5 Things to Look Forward to in FIFA 18
It’s that time of the year for football fans: Football season over, nothing football related to look forward to other than over the top transfer rumors, international matches or actual over the top transfers (Pickford for 30M pounds anyone?). However, the recently concluded E3 has given football fans, football gaming fans at least, something to look forward to: FIFA 18. With Cristiano Ronaldo as the global cover star, FIFA 18 promises to continue the tradition of improving upon the previous iterations as it has for the past 22 years. Here are the top 5 things to look forward to in FIFA 18.
If the feedback from the gamers who have played FIFA 18 briefly during E3 is anything to go by, EA have tweaked their dribbling system. EA have added a layer of fluidity to their dribbling motion, making it easier to twist and turn on the ball without the use of the Right Analog Stick. One of the complaints gamers have and have had with recent instalments was the rigidity of turning direction on the ball and EA seem to have finally addressed that, now players can glide past or turn away from defenders with greater ease albeit depending on the player’s ability. This adds a new element to the gameplay and it remains to be seen how it affects the defending side of gameplay. Also the slow dribble is back, allowing players to control the pace of the game more accurately.
Improved Player Personalities:
With FIFA 18, EA are promising an improved player personality, meaning players’ animations are more in tune with their real-life counterparts. EA have displayed this with the trademark Cristiano Ronaldo sprints and Griezmann’s amazing technique. Though custom animations are not possible for all the players in the game, it seems to be more accurate for the top stars. Who doesn’t want to Ronaldo their way past defenders or score a classic Ronaldo header? Also added are new player archetypes, doing away with normal footballers having the generic animation and adding a layer of animations based on the player’s abilities.
Dynamic Stadium Atmosphere:
How long are FIFA players going to play a big match in front of cardboard cut-out crowds? Well, not for long! In FIFA 18, stadium atmosphere has undergone an overhaul with more life given to the crowds and in turn the match itself. The atmosphere and match presentations are regionalised meaning there’s a great difference between playing a match in England and playing a match in Brazil, adding another layer of reality into the game. The crowds are also more responsive, making your dream of celebrating wildly with the fans in the stands after scoring a last-minute winner against your rival, a very real possibility. Dynamic weather system is also rumoured to be present, considering the Frostbite Engine has showcased its capacity to accommodate such a system (Battlefied, Mass Effect: Andromeda), expect more realism if this system does get added.
Upgraded Journey Mode:
For years offline FIFA players have clamoured for a game mode other than the usual Manager Mode and Be a Pro, which are insanely one dimensional and repetitive. EA addressed this issue with the introduction of Journey Mode in FIFA 17. Although well received, the Journey mode felt too short and linear. This year, EA promises a more immersive sequel to the Journey mode with Alex Hunter returning and hinting at playing for teams outside of the EPL and making more meaningful choices which will have an impact on the story. Players can also customise their Alex Hunter as they please, no more bland looking Anthony Martial for you! Also, more top stars and managers seem to have a role in the story mode, with rumours circulating that Cristiano Ronaldo may play a major role in the mode. All in all, this has gotten us all excited to lace up our boots again as Alex Hunter and experience the footballing world first hand.
Xbox-Exclusive Legends No More:
Finally, the playable Legends on FIFA Ultimate Team are not Xbox exclusive anymore, PC and PS4 players can also get in on the act. Now renamed ICONS, it promises to be an exciting addition to the Ultimate Team Mode especially for PC and PS4 users with Il Fenômeno, aka Brazilian Ronaldo, aka the Real Ronaldo being the first announced ICON for FIFA 18. With the confirmed addition of Pele, Maradonna and Thiery Henry to the ICONS roster and the rumoured addition of Beckham, Gerrard, Zidane, Ronaldinho, Raul and more, FIFA Ultimate Team players can really look forward to unpacking one of their favourite legends on any platforms. Chances are you might end up with a Sheringham or a Ljunberg but the mere excitement that you might unpack a Maradonna or Ronaldo on your chosen platform should really keep you going.