FIFA has arguably sat on the football simulation throne for what seems like forever now, but the gap between FIFA and the ever-improving PES has been reducing rapidly every year as Konami continuously seeks to improve on the pure, clinical fluidity and reality of its on-field mechanics. Even though FIFA still has a lot going for them including those player and club licenses, over the years, there have been notable improvements on the field too, but most people have complained that these elements have often felt disconnected from one another, until now. We took some time to do a review of the FIFA 18 and decided to share our thoughts with you.
We have to take a moment to talk about how good the FIFA 18 looks. As always, FIFA this year features a raft of general visual tweaks and upgrades, particularly on players’ faces. Previously, new animations were triggered each time a player took a new step. Now animations are triggered with every frame making FIFA 18 feel more visually fluid, lucid and very engaging.
The new game simulation manages to adequately capture that warm glow of a summer Sunday afternoon fixture with shadows and gleam in all the right places and it’s simply mind-blowing. Player likenesses have gone beyond the usual, and when you marry that with the match day magic that FIFA is able to capture, the combo is simply amazing.
In the FIFA 18, strikers are pretty much unbeatable gods that can carve through most defenders like hot knife through butter. It certainly makes for entertaining set pieces and breakaways, but it feels oddly imbalanced especially when you’re the defending side.
You have so much extra dexterity in controlling each player, but your keeper now acts half asleep and virtually nonexistent at times which can be frustrating. This will very much turn FIFA 18 into a goal fest – expect plenty of multi-goal thrillers over the next 12 months – but it often makes playing defense a fool’s errand as you watch your opponent smash a screamer into the net before you do the same the other way a few moments after. It can be fun – and the kind of thing PES fans will smirk about and appreciate; but bear in mind that you change this with User Gameplay Customization.
With the FIFA 17 last year, FIFA introduced The Journey, what most described as a risky attempt to bring a more human feel to the world of pro football, similar to what we’ve seen in the NBA 2K series. It was an enjoyable experience although it was short-lived. For The Journey: Hunter Returns, we finally get to see something that manages to create an engaging story with the ups and downs of life at the top of English football. With a good 13+ hours of play, Hunter Returns expands in all the right places. You get to play in up to three different countries (including an opening in Rio de Janiero), form bonds and rivalries with real-life pros and customize your version of Alex Hunter. Yes, you read right. The boy wonder has become an editable avatar, meaning you can choose how you look, complete with options of adding hairstyles ad tattoos. Having extra challenges to complete during each chapter also keeps things engaging, offering more ways to unlock new boots, clothes, ink and more. New Career mode transfer cut scenes feature character models and animation and these unfold in real-time transfer negotiations when you try to buy players. Exciting stuff.
It certainly doesn’t match NBA 2K18 for the seamless integration with the rest of the game, but nevertheless it offers an experience you simply won’t find in Konami’s rival option. *wink*
Quick subs – now, you can set up quick subs in Team Management before a game, and you can the hold down the R2/RT during a break in play to bring up a Quick sub suggestion, and X/A to accept your preferred substitution.
Additional Crossing controls – You can now use R1 & L1 / RB and LB to modify your crosses, while still maintaining the double- or triple-tap functions from previous years.
Hard Tackle – Press Triangle/Y to perform a standing Hard Tackle, which has your player attempt to get ball regardless of what’s in front of them (this normally results in a foul).
Set Piece tweaks – only minor changes to set pieces are in FIFA 18, but penalties are the main beneficiary, with them now working in a more ‘point and shoot’ fashion, and goalkeepers are now more useful; no longer just dancing from left to right without actually saving anything.
The FIFA 18 is available for purchase on Konga and you can get your copy here.
We already have the testimony of a satisfied customer who got his copy delivered to him the very same day it was released. Yeah, that’s how we roll.
— MVH (@Fidxxl) September 29, 2017
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