Want to experience the FIFA World Cup through more than just passively watching the tournament unfold? Well EA have stepped up to provide what you need: a free trial of FIFA 18.
Through the free World Cup update available on FIFA 18, you can play through the tournament, re-writing history as you see fit and generally experiencing the joy of football at the highest level on the world stage. The FIFA 18 trial is feature complete but with a limited run for the World Cup, so if you’ve got a football craving, jump on in. It’s available now on every platform.
With Halloween just round the corner EA have revealed the players that form ‘The Scream Team’, for a limited time during Halloween the players receive scarily high ratings boosts turning them into FUT beasts.
Over the Halloween period 23 player items will receive a spookily significant ratings boost. In this time, you can complete scream themed SBCs to gain rewards.
You can find out more about the ‘Scream Team’ on the FIFA 18 website.
Alex Hunter returns in FIFA 18 as part of The Journey, but like many young players, his career takes a sudden turn and he finds himself looking for a new club. To add to that Alex’s Dad is back in his life with a revolution that rocks young Hunter.
I enjoyed EA’s first attempt at The Journey last year, and it’s good to see plenty of improvements have been made to bring me back in for another year. The story is fairly interesting, if a bit predictable but it mixes nicely with the football to make an enjoyable career mode. It was great to play as some different characters during the campaign also.
This years, Alex can be customised, outfits, hair, tattoos all allow you to create your own version of Hunter, while in game, some key decisions will define your future. The campaign took me around 14 in all, after each chapter your are rewards with special items that can be used in FIFA Ultimate team.
FIFA UT, is unsurprisingly the other main mode in FIFA 18, and if you have been hiding under a rock for the past few years this is the mode where you collect players to build your dream team. Although there aren’t masses of changes it’s still an entertaining mode if you are willing to put the time in. A new feature called Squad Battles allows you to to play against other players squads via AI to earn coins. It’s a bit like drivatars in Forza.
Manager mode has had some great improvements. Most noticeable is during the transfer window. You’ll now play a mini game where you will sit down with a players agent and make an offer. Once the two parties have agreed on a price, you’ll move to the next section where you negotiate with the player to secure their signature. It isn’t the most exciting of sections but it’s nice to see efforts being made to give you some more interaction when trying to sign players.
It’s great to see that the offline modes have been finally had some attention given to them, as it was much needed – I know enough people who don’t want to just play Ultimate Team as it takes up so much time!
Of course, having all these nice changes to the different game modes is great, but have things improved on the pitch? Last year with FIFA 17 things didn’t quite work on the pitch, which caused great frustrations for fans.
The good news is, FIFA 18 seems to have found its stride. It’s the second year of using the Frostbite engine but now it’s even more noticeable thanks to even more player animations, which creates a much more fluid game of football. Last year we were critical of losing out because players kept getting stuck in animations and therefore losing possession and conceding goals. Not this year.
Shielding the ball gives you greater options of slowing down play where needed, while players turn more sharply and dribble more intricately which makes losing the ball more difficult. EA have made some clever changes when crossing – depending on the wingers position, balance and how hard you hit the ball determines the height speed and direction allowing stronger attackers to get on the end of wicked crosses. Strikers now head the ball down for the first time which is a big improvement.
EA have always nailed the presentation and this year is no exception. Each stadium is more lifelike than ever. Depending on the time of day the lightning changes around the pitch, the crowd are more individual, players will run into the crowd to celebrate with the fans now, there is a great video around of a steward trying to climb over the advertising hoardings and falling over! It’s little changes but they make for a proper football experience.
The FIFA trainer has had some great updates for those who wish to practice playing without the assists. You can now tell the game how much you want to be told what to do. I try to turn the shooting assist off but my ability to shoot in the right direction was always off, with the FIFA trainer you can just have a subtle direction arrow at the players feet to help you line up shots much more easily.
The question on everyone’s lips is, which is better, FIFA or PES? After my PES review I was concerned that FIFA was going to be blown away this year. I saw very little gameplay and the demo arrived very late in the day, but actually I think FIFA takes this year’s crown, but only just.
Both games have their faults – Playing FIFA online can be tarnished by letting people with bad connections play, while PES can still feel a little lifeless at times.
Whichever way you choose to go, you’ll be lucky enough to play two fantastic games, I’ll just be playing more FIFA.
The FIFA 18 Demo is now available to download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. You’ll be able to play Kick Off mode with a selection from the world’s biggest clubs and stadiums, as well as a preview of the next chapter in Alex Hunter’s story, “The Journey: Hunter Returns” ahead of the game’s official launch on September 29th.
Kick Off Mode – Experience FIFA 18’s Real Player Motion Technology, a groundbreaking animation system that unlocks a new level of realistic, responsive, and fluid gameplay. Player Personalities give some of the biggest stars in the world the distinct traits of their real-world counterparts, Team Styles let players mimic their favourite clubs’ on-field tactics, and Immersive Atmospheres bring some of the football world’s most famous stadiums to life during matches. Plus, enjoy the brand-new broadcast overlays for La Liga and MLS, as well as vibrant and region-specific sights and sounds that make football’s biggest stadiums come to life.
The Journey: Hunter Returns – Alex Hunter is back for a second season, and rumor has it, he’s on the move. Preview the next chapter in Hunter’s story in the demo as he travels the world alongside a star-studded supporting cast featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, Thierry Henry, and new playable characters. The future is bright, and the world is talking about Hunter – but life in football isn’t always fair.
The EA Access service just seems to get better and better. EA have announced that Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 are being added to the game vault sometime between now and September. Titanfall 2 was originally excluded from EA Access at launch, leading to speculation that it wouldn’t be available free in the vault in the future, which is obviously now not the case.
Both games are still being supported and added to by the developers, with all content for Titanfall 2 being free, with new maps and game modes being added on a regular basis. Check out the official website for more information.
Titanfall 2 has become a recent addition to the TiX crew’s multiplayer game nights, so if you see us online then we would love you to join us!
Also coming to EA Access are game trials of the latest versions of the 2018 branded EA Sports titles, namely FIFA 18, Madden NFL 18, NBA Live 18 and NHL 18. All will be playable first on Xbox One with an EA Access subscription, which is £19.99 per year.
It will come as no surprise, but EA have announced FIFA 18 and it will be released on September 29.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid star will player gracing the worldwide cover of the game. His data was recently recorded during a training session at a mobile EA Capture studio in Madrid. Data capture of Ronaldo’s acceleration, run cadence, skills, and shooting technique were all recorded to bring veracity to his likeness and personality in FIFA 18. His data also informed important gameplay elements including fluidity, player responsiveness and explosiveness.
More info about the game will be revealed during EA Play. For now though you can check out the reveal trailer below.