Here’s everything you need to know about EA Sports’ upcoming football game FIFA 18 – including features, demo, Ultimate Team, stadiums, ratings, The Journey, review and much, much more!
What’s New in FIFA 18?
- There is a massive change to Ultimate Team – including 3 new modes
- More news expected at this month’s Gamescom in Cologne
- Cristiano Ronaldo appears on the cover of the game. However, he is not the highest rated player in the game, Pele is.
- Chinese Super League NOT included
- FIFA 18 will launch on September 29, demo to drop two weeks before
- Xbox 360 / PS3 versions run on old engine
- EA has still not revealed the Ultimate Team, but they are going to reveal it at GAMESCOM convention.
- Beta version is already released on August 18 – here’s how to get involved
It’s a matter of weeks rather than months until FIFA 18 hits the markets – and with so much news going around, it’s hard to keep track of it all.
Thankfully, we’ve pulled together all the key bits for you – from the best console to play it on to how to get a hold of the game early.
What platforms is it on?
FIFA 18’s lead consoles will be the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.
It’ll also come on on Xbox One, Ps4, PS3, Xbox 360, PC and Nintendo Switch. There were some small prints in the FIFA 18 trailer. But after the gameplay, we can see it a lot more realistic. It also shows EA focusing more on the next generation console, Wii.
Will FIFA 18 look better on current-gen platforms?
Yes but don’t expect a huge improvement. It’ll be powered by the same engine. One gamer has taken some footage of FIFA 18 at E3 and posted it on to FIFA Reddit. If we talk about Dream Team Gaming, Jonas Skantz, Frostbite Studio Director revealed: “I can assure you that Frostbite continues to be a true differentiator. More and more games coming from Frostbite whether it is FIFA, Battlefield or others our development teams can spend more time building new ground breaking gameplay innovations until they succeed.”
While graphics took a very large improvement this year, especially with facial and player animations, FIFA 18 will see more improvements as it’ll run on the same Frostbite 4 engine.
What about the Nintendo Switch version?
The relationship between FIFA and Nintendo is a very good one. When the Wii launched in 2012, it took 3 months for FIFA 13 to make its way on to the console.
When it finally comes, it is still lacking the most popular modes of Ultimate Team and gameplay was too far away compared with the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.
FIFA games were scrapped from the Wii, with EA focusing efforts on the then next generation and the aging Wii.
The arrival of the Nintendo Switch has a new fresh start for the relationship between the Japanese manufacturer and EA.
Speaking at a FIFA 18 event in London last 1 month ago, EA producer Sam Rivera reassured gamers that the Switch version is more than just an afterthought.
“It’s being created in a very serious way – the gameplay, it’s fun and different.”
Players will be able to play FIFA 18 on the go
The Switch has already proven itself as a brilliant, so being able to play the full game (not just the Web App) on the go will give this version the edge. Hopefully, FIFA has been ‘custom built’ for Nintendo’s new hardware. It may not use the latest Frostbite technology but the gameplay is sleek, responsive and runs at 70FPS.
A battery life of up to six hours makes it perfect for long journeys.
Does FIFA 18 has Ultimate Team?
Until and unless you have Wifi you’ll be able to play Ultimate Team and buy packs as you normally would.
There are no featuring Champions in FIFA 18.
How are the graphics and presentation?
EA producer Andrei Lazaresco told Eurogamer about how they made the most out of Switch’s Nvidia Maxwell-based Tegra X1 chip.
What’s been the general consensus about FIFA 18?
Till now, the general feedback from the fans has been positive. But there is one thing that has been bugging the fans a lot. Fact that it’s causing such a stir, that some fans have kicked off on Reddit discussing the matter. One wrote: “Pace is back, prepare yourselves. Defenders turn like trucks, forwards run like Bolt.
“Most frustrating is how hard it is to face the defender up to someone running at you and often a striker will sprint right through your mid and defense to score.”
It’s not a huge surprise that EA has tweaked this element of the gameplay in FIFA 18 game. The effectiveness of player pace has over the past few entries – especially in last year’s game.
Will there just be one ICON card per player?
FIFA 18 fans will be able to play with 3 versions of their favorite players. FUT ICONS Stories was revealed and will see legends such as Pele, Ronaldo Nazario, Thierry Henry, Lev Yashin have 3 different cards each – all available in FIFA Ultimate Team.The cards each reflect each different stage of a player’s career – the beginning, their prime and tail-end. All cards have different stats and appearances. The best card is a 98-rated Pele – reflecting the Brazilian’s ability in the 1970s.
What else fans want in FIFA 18?
There are quite a few things that annoyed gamers with FIFA 17. Here are some of the main things:
Long Shots from 45 yards
These find the back of the net far too often. It’s largely because goalkeeper isn’t up to scratch, meaning they spend too often standing still before attempting a dive. However, the shots are way more accurate in FIFA 18 when compared to FIFA 17.
Keepers Mechanics and goal line technology
There is another flaw that we found, the goalkeepers fail to save the shots even when they dive in the correct direction.
When a player is fouled, the animation takes far too long taking them out of the game for a period of time. This needs to be shortened.
However, if you like playing with CPU a lot, we would like to warn you that playing against CPU is not easy as it was before.
This needs to be toned down so it doesn’t feel that you’re trying to beat the computer as well as the human opponent.
Scrapping auto blocking and auto tackles would be welcome too.
These are cited as being too unstable with officials often awarding fouls for very weak challenges. Cards are needed to give out more frequently, especially for slide tackles. There is another bug that we have seen in the previous FIFA games as well. We are talking about the red card bug. Here, the ref sends the last defender off if they tug on an attacker’s shirt. The developers need to get rid of this problem too.
When will it come out?
In past years are anything to go by, the FIFA 18 demo will arrive on September 17, 2 weeks before launch.
The FIFA 17 demo was released on September 13, 2017. The FIFA 18 full game will arrive for consoles and PC on September 26, 2017.
What’s in the FIFA 18 demo?
If it’s the same build that the company has been showing off in the preview events, you’ll be able to play as Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, PSG, Gamba Osaka, Lyon, Inter Milan, Seattle Sounders and Tigres in the demo.
Is Ronaldo’s rating revealed?
It certainly seems that way. Ronaldo’s rating in FIFA 18 appears to have been leaked by a well-known gaming YouTuber.
W2S was invited to spend some time with the game at EA’s headquarters in Guildford earlier in the 2 months back.
While he was doing documentation the experience, they found the Portuguese superstar in one of the FIFA18 FUT packs. He is ever so slightly slower, though, with pace dropping from 91 to 90.Elsewhere, dribbling remains the same at 90, while shooting stays at deadly 91.Passing gets boosted from 81 to 82 while physical rises from 80 to 81.
How about any other player’s ratings?
We can expect EA to continue to reveal these as we near launch on September 29.
The story line decisions
FIFA 18 Hunter Returns, the sequel to last year’s story mode FIFA 16, was on the way in this year’s game 2017. A teaser shown at EA Play depicts Alex Hunter as a very much in demand superstar with joining a new club.
This could mean remaining in his native England. It could also mean coming to the United States to play in Major League Soccer. Hunter was shown pondering his fate in kits for both Chelsea and L.A. Galaxy.
Last year The Journey allowed a user to pick any of the Premier League teams for Alex to join. It’s unclear if the same choice will be offered in the league he picks him or if the clubs are hard-wired into the story.
How much will FIFA 18 cost?
FIFA 18 will cost £49.99 but depends on the demand, the price may increase. We can expect the cheapest game will go around £45.
When will pre-orders start?
FIFA 17 pre-orders have kicked off now.
There are totally 3 editions: Ronaldo (Deluxe) and ICON (Super Deluxe) Editions. You can find more information on these editions by visiting the FIFA 18 website.
FIFA18 details of each pack
Details of each pack is given below
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FIFA 18 – What is New (Post- Prelease Review)
FIFA 18 is officially out now and we as well as all the football fans have already got a copy of it. We would like to accept that this new version with the Frostbite gaming engine is way better than the gameplay that we have seen in FIFA 17. The game overall is more realistic and even tougher to break with certain tricks which used to work in the previous installment.
After playing the game for few days, here we are with the new features, the enhancements as well as the tips and tricks that will help you to adapt to this new version easily and quickly. Have a look below to get a detailed insight about the various portions of the game.
FIFA 18 New Features
FIFA 18 comes with a lot of new features, few of the significant ones have been mentioned below:
Make your Passing Dynamic
Some of the players might be annoyed by this addition, but all in all, it’s a good enhancement. FIFA 18’s passing is more dependent upon the available space. In last years game, players were able to do one-touch passing to get the opponent’s defender out of the way and create space for their own player to run. Once you have mastered that, it is very tough to beat you. However, things have been changed in this new version of the game. The game teaches you to open up the pitch for creating movies and space for other players to occupy the available positions. In simple words, you need to master short passing as long passing is very difficult in the new game. Even trick passing works exceptionally well and you player get the ball even when you are not fully sure of whether he will be able to receive it or not. The driven pass (R1/RB + Pass), as well as the lob cross (R1/RB + Lob Pass), has been enhanced and work way better. The through balls can also open up the pitch for you, however, you need to be very precise in direction for it to happen. We would recommend you to keep a constant look on the radar as well since it can give you an idea about when your winger or striker is ready to take a run for your long balls.
Start Practicing the Skill Moves
A lot of players still avoid going with the skill moves, since they think it as an additional headache to take care of along with the regular gameplay. But things have changed now, and many online players already make use of the skill moves very easily, that might turn out to be a trouble point for you. In FIFA 18, skill moves are not so tough and you can easily get hold of some of them by simple practicing them against the CPU. Another thing that we found really improved in the game was dummy shot. If you do not use dummy shot or do not know how to use it, we recommend you to learn it right away. You just have to tap the Shoot button and then press the Pass button before your player takes the shot. It works perfectly if you are being chased by a defender for a long time.
The Pace is Perfect
In FIFA 18, the pace was a bit suppressed and even the fastest player on the pitch could chase by normal defender by pressing pace control along with defending button. FIFA developers noticed the problem and now it no longer exists in the new game. The players now have a balanced pace doing justice to the Acceleration system as well as the Sprint system. Player don’t just start running at their top speed instantly but take time to reach their full velocity. Place as well as strength is now visible as well, playing an important part in retaining the ball and getting it forward. It is easy for the player who likes to hold the ball and make the game taking their own time instead of scoring on counters.
Tacking is even Tougher than containing
Tacking is one of the hardest things to do in FIFA 18. Since we have told you that pace control is now very important to contain the ball and containing itself is pretty easy when compared to previous versions, which automatically makes tacking and defending even harder for the players. You can literally see strength playing the part for most of the strong players with high strength rating.
The Return on Finesse Shot
FIFA has been tweaking the shots every year. Last year was the year of long shots where the players were able to put the ball in the net even from far once they attain perfect direction and space. However, this year’s game is of Finesse Shots. It not that you become overpower with them, but we can put it in this way that, while taking finesse shots, you will be luckier in scoring goals when compared to normal shots. They are perfect to go for when on one on one situation with the goalkeeper.
FIFA 18 New Controls and new Gameplay
Most of the controls of FIFA 18 remains same as of FIFA 17, however, there are few changes as well additions in controls that we would like to highlight here:
Earlier the players had to go to team management every time they wished to make a substitution in their lineup. In FIFA 18, they have tried to make it a bit easier for the player with the help of a new feature called quick substitution. With this, the player can see an option to hold down the R2 or RT button on the controller if you want to make the change that the game is suggesting to you. If you wish to continue, just accept it by pressing X or A, the player will be substituted with the new player without even breaking the play.
Hard Tackle your Opponents
Now while you are defending, the players can also Hard Tackle the opponents to get the ball in their possession. When you hard tackle, you play with a slide towards the player you wish to get the ball from regardless of anything. If not timed perfectly, this tackle could result in a foul or even a card. So, use it wisely.
Some Extra Crossing Controls
With FIFA 18, the player can now modify the type of cress they want to give to another player as well. Till now players were mostly able to modify the finishing shots, but using R1 and L1 / RB along with LB, you can choose the curved pass, paced pass etc. The double tap and the triple tap passing that was there in Fifa 17 still persists.
Start Slow Dribbling
One thing that we found interesting was slow dribbling. In FIFA 18, you just can keep holding the sprint button and dribble like the god. You will have to go slow in order to get the ball through close opponents. And once you master it, the game will become relatively easy for you. Just dribble pass the defender to get some space and then sprint as fast as you can to finish it perfectly behind the net.
Better Penalty System
The Penalty system is more of a point and shoot now. This prevents the goalkeeper from missing the ball by just flopping over the old daisy cutter trick. Well, it’s not that easy now.
FIFA 18 – Changes and New Game Modes
New Cutscenes in Career Mode
Since the game possesses Frostbite-powered game engine and characters, there are a lot of animations during the Journey mode as well as the Career mode. The cutscenes during the transfers make these modes more lively and exciting.
New FUT Modes, Icons and Legends
There is a new Campaign channel, objectives modes in the Ultimate Team. The players can squad battle by putting up their players against the AI, having the pre-decided squad. The FUT Icons, as well as FUT Legends, were earlier only available for the Xbox users. However, now the Icon is available for all the gaming platforms.
Better Visuals and Graphics
There has been a significant improvement in the graphics of the game. The players can easily be identified by their movement and physique on the pitch during the game. They have also upgraded the stadium as well as the crowd. There are shots from between the crowd when you score, bringing the real excitement and thrill of the stadium right on your sofa.
Till now the animations in the game were triggered only when the player moved from the place and took a new step. However, now the animations are triggered after every single frame. This is the reason why FIFA 18 feels so fluid when compared to the previous version of the franchise. FIFA 18 has added six new sprinting styles for different players with a different physique, but players like Ronaldo Messi, Robben, Sterling etc. get their own style exactly copied in the game itself. This is why you can easily recognize them anywhere on the pitch just by their movements.