FIFA 19 News

FIFA 19 players rejoice after patch nerfs AI defending

EA has put out a patch for FIFA 19 that adds to the game perhaps the most-requested nerf from the community.

The title update reduces the effectiveness of defending by AI teammates. This is particularly welcome, as most FIFA players find letting the computer do the dirty work of defending is a more effective strategy than getting stuck in yourself. It'll also help break down stubborn computer-controlled teams in the likes of Squad Battles.

So, here's what the patch does. The shot blocking of a defender that's being controlled by an AI teammate is less effective as EA has reduced the distance an AI teammate defender will stretch to block a shot. Similarly, EA has nerfed AI teammate tacking by reducing the distance they'll stretch when making a tackle.

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Big FIFA 19 patch nerfs 180 no-scope finesse shots

Big FIFA 19 patch nerfs 180 no-scope finesse shots

And gives Gareth Bale a new face.

EA has released a new patch for FIFA 19, and it makes some significant changes to gameplay.

The patch is out now on the PC version of the game, and coming soon to the console versions.

The headline change is to finesse shots, which most players agreed were particularly overpowered this year.

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If you watched this summer's World Cup, you'll probably have seen the Croatian national team on their run to the final. Fuelled by superstars such as captain Luka Modrić, who was awarded best player of the tournament, Croatia beat the likes of Argentina and England (it still hurts) before finally capitulating to France. In short, Croatia did a real number on the World Cup, and were a fantastic watch throughout.

EA nerfs bicycle kicks in FIFA 19's first big gameplay patch

FIFA 19 has its first big gameplay patch - and it makes a significant change to the game.

Bicycle kicks are significantly nerfed, which is very much a good thing. FIFA 19 has been roundly criticised for the prevalence of bicycle kicks and volleys - and the ridiculous success players can have with them. FIFA 19 is a game littered with overhead kicks from corners, flicks for volleys and even volley crosses for volley goals. You end up with stuff like this a bit too often:

Backheel cross + bicycle goal. from r/FIFA

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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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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.

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.

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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