While we’re slowly edging closer to the reveal of this year’s FIFA game, FIFA 18 is still chugging along at a great pace and will most definitely see a boost in numbers tomorrow following the official release of the game’s free World Cup update. Having had a chance to go hands-on with a couple of the single-player oriented game modes a week or so ago, I came away impressed with what’s on offer from the free update.
Having booted into a quick kick off match between Australia and Saudi Arabia, I was immediately impressed with the level of detail EA have managed to conjure up — official graphics and branding, alongside the presentation of it all just came together wonderfully. As such, it feels like each match you play has some levity to it, which is a good resemblance of the importance each game has throughout the tournament.
After calibrating the controls to my personal preferences and getting a warm up game out of the way, it was time to jump into the actual tournament itself. The game’s World Cup mode allows you to play as any of the 32 teams that have qualified for the tournament — alongside a few notable omissions like Italy, the Netherlands, and Chile — and run through the tournament. That means playing through the group stages, and then going through the knockout stages en route to the final itself.