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FIFA 18 The Journey: Why you can’t punch Gareth Walker in The Journey 2

EA has to keep the popular mode child friendly... for now

FIFA 18 will see Alex Hunter return for the second season of The Journey.

Dubbed Hunter Returns, it’ll follow the young star as he juggles interest from the world’s biggest clubs whilst trying to establish himself on the world stage.

It’ll also see the return of his nemesis, Gareth Walker. But sadly, even though it would be incredibly satisfying, you’ll never be able to punch him.


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Speaking to Dream Team Gaming, EA’s Creative Director Matt Prior, said: “Everyone wants to smash Gareth Walker but we’ve got a lot of limitations in terms of what we can and can’t do.

The Journey: Hunter Returns will see Alex Hunter travel around the world

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The Journey: Hunter Returns will see Alex Hunter travel around the world

“In terms of smacking someone, it’s something we just cannot do because  instantly our ESRB rating or PEGI rating would go above and beyond ‘3’.

“So, it’s one of these things that people think we we have a blank canvas in which to work but there are a lot of restrictions we have to deal with.”

The popular game mode comes back for a second season after EA Sports revealed The Journey was played almost 14 million times on FIFA 17.

Sadly, EA announced that you will not be able to create your own character, so you’re stuck with Hunter – however, you will be able to customize your player, with thousands of options available to change his look and style.

How we think Alex Hunter could appear next season

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How we think Alex Hunter could appear next season

But what will actually happen to Hunter during The Journey 2? Well, in a word: lots.

They’ve broadened out the storylines, given it loads of new branches, meaning your Hunter character isn’t guaranteed to end up in the same place at the end of the season as one of your friends.

So, with that in mind, Dream Team actually got to play a few scenes from the new game, and this is everything we saw during the 20 minute preview session.

Of course, the following bits does contain minor spoilers – but it only covered a couple of weeks in the game, so you are probably safe to read on. Let’s begin…

The scene begins with Hunter in his apartment with his granddad and Mum

So the earnest Jim Hunter is still in the game, as well as Hunter’s Mum Catherine.

Alex is just doing his thing, before his agent, Michael, turns up at his door.

It’s a familiar scene, as Michael bundles in with his voice raised, Jim Hunter wary, while Alex gets off his sofa to chat.

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Michael, his agent, says an offer from Real Madrid is on the cards

Yup. Now we don’t know if this will happen for everyone, but Michael says due to his good performance in pre-season, Los Blancos have come in for Hunter.

Hunter responds, by saying it has been his dream to play for Madrid his whole life, listing heroes such as Roberto Carlos as the reason why he would be open to the move.

Jim Hunter isn’t so sure, and says Alex is too young – however, tells him that it is his decision. Cut to…

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Alex Hunter is now regarded as a snake in the dressing room

The preview we played included Hunter as a Chelsea player, but this may obviously differ according to the options you might be offered at the start of The Journey 2.

We’re reliably informed that there’s a couple of other events that lead to Hunter being seen as a bit of an outcast by his fellow players and fans, but we didn’t get to see them.

Eden Hazard shakes his head disapprovingly, as he leaves the changing room.

The fans boo Hunter as he’s left on the bench

For the reasons we’re not sure of (see above), Hunter is clearly disliked by his club’s fans now.

He is booed when he is accosted onto the pitch, and coach Butler asks him if he’s up for the challenge.

We’re given the standard three options – either completely dismiss the fans, say you’ll prove them wrong, or go for a more moderate approach.

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Basically, you lose the game he’s brought on for

In the simulation we played, Chelsea were trailing 3-0 to Manchester United with 15 minutes to go.

There’s not a lot you can do about it – though we did score with Hunter in the game, and he was still booed.

Now comes the twist…

Following the game, we’re back at Hunter’s flat. Michael arrives, and tells him he has to leave immediately.

Hunter is then rushed into the back of a cab, but is held up by the notoriously terrible London traffic.

But here comes the plot twist – Michael is complaining about the traffic, Hunter asks him why he had to be rushed out of his flat, and Michael turns to him and says: “I’m trying to save your career.”

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Unfortunately, that’s all we got to play – and it ended on a cliffhanger!

As we mentioned earlier, this is just a few scenes from the Journey, and it might all be different for each individual player as you will still have to be making decisions starting, presumably, from pre-season.

The scenes we played were two games into the season, with only a week left until Transfer Deadline Day… which could get very interesting indeed.

So, how much will FIFA 18 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 18 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

What package would you recommend?

Personally, I wouldn’t get tied up by Ronaldo loans etc. All many people will really care about is the game, so I’d go for the cheaper option.

Just invest wisely and buy up players in the market who you feel will shoot up in value.