Parents need to know that “FIFA 20” is the latest installment in the long running soccer franchise for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The game builds on the content of the previous year’s game, while also including a new street soccer mode for players that don’t always want to play in arenas. There’s no inappropriate content within the game, although the unmoderated gameplay during online matches could expose players to inappropriate content. Players will find product and company logos are on characters, as well as ads posted on billboards along the sidelines of the pitch. The game also comes in three separate modes, with each providing unique content, and while players can play to earn credits for the Ultimate Team, they can also pay real money for new gear, athletes, and items.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
“FIFA 20” is the latest installment in the long running soccer franchise where players can take to the pitch to play soccer with football clubs from around the world. There are dozens of leagues, hundreds of clubs, and thousands of players available in this year’s game. Now, there’s a larger focus on action on the pitch, including enhanced ball physics, as well as a focus between attacking players and defenders dueling for position. The always popular Ultimate Team adds new seasonal goals that can be completed for unique bonus items, including stadium decorations, kits, celebrations, and more. There’s also a new mode, FUT Friendlies, which adds new casual ways to play, such as mystery ball power ups or king of the hill sections that multiply the score of each goal.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
Revamped gameplay, the inclusion of street soccer, and casual Ultimate Team breathes new life into this year’s chapter of the popular soccer sim. FIFA 20 has upgraded its gameplay thanks to a new focus on the ball. It adds unpredictability, makes jockeying for headers and passes fresh and exciting, and brings the action on the pitch closer to the real game. Along with the updated pitch play, a large addition this year is Volta Football, which casts players as an upcoming street soccer star trying to build a squad and recruit players from around the world. It’s probably the closest thing we’ll see to getting a new FIFA Street anytime soon, and the fact that the mode expands into larger online leagues and player defined competitions will keep you coming back for hours.
Ultimate Team receives new updates as well, with new iconic players and new arcade-like modes called FUT Friendlies. These modes are perfect for casual players because the inclusion of power ups, player swaps, or goal multipliers puts a fun spin on team competition. This feels wisely managed and a natural way to get content, because you have clear goals and info on what you earn by playing matches and gaining levels. The only other weak spot in this year’s game is the fact that the career modes for managers and created players feel a bit stale and underwhelming. But if you can overlook that slight misstep, you’ll find that FIFA 20 is a ton of fun on and off the pitch.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 10 and older
Quality: 4 out of 5
Positive messages: 4 out of 5
Positive role models: 3 out of 5
Ease of play: 4 out of 5
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Violence: 0 out of 5
Sex: 0 out of 5
Language: 1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 4 out of. 5
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
Developer: Electronic Arts
Release date: September 27, 2019