What We Know About FIFA 18 New Features So Far78
FIFA 18 will be released all over the world on September 29 - Cheers! It was officially unveiled earlier this year at the E3 convention in Los Angeles, and more information has been trickled through since about features, new modes and new platforms.
But the question still exists - is it worth spending your hard-earned money on? In order to help you decide, we have collected all the important information below, which contains links to some of the features of our past games (including our recent hands-on session at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge).
FIFA 18's most prominent game improvements focus on the following several key areas:
More precise and creative dribbling mechanics
Realistic player personalities and an all-new animation system
New crossing mechanics
Varied team styles
EA also mentions "Dramatic Moments" - a system that uses the new animations to "unlock more fluid striking and heading of the ball". As for team style, the game aims to combine more realistic strategies with improved player positioning.
Another new feature is "Dynamic Quick Subs" - the ability to make changes on the fly rather than navigating to the menu - while set-pieces (especially penalties) have been tinkered with too.
The debut of the Frostbite engine in FIFA 17 significantly improved the visual effects of many elements, but the crowds were not one of them. This year, the "Immersive Atmospheres" feature is designed to make significant improvements in this aspect of the game. Now you can interact with high-definition fans in a celebration, stare at the stadium-specific banners in the stands, and benefit from signature pitch-side fixtures.
Some of the world's top real leagues will populate each encounter, alongside a smattering of unique camera angles for added realism. Other features include cinematic atmosphere grading, authentic sun location, adaptive commentary and deteriorating pitch quality as each match wears on. Looking forward to improving player models and celebrations too.
Alex Hunter is back
FIFA 18 will show the second appearance of the fictional character Alex Hunt and his career in The Journey: Hunter Returns mode. This time, a series of new features will take the Englishman’s story in a different direction, splitting the tale into a six-chapter saga. Alex is no longer be restricted to the first two departments of English football - he will be heading across “the world of football” in Season Two.
The details are still limited, but The Journey: Hunter Returns seems to have a narrative similar to last year and add new customization features for Alex (hairstyle, clothing, etc.), as well as an updated cast of fictional and real-world names.
Additionally, a leaked video at the recent Gamescom convention seems to indicate that a mini FIFA Street-style feature will be incorporated into this mode - possibly during the Brazilian favelas segment of the story.