While Career mode and some gameplay features are starting to feel old, this is still an attractive and ambitious soccer sim that gets a lot of gameplay right. FIFA 19 has included new modes and made some updates to existing ones to add a little more meat to the soccer experience. The new Champions League license rounds off the other modes nicely. Along with its sister Europa League, Champions League is a fresh new experience, punctuated with the Dixon-Rae commentary. This is added along with all-new elements, including a new league theme, ball, music, and more. The Ultimate Team mode was also super fun this year for its easy pick-up-and-play accessibility, solid pacing, and strong production values. Another highlight was the latest -- and dramatic finale -- to the story mode, The Journey. While it might not have the replayability of a regular soccer match, it's an engaging and rewarding experience, with memorable characters, strong writing, and the option to play as the main character, Alex Hunter, his sister Kim, his friend Danny Williams, or a surprise addition to the storyline.
But aside from these new extras, and more responsive handling, it does still feel like something is missing here. Maybe it's the bland Career mode, limited Pro Clubs, or a reduced goaltending focus. Rather than an across-the-board improvement over all modes and features, there are clearly some modes that have gotten a larger amount of developer focus, while the other modes have just floated along on the strength of older installments. But overall, if you want a pretty game with a ton of licenses and modes, there's a lot to like about FIFA 19 -- just know that there's also still a bit of room for improvement.