EA Sports called it in their trailer – The World’s Game featuring The World’s Best.
When you’re trying to produce one of the best games in the world, you need to have some headline stars.
The greatest goalkeeper of all time, Russian stopper Lev Yashin, will feature in FIFA 18’s ICONS, which should get everyone very excited.
Yashin is probably an unknown to many young FIFA fans, given he played in the 1950s and 60s and died over 27 years ago, but he’s set to be probably the best goalkeeper to ever be on the game.
The Russian goalkeeper is famously the only stopper to be awarded the Ballon d’Or, which is awarded to the best player in the world that year in 1963.
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He revolutionised goalkeeping by using his penalty area, while most goalkeepers at the time just stood on their line and didn’t come and collect crosses or backpasses.
In recent times Yashin has been challenged as the greatest goalkeeper of all time by the likes of Iker Casillas, Oliver Kahn and Manuel Neuer, but the addition of Yashin in FIFA 18 makes us all the more excited about the release.
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Everything we know about The Journey 2 (spoilers ahead)
You’ll still be playing as Alex Hunter
The Journey 2 will still follow the life and career of Alex Hunter, and no, you won’t be able to be anyone else.
Unfortunately for those hoping to put themselves in the game, or play with a player of their choice, you still have to be Alex Hunter.
The storyline decisions are much broader
Last season’s game mode saw the storyline quite narrow, with limited decision making.
It was the first time EA Sports had entered in a story mode like this, so we can forgive them, but this time round the storyline is much, much broader, and the decisions you make will make a much greater difference.
Whereas most of us ended up winning the FA Cup with our Hunters in FIFA 17, it’ll be interesting to see where our character can end up once we’ve taken different decisions from our mates.
The gameplay and mechanics are virtually the same
We haven’t had a chance to play the whole thing, far from it, but it looks as if though they’ve maintained the things we enjoyed most from The Journey.
So decisions of fiery, cool or moderate stay, you’ll have to earn ratings in training and matches to excel, and scenes will happen sporadically through the story.
You can modify your Alex Hunter to have blonde hair and tattoos
…And the rest. You’ll be able to change the look of your Alex Hunter to have a vast array of different hairstyles, tattoos, tracksuits and so on.
There is apparently ‘hundreds’ of options to choose from, which will be an exciting change.
Read more about the changes you’ll be able to make to your character here.
Will you be able to start where you left off in FIFA 17?
That’s one thing we’ve not been told as yet, but it looks likely that you’ll have to start afresh with your new Hunter in this game.
Presumably the thinking behind this (if it were the case) will be that because everyone ended their Hunter in a slightly different way but broadly on a similar path (winning the FA Cup, getting a 75 FUT card etc.), it would make more sense to just wipe the slate clean.
Slightly annoying for those who became fond of their Hunter, but probably it’s all for the best.
Alex Hunter gets a girlfriend?
Hmm, now this one could get interesting.
At the FIFA 18 preview event in May, we watched a presentation on The Journey 2, in which an image of a woman, probably a similar age to Hunter, popped up.
The guys from EA Sports pointed it out, said they won’t tell us exactly who it was, before adding that there were ‘a lot of new characters’ that you come across and interact with.
We can’t say it definitively, but certainly one to watch.
Cristiano Ronaldo features in it, and quite heavily
CR7 is the real star of FIFA 18, given what we’ve seen of the game so far.
It’s no different in The Journey 2, and we’ve seen images and clips of Cristiano appearing in a scene alongside Hunter.
Considering he’s the cover star, the Real Madrid man will feature prominently in the game across the board.
Speaking of which…
Alex Hunter gets offered a move to Real Madrid?
Whether or not this is as a result of a few decisions and good performances going right for your character, but we’ve witnessed a scene in which Hunter’s agent storms into his kitchen/dining room/lounge (that hasn’t changed) and offers him a move to Los Blancos.
That’s all we’ll say about it here, you can read all about the scenes we’ve played here.
You can play local multiplayer in your game
This is a lovely little addition – you’ll now be able to play The Journey alongside your friends.
When you’re met with the start game screen, you can play local multiplayer mode, meaning you can blame your friend sat next to you for not slipping in Hunter to secure a goal an a much-needed 7.0 rating.
That’s pretty much what we’ve seen so far of The Journey 2 – we’ll post more as it comes.