Even PES 2018 still has a good reputation this year, Konami is at a disadvantage in business performance compared with EA when the releasing of FIFA 18 - it seems to be the epitome of battle between FIFA and PES in the past three years. One site has made a detailed evaluation on Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 before, and today in this article, we take a look at what surprise FIFA 18 will bring to players and fans this year?
The Journey - Hunter Returns
If we say that FIFA 17 set a precedent for football game story mode, the virtual characters in FIFA 18, Alex Hunter, become the hot topic among fans and game player to talk about momentarily. EA launches a totally new mode The Journey in the second season, many characters like Alex of the previous series return back. It also includes Henry and the FIFA pop star Ferdinand (even Harden included), which is also expected.
The original story mode attracted a lot of attention by it's fresh sense, but FIFA 18 has no such advantage at all. So EA development group think out a more advanced means to attract all players to experience it.
The second season of The Journey make preseason as a starting point, and middle with contents of friends, family and the desire of dream as well as self rescue in a lost environment. Gameplay mode is still the circle of a game, a training and a story. It add some choices for dialogue , which express the character of player: cool-head or Hot type. And some key choices will be linked to plot development.
In addition, EA still promote their own football league though it's the former most popular firm among America. Fortunately, the unreasonable player position has finally improved in this season. When I chose Manchester United as the home team, Hunter with over 70 overall rating can get rid of pop stars and start as the first one with training.
We can still see that EA is trying their best to make story mode approaching to real career according to the whole story mode. It's not EA's strength to tell a story. However, it's not so bad to be objectionable. If EA want to make FIFA as a hot video game all the time, the potential of this mode still needs to be further explored by the development group since Alexis is just 18 as young as The Journey.
As far as I am concerned, the former Ignite is qualified for the mode in court, movements and operation performance, and there is still potential for progress. EA apply Ignite for three years and then introduce their Frostbite 3. Of course, the primary purpose is to keep those game IP developing in long term. On the other hand, that's not because Ignite place restrictions on FIFA to a large extent, but the urgent need of The Journey .
It seems that FIFA is satisfied with current situation since it only fix some small bugs while the overall style and operation did not change too much.
Let's talk about the Manager Mode that everyone cares. Players' overall rate have also changed. FIFA 18 repacked the News, making it looks more delicacy. But players who get used to manager mode will not pay much attention to the News.
In actual competition, operating handle have slightly changed compared with the previous series. According to my experience, the increasing accident and randomness make the presence and authenticity much better than FIFA 17. Advanced AI defense in FIFA 18 will not be broken easily. On the contrary, it greatly improves the success rate of false action.
Some people complain that defend system is little hard for them to control, which is not the case in fact,. The key is to take full use of two buttons: following defense and help defense. Bur for compete between PVP, there is still lots of routines. But it's not difficult to find that level gap between players is not too obvious.
The Ultimate Team Mode
The Ultimate Team Mode is one point that we must mention in FIFA Review. Legend players who were limited exclusive on Xbox return to the entire platform. The overall rates for legend players are divided into three periods, which-fits-in exactly with fans'-wishes. Players are delighted to access to this kind of compete.
EA keep improving in card choosing, especially Squad Battle, which can be included in one of the few new playing styles in FIFA 18. Essentially, it's a single-player ladder game mode that update each 7 days. However, the ladder ranking performance competition makes this mode categorized into FUT. In each updating period players are able to compete with other teams and earn rates according to the difficulty and results of competition. Also-they may get rewards in the final ranking.
Please notice that the new play style differs from ladder in other games. Firstly, it's a a singles match supported by other teams instead of a competition between players. Secondly, the number of matches is limited and system will refresh its opponents at regular time.
Sales for PES 2018 equals to the sales for FIFA PS3 until now, but it don't reveal any quality gap between the two games. Then ,why PES 2018 only achieve millions on sales among a huge group of hundreds of millions of audience?
On the basis of a very comprehensive event, team, court copyright, FIFA 18 also added simplified Chinese, making players-who has trouble in understanding English or simplified Chinese feel free-although it doesn't catch up with PES 2018 in Chinese Interpretation. Players have no longer troubles in understanding English menu.
On the other hand, the facial modeling technique has improved day by day in FIFA from pure manual kneading in the past to face scan later, and until now the face's fidelity of the two series. From details we can see that players'-face is more slippery than before. It's also a consistent joke among the fans for discrimination in the treatment of Leagues. Customers for FIFA mainly come from Europe and England is the best seller in Europe.
For many fifa players actually, they have no idea whether fifa series is enjoyable or not. It's just habituation that keeps them playing it. The charm of FUT and the real copyright has direct effect on customers' choice. That's why PES 2018 players are always advised to to turn on FIFA, while FIFA players will not turn back to PES 2018. Althogh we compared FIFA 18 with its previous series and even with PES 2018, there is still one thing: fifa 18 coins is still vital in FIFA 18 just as fifa 17 coins does in FIFA 17.