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FIFA 18: EA Sports just made the change no one wanted

Say goodbye to through balls

FIFA 18 fans have been treated to the third patch – and it’s made passing much more difficult.

Before the patch, you were able to pick out players with ease – especially with through balls.


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But now, ground passes are less accurate and are more dependent on the passer’s angle.

So, if you’re looking to make that incisive pass, you better start getting the practice in.

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This is third FIFA 18 update since the game was launched in September

Here’s exactly what EA has done to the passing:

  • Made ground passes and ground through passes less effective when blindly passing the ball between 90 and 270 degrees, where 0 degrees is the direction the player is facing.
  • The most significant impact will be seen when the pass angle is between 140 and 220 degrees.
  • The impact scales when the pass angle is between 90 (least impact) and 139 degrees and between 221 and 270 (least impact) degrees.
  • The passes impacted by this change will see: reduced ball speed, reduced accuracy.

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On the plus side, goalkeepers have been given a bit of welcome attention.

They now will stop parrying the ball into their own net, and no longer dive too early on downward headers and volley shots.

Here are the full patch notes.

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FIFA 18 sees the return of the Frostbite engine, which can be prone to glitches

Addressed the following issues in Gameplay:

  • The goalkeeper sometimes parrying the ball into his own goal.
  • The goalkeeper diving too early on downward header and volley shots.
  • Players sometimes becoming invisible during a match.
  • Dragbacks not working when rapidly tapping the modifier button.
  • Players being unable to string together multiple stepovers.
  • The goalkeeper, in some situations, being unable to throw the ball after making a save close to the goal line.
  • The player automatically passing the ball from a set piece after the game had been paused in an Online match.
  • An issue with Custom controls where movement with the directional buttons was not working when locked to a player.

Transfer negotiations are one of the most exciting parts about FIFA 18's Career Mode

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Transfer negotiations are one of the most exciting parts about FIFA 18's Career Mode

Made the following changes in FIFA Ultimate team:

  • Added the Objectives tile to the Pause Menu in all FUT Online modes.
  • Added Guest Mode in FUT Online Seasons and FUT Online Draft.
  • Disabled the FIFA Trainer within FUT Champions.

Addressed the following issues in FIFA Ultimate team:

  • An issue in Squad Building Challenges where tagging a group of challenges would make it unselectable.
  • ICONs displaying their current age on in-game overlays.
  • Wrong badge showing for your opponent on the Online Season's Match Preview screens.
  • Objective Completed visual notification not displaying correctly for some Daily/Weekly Objectives.
  • Alignment of the text on Manager League items.
  • An issue with the effects shown during the pack opening animation.
  • The icon of your rank in Squad Battles displaying incorrectly when claiming rewards.

FIFA 18 has been well received but it's had a few technical issues

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FIFA 18 has been well received but it's had a few technical issues

Addressed the following issues in Online Modes:

  • Players crashing when matching up in Pro Clubs Friendly Matches in certain situations.
  • Players would not receive invites in Pro Clubs Friendly Matches in certain situations.

Addressed the following issues in Career Mode:

  • Players crashing during the first game of the season in certain situations.

Made the following changes in Audio / Visual / Presentation:

  • Updated the Chile National Team kits and crest to be authentic.

Addressed the following issues in Audio / Visual / Presentation:

  • The volume of the audio in the Cristiano Ronaldo celebration.
  • Some issues with crowd flags displaying the wrong images.
  • Some visual issues with the Bundesliga broadcast package.
  • Situations where the ball would appear to go through the goal netting.
  • An issue where a player on the ground would incorrectly animate as flipping or spinning.
  • Celebrations clipping through ad boards.

Stadiums are much more detailed in FIFA 18

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Stadiums are much more detailed in FIFA 18

FIFA 18's Title Update 3 is about 1.735GB in size on PS4 and 2.3GB on Xbox One.