Marco Asensio may be one of the biggest names in football right now, but when it comes to FIFA 18 he’s still some way down the pecking order.
The Real Madrid star is ranked as the 96th best player, with a rating of 84. This is below the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Dele Alli, which some may disagree with.
But FIFA fans are particularly annoyed with one Asensio’s stats… his pace.
The 21-year-old has actually lost a speed point from last year – dropping from 79 to 78.
One fan wrote on the FIFA sub reddit: “Here we were thinking he was going to get a pace upgrade. Doesn’t really make any sense. If you’ve actually seen him play, his turn of pace and his ability to start a counter attack is a major part of his game. (Also what is up with his neck in his FIFA 18 card lmao).”
Another said: “Agree on this one. Shot should be higher as well. Or at least his long shots and finishing should be rather high. I think his pace should have been in the low to mid 80s minimum.”
For those of you looking to get your hands on the game, the FIFA 18 demo is arriving NEXT WEEK – two weeks before the full game launches.
Here, we go through everything you need to know about the demo – from how long it’ll take to download, to tips and tricks to master the game early.
So, when’s it actually coming out?
The FIFA 18 demo drops on September 15 – a massive two weeks before launch.
For those who are keen to play it early, follow these steps and you’ll get a head start.
For the PES fans among you, Konami has kicked off the demo on Xbox One, PC and PS4.
The full game launches on September 14.
But wait, I can see the FIFA 18 demo on the Xbox store?
Yep, look around and you’ll see the demo, which appears in the Ronaldo Nazario loan tab, but it cannot be downloaded yet.
However, it does reveal some key information about what to expect.
The demo will be approximately 7.3GB in size – pretty hefty, so expect a download time of at least one-two hours, depending on connection.
Wait… how about the Switch version?
We’ve had no news from EA as to whether the Switch version will be getting a demo.
Given its focus on online play, EA may want to hold off until the servers are secure.
Frostbite, the in-house engine developed by EA DICE, powers FIFA 18 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
However, FIFA on the Switch will use a ‘custom engine’ based on the Ignite code from FIFA 16.
While EA confirmed the Switch can handle Frostbite, the company opted to build a unique engine because it would have to be heavily downgraded, resulting in a ‘sh***y second rate game’.
Andrei Lazarescu, who leads the team in Bucharest working on FIFA for Nintendo Switch, told Dream Team Gaming: “As much as we would have wanted to (use Frostbite) you can’t without making the whole engine work.
“We intentionally chose to do a custom engine because we felt that rather and try and get Frostbite running and end up having to downsize things and making it just a smaller, lower-quality version of the PS4 and Xbox One versions, we wanted this to be a FIFA that stands on its own two feet.
“We want people to recognise it and play it for what it is rather than saying, hey, you’re getting a sh***y, second-rate game. This is a full FIFA that players players will enjoy.”
For those worried about the lack of Frostbite, Lazarescu is confident the Switch version looks far superior than the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.
“If you put the two together you won’t recognise them,” he said. “When you dock it (and connect to the TV), it’s 1080p and 60 frames per second – Gen 3 (PS3 / Xbox 360) never run on this.
“We’re also using physics based rendering, another thing that Gen 3 did not have. We’re even putting ICONS in Ultimate Team – Gen 3 won’t have these either.”
How can I download the demo on Xbox, PS4 and PC?
The demo will appear in Origin, PS Store and Xbox Live. It’ll be ‘Featured’ so should be easy to find.
If there are any issues, use the ‘search’ function and type in ‘FIFA 18 demo’.
Once you find it, click ‘download’ and it’ll begin the process.
How long will it take to download?
This all depends on your connection – but anything more than 7GB is pretty large.
The servers will be under strain given just how many people will be downloading it, so the earlier you can download the game, the better.
To give yourself the best possible chance, make sure to connect your console to an Ethernet cable. You’ll see slightly faster speeds.
Also, try and disconnect other things – such as movie streaming services, whilst you download. They’ll hog the bandwidth.
Can I download it early?
In theory, yes.
Follow our step by step guide to download the FIFA 18 demo early and you’ll be playing it before anyone else.
So, what’s in the demo?
You’ll be able to play as a number of teams including Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, PSG and Juventus.
Here’s the full line up:
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Real Madrid
- Atletico Madrid
- Bayern Munich
- LA Galaxy
- Toronto FC
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Who will be the best player on the demo?
The best player on the demo will be FIFA 18 cover star Cristiano Ronaldo – although his rating on the preview build was TBC.
So, what did you think of it when you had a go?
We’re very impressed – it’s slower than FIFA 17 but that’s no bad thing. Plus, it looks spectacular – especially on PS4 Pro.
Why not take a look at our FIFA 18 early review for an in-depth analysis.
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