FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch - the Best Portable Football Game

Oct 10,2017


If you were hoping to play play a game of football on-the-go, it would be a question until the end of last month, before the release of FIFA 18(cheap fifa coins). However, that changed with   EA's release of FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch, which promises fans the same game – in name, at least – that you get on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

Unfortunately, that is not all there, but it is still the best handheld football experience. We are pleased to see that EA has managed to shrink down the core gameplay in a good-enough looking package, though it is difficult to justify the Rs. 4,299-price tag, given how it's outdated in nearly every aspect.

On one hand, FIFA 18 on Switch is not on the latest physics engine, similar to the previous generation of the game, that of FIFA 15 and FIFA 16. But that does not mean it loses out on features introduced since then, such as the driven passes and through balls, with those elements borrowed from FIFA 17 and integrated fully. This is not all, with one of the best new features of FIFA 18 - Quick Subs - not available on Switch.

However, FIFA 18 does not compromise on the resolution and performance. It runs at a smooth 60 fps in both handheld and docked modes, 720p in the former and 1080p for the latter. But the game feels definitely dated, and nowhere near its console and PC counterparts. We switch between FIFA 18 on PS4 and Switch to compare, and the difference is clear as day.

The best way to describe FIFA 18 on Switch is that it looks like how FIFA 15 did on PC with the lowest graphic settings. When the game is switched to a closer look at the replay, it is slightly better, although the player features and kit animation are still clearly missing. The most obvious gift is the player face models, which lack the quality to be convincing.

In addition, you can play Seasons online and locally, plus another Switch player nearby. There is no way to play with friends though, which seems to come from Nintendo's half-baked online functionality, not EA's fault.

Of course, you can take on a friend on the same Switch in Kick-off, by handing them one-half of the Joy-Con pair. Since there is no buttons in this mode, EA has to peel off part of the control scheme, which means you can not perform some advanced actions such as curled shots, driven passes, and jockey in defence.

The control scheme is also odd between the game and the menus, because the direction of the buttons on the Switch is opposite to that of the international controllers. Although EA has a menu control that is consistent with other consoles, the menu controls work in the opposite way, which can be a bit confusing at times.

Of course, if you already have a PS4 or Xbox One, and spend most of the time playing at home, then there is no point buying FIFA 18 coins on the Nintendo console. But for those who desire football, whether they are in the team or in the doctor's office, it's an exciting addition to the Switch lineup.