- Developer: EA
- Publisher: EA
- Genre: Sports
- Release Date: 29th September 17
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
- Game Supplied by: EA/Xbox
Forget last year, the trials, the celebrations, the tears and many more emotions it’s time for the latest installment of FIFA from EA and I for one am much happier with this year’s game overall, but have those annoying game traits been fixed or are we in for another year of moaning about our defense and through ball passes?
Let’s get off on the right foot, FIFA 18 is better than last years, no question, some small improvements and additions such as setting free kick takers and penalty takers in Pro clubs will make many smile, and now you can also have 3 different play styles so when your mate nicks your preferred CAM spot you can easily switch to a LW or CDM and get on with making your club the best online team in the league.
Menus are about the same so no issues there you have always got a great soundtrack on FIFA and this one is no different with over 40 tracks there is plenty on offer.
(FIFA 18 Soundtack can be found here https://open.spotify.com/user/easportsaudio/playlist/1Vj65Ch6pO2mnZbgm2dn07 )
Visually there is a massive improvement, player likeness is the best yet and the stadiums always looked great but with more detail in crowds now being high def, and the stadium aura being captured with authentic chants and banners for me EA have done a stunning job.
All great but now we move into the players and the game, with Real player motion capture there is no doubt it’s Ronaldo running down the wing and doing a fancy step over or two, or Ramos lunging in on that dubious tackle. It doesn’t stop there though player actions and movement is far more realistic with more natural flicks and tricks are seen in real life have been translated to the game too and it makes for a much more enjoyable experience and varied play. Again tbh there is little to fault here on a game by game basis.
Here it comes, the but…
It’s none of the above that ever bothered players it was the crazy player movement and stupid decision making by players to put a through ball between two of your players that a defender would inevitably intercept, I’m sorry to say that most of this is still there
Defending and passing out from the back is okay and perhaps slightly better but still extremely frustrating. Through balls and chips are questionable at best and you’ll be left just like last time having to alter your pay from the pass you should make to what the game will end up doing.
Not all bad though as some movement is improved and the play styles have improved which can allow for some sexy football and I have to say this translates into my favourite part of FIA last year and also so far this year The Journey, Hunter Returns
Having massively enjoyed last year’s new campaign element of the game i was really excited for this year’s new installment and thus far it hasn’t disappointed.
Check out the about section above for the overview of the new features in This years Journey.
Whilst the game itself is the same it’s the story developing and how you shape it that has me gripped, i want to see the next cut scene and find out if my temperament is going to decide things or a BIG decision that will shape your Journey and differ it from others.
I won’t spoil any of them for you but you know when you get to them that it’s big and id love to hear your choices and see the final outcomes for everyone.
Customisations are a nice addition and your skill tree is good to have adding enough to the Journey to make it interesting varied and importantly for me, how long it takes. Most nights i got on and did a little more anticipating the potential changes in Hunter’s career that were coming next.
Is FIA 18 better?… YES, has it fixed all the annoying traits of gameplay and style?… NO
Does it change the fact most fifa fans will buy it? NO
Is it worth getting? YES
I’d be amazed if FIFA fans didn’t buy it just for The Journey and the co-op elements with friends including the ever evolving pro clubs so many seem to play