Antoine Griezmann is undoubtedly one of the world’s best players at the moment.
The Atletico Madrid forward’s stock is considerably high right now, having finished as a runner-up behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi (naturally) in last year’s Ballon d’Or award, as well as leading France to the final of Euro 2016 not so long ago.
Manchester United were even willing to fork out a small fortune to snap-up the striker earlier this summer, before be opted to stay with Atleti.
But it seems the folks over at EA Sports don’t rate him quite so highly, with the 26-year-old rated just 88 overall on the upcoming FIFA 18 game.
It’s not that bad, but considering Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer are the first players to be given a 90+ rating on this year’s release, we’d perhaps expect Griezmann to reach the same mark – or maybe even a little higher.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini also beats the Frenchman with an 89 rating, while the Italian’s Juve teammate Paulo Dybala is equal to Griezmann.
Still, we reckon the Atleti forward will be a popular figure on this year’s game, thanks in no small part to his iconic celebration.
Even Griezmann himself admits that’s why people pick him on the game!
Check out the video below.
Absolutely everything you need to know about FIFA 18
FIFA 18 is out in a couple of weeks – with the demo dropping in around 10 days.
We’ve pulled together the key bits of information for you.
This includes the best platform to get it on, to how to play the highlight-anticipated demo early.
We’ll even reveal who’ll be the best player – here’s a clue, it’s not cover star Cristiano Ronaldo. Let’s kick off.
So, have you played it?
Yes, and we’re very impressed.
Why not take a look at our FIFA 18 early review.
What platforms is it on?
FIFA 18’s lead consoles will be the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.
It’ll also come on on Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, PC and Nintendo Switch.
Small print on FIFA 18’s reveal trailer has revealed some key differences between the game and the Nintendo Switch version.
The video includes a line of text that reads: “Frostbite game engine technology and The Journey: Hunter Returns mode are available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platform versions only. Not all features available on all platforms.”
In other words, it’ll be a completely different game.
So, will it look better on current-gen platforms?
In short, yes – but don’t expect a huge improvement. It’ll be powered by the same engine.
Speaking to Dream Team Gaming, Frostbite Studio Director Jonas Skantz revealed: “I can assure you that Frostbite continues to be a true differentiator.”
“With more and more games powered by Frostbite – whether it is FIFA, Battlefield, Mass Effect or others – our development teams can spend more time building new groundbreaking gameplay innovations.”
FIFA 17 was the first game in the series to be powered by Frostbite – which replaced Ignite used the previous year.
While graphics took a boost this year, especially facial and player animations, FIFA 18 will see more subtle improvements as it’ll run on the same Frostbite 4 engine.
Expect player movement and animation to look sharper – not to mention greater detail and likeness.
Other peripheral graphical tweaks, such as improved crowd detail, will also be present.
PS4 Pro owners and PC gamers will once again receive the best-looking versions of the game.
The former will once again capitalise on ‘Pro Mode’ – allowing for increased detail and more stable framerate at above 1080p resolution.
Pro Mode offered tangible improvements in FIFA 17, but this year, EA will have more time to push this even further and make greater use of Pro’s substantial GPU grunt.
Tell us about the Xbox 360 and Ps3 versions – surely they’ll be better than last year?
Sadly, not. It won’t feature The Journey or use the Frostbite engine.
“Yes, it will be coming out on Xbox 360 and PS3 but is going to be a ‘Gold’ version”, EA SPORTS’ lead gameplay producer Sam Rivera told Dream Team Gaming.
“So there will be updates in the rosters but nothing big, new – like the new engine. It’s just basically an update.”
Rivera confirmed the game will run on Ignite – which has been used since FIFA 16.
This means it will be almost identical to last year’s game and look noticeably worse than FIFA 18 on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Bringing The Journey to last-gen consoles would require recreating the entire experience using Ignite – a move that makes no sense from either a technical or commercial perspective.
Still, that didn’t stop fans from expressing their anger at Alex Hunter’s omission on older consoles in FIFA 17.
Last year, some didn’t realise until it was too late – and bought FIFA 17 on Xbox 360 and PS3 only to be disappointed that the key mode didn’t feature.
Retailers were equally as confused, with Amazon.co.uk coming under fire for accidentally using screenshots from the current-gen version of the game on adverts for the Xbox 360 version.
One wrote: “My son bought this as it clearly said it included journey mode unlike the standard version costed over 50 pounds. He is now bitterly disappointed having wasted his money this game is no better than fifa 15.”
Another said: “This was purchased for my 12 year old out of his birthday money.
“He was so excited when it arrived and looking forward to playing it, however this soon turned to bitter disappointment when he discovered that it did not include The Journey and therefore not much different from previous versions of FIFA.”
It’s not the first time Xbox 360 and Ps3 users have been handed a bad deal.
The entire single-player campaign of Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was omitted from last-gen consoles.
PES, meanwhile, uses the Fox Engine, which is much more last-gen friendly.
While it won’t look as good as the shiny new current-gen versions, Konami’s game will still perform well on older hardware, so could prove a better buy this year.
Tell us about the Nintendo Switch version
The relationship between EA SPORTS and Nintendo is a strange one.
When the Wii U launched back in 2012, it took three months for FIFA 13 to make its way on to the console.
When it did finally arrive, it was lacking arguably the most popular mode, Ultimate Team – and gameplay was sub par compared with the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.
Subsequent FIFA games were scrapped from the Wii U, with EA focusing efforts on the then next-gen consoles and the ageing Wii.
However, the arrival of the Nintendo Switch heralds a new fresh start for the relationship between the Japanese manufacturer and EA.
You’ll be able to play FIFA 18 on the go
The Switch has already proven itself as a brilliant handheld companion, so being able to play the full game (not just the Web App) on the go will give this version the edge.
Thankfully, FIFA has been ‘custom built’ for Nintendo’s new hardware.
It may not use the latest Frostbite technology but gameplay is sleek, responsive and runs at 60FPS.
Plus, you’re able to detach the Joy Con controllers and play a friend – although this can be a bit fiddly.
A battery life of up to six hours makes it perfect for long journeys.
It has Ultimate Team
As long as you have Wifi you’ll be able to play Ultimate Team and buy packs as you normally would.
Champions won’t feature but that’s not the end of the world.
Graphics and presentation
The Switch version odes not use Frostbite but will still looks great.
In fact, it runs at 1080p 60FPS when plugged into a TV, and 720p 60 when in handheld mode.
EA producer Andrei Lazaresco told Eurogamer about how they made the most out of Switch’s Nvidia Maxwell-based Tegra X1 chip.
“We’re using physical-based rendering,” he said. “The crowds are 3D. The grass is 3D. The lighting is new. And on top of that you’ll have Ultimate Team for the first time on Nintendo – and for the first time you’ll be able to take it on the go. You’ll be able to play on a plane, on a bus, even from just a hotspot.”
Is anything else missing from the Switch version?
Sadly, yes. It won’t feature The Journey or any of the new additions to FIFA 18’s Career Mode. Instead, Career Mode will be much like last year’s version.
Speaking to Dream Team Gaming at Gamescom in Cologne, an EA developer said: “(Career Mode) is probably a similar experience to last year – but it is an experience that has been catered for this season.”
When asked if there’s anything the Switch does differently in the mode, they said: “In Career Mode, no.”
While this may disappoint some players, it could prove very handy for those already familiar with the game.
Menus and gameplay mechanics will be easier to pick up – and you won’t need to get your head around some of the new additions.
Still, it’s a shame interactive transfer negotiations have not been included in some way – but this is likely down the Switch’s inability to run Frostbite at a high-enough level.
Speaking of Career Mode, is there anything else significant missing?
As we’ve mentioned, FIFA 18 will feature interactive transfer negotiations in Career Mode – but they’ll be missing something. Audible dialogue.
According to YouTuber ChesnoidGaming, dialogue will just appear as text at the bottom of the screen, and will not be spoken by the characters.
The decision to not include any audible dialogue may come as a shock to some fans – especially given the mode now closely mirrors the dialogue set up in The Journey.
In that mode, players hear what Alex Hunter is saying and, as in Career Mode, can steer conversations with multiple dialogue choices.
Although it would be near impossible to get every player in the game to deliver lines during negotiations, recruiting actors to play random agents certainly wouldn’t be too far fetched.
What about Legends – are they making a return?
FIFA 18 has ditched Xbox exclusive Legends in favour of multi-platform Icons.
As well as Ronaldo Nazario, the first wave of Icons will feature:
- Diego Maradona
- Lev Yashin
- Thierry Henry
David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldinho are also rumoured to be on the way.
You can find out more information about FIFA 18 Icons here
So, will there just be one ICON card per player?
Nope. FIFA 18 fans will be able to play with three versions of their favourite players.
FUT ICONS Stories was revealed at FUT live – and will see legends such as Pele, Ronaldo Nazario, Thierry Henry, Lev Yashin and Diego Maradona have three different cards each – all available in FIFA Ultimate Team.
The cards each reflect each different stage of a player’s career – the beginning, their prime and tail-end.
All cards have different stats and appearances.
The best card is a 98-rated Pele – reflecting the Brazilian’s ability in the 1970s.
Will it play the same as FIFA 17?
FIFA 17 has come under fire for some aspects of its gameplay – but as FIFA 18 will be powered by the same engine, we doubt much will change here.
Input delay – the time it takes for a button press to translate into an on-screen action – has led to some negative feedback in FIFA 17.
There have also been claims of ‘EAaids’ or ‘scripting’, which refers to the game dynamically adjusting online matches to favour weaker players.
Whilst the former issue is a result of the game’s severs compensating for ‘Ping’ or connection strength variance between online players, we’d expect to see action taken over ‘EAAids’.
Sounds good, since the FIFA 18 beta came out – what’s been the general consensus?
Thankfully, the general feedback has been positive – but there’s one thing that’s causing fans a big headache.
In fact, it’s causing such a stir, that some fans have kicked off their own thread on Reddit discussing the matter.
One wrote: “Pace is back, prepare yourselves. Defenders turn like trucks, forwards run like Bolt and turn like Judas.
“Most frustrating is how hard it is to face your defenders up to someone running at you and often a striker will sprint right through your mid and defence to score.”
Another said: “Pace is back…that is very sad. By the end of the year people will just stay back and counter attack. I hated FIFA 15 – they promised to make slow, high-rated defenders useful again.”
It’s not a surprise that EA has tweaked this element of the gameplay in FIFA 18.
The effectiveness of player pace has dwindled over the past few entries – especially in last year’s game.
Too often some of the quickest players would be given a run for their money by players who, on paper, were far slower.
By FIFA 18 adding more ‘meaning’ to the speed attribute, we should see matches become much faster – with greater emphasis on attacking down the flanks.
What other things do fans want to see addressed in FIFA 18?
There’s quite a few things that annoyed gamers with FIFA 17.
Here are the main ones.
Long Shots – from 45 yards
These find the back of the net far too often.
It’s largely because goalkeeper AI isn’t up to scratch, meaning they spend too often standing still before attempting a dive.
The shots themselves are way too accurate – so incorporating more human error would make things more realistic.
Keepers Mechanics and goal line technology
In penalties, the keepers sometimes do not save the ball despite the fact they dive in the correct direction.
During open gameplay, they also get confused about when they should punch or catch a ball – the former often resulting in the ball landing to an opponent.
The goal-line technology system is also incredibly erratic.
When a player is fouled, the ‘complain’ animation takes far too long – taking them out of the game for a noticeable period of time.
This needs to be shortened.
The CPU AI is far too good at defending, so much so that it’s often more effective to put the controller down and let it do the work.
This needs to be toned down so it doesn’t feel that you’re trying to beat the computer as well as the human opponent.
Scrapping auto blocking and auto tackles would be welcome too.
Corners, Headers and chesting
Some fans have reported that corners leave you too exposed to a counter because players don’t get back fast enough to cover.
Regarding headers, it seems the attacker always has the ability to step in front of the defender, making it easier for them to score regardless of stats.
Adding more control to the aerial tussle would improve things no end.
Chesting the ball is also inconsistent and in desperate need of more control.
These have been slightly flaky throughout FIFA 17’s lifespan, so greater optimisation especially during peak times would be welcome.
Thankfully, EA revealed that they have a dedicated team of people tasked with ensuring the servers are much improved come FIFA 18.
Players should also be kicked for inactivity if they put down the controller for long periods of time.
If a game disconnects during a match, there needs to be a period where it tries to reconnect to the player until a certain time limit is hit.
These are often cited as being too inconsistent – with officials often awarding fouls for very weak challenges.
Cards need to given out more frequently, especially for slide tackles.
The red card bug, where the ref will send the last defender off if they tug on an attacker’s shirt, needs to be axed, too.
When they release a trailer?
EA Sports have released the trailer for the new game here – you can watch it here.
They also released a Journey 2: Hunter Returns trailer
When will it come out, and will there be a demo?
The FIFA 18 demo will arrive on September 15 – two weeks before launch.
So, what’s in the demo?
If it’s the same build EA have been showing off at their preview events, you’ll be able to play as Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, PSG Juventus, Gamba Osaka, Lyon, Inter, Seattle Sounders and Tigres in the demo.
You’ll also likely be able to play through the first part of The Journey: Hunter Returns – although we wouldn’t doing that unless you’ve played the first one.
No sweat, here’s what happens at the end of The Journey – if you won’t have time to play through it.
Will Cristiano Ronaldo still be the best player?
Nope. Pele’s ICON card trumps Ronaldo’s by some distance.
Expect his pace and dribbling to take a slight knock this year compared with his FIFA 17 stats.
Speaking of which…
Has Ronaldo’s rating been revealed?
It certainly seems that way. Ronaldo’s rating in FIFA 18 appears to have been leaked by a well-known gaming YouTuber.
W2S was invited to spend some time with the game at EA’s headquarters in Guildford earlier in the month.
But while he was documenting the experience, the vlogger found the Portuguese superstar in one of the FIFA 18 FUT packs.
The Real Madrid maestro, 32, boasts the same 94 overall rating as he did in FIFA 17.
He is ever so slightly slower, though, with pace dropping from 92 to 91.
Elsewhere, dribbling remains the same at 91, while shooting stays at deadly 92.
Passing gets boosted from 81 to 82 while physical rises from 80 to 81.
How about any other players?
We can expect EA to continue to reveal these as we near launch on September 29.
They usually start revealing ratings at the beginning of September.
Surely a few have already made their way online, though?
You’d be correct. In fact, FIFA 18 fans have been treated to a number of high-profile players’ ratings, if this latest leaked screenshot is anything to go by.
The clip reveals the FIFA 18 scores of RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, Naby Keïta and Napoli’s Dries Mertens – as well as some other well-known stars.
Werner climbs from a 75 rating in FIFA 17 to a decent 82, while Liverpool-bound Keïta jumps from 75 to 83.
Mertens, who’s now 30, has slight rise from his FIFA 17 base of 83 to 86.
But it’s 18-year old Gigio Donnarumma’s rating that really catches the eyes – for all of the wrong reasons.
The young Milan keeper is rated at just 82 – despite being hailed as one of the greatest prospects since Gianluigi Buffon.
To give you an idea of just how good he is, his top FIFA 17 card was rated at 90. Don’t just take our word for it, some fans on the FIFA reddit aren’t happy either.
I can’t wait until the demo drops – is there any way I can play FIFA 18 earlier?
Yep, in fact – you can trick your system into thinking its from a different area – which can give you a few hours head start.
Here’s how to do it.
1) Head to the start menu and ‘Create a new user’
2) You’re going to have to create an account – so have another email standing by and follow the steps
3) Here’s the most important part. When you create the account make sure the Country or Region is set to ‘New Zealand’
4) You’ll be asked to put in your postcode – just type ‘2579’, you can then type anything in the city and state
The game is scheduled for the same release date, but given its focus on multiplayer and mobile Ultimate Team, EA may hold it back until severs are as stable as possible.
It was too late for one man kick offs to feature in FIFA 17 – but will they come along this year?
The change in football laws came into effect at the start of the 2016/17 season, but too late for EA Sports to implement the change into FIFA 17.
Fortunately, they have included the new rule into the game, meaning players will be using the one-man kick-off system in all matches.
Dream Team was given the chance to play the new game, and experienced for ourselves the one-man kick-off format.
Of course, we tried our best to kick it all the way back to the keeper, but we couldn’t do it in the build of the game we played (doubtless someone will come up with a YouTube video showing how to at a later date).
But we were able to pass it back to the central defenders, wide midfielders, as well as just knock it back to the other forward.
We also asked FIFA’s Lead Gameplay Producer Sam Rivera how frustrating it was that football changed the kick-off laws, just days after FIFA 17 had gone to press.
He said: “I remember we talked about whether or not we could get it into the last game, but it was impossible for us to do it.
“It’s a nice addition that you see in real life, how it works is basically we tried to find out which teams were doing one player kick offs and who weren’t, but we couldn’t find find any patterns.
“So we just made it so that if you start the game with a one player kick off, you carry on the whole game with it whenever you take a kick-off.”
Will the Chinese Super League feature?
EA SPORTS’ lead gameplay producer Sam Rivera said: “Our intention with FIFA is to bring the best leagues in the world.
“Yes, we thought about the Chinese league, but for now the Super League will not be included in FIFA 18 .”
Gamers have been calling on EA to include the Chinese Super League for months after a string of high-profile players made the move overseas.
Earlier in the year, Jiangsu Suning’s Alex Teixeira Santos posted a picture on Instagram, with the caption: “Official presentation for FIFA 18 new jersey for the 2017 season.”
Some took this to be a sign the league was set to be included – but it’s clear now this is not the case.
Will The Journey feature again? (SPOILER ALERT)
Yes, it’s called Hunter Returns.
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.
Here’s what we know:
The story line decisions are much broader
Last season’s game mode saw the story line 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 story line 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.
Does Alex Hunter get 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.
Oh, and Hunter now his own Twitter account.
Yep, Hunter has joined Twitter… which is leading to some interesting results.
It’s a nice idea in theory, but in reality poor old Alex is getting torn to shreds.
Largely because he’s a fictional video game character and is little more than a bundle of pixels with no soul.
Will free kicks and penalties stay the same?
Penalties won’t change much, but free kicks could see an overhaul.
The new “momentum” system that governs the set-pieces is incredibly hard to master and has been panned by FIFA players.
As a result, we’d expect this to revert back to the more “traditional” shot power and curl mechanic.
The system works wonders for penalties, though – allowing for much more control over shot placement and power.
Goalkeeper AI during spot kicks is often found wanting, so expect EA to address this.
When will EA release some more information about the game?
EA is planning an Ultimate Team ‘showcase’ at this year’s Gamescom convention in August.
FIFA 18 creative director Matt Prior revealed the publisher will use the conference in Cologne as a springboard for FIFA 18 news about the popular mode.
“Ordinary we don’t announce much about Ultimate Team around this time because we’re in the run up to Gamescom – that’s our big FUT showcase,” he said at a FIFA 18 event in London.
What will be the best new feature in FIFA 18?
Dynamic weather will almost certainly feature in FIFA 18.
Need For Speed (2015) and Battlefield 1 -are both powered by the same engine and make use of unpredictable in-game weather systems.
Speaking to Metro last year, EA DICE’s Patrick Bach explained why weather is so much more than just a ‘pretty effect’.
“We often talk about these different dimensions in Battlefield, where you have the rock, paper, scissors and then you marry that with the destruction and you create unpredictability from different angles. And with the layer of weather we actually change the way you play in a very drastic way,” he said.
“So, if you have the tactics of being a sniper and it starts to rain then you probably have to change tactics. And the same with fighter planes, once the fog rolls in it’s like, ‘Okay, this is not as effective anymore, so I probably need to go back on the ground’.
“It’s not only a pretty effect, it actually changes the way you play the game.”
Dynamic weather would add a whole new layer of tactics to gameplay in FIFA.
For example, weather taking a turn for the worse could negatively affect player ground speed, passing accuracy and injury probability.
Players could fall over more easily, goalkeepers could be more likely to fumble fast shots… the list is endless, and would all help add an extra level of realism to the game.
Tell us about the stadiums – what ones will be included?
Stadiums are one of the biggest talking points about FIFA 18.
While FIFA 17 featured more than 70 stadiums – including the likes of the Santiago Bernabéu, Juventus Stadium and Allianz Arena, there were some notable names missing. Thankfully, as the guys at Goal pointed out, there are some new additions in FIFA 18.
These include LA Galaxy’s StubHub Center, newly-promoted Huddersfield Town’s John Smith’s Stadium and Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex arena.
Sadly, there’s one notable omission – and we’re not talking about the Camp Nou. White Hart Lane will not feature – as Tottenham have now moved to Wembley.
The Estadio Vicente Calderon will also likely get the chop, given that Atletico Madrid are in the process of moving to the Wanda Metropolitano.
Here’s every stadium that will feature in the game – not including the generic ones.
- Dean Court: AFC Bournemouth
- Emirates Stadium: Arsenal
- Amex Stadium: Brighton & Hove Albion
- Turf Moor: Burnley
- Stamford Bridge: Chelsea
- Selhurst Park: Crystal Palace
- Goodison Park: Everton
- John Smith’s Stadium: Huddersfield Town
- King Power Stadium: Leicester City
- Anfield: Liverpool
- Etihad Stadium: Manchester City
- Old Trafford: Manchester United
- St James’ Park: Newcastle United
- St Mary’s Stadium: Southampton
- bet365 Stadium: Stoke City
- Liberty Stadium: Swansea City
- Wembley: Tottenham Hotspur
- Vicarage Road: Watford
- The Hawthorns: West Bromwich Albion
- London Stadium: West Ham United
- Villa Park: Aston Villa
- KCOM Stadium: Hull City
- Riverside: Middlesbrough
- Carrow Road: Norwich City
- Loftus Road: QPR
EFL League One
- Fratton Park: Portsmouth
- Allianz Arena: Bayern Munich
- Johan Cruijff Arena: Ajax
- Borussia Park: Borussia Monchengladbach
- Donbass Arena: Shakhtar Donetsk
- Mestalla Stadium: Valencia CF
- Juventus Stadium: Juventus
- Olympiastadion: Hertha Berlin
- Stade Velodrome: Olympique Marseille
- Parc des Princes: PSG
- San Siro: AC Milan & Inter Milan
- Santiago Bernabeu: Real Madrid
- Signal Iduna Park: Borussia Dortmund
- Veltins Arena: Schalke 04
- Volksparkstadion: Hamburg SV
- Wanda Metropolitano: Atletico Madrid
Rest of the world
- BC Place Stadium: Vancouver Whitecaps
- CenturyLink Field: Seattle Sounders
- Estadio Azteca: Club America
- King Abdullah Sports City: Al Ittihad & Al Ahli
- King Fahd International Stadium: Al Hilal, Al Nassr & Al Shabab
- La Bombonera: Boca Juniors
- El Monumental: River Plate
- StubHub Center: LA Galaxy
- Suita City Football Stadium: Gamba Osaka
Are there any cheats?
A cheat called ’99OVR’ gives every single player in your team a 99 rating in every skill – and it could ruin FIFA 18.
This theoretically means that even bronze or silver players can be better than 93-rated Lionel Messi and 94-rated Cristiano Ronaldo.
It’s also extremely damaging to Ultimate Team as it results in a 10K squad being better than a five million FUT-coin team.
Now for the worst bit – it’s extremely hard to tell if someone is using the cheat until it’s too late.
It’s thought EA is aware of the matter and taking steps to eradicate the cheat.
Reddit users have spotted that when you match against an opponent and their team comes up on the screen, a disconnect occurs.
EA now registers player stats server side, so every one of those disconnects could be a cheater using 99OVR.
Worringly, it took almost the entire of FIFA 17’s lifespan for EA to find a workaround for the cheat. By that time, many normal players had abandoned the PC version of the game altogether.
Given that there are forums devoted to finding out ways to hack the game, something tells us a version of the 99OVR cheat may rear its ugly head in FIFA 18 on PC.
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?
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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