From the outside looking in, FIFA’s yearly releases must look fairly similar. If you’re one of the millions of players that pour hundreds of hours into the game each year, you’d know how much really changes between iterations. With that said, after over an hour of hands-on time with EA’s latest, there’s a lot of new things to digest in FIFA 19.
First thing’s first. Timed finishing — the new shooting mechanic a lot of us have been fretting about since it was announced back in June — can be turned off. Further to this, I left it on for most of my time with the game and hardly noticed any difference in the shooting mechanics at all. I feel like it’s going to be one of those changes that will take quite a lot of hours to get used to and understand the workings of, and that’s completely ok. The main takeaway I had from my time with FIFA 19 is that yes it’s there, but no, it’s not a major deal. It also doesn’t guarantee a goal every time it’s used well, so that’s also worth taking into consideration.