Despite promising "the greatest leap in gameplay in FIFA's history", FIFA 18 is a product quite similar to FIFA 17 in which there are small improvements, but not major revolutions.
FIFA 18 does everything FIFA 17 did, but better. The Return of Alex Hunter is a much-improved version of last year mode and turns out to be a must play for everyone who owns this game. Visuals are stunning but gameplay is still the king on the best game of the most played sport of the world.
FIFA 18 is what many folks wanted FIFA 17 to be. Overall, it's the best soccer game money can buy right now.
There was nothing outright “wrong” with last year’s product, but there was room for improvement. It seems EA Canada was receptive to what could alter things for the better, as many beneficial changes proliferate 18. Gameplay feels much more natural and welcoming, equating to more accessibility. The ways to play are well thought out and varied, adding to replay value. And the garnish of presentation scores big, leading to a pleasant sensory experience. If you like soccer and video games, give this serious consideration.
Ultimately, FIFA 18 introduces enough new ideas to suggest it’s not sitting on the laurels of its success. However, it’s a simplified experience, one that fails to embrace the complexity of football at the highest level. Its focus on attack makes for spectacular matches, but they often feel like extravagant offensive training sessions than a proper match with depth and strategy.
While FIFA 18 may not excel in every area and has some issues on the pitch, the game offers great value and something for everyone. The story mode is excellent, career mode is improved, the online suite of features is especially strong and everything surrounding the pitch such as the visuals, presentation and atmosphere work to enhance the moments that make the sport so exciting.
It's off the pitch that EA excels. 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.
July 4, 2018
FIFA 18, Sims 4, Fe, Burnout Paradise Remastered and Dante’s Inferno will be added this summer to EA Access. Read more
April 30, 2018
FIFA 18 is getting Russia’s 2018 World Cup for free. Watch video
January 15, 2018
MLS partners with EA Sports to create an eSports organization for FIFA 18. Watch video
October 20, 2017
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October 11, 2017
FIFA 18 returns Guest Mode in some of the FUT modes. Read more
October 4, 2017
FIFA 18 scores a 1.6M peak simultaneous players on its first weekend after release. Read more
March 24, 2017
EA confirms the playable titles for the EAPLAY: SW Battlefront 2, NFS 2017, Madden NFL 18, FIFA 18 & NBA Live 18…. Read more
October 17, 2017
FIFA 14 will become the first game to leave EA Access Vault on the 18th of October.