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FIFA 18: Rio Ferdinand’s interview with Alex Hunter in The Journey is such a missed opportunity

What should have been one of the most memorable moments in the game is completely forgettable

FIFA 18 sees the return of Alex Hunter for the second part of The Journey.

EA Sports has promised it’ll be bigger and better than last year – and from what we’ve played, we have to agree.

The Journey: Hunter Returns follows the young star as he battles to establish himself on the international stage.

Along the way, he bumps into a load of football stars, from Cristiano Ronaldo to Rio Ferdinand.

The interview is crammed full of unnatural pauses – which makes the whole thing feel slightly off

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The interview is crammed full of unnatural pauses – which makes the whole thing feel slightly off

But it’s the latter star that caught our attention – for the wrong reasons.

At the start of the FIFA 18‘s The Journey, Hunter meets Ferdinand for an interview on a show aptly named ‘Ones to Watch’.

Sadly, I found the entire ordeal incredibly awkward – crammed with unnatural silences, and bizarre questions including, “Now, when did you get the smell” (referring to Hunter’s sense that he was going to have a good season).

Hunter meets Rio on the TV show – but it’s pretty painful to play through

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Hunter meets Rio on the TV show – but it’s pretty painful to play through

There’s almost zero chemistry between the pair – which, in fairness, must be hard given they’re both essentially a collection of pixels.

But the real kicker comes when Rio starts asking about Hunter’s father.

Rather than giving the gamer a choice – a chance to shape how the public sees Hunter’s relationship with his dad, EA answers the question for us – a huge missed opportunity.

It’s those kind of questions that gamers want to answer themselves – and is reminiscent of the restricted dialogue choices in last year’s game.

Instead, we get simplistic choices such as ‘I enjoy playing football’, which reveals very little about, what’s shaping up to be, a complex character.

This, coupled with the fact that there’s no time-limit given to the player to answer each question, really takes away from the intensity.

There’s no time limit on the answers, so the result are long awkward silences and unnatural dialogue

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There’s no time limit on the answers, so the result are long awkward silences and unnatural dialogue

EA does try their best to make the questions interesting – and there’s a nice touch about his relationship with Gareth Walker, but overall, what should have been one of the stronger parts of Hunter Returns is actually quite forgettable.

Let’s hope as we continue playing through that things get better for Hunter and co.

So, what do we think about FIFA 18?

FIFA 18 is a far superior game than FIFA 17 – but there are still some issues.

Frostbite, for all its good looks, still brings with it numerous annoying glitches and errors. We hope EA patches these in the coming weeks.

However, when it comes to gameplay, the shift towards a more tactical experience is welcome – encouraging you to really think about the game, and rewarding you amply when you do.

Improved lighting effects allow for more realistic stadiums

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Improved lighting effects allow for more realistic stadiums in this year’s game 

We’ve haven’t had a long enough go on FIFA 18 on the Nintendo Switch, but from what we’ve seen, it’s an incredibly impressive package, too.

PES 2018, on the other hand, is vastly different – offering a faster, arguably more fun, football experience.

For a more in-depth look, be sure to check out our full FIFA 18 review.

Sounds great … where’s the cheapest place to pick it up?

As supply will outweigh demand, loads of top retailers will be vying for your business, meaning a lot of the best FIFA 18 deals can be had closer to launch on September 29.

We’ve pulled together the best FIFA 18 deals here – and we’ll keep updating should we spot any more.

Right now, you can expect to fork out £49.99 for the game in most stores. Game has the edge, though, giving you a free month-long pass for Now TV.

The cheapest place for the Nintendo Switch version of the game is Argos, coming in at £47.99.

Remember, if you’re not too sure whether to pick up the game, be sure to try out the FIFA 18 demo.

Sadly, there will be NO Switch demo – so Nintendo fans will have to wait a little longer. Given its focus on online play, EA may be holding off the trial until the servers are up to speed.

NOW WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW BELOW AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND.