FIFA is an interesting franchise. You’re either somebody who picks it up every single year, knowing that most of the changes will be minor or you’re somebody who can’t understand why so many gamers pick it up year after year and spend hundreds of hours perfecting their skills.
I’m somebody who plays FIFA religiously year after year. It was a big part of my childhood, where I spent many hours playing with my brothers and other family members and we’ve now progressed to constantly playing each other online. Even when EA don’t implement the best of changes, I’m usually forced to upgrade just for the fact that we all need to have the same version to play together. Thankfully, I’m happy to report that FIFA 18 implements quite a lot of new gameplay features (both minor and major) that make this year’s iteration worth your while.
Firstly, movement feels much smoother due to completely reworked animations that EA have implemented to make movement on the pitch feel more realistic. 1v1 encounters feel much more tighter and every contest feels more competitive. Every contest of the ball whether you’re in attack or defence feels closer and much more strategic. In previous iterations of FIFA, most passes feel like they’ve been a guarantee to hit their target but in FIFA 18, it feels like every single piece of possession matters. Turnovers are crucial and making sure that your passes stick finally have meaning.