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FIFA 18: Some gamers have managed to make FIFA 14’s graphics better than FIFA 18

A growing number of the FIFA community have taken it into their own hands to improve EA Sports’ series... and the results are breathtaking

The FIFA series has always been known for its realistic graphics.

But for some people, they’re not realistic enough.

There are a host of mods available for FIFA 15 and, right, FIFA 14 – most of which dramatically improve the graphics

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There are a host of mods available for FIFA 15 and, right, FIFA 14 – most of which dramatically improve the graphics

For years, a growing number of the FIFA community have taken it into their own hands to improve EA Sports’ series. And the results are breathtaking.

So good, in fact, that even the older FIFA games can rival FIFA 17.

The below shot, for example, is taken from FIFA 14.

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FIFA 14’s engine is capable of incredible detail, if you know how to tweak it

Enter “Modding Way” – a website that lets skilled gamers upload their very own tweaks, or ‘mods’, to FIFA.

Mods are essentially changes to the game’s original code.

These range from minor upgrades to the graphics – adding more realistic grass, for example – to completely overhauling core game mechanics.

Crysis, for example, a first-person shooter that came out ten years ago, looks better than nearly every game of recent years – thanks to a hugely engaged community of modders.

Modders have made 10-year-old Crysis the best-looking game ever created

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Modders have made 10-year-old Crysis the best-looking game ever created

But it’s not just about graphics – mods can also take the form of complete games.

The latest Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim, features a mod called Enderal (below).

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Enderal is one of the most well-known mods – and even creates a whole new story

This completely transforms the game – adding a different story, thousands of hours’ worth of new dialogue and updated visuals – all developed by the community.

While FIFA’s changes are not as drastic, the community has still managed to create some game-changing tweaks.

For one, there’s a mod that lets you bring in FIFA 17 faces on to FIFA 14. Just take a look what it does to Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (below).

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There’s even a tweak that adds ‘SweetFX’ – which improves the vibrancy of the visuals and adds more detail.

FIFA 15 hasn’t been overlooked either.

The ‘RealVision’ mod adds an HDR-effect to the graphics – improving player skin, crowd details and shadows.

FIFA 16 gets even more granular in its tweaks.

‘PostFX’ overhauls the rain and lighting, while there’s even a setting to make the grass more realistic.

Mods can affect everything about the game – from the menu screens to the player models

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Mods can affect everything about the game – from the menu screens to the player models

The downside is a lot of these mods only work on the PC version of the games.

So, surely FIFA 18 mods are on the horizon, too?

Well, here’s the kicker.

For all of the Frostbite Engine’s brilliance, it’s incredibly hard to modify.

Still, there have been a couple of notable additions in FIFA 17.

One mod, for example, creates a bespoke camera that allows you to see much more player detail.

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Some mods affect gameplay – for example adding more camera options

It’ll be only a matter of time before the community gets to grips with Frostbite – and as we’ve seen in Battlefield 1, the engine is capable of some truly breathtaking visuals.

Could a photo-realistic FIFA be here sooner than FIFA 18? Time will tell.

How much will it cost?

FIFA 18 will cost around £49.99 – but given the demand, some outlets may undercut this.

We expect the cheapest the game will go for at launch to be around £45.

When will pre-orders start?

FIFA 17 pre-orders have kicked off now.

There are three editions: Ronaldo (Deluxe) and ICON (Super Deluxe) Editions. You can find more information by visiting the FIFA 18 website 

What is in each package?

Icon Edition 

  • Play from September 26th with 3 Days Early Access
  • Up to 40 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (two per week over 20 weeks – worth up to $120)
  • 3 match FUT Team of the Week loan player (one three match loan player for 20 weeks)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo FUT loan player for 5 matches
  • Ronaldo Nazário FUT Icon loan player for 5 matches
  • 8 special edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

Ronaldo Edition 

  • Play from September 26th with 3 Days Early Access
  • Up to 20 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for 20 weeks – worth up to $60)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo FUT loan player for 5 matches
  • 8 special edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

Pre-order for PlayStation 4,  Xbox One, and  PC

Standard Edition 

  • Up to 5 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for five weeks – worth up to $15)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo FUT loan player for 5 matches
  • 8 special edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

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