Pro Evolution Soccer 2019's demo is promising with with quite a few improvements on display. Passing and shooting are looser with more room for mistakes. Online play feels snappier and previous titles' persistent lag seems to have been solved. The AI seems a little tactically one-dimensional across the demo's 12 teams with few strategic patterns being seen.
With a dwindling set of AAA licences available year-on-year, Konami were forced to change tack. Turkish Süper Lig, SPL and full partnerships with the Old Firm of Celtic and Rangers are not to be underestimated - nor is the sharp upturn in player/team numbers. Here's why.
'New Kick Off' mode is probably the most exciting feature that FIFA 19 and it nigh-on killed me to keep it under wraps. Games companies get accused of neglecting couch multiplayer. 'House Rules' is easily the coolest thing to happen to a football game since indoor games in the otherwise abysmal FIFA '97.
Argonwood may sound like the setting in a Tolkien novel, but this German indie game development studio is hardly stuck in a fantasy past....
With the battle-royal genre becoming crowded, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds needs to get the lead out and this is the first step apparently.
The career mode of F1 2018 will see a revamp with a huge focus on off-track activities like R&D and media/team relations. The race weekends have more importance with testing and rivalries always giving a player something to drive for. While it didn't rain during my two race weekend playthrough but the in-game footage of adverse weather was impressive.
EliteGamer.com played FIFA 19's preview build and were impressed. While the demo had many issues and could be a scrappy experience, it has potential. FIFA 19 seems to place more control in a player's hands with greater room for error as well as excellence.