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FIFA 18 Reviews, Demo, Career Mode, Gameplay, Pre-Order PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Ronaldo - Everything we Know

All the info on the FIFA 18 Demo, including the FIFA 18 demo release date, FIFA 18 demo teams, new FIFA 18 gameplay, FIFA 18 graphical improvements, and tweaks to FIFA 18 Ultimate Team. Plus a roundup of FIFA 18 reviews.

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FIFA 18 is out and there's also a FIFA 18 demo. We've got all the info about the FIFA 18 demo for you below, along with loads of info on the full release of FIFA 18. The FIFA 18 demo will likely get you hunting high and low for the best deal on FIFA 18. In this article we’ll constantly round-up all the latest info on FIFA 18, including the FIFA 18 release date, FIFA 18 pre-order info, details on FIFA 18 for PS4, Xbox One and Switch, FIFA 18 reviews, and the news on what EA is doing with The Journey story mode in FIFA 18. This is Everything we Know about FIFA 18.

FIFA 18 Reviews

The FIFA 18 reviews have started to hit the web, so we've rounded up the best for you below. So far the critics seem to be liking FIFA 18, with most of the reviews saying that this year's game offers an excellent game of football (soccer).

FIFA 18 Review Round-up

  • USGamer - 4/5 - "So whatever you want to call it—getting back to basics, a polishing year—FIFA feels as solid as ever to me, much as it has for the better part of the last decade."
  • The Telegraph - "When a football game has made some significant progress on the pitch, as FIFA 18 has, you are more inclined to appreciate the glitz and glamour after all."
  • Trusted Reviews - 4.5/5 - "FIFA 18 is simply magnificent. Streets ahead of what came before, and continuing its dominance over its rivals, EA has done a superb job."
  • Xbox Achievements - 80/100 - "FIFA 18 has come out fighting this year, with an improved game of football, another chapter in its excellent story mode, and more besides."

FIFA 18 Demo

A demo for FIFA 18 is out very soon, giving players a teaser of what they can expect in the full release of FIFA 18 that's due later in September. Read on for all the details on the FIFA 18 demo, coming to PS4 and Xbox One.

FIFA 18 Demo Release Date

A FIFA 18 demo has been confirmed, with the demo being detailed by EA and PlayStation. The FIFA 18 demo will be released on September 12 on PSN and Xbox Live for PS4 and Xbox One respectively. That means the FIFA 18 demo arrives over two weeks before FIFA 18 goes on sale and more than a week before the September 21 EA Access/Origin FIFA 18 early access.

Details on the FIFA 18 demo have confirmed the teams you'll be able to play with, the stadiums included, and what game modes you'll be able to test out.

FIFA 18 Demo Teams for use in Kick-Off Mode

  • Manchester United
  • Manchester City
  • Real Madrid CF
  • Atlético de Madrid
  • Juventus F.C.
  • FC Bayern Munich
  • Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
  • LA Galaxy
  • Toronto FC
  • Boca Juniors
  • C.D. Guadalajara
  • Vissel Kobe

That's a pretty good line-up for a demo, and more than enough to keep players happy until the full game is released. The FIFA 18 demo also includes four stadiums to play in.

FIFA 18 Demo Stadiums for use in Kick-Off Mode

  • Santiago Bernabéu
  • La Bombonera
  • StubHub Center
  • King Fahd Stadium

As speculated, the FIFA 18 demo will include a taster of the The Journey: Hunter Returns. It's not clear how much of this FIFA 18 story mode will be included, but it should give players a look at what improvements have been made to the storytelling since FIFA 17.

FIFA 18 Release Date

On June 5, EA announced that the FIFA 18 release date is September 29, 2017. FIFA 18 will release on PS4, PlayStation 3, Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the Nintendo Switch.

During a FIFA 18 Twitch livestream on August 1, the first proper gameplay footage of FIFA 18 was revealed. In the video we’ve embedded below, Real Madrid take on Real Madrid in a thrilling 3-3 draw (featuring Isco).

FIFA 18 Player Ratings

EA has released the FIFA 18 player ratings in the lead up to the game's release. The game publisher has revealed the top 100 FIFA 18 players, but ratings for players outside of this 100 will have to wait.

FIFA 18 Cover Star is Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo was revealed to be the cover athlete for FIFA 18, in the trailer we’ve embedded for you below.

Cristiano Ronaldo is now widely regarded as the greatest footballer of the modern era. Currently playing for Real Madrid, but with rumours circulating about a move back to Manchester United (the club that made him famous), he’s the best choice for FIFA 18’s cover star.

FIFA 18 Ultimate Team Icons - Icons Replaces Legends

New to FIFA 18 is FIFA 18 Ultimate Team Icons, the new version of what has previously been called Legends. EA will be including numerous iconic players from football history, which FIFA 18 players will be able to use in Ultimate Team.

Check out our FIFA 18 Ultimate Team Icons Player Ratings Guide for more info.

FIFA 18 Icon Edition, FIFA 18 Ronaldo Edition, FIFA 18 Standard Edition - Which Version of FIFA 18 is Right for me?

FIFA 18 Icon Edition is available to pre-order now, from digital stores and retailers, and comes with numerous bonuses. The FIFA 18 Icon Edition costs $99.99. Icons will be available in all versions of FIFA 18 on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. You can also choose to buy the FIFA 18 Ronaldo Edition or the FIFA 18 Standard Edition. We’ve detailed what each version offers in the lists below.

FIFA 18 Icon Edition is one of three versions of FIFA 18

FIFA 18 Icon Edition:

  • Three Days Early Access
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 5-match FUT Loan
  • Ronaldo Nazário Icon 5-match FUT Loan
  • 40 Jumbo Premium Gold packs (2 per week over 20 weeks)
  • 20 Team of the Week Loan Player Packs (One 3-match TOTW Loan Player per week over 20 weeks)
  • 8 Special Edition FUT Kits

FIFA 18 Ronaldo Edition:

  • Three Days Early Access
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 5-match FUT Loan
  • 20 Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (1 per week over 20 weeks)
  • 8 Special Edition FUT Kits

FIFA 18 Standard Edition:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 5-match FUT Loan
  • 5 Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (1 per week over 5 weeks)
  • 8 Special Edition FUT Kits

Pre-order FIFA 18 on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch

With the details on the numerous different editions of FIFA 18 now known, you can choose which version of FIFA 18 to pre-order. We've got all the links to each platform version of FIFA 18 for you below.

How to Play FIFA 18 Early - Will There be a FIFA 18 Demo?

FIFA 18 Ronaldo Edition gives three days early access to FIFA 18

There are numerous ways to Play FIFA 18 ahead of the official September 29 release date. There’s currently no word on a FIFA 18 demo releasing ahead of full release on September 29. FIFA 17 received a demo two weeks before the game hit stores, giving players a taster of the game.

Currently the only guaranteed ways to play FIFA 18 early is to be a member of EA Access or EA Origin Access, or to pre-order one of the editions of FIFA 18 we’ve listed below.

  • FIFA 18 Ronaldo Edition - Get Three Days Early Access (No time limit)
  • FIFA 18 Icon Edition - Get Three Days Early Access (No time limit)
  • FIFA 18 EA Access (Xbox One), EA Origin Access (PC) - Members Try FIFA 18 Starting September 21 (10 hour time limit)

FIFA 18 Ultimate Team Squad Battles, Card Openings and Champions Channel

Brand new to FIFA 18 Ultimate Team is Squad Battles. In this mode, players will be able to take on the squads of other players while playing alone, with some of those squads belonging to professional football players, pro FIFA players and celebrities.

As you take part in Squad Battles you’ll earn rewards and hopefully move up the leaderboards.

FIFA 18 will also include new signature move card opening reveals. In the videos below you can see Cristiano Ronaldo and Griezmann being revealed. These special intros will only be included for a select few players.

EA has also released videos showing the signature moves/celebrations for Tottenham's Deli Alli and PSG's record breaking signing, Neymar. While the former's wave is harmless, Neymar's touching of the badge isn't likely to go down well with Barcelona fans.

If you’re looking to improve your game, the new Champions Channel might be of interest. From here you’ll be able to watch replays of FIFA 18 matches between the top FIFA 18 players in the world.

FIFA 18 Gameplay Improvements - PS4, Xbox One, PC

FIFA 18 was shown off at Gamescom 2017, meaning videos are starting to appear on YouTube. Below we've embedded a video of Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich.

EA showed off FIFA 18 at its EA Play conference just before E3 2017. The game is focusing on a handful of ideas this year, with player styles and atmospheres being the most prominent. Players now display more characteristic moves than ever before, while stadiums more accurately reflect reality. FIFA 18 will also support HDR on PS4 and PS4 Pro, meaning color will be more accurately recreated in the game.

A gameplay trailer showed off FIFA 18's new animations and improved visuals.

FIFA 18 Gameplay Improvements and Changes - PS4, Xbox One, PC

  • New Cross System - FIFA 18 does away with the multiple press system of old and replaces it with holding down triggers to determine the cross type.
  • In-play Substitutions - Brand new to FIFA 18 is the ability to make substitutions during replays, meaning you don’t need to break up the flow of the game as much as before. You’re able to make custom or suggestion subs without a break in the action, which is pretty cool.
  • Hard Tackle - Not a big deal to some, but potentially massive for others, FIFA 18 now includes a hard tackle button. This is a middle option between a sliding tackle and a standing tackle.
  • Penalties Made Easier - Penalties in FIFA 18 are reportedly more forgiving, although we’ll have to play it ourselves to say for sure.

You can see some of the gameplay improvements in the FIFA 18 gameplay video we've embedded below. The footage has been recorded off a screen, so the quality is not representative of the final game being played on your TV.

FIFA 18 Career Mode Improvements

A whole bunch of new FIFA 18 Career Mode info has emerged from players who took part in the FIFA 18 closed beta. We’ve broken down the key info for you below.

  • Squad Hub - This new feature gives you a better way to access key player info, rather than having to trawl through numerous menus to get it. Whether you want contract info or a player’s value, it’s all there. Very handy indeed.
  • Player Meetings - In a step towards elevating players in FIFA 18 to the stars they are, you can now have meetings to discuss things. They may well act like brats over their career options, but at least now you can talk to them face to face and try to resolve issues.
  • Interactive Transfer Negotiations - In FIFA 18 you get to convince players to join your club by talking to them. It’s not yet clear if this face to face chat is essential for all potential transfers or just for the big ones.
  • Increased Transfer Options - FIFA 18 includes a dialog wheel, sort of like in Mass Effect, which lets you take transfer negotiations down certain routes. You can also add in options, like sell-on clauses, player bonuses, and release clauses.
  • Signing Players is a Bigger Deal - Although not a major gameplay feature, in FIFA 18 big new signings will be covered by the media, meaning you’ll see little videos of big players joining their new clubs. Pretty neat.

FIFA 18 Story Mode - The Journey, Alex Hunter Returns

A brand new trailer for FIFA 18’s story mode, The Journey: Hunter Returns, was also revealed. The Journey: Hunter Returns in FIFA 18 will continue the story of Alex Hunter, following his successful first year in which he won the FA Cup (if you were good enough).

In FIFA 17 Alex Hunter went on quite the journey, signing for a Premier League team, before being sent out on loan, then returning and taking part in the FA Cup Final. The season ended with Alex Hunter getting called up to the England team.

FIFA 18 on Switch - What’s Included and What’s Missing?

FIFA 18 on Switch was shown off at Gamescom 2017, and we've got the footage for you below.

FIFA 18 on Switch was properly detailed at EA Play 2017, with EA stating that the Switch game will include the following game modes:

  • FIFA Ultimate Team
  • Career Mode
  • Kick Off
  • Women’s International Cup
  • Skill Games
  • Local Seasons

Ultimate Team on Switch will include Squad Building Challenges, Online and Offline Seasons, Tournaments, and Draft.

Features from FIFA 18 PS4/Xbox One/PC that aren’t in FIFA 18 on Switch:

  • Frostbite Engine
  • Story Mode (The Journey)
  • It’s unclear what gameplay improvements are included in FIFA 18 on Switch

If you look very carefully at the small print in the reveal trailer for FIFA 18, you can clearly see text indicating that neither the Frostbite Engine, nor the Story Mode featuring Alex Hunter, will be available in the Nintendo Switch version of the game.

This means that the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18 will fall more in line with the versions available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, as neither of these versions feature the Story Mode or the Frostbite Engine. 'The Journey', the Story Mode for FIFA, debuted last year in FIFA 17, following rising star Alex Hunter as he made his way through the ranks of Premier League teams. Although Alex Hunter is set to return in FIFA 18 in The Journey: Hunter Returns, he will not be making way to the Nintendo Switch, the PlayStation 3, or the Xbox 360.

“FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch is the best FIFA you can take with you anywhere, play anytime and with anyone,” said Producer, Andrei Lăzărescu. “We’re delivering the immersive and authentic experience that fans expect from FIFA, while leveraging innovative ways to play both at home and on the go with Nintendo Switch.”

FIFA 18 players on Switch can play in docked, handheld or tabletop mode, and utilize local multiplayer connection for Local Seasons. Handheld, dual Joy-Con, single Joy-Con or Pro Controller options will be available.

Technically, FIFA 18 on Switch runs in 1080p when docked and 720p in handheld mode. Players will also be able to take part in Local Seasons across two Switch consoles.

"EA Sports' FIFA on Nintendo Switch will be the most immersive, social, and authentic sports game ever created for Nintendo players," Söderlund said. "It will deliver the FIFA experience custom-built for Nintendo Switch so you can play anywhere, play with anyone, and play how you want to play."

The quality of FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch will be a big sign of how EA will approach Switch games in the future. With the removal of the Frostbite Engine and the Story Mode for the Switch version however, it's already beginning to look like FIFA 18 on the Nintendo Switch isn’t a priority for EA.

FIFA 18 Switch Gameplay Footage

Our friends at Eurogamer have recorded a video of FIFA 18 being played on Nintendo Switch. In the video Eurogamer Deputy Editor Wesley Yin-Poole plays FIFA 18 on Switch and gives his initial impressions of the game.

The Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18 was also featured during EA’s Twitch livestream on August 1. You can see that segment below.

What do we Want From FIFA 18? A Lot Needs to Change

FIFA 17 made the jump from the Ignite Engine to Frostbite, but in terms of gameplay and visuals there wasn’t the massive leap that might have been expected. Sure, the lighting was improved and we got more impressive shots of the stadiums (plus all the areas featured in The Journey), but player likenesses were still a bit hit and miss. Now the dev team is au fait with the game engine, perhaps we’ll see bigger strides taken in the move from FIFA 17 to FIFA 18.

FIFA 18 will be massive, but there's a lot EA could do to improve on FIFA 17
  • Improved Penalties - The new penalty system in FIFA 17 took a lot of getting used to, but after many hours it finally showed itself to be not awful. There’s still a lot of improving to be done here, so hopefully EA will refine it rather than cut its losses and revert to the tried and tested, but rather dull system of old.
  • Corner System Changes - The way corners worked in FIFA 17 often made it feel like you had your hands tied over the outcome. There was lots of options but FIFA 18 needs to make the player feel like they’re in control again.
  • Defending Still Isn’t Right - Defending in FIFA over the last few years has been a massive point of contention. Tactical Defending can be learnt but it’s incredibly hard to get good enough to entirely close out a team, meaning the best form of defense was to attack and outscore opponents. The defending of old feels rather dated now, but the new system isn’t right either.
  • The Journey 2 - What EA is going to do with its follow-up to the surprisingly engaging and successful FIFA story mode is one of the biggest mysteries surrounding FIFA 18. Will the story continue with Hunter (FIFA 17’s story ended after a single season) or will EA try something new? Another origin story, starting with a youngster and following through to a pro career would seem lazy, so focusing on Hunter hitting the big time would make sense.
  • Manager Likenesses - One standout feature (and not in a good way) in FIFA 17 was the manager likenesses, especially during The Journey. Their faces and animations simply weren't good enough and need a big improvement in FIFA 18.
  • Sort Out The Voice Acting - The Journey in FIFA 17 got away with a lot due to the mode being inside a football sim. Had we been witnessing the voice acting and script in a proper adventure game, it would have been decimated by press and fans. More natural dialogue is needed and included pros need some lessons in how to deliver lines.

FIFA 18 is releasing on September 29 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360 and PS3. If you're after the best young players in FIFA 18, we've got that for you.

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