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  • Summary: Score incredible goals in FIFA 18 as new movement and finishing animations unlock more fluid striking and heading of the ball. All-new crossing controls bring greater options to how you send it into the box. Whipped to the spot, arching deliveries, and pinged crosses to the back-stick willScore incredible goals in FIFA 18 as new movement and finishing animations unlock more fluid striking and heading of the ball. All-new crossing controls bring greater options to how you send it into the box. Whipped to the spot, arching deliveries, and pinged crosses to the back-stick will shake up your attacks in the final third. The biggest step in gameplay, FIFA 18 introduces Real Player Motion Technology, an all-new animation system that unlocks the next level of responsiveness and player personality. Now Cristiano Ronaldo and other top players feel and move exactly like they do on the real pitch. From tiki-taka to high press, new Team Styles put the most recognised tactics of the world's best clubs on the pitch in FIFA 18. Enjoy more time and space to read the play through New Player Positioning, while improved tactics give players greater options on the ball as teammates exploit space and make new attacking runs. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 68
  2. Negative: 0 out of 68
  1. Sep 29, 2017
    100
    My opinion on sports games comes down entirely to two factors: how good is the career mode, and how well does it represent the sport. And on both those counts, FIFA 18 delivers in spades.
  2. Sep 21, 2017
    90
    FIFA 18 literally launches fireworks into the sky. The game is a real football holiday, and this year it's no less bright than before.
  3. Sep 29, 2017
    90
    FIFA 18’s new additions and modes make it the most compelling FIFA experience to date, and the franchise continues to demonstrate why it’s the best football game in the business. Minor complaints aside, FIFA 18 is the biggest and most welcoming football game to date.
  4. Sep 22, 2017
    85
    FIFA 18 has a great tempo and offers good field occupation that make new tactics and actions possible. FIFA 18 is a full package, especially thanks to the addition of female teams, Ultimate Team and The Journey.
  5. CD-Action
    Dec 19, 2017
    80
    By rebuilding the animation system the developers managed to significantly improve footballers’ responsiveness, which results in more fluent gameplay and lets you perform tighter maneuvers. That makes attacking a real joy, but in my opinion turned defense into frustrating chore that requires too much precision. [12/2017, p.42]
  6. Sep 27, 2017
    80
    FIFA 18 is a solid entry into the FIFA series, but while there have been some changes over last year’s iteration, they aren’t so big that they make an essential purchase. Personally I found attacking smoother and defending a little harder to get hold of, while The Journey fun, if a bit dragged out. However where it matters FIFA 18 is a very good representation of the beautiful game, and Ultimate Team will have a firm grip on players over the next year again. Does FIFA remain the king of the pitch though? I’d say its pretty even nowadays.
  7. Sep 20, 2017
    70
    Definitely solid in terms of presentation and game modes, even though The Journey is still far from perfect, FIFA 18 sadly feels like a FIFA 17.5 with a lot of emphasis on attack - which can please a lot of players but not those who are looking for something fresh and some football games with a realistic pace.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 245
  1. Sep 26, 2017
    10
    Revived my acct just to write this. PES has been my game since the PS2 days. I especially disliked FIFA 17, felt like a foosball game moreRevived my acct just to write this. PES has been my game since the PS2 days. I especially disliked FIFA 17, felt like a foosball game more than a football/soccer sim. Furthermore, EA can eat my *** and if it went under I honestly wouldn't really mind. But this is the first Fifa I'm buying in over a decade because it's made enough improvements, especially on the controls & physics, to the point where all the other stuff like presentation, licenses, modes & graphics actually put it over for me.

    PES devs deserve the praise & cash after all these years (though they also deserve better than Konami as their boss...) but I find it pretty amazing that this is the year so many are finally flocking to it, after literally Decades of arguing with FIFA stans that EA's game was trash & that PES was where it's at. I'll admit even now, PES' classic feel on the controls cannot be beat.... But a football/soccer simulation that does not make. The truth is that PES has no midfield game. Matches are generally just 90 mins of counter attacks, through lobs to the wing, a flurry of shots, and repeat until the whistle blows. Any good PES player will churn out 25 shots per 10 minute game like clockwork and the only way to stop it isn't with actual defense on the field, but by memorizing defensive settings combos in the gameplan menu which apply the same to pretty much every team regardless of personnel & essentially functions as a game within a game. PES is fine, but PES is PES... It's got it's own rules & internal logic and if you abide by them, you'll have fun because it feels nice to play. But again, that doesn't make it a football/soccer simulation.

    I'm seeing a lot of people complain about FIFA's pace, but it is much more like the real thing. You actually have to think about how you're going to move the ball up the field & make the most of your possessions. There is actual incentive to pass Backwards sometimes, like in real life, to reset play... Try that in PES in a competitive game, I dare you (you'll have it snatched from behind by the opposing striker and give up a goal). There are different ways to approach offense unlike in PES where every good player sets the same 3 FWD formation regardless of the personnel because they know the game is so heavily offensive that playing any other way is pointless. In FIFA you can actually play team defense based on field positioning instead of feeling like you're skating on ice with no choice but to try to steal the ball 1 on 1, at which point it's off to the races again. If all this makes FIFA "too slow" for people then I really have to question those people's understanding of the sport.

    None of this would mean as much to me if the game didn't feel right on the controls, which is exactly why I've stuck it out with PES & dealt with all the BS (like bad servers & lack of licenses, uploading kits & stadiums & all that) for all these years. There is no doubt that the physics & feel have finally improved to the point where it's a no brainer for me. And while the controls may not be as loose & Mario-like as PES, it's certainly better than any FIFA in a long time, especially last year's where it felt like all the players were puppets connected by string. This time passing & dribbling do feel nice and individual players off the ball actually move around in a more realistic way, unlike any other Fifa or PES I've seen, which seemed robotic when you look at them from a distance. If you don't believe me check out the demo & play it for yourself.

    I have yet to get into all the different modes but from what I've seen from FUT it is nice and let me tell you the licenses, presentation & feeling of real life connectedness with sport globally do not hurt, especially after all these years of PES. If I come across any tragic gamebreaking circumstances I will come back and change this review, but until then I'm leaving a 10 because all these 0's, 1's & 2's are a joke and need some balancing out. My only real concern at this point is that I haven't exactly found the right difficulty setting, though I've settled on Pro for now (1 higher than the default Semi-Pro) and it generally feels right.
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  2. Sep 30, 2017
    8
    As a PES and FIFA fan I will honestly say this is the best FIFA they've ever made. Below, I'll list off things they did right and things thatAs a PES and FIFA fan I will honestly say this is the best FIFA they've ever made. Below, I'll list off things they did right and things that need to improve.

    Positives+
    +Controls are more responsive and fluid than in previous games.
    +More licenses making the presentation even better.
    +Improved physics (IMO the ball in FIFA 17 bounced around way too much, it's like they were kicking around a beach ball).
    +Career mode sees some much needed improvements.
    +Graphics look great as always.
    +Cristiano Ronaldo's run and movements are spot on (even though you can really only notice it with him and nobody else.
    +The game feels much more random and less is determined by scripted animations that take too long to complete and ultimately detract from the gameplay (if you've played PES then you know what I'm talking about and it's about time FIFA pulled this off.

    Negatives-
    -Gameplay is improved, but it's not even close to PES 2018.
    -Goalkeepers are the worst I've seen in FIFA ever. They regularly miss saves they should make and other times they just won't even be close to the ball. This needs to be fixed in a patch.
    -The transfer negotiation cut scenes in career mode are a nice addition, but they get old really fast and you just end up skipping them after a few times of watching them.
    -Huge emphasis on attacking. Combined with terrible goal keepers, games are very high scoring this year. One my games against Real Madrid ended Chelsea 7-2 Real Madrid (career mode pre season tournament). It detracts from the immersion when game after game ends 5-1 7-2 5-3 etc.

    I still give the game an 8 because it is better than FIFA 17 and is still fun to play despite all the negatives. I will say with honesty that PES is the better game. If you can get both, then get both, if you're only getting one, then go with PES, download the option files and you're good.
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  3. Oct 27, 2017
    6
    Az EA Frostbite motorral ellátott labdarúgó játéka gyönyörű! Ezen felül hozza a kötelezőt, de semmi több, egy újabb aktualizált FIFA 16 lettAz EA Frostbite motorral ellátott labdarúgó játéka gyönyörű! Ezen felül hozza a kötelezőt, de semmi több, egy újabb aktualizált FIFA 16 lett belőle, amire az egyszeri játékos különösebb rajongás nélkül 20-30 meccs lejátszása után nagyon könnyedén ráunhat. Expand
  4. Apr 28, 2018
    0
    Worst career mode (both manager and player) ever made.
    Sometimes I just want to have fun playing career mode.
    But they simply abandoned the
    Worst career mode (both manager and player) ever made.
    Sometimes I just want to have fun playing career mode.
    But they simply abandoned the career mode.
    This is easily the worst Fifa ever made.
    I'll NEVER pre-order ANY game by EA AGAIN
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  5. Nov 19, 2017
    0
    IF YOU BUY FIFA 18 YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOU WILL BUY ALSO:
    1. Script
    2. A pay2win game 3. The same game of last year because it's completly
    IF YOU BUY FIFA 18 YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOU WILL BUY ALSO:
    1. Script
    2. A pay2win game
    3. The same game of last year because it's completly different of the DEMO
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  6. Oct 2, 2017
    0
    84 Score? Its all about the money, money, money. Game is like every year, same engine, laggy, non fluid, poor gameplay, no joy at all. PES 1884 Score? Its all about the money, money, money. Game is like every year, same engine, laggy, non fluid, poor gameplay, no joy at all. PES 18 is smooth like butter vs this. Boooooring. Expand
  7. Nov 14, 2017
    0
    #EA_Should_Respect_Customers #DontKillProClubs #EA_Fix_ProClubs

    Each year we are facing with the same issue, EA sports releases a new
    #EA_Should_Respect_Customers #DontKillProClubs #EA_Fix_ProClubs

    Each year we are facing with the same issue, EA sports releases a new version of FIFA which is partially or completely broken. The game comes out to release with such bugs that it is impossible to play. People pay for the game 50-100$, and receive a product that does not work. People tolerated it for years, but sooner or later it has to end.

    This year a new version of the game has surpassed all it's predesestors. And a huge part of the community received a completely broken mode Pro Clubs. Critical bugs that not allow to play friendly games between teams and stopped all the international tournaments held in every country of the world. Hundreds of thousands of players spend 2-3 hours of their time to play only one game each evening struggling with the broken mechanics.And these efforts do not always guarantee success. Almost 2 months as EA sports knows about this issue. It released 4 patches to the game, and not one of them did solve this problem. Players tested all possible reason and the occurrence of this error, reported all this information to support, but they do nothing.

    They spend their resources to repair the small problems of the game modes which bring them money for the donation. But it seems they forget that we already paid for the game, and had to get a quality product. We will do our best to make our voice heard and make executives who are responsible for what is happening respect their customers and players. Otherwise they will lose them, as well as reputation.
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