FIFA 18

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FIFA 18
FIFA18cover.png
Cover art featuring Cristiano Ronaldo
Developer(s) EA Vancouver
EA Romania[1]
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series FIFA
Engine Frostbite 3 (PC, PS4, XOne)
Impact (PS3, X360, NS)
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Release
  • WW: 29 September 2017
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

FIFA 18 is a football simulation video game in the FIFA series of video games, developed and published by Electronic Arts and was released worldwide on 29 September 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. It is the 25th instalment in the FIFA series. Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo appears as the cover athlete.

FIFA 18 is the second instalment in the series to use the Frostbite 3 game engine, although some versions of the game use a different game engine. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions include a continuation of "The Journey" a story-based mode that was originally in FIFA 17 entitled "The Journey: Hunter Returns". The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, known as FIFA 18: Legacy Edition, do not contain any new gameplay features aside from updated kits and rosters.[2]

Gameplay

FIFA 18 is a sports video game that simulates association football. The game features 52 fully licensed stadiums from 12 countries, including new stadiums, plus 30 generic fields equals to a total of 82. All 20 Premier League stadiums are represented in the series.[3] Commentary is once again provided by Martin Tyler, Alan Smith, Alan McInally (in-game score updates), Geoff Shreeves (injury reports), Ron Atkinson (analysis), Mike West (classified results), Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend (men's international matches).

FIFA 18 Ultimate Team Icons, the new version of what has previously been called Legends is playable on the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions of the game.[4][5] Diego Maradona was added as a legend to the Ultimate Team, joining Brazilian stars Pelé and Ronaldo, Russian goalkeeper Lev Yashin and French star Thierry Henry for the 95-rated card.[6]

FIFA 18 features the third tier of Germany's Bundesliga, the 3. Liga.[7] It also features the Iceland national football team[8], the Saudi Arabia national football team, both the men's and women's national New Zealand teams and has again the Turkish Super League after EA renewed its license with them.[9]

EA Sports have introduced Quick Subs into FIFA 18 where the player can make a sub when the ball goes out of play.[10] Also now in Career Mode players can watch interactive transfer negotiations happen and can also see their new signings unveiled in cut scenes. [11]

The Journey: Hunter Returns

The story-based Journey mode that was introduced in FIFA 17 returns in this instalment and continues the narrative under the title "The Journey: Hunter Returns".[12][13] If one completed the original story, they will begin FIFA 18 at the same club – with traits and honours, such as a Premier League title or FA Cup win are carried over. As for those starting fresh, they will see a montage of key plot points in the game, then be able to select from any current English Premier League side. Alex Hunter, the 18-year-old main character from Clapham, London, returns and is fully customisable.[14] Players can unlock items which include new clothes and hairstyles for Hunter. While FIFA 17 locked Hunter to the English Premier League and Championship, in FIFA 18 players can now experience new locations, such as Brazil and the United States.[13][15] The trailer released for this game mode also shows numerous widely-known football players making an appearance such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, Dele Alli, Thomas Müller, Gyasi Zardes, Rio Ferdinand and Thierry Henry.[16] NBA player James Harden is also featured in the trailer and on the video game itself. Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe also make a cameo, but only have one line in the game. The story mode also has new playable characters, such as Danny Williams, who is Alex Hunter's best friend, and also featuring a character new to the series, Alex Hunter's half-sister, Kim Hunter.

Plot

The story begins with a TV-style 'previously on' section that recaps the key events of the first journey. Then the game cuts to Alex Hunter and his friend Danny Williams, enjoying their last day on holiday in Brazil, before they are approached by some young kids who challenge them to a football game. After returning home to England, Alex and his team are informed about a pre-season tournament in USA, before which Alex is invited to an interview with Rio Ferdinand, but later runs into his old friend and rival Gareth Walker, who says he can't believe that Alex is still with his agent Michael. Then at the tour in LA, Alex's team faces off against Real Madrid and at the end of the match, Alex swaps numbers with Cristiano Ronaldo, who suggests that Alex comes and plays for Madrid, having been impressed by his play. He also plays against LA Galaxy and a MLS All Star Team. Alex also meets his father during the tour, and begrudgingly accepts an invitation to have dinner with him.

Following the first game of the new Premier League season, Micheal tells Alex that none-other than Real Madrid are keen on signing him. Despite it being a risky move with Alex who is still in his youth, he decides to follow his dreams, and put forward a transfer request. This causes both Alex's teammates and the fans lose faith in his commitment to the team - even to the point of the fans booing him when he is subbed on during a game. Unfortunately, just one day before the transfer window closes, Michael reveals that he found out that the Real Madrid deal was a scam, and that they were never interested in him joining their team. While the club executive appreciates that neither Micheal or Alex had any reason to believe the deal was fake, it doesn't counter the fact that Alex put a transfer request in - meaning that he wanted to leave. Alex is subsequently pulled from the senior squad and put on the youth squad. With just hours till the deadline, Micheal admits that he really wanted to sign Alex with Madrid because he was falling behind in his reputation as an agent, and so he went with the deal without really thinking too much. Alex is enraged at Michael for gambling his football career for his personal gain, and the player is then given the option to forgive Micheal and stay with him, or fire him due to his almost career ending mistake.

Regardless of the player's decision, Alex then gets a call from his Dad, who is now working for LA Galaxy. The team offer him a contract to play for LA, due to some injuries their strikers have suffered from. With no other option to go for, aside from training with the youth squad, Alex accepts the deal, helping the team to reach the playoffs. Shortly after he arrives in the USA, a young girl recognizes him in the changing rooms. While dining out with his father, Alex learns that she is Kim Hunter - his half sister. Less than impressed with his father for not telling him about Kim, Alex storms off, but later comes to support Kim during her international debut for the US ladies against Germany. With Christmas coming around, Alex returns home to England after the season with LA ends, but gives Kim their grandfather's football for luck in her future games.

After re-uniting with Danny, who signed up with Alex's former club when he left, Alex learns that Atletico Madrid, PSG, and Bayern Munich are interested in signing him. Alex signs to one of them and when he arrives finds out that Dino, the manager of Alex's former loan club, is at his new club as well. Dino pairs Alex up with either Thomas Muller, Antoine Griezmann, or Dele Alli, the player serving as Alex's strike partner. Just three games in however, Alex suffers a knee injury that sidelines him from the pitch for most of the season. At this point the game switches to Danny Williams' perspective, whose career at Alex's former club is at risk. After playing a game, the player is given the option to either play as Williams and try and save his career, or simply give it up and take control of Hunter in the next chapter.

Having recovered from his injury in rehab, Alex meets up with Kim for a kick around before going back to his European team, where he finds out that Dino's job is at risk, and he may be fired if the club doesn't win any silverware by the season's end. If Hunter plays well and wins the league or cup final, Dino keeps his job. If not, Dino will indeed fired and Alex helps him clean out his desk. After the season ends, Alex takes Jim over to the US to meet Kim for the first time and they dine at the restaurant. After he eats however, Alex receives a call from an agent who claims to have been keeping her eye on him. She offers to make him an icon and tells him to meet up with her, ending the story on a cliffhanger.

Development

FIFA 18 was developed and published by Electronic Arts. In January 2017, during the Nintendo Switch Presentation, EA announced a custom-built port of FIFA 18 on the Nintendo Switch console. It runs on an internally developed game engine, as opposed to Frostbite engine that several versions of the game run on. While the Switch version includes a career mode, it excludes the story-based Journey mode. The Switch version runs at a resolution of 1080p at 60 frames per second when docked to a TV, and 720p at 60 frames per second in the handheld/tabletop mode. The Switch version marks the first time Ultimate Team ever made an appearance on a Nintendo system. Features exclusive to the Switch version include local multiplayer in the form of the new mode Local Seasons, allowing up to 2 Nintendo Switches to connect and compete in a five-match sequence. Another mode exclusive to Switch is the Switch Kick-Off mode, allowing players to instantly get into local/solo matches.[17][18]

The faces for Forest Green Rovers were captured for the game, a first for a club outside of Europe's top leagues. EA chose the club after they were promoted to the Football League after a 128-year wait.[19]

Release

FIFA 18 was released worldwide on 29 September 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.[20] Cristiano Ronaldo is featured on the cover of game's retail box.[21][22]

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 84/100 (XONE)[23]
83/100 (PS4)[24]
81/100 (PC)[25]
68/100 (NS)[26]
Review scores
Publication Score
Game Informer 8.75/10[27]
Game Revolution 4.5/5 stars[31]
GameSpot 7/10[32]
GamesRadar 4.5/5 stars[28]
IGN (XONE, PS4) 8.1/10[29]
(NS) 5.5/10[30]

FIFA 18 received "generally favorable" reviews according to review aggregator Metacritic.[23][24] In their 7/10 review, GameSpot wrote, "From the variety of game modes on offer and how everything's presented, to the constant updates in FUT's Team of the Week, Daily Objectives, and discussion of real-world happenings in commentary, FIFA 18 captures the world of football and confidently translates it into a video game. On the pitch, however, EA's soccer series is still lagging far behind PES 2018's more fluid, satisfying football."[32] IGN gave it an 8.1/10, saying, "A sharp focus on attack but few new additions make this a spectacular if somewhat shallow experience."[29]

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External links

  • Official website
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