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FIFA 18: EA Sports has named Chelsea benchwarmer among the game’s most skillful players 

He's up there with Cristano Ronaldo in terms of skill

Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda is among the most skillful players on this year’s FIFA 18.

The Belgian hotshot rubs shoulders with a host of star names that boast a five star skill rating on the new game, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Douglas Costa, Neymar and Franck Ribery.

According to EA Sports, ‘only a select few are worthy of FIFA 18’s five star skill rating’, with only a handful of Premier League players featured, including Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez.

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Musonda is considered one of Chelsea’s brightest young talents, but has hardly seen any first-team action since joining the club from Anderletch as a youth in 2012.

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So far this season, Musonda’s enjoyed a solitary minute in their opening day defeat against Burnley, coupled with the nine minutes he played in the Community Shield against Arsenal.

Supporters of the club have big hopes for the midfielder, who is considered a fan-favourite despite rarely getting much game time.

You can see the full list here.


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Sadly, there will be NO Switch demo – so Nintendo fans will have to wait a little longer.

Wait… what’s going on with that?

Given its focus on online play, EA may be holding off the trial until the servers are up to speed.

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.


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“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.”

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.

There are 12 teams in the demo:

  • Manchester United
  • Manchester City
  • Real Madrid CF
  • Atlético de Madrid
  • Juventus F.C.
  • FC Bayern Munich
  • Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
  • LA Galaxy
  • Toronto FC
  • Boca Juniors
  • C.D. Guadalajara
  • Vissel Kobe

There are four stadiums, too:

  • Santiago Bernabéu
  • La Bombonera
  • StubHub Center
  • King Fahd Stadium

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

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

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