FIFA 18 – Everything You Need to Know! [Updated]
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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