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THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR SPORTS VIDEO GAME JUST GOT EVEN BETTER
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FIFA 19

Available Sept. 28

EA Sports's long-running soccer series grasps a crucial concept: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. In that vein, FIFA 19—available on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC—is a success, leaning on its tried-and-true career and ultimate team modes. This edition's gameplay feels more realistic than ever thanks to a dynamic first-touch system, and an improved player collision engine that turns every pass and 50-50 ball into a welcome challenge. Experienced players will also enjoy the ability to fine-tune tactics. So whether you came down with World Cup fever this summer or you're a diehard—able to appreciate FIFA's accurate portrayal of Paul Pogba's slow penalty approach—you'll find something to love (and hours to spend) with FIFA 19.

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FREE SOLO

In theaters Sept. 28

The film follows a climber as he ascends El Capitan, the 3,000-foot rock in Yosemite National Park—without a rope.

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BASKETBALL: A LOVE STORY

by Jackie MacMullan, Rafe Bartholomew, Dan Klores; out Sept. 18

Hardwood luminaries from Bill Russell to LeBron James open up about basketball's meaning and impact in this oral history.

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LAVER CUP

Sept. 21--23, on Tennis Channel

Last year, Team Europe edged Team World in Prague after Roger Federer beat Nick Kyrgios in an electrifying final match. Chicago hosts this year's showdown.