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FIFA 18: One of the most hipster teams in the world has returned to the game

Iceland will be playable in FIFA 18

FIFA 18 will see Iceland return to the game after they were frozen out of FIFA 17.

The Nordic country’s national team will feature after reaching an agreement with FIFA 18 developer EA Sports.

It comes nearly one year after Iceland snubbed EA’s first offer of two million kronur (around 15,500 euros) for FIFA 17 because the  Football Association of Iceland (KSI) deemed the amount too meagre.

The thunder clap was one of the highlights of Euo 2016 – but it’s not been confirmed for FIFA 18…. yet

The thunder clap was one of the highlights of Euo 2016 – but it’s not been confirmed for FIFA 18…. yet

Iceland were the smallest nation at Euro 2016 but stole the show after beating England and celebrating with the iconic thunder clap.

It’s still not confirmed as to yet  the celebration will feature in the game, but FIFA fans would certainly be happy to see it.

“This is good news for all those who play the game all over the world (…) our supporters and the players themselves,” KSI president Gudni Bergsson said.

Meanwhile, the FIFA 18 demo is arriving in EIGHT days – two weeks before the full game launches.

Here’s 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. We’ll even go through all the new ratings for FIFA 18.

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.

If you’re desperate to get your hands on the game, sign up to EA Access to play FIFA 18 five days before launch for a full 10 hours.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the face of this year’s FIFA

Cristiano Ronaldo is the face of this year’s FIFA

Can I play the demo early?

For those who are keen to play FIFA 18 early, follow these steps and you’ll get a head start.

Otherwise, it launches at 00.01 on September 15.

Just be prepared for a lot of people to be downloading it all at once – so act fast! 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 already see the FIFA 18 demo on the Xbox store?

The FIFA 18 demo is already on the Xbox store

The FIFA 18 demo is already 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’.

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FIFA 18 on the Nintendo Switch is shaping up to be the best handheld version to date

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 in the FIFA 18 demo including Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, PSG and Juventus.

Here’s the full line up:

  • Manchester City
  • Manchester United
  • Chelsea
  • Real Madrid
  • Atletico Madrid
  • Juventus
  • Bayern Munich
  • PSG
  • LA Galaxy
  • Toronto FC

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.

FIFA 18’s The Journey will see the return of Alex Hunter in a story that will send him around the world

FIFA 18’s The Journey will see the return of Alex Hunter in a story that will send him around the world

Go on, what ratings has EA Sports revealed?

They’ve kicked off the ratings process with the top 100 players in FIFA 18.

Here’s the full list so far:
#100 – Bernardo Silva
#99 – Sami Khedira
#98 – Sadio Mané
#97 – Dani Alves
#96 – Marco Asensio
#95 – Falcao
#94 – Mauro Icardi
#93 – Dele Alli
#92 – Bernd Leno
#91 – Claudio Marchisio
#90 – Stéphane Ruffier
#89 – Ilkay Gündoğan
#88 – Danijel Subašić
#87 – Raphaël Varane
#86 – Kamil Glik
#85 – Andrea Barzagli
#84 – Vincent Kompany
#83 – Henrikh Mkhitaryan
#82 – Yannick Carrasco
#81 – Marc-André ter Stegen
#80 – Jan Vertonghen
#79 – Ángel Di Maria
#78 – Filipe Luís
#77 – Lorenzo Insigne
#76 – César Azpilicueta
#75 – Miralem Pjanić
#74 – Jordi Alba
#73 – Keylor Navas
#72 – Blaise Matuidi
#71 – Casemiro
#70 – Alexandre Lacazette
#69 – Miranda
#68 – Pepe
#67 – David Alaba
#66 – Petr Čech
#65 – Javi Martinez
#64 – Marco Reus
#63 – Diego Costa
#62 – Sokratis
#61 – Franck Ribéry

So, have you played it?

Yes, and we’re very impressed.

Why not take a look at our FIFA 18 early review.