FIFA 18 fans are currently being treated to the first of many updates.
EA Sports will be rolling these out as it looks to rid the game of any bugs as well as ensure the gameplay is balanced.
While many of these changes will be welcome – for example improved goal-net animations, some may take a little more getting used to.
In the PC patch notes, EA has reduced shot accuracy – making it harder to score goals.
Although there have been issues with IF players netting too easily, scoring from distance was, in our opinion, well balanced this year.
Other changes include adding this season’s authentic Bundesliga broadcast package and fixing multiple minor audio issues.
Here’s the full list of changes coming to FIFA 18:
Added the following in FIFA Ultimate team:
- New functionality to Champions Channel including missed shots and hidden timeline.
Addressed the following in FIFA Ultimate team:
- An issue with the extra time display on the Champions Channel timeline.
- An issue with locked EASFC catalogue kits on opponent teams in Squad Battles.
- An issue where the crowd would have incorrect flags when the home team is wearing a certain kit.
- An issue where a player could crash when watching a FUT Champions Channel match.
- An issue where players could control the goalkeeper in FUT Single Player modes.
- Changed Matches Remaining to Attempts Remaining in FUT Champions Daily Knockout Tournament.
- Changed the Possible Points text in Squad Battles to Projected Match Points.
- Updated loan player portraits in the EASFC Catalogue.
- Visual improvements to some FUT item types.
Addressed the following in Gameplay:
- Tuned goalkeeper reactions in certain situations.
- Tuned down the difficulty for Amateur and Semi-Pro difficulties.
- Reduced shot accuracy and slightly increased goalkeeper reaction times in certain in-game situations.
Added the following in The Journey Hunter Returns:
- Icons in cinematic scenes to indicate the user-triggered action.
- Triggered actions are: Personality, FIFA 17 Result, Match Result, Key Decision, Player Performance, Team Performance, Partnership Rating
Addressed the following in The Journey Hunter Returns:
- An issue where the player could crash during a cinematic in Chapter 5.
Added the following in Career Mode:
- Added option to delegate contract renewals.
- Allow users to renegotiate contract with a player whose release clause has been paid.
Addressed the following in Career Mode:
- An issue where users could use a loaned player as part of a transfer deal.
- An issue where Breaking News weren’t getting refreshed.
Addressed the following in Online Modes:
- An issue in Pro Clubs where a player could return to an invisible lobby after a match.
- Enabled the opponent indicators in online matches.
- Improvements were made to the kit clashing logic.
Audio / Visual / Presentation Changes:
- Adding this season’s authentic Bundesliga broadcast package.
- Addressed multiple minor audio issues.
- Improvements to the goal net animations.
We’ll provide you with more information on further updates if and when they become available.
So, just how good is 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.
PES 2018, on the other hand, is vastly different – offering a faster, arguably more fun, football experience.
Wait, what about the Nintendo Switch version?
If FIFA on the Switch had a better online Ultimate Team service, it would be a must-have for FIFA fans.
Graphics and gameplay are both top notch and show that EA was right to give a partnership with Nintendo another go.
But, given its online limitations – and the fact the Joy Cons aren’t suited to such complex gameplay, FIFA on Switch is more of a luxury than an essential purchase.
If Nintendo’s online infrastructure improves, though, it could well be a must-have game this Christmas.