First Impressions: FIFA 20's Volta Mode Injects Energy into the Series

Opinion - Sean Carey, 12 days ago
There are three things certain in life. Death, taxes and a new Fifa game coming out every year. The FIFA 20 Achievements look pretty straightforward enough, and in preparation, I've been playing the demo. Here are some of my thoughts on this year's outing.


The demo features two modes this year, Kick-Off and Volta. Jumping into Kick-Off and it's clear from the start, the visuals are all highly polished; player models look fantastic along with the stadium. It's good to see that EA hasn't pulled back on the graphics. Although FIFA 20 might not have every team officially licensed in it this year, I'm sure it won't detract from the football experience too much.

The gameplay is noticeably different compared to FIFA 19. Matches are played out a much a slower pace making the game feel more in-tune with a real football match. Passing the ball around at the back feels as if you are really building up play. The slowing down of the game also makes quicker players stand out. Mane and Salah felt electric when starting a run into space along the wings. Dribbling feels tighter and more responsive, especially in and around the box. This could be down to the new ball physics implemented in this year's iteration. The ball moves more realistically in the way it bounces and skips along the ground, and gives the FIFA series a completely new feeling in terms of how the game is played. These small changes have changed the way FIFA feels, and for good. I have always been a casual player in terms of the FIFA series, but for the more hardcore fans, they will probably know a good deal more about the significant differences compared to 19.

FIFA VOLTA Amsterdam Court

FIFA 20's re-imagining of FIFA Street, Volta, is probably the most fun that I've had with FIFA in a long time. I don't think I can praise Volta enough. It's fun, frantic and rewarding. More realistic than FIFA Street, Volta provides an authentic street football experience. Don't get me wrong, FIFA Street was excellent, but it always felt as if it was a bit too arcade-like. The demo offers 3 V 3 Rush — one of the five Volta match styles. No keepers, just three on three. I am not the most skilful of players, so I tend to pass the ball around a lot, creating space for players to run into; this doesn't work in Volta. You need to take on players head to head. And although I can never seem to remember the combinations for different skills, when forced into a one on one situation, it felt incredibly rewarding to skill my way around a player and slot it into the back of the net. Also, sending a player on a run into space and rebounding the ball off the wall to them will never get old.

Volta breathes new life into FIFA and is most certainly a welcome addition. I can't wait to get my hands on the full game just to experience some more street football.

See you on the pitch. I'll bring the nutmegs.

FIFA 20 releases on September 27th.

EA SPORTS™ FIFA 20 Demo
EA SPORTS™ FIFA 20 Demo

Powered by Frostbite™, EA SPORTS™ FIFA 20 brings two sides of The World’s Game to life - the prestige of the professional stage and an all-new authentic street football experience in EA SPORTS VOLTA FOOTBALL.



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Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score.