.

Eurogamer sister site GamesIndustry.biz reports FIFA 19 is the biggest UK video game of 2018 after going on sale last week, as expected, but physical launch sales are down by a quarter versus FIFA 18.

According to the site, 64 per cent of the sales were of the PlayStation 4 version, 35 per cent were of the Xbox One version, leaving just one per cent for the Nintendo Switch version. Sales of the legacy version of the game (PS3 and Xbox 360) were too low to register.

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FIFA hasn't always had the best run on handhelds. A few years back the Vita got a fairly splendid outing around the launch of PlayStation's portable - only for the next Vita instalment to simply offer new kits while still sporting a full-fat pricetag, a trick that, unbelievably, EA tried again the following year. I'll never forget the grimace on the face of EA Sports' David Rutter as he painfully churned out the company line. "It's the same great gameplay," he said, at once resigned and apologetic. "And new kits."

FIFA 19 review - the spectacular, troubling video game modern football deserves

Blame Ronaldo. The moment I saw the then Real Madrid superstar score that overhead kick against Juventus in the Champions League quarter finals, I knew it would dominate the FIFA 19 experience. It was too high-profile a goal in too high-profile a match for EA Sports to ignore. The fact it was scored by FIFA 19's cover star helped, I'm sure.

Overhead kicks are in vogue. They're down with the kids, and when something in the world of football is down with the kids, EA Sports takes note. FIFA 19 isn't here for the hipsters who fork out for the Bundesliga on BT Sport. Nor is it here for the football historians, those who lament the loss of the good old days of shin-smashers and Ł150-a-week wages. FIFA 19 is here for the next generation - never the current, always the next. It's here for the Messi and Ronaldo rivalry keyboard warriors, the Neymar shirt-wearers from Peckham and the Paul Pogba dabbers (who have all moved on to the Floss, but hey-ho).

FIFA 19

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EA reportedly under criminal investigation in Belgium due to FIFA's loot boxes

And failure to comply with country's gambling laws.

The Belgian government, which declared loot boxes to be a form of gambling earlier this year, has reportedly launched a criminal investigation into EA after the publisher refused to modify FIFA's randomised card pack loot boxes in order to comply with the country's gambling laws.

Esport "killer games" aren't right for Olympics, says IOC

"We cannot have ... a game which is promoting violence."

Don't expect to see esports in the Olympic Games any time soon. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach believes the video games being played still promote violence and killing too much to be included.

FeatureFIFA 19 devs "voluntarily chose to" add pack odds disclosures

EA Sports on career mode neglect, The Journey and Jesse Lingard's hair.

With only a month remaining until FIFA 19 is released in September, the countdown to kickoff has well and truly begun. There have been a number of leaks in recent weeks from the closed beta (this is FIFA after all), and although many greatly anticipate the newest chapter in the series, others have asked whether EA is really listening to community requests. Much of the discontent revolves around career mode, which fans feel has been neglected in recent years.

FIFA 19 gameplay leaks online

FIFA 19 gameplay leaks online

Perhaps via a laundry basket.

FIFA 19 gameplay has leaked online.

The video, below, was published onto the FIFA subreddit by user WhadaFack and shows 10 minutes of the upcoming football game.

The first thing of note is the new menu for standard kick-off, which looks a lot cleaner than in FIFA 18. There are new options for kick-off, too, including "house rules" and "best of series", as well as new "advantage settings", which suggests kick-off mode will have more to it this year.

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FIFA 19 doesn't have VAR

Because it's sort of had it all along.

There were a few stars of this year's superb World Cup: Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappé and Harry "slab-head" Maguire to name but a few. But it could be argued VAR outshone them all.

FIFA 19 gameplay is all about the animations

I played FIFA 19 for an afternoon at a recent hands-on preview event, and what stood out for me were the new animations.

I've already reported on the new timed finishing mechanic, but it's worth going into detail on the animations that form a part of FIFA 19's active touch system.

New animations are hardly revolutionary for FIFA, but as someone who's put a lot of time into FIFA 18, I can report FIFA fans will definitely notice them - and they do let you do things you've never been able to before.

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Why FIFA 18 players think EA changed gameplay for the World Cup update - despite the fact it didn't

When EA Sports released the free World Cup update for FIFA 18, some players thought it played differently compared to the main game. Actually, it was more than some - there were loads of players who thought it played differently.

These players, who suspected EA Sports had tinkered with the gameplay of FIFA 18 for the World Cup update on the quiet, claimed it felt slower, with nerfed dribbling and passing. I've also seen plenty of people say the World Cup mode plays more "arcadey" than the main FIFA 18 game, with overpowered shooting from distance. I've also seen people say lofted through balls are more effective, and even spotted the suggestion the World Cup update reverts to gameplay before FIFA 18 was patched.

The truth is, the gameplay in the World Cup update is exactly the same as the gameplay in the main FIFA 18 game, Andrei Lazarescu, producer of the Switch version of FIFA and the World Cup update confirmed to me at E3. So, why do players think there's a difference?

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EA Sports: FIFA 19 cross-platform play "a net benefit to users"

But issues to work through with first-parties.

With cross-platform play once again in the spotlight after it emerged you can't use your Epic account on the Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite if you've used it on the PlayStation 4 version, many within the FIFA community have also wondered whether the feature might come to the world's biggest sports video game.

EA confirms FIFA 19 has the Champions League

EA confirms FIFA 19 has the Champions League

Free trial for FIFA 18 World Cup mode.

As expected, EA has confirmed FIFA 19 has the official Champions League licence.

There's a tournament mode for the Champions League, Alex Hunter can take on the Champions League in story mode, and the tournament will also be incorporated into FIFA Ultimate Team.

EA Sports has the Champions League licence now after a period of exclusivity on PES.

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