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FIFA 18 - Three Things FIFA 18 Can Do to Improve the Rest of the Season

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FIFA 18 - Three Things FIFA 18 Can Do to Improve the Rest of the Season

Between the constant tweaks from gameplay patches to stale and repetitive offline modes, FIFA 18 has found its way on the shelf for many gamers during this congested video game release schedule. Nearly three months after release, FIFA 18 is still trying to find a much needed balance in order to regain some steam and earn your time. While there are several areas in which this year’s game can improve upon, here are three quick ways in which FIFA 18 can regain some of its mojo and finish the season on a high note.

Take It Easy With The Patches

For better or worse, post-release patches have become commonplace in today’s video game landscape. While the ability to fix flaws is a positive one, the constant tinkering by the development team can wreak havoc on areas such as sliders. Settling into a groove can quickly be undone by a seemingly straightforward tweak to an area such as passing speed. As is the case among most sports titles, the game you play now is different from the one you experienced at release. If you need reassurance, just head over to the slider forum and you’ll see the OS faithful hard at work for each new patch release. As gameplay tuners have seemingly been phased out, patches these days often come with an assortment of other non-gameplay oriented tweaks (think Bundesliga presentation package) as well the online fixes (stability fixes, FUT tweaks, etc.). The ability to deny certain offline tweaks to gameplay would be a welcome feature. As of right now the only way to accomplish this would be to take your console offline, which negates other aspects such as player and roster updates. There’s a fine line when it comes to post-release support. Too much tinkering turns gamers off and can lead to debates that often cause placebo effects. Conversely, too little support and the community will question the developer’s commitment, especially in a game with a divided (FUT vs offline) community.

Bring Back The Weekly Challenges 

Apart from ratings updates, there’s a huge disconnect between the live seasons and FIFA 18. Unless you’re an online player (seasons, Pro Clubs, and FUT) or deep into your Career Mode, FIFA 18 has probably made its way out of your gaming rotation with games like Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed and Battlefront recently releasing. Why not bring back some off the challenge modes from the past? Currently, only “Match of the Day” is playable where as in the past you were presented with the opportunity to relive classic matches. Last weekend, Schalke of the German Bundesliga pulled off the impossible, coming back from four goals to earn a draw against their heated rival Dortmund. I used to enjoy jumping into matches at say halftime and attempting to accomplish a result. I’d welcome the challenge of playing as Sweden and trying to hold off Italy during a World Cup playoff qualifier or taking a penalty as Egypt’s Mo Salah with a spot in the World Cup on the line. Between a lackluster career mode, the repetitiveness of the Journey, and the negatives that come with online FIFA gaming, FIFA 18 can feel very stale. Perhaps some new challenge modes can help freshen up the game.

Incorporate The World Cup

With the 2018 World Cup draw concluded, it’s time for EA to step up to the plate and provide us with a fully immersive World Cup experience as a free standalone mode within FIFA 18. Between the lack of international licenses and authentic stadiums, the current World Cup experience within FIFA 18 is a generic mess. As the world’s biggest sports spectacle, there’s no higher achievement than donning your country’s flag across your back as you lift the trophy. From this tournament, stars and scapegoats are born. It’s disappointing that in 2018 there are still unlicensed national sides and outdated rosters. A standalone mode with full qualification from every region, culminating in a draw (think College Hoops 2K8’s Selection Show) would be the experience we all crave.

Sure, incorporating two new modes into a pre-existing title with a revenue maker such as Ultimate Team is a long shot but if any sports developer has the resources to pull this off it’s EA. The footy enthusiasts are most likely still going strong with FIFA or PES, but a lot of the casual fans have most likely moved on to other titles.

If you have moved on but are still active in the FIFA forum: What can EA do with FIFA 18 to lure you back in and finish the season strongly?

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  1. AMEN on the World Cup thing. It's always baffled me how they don't  include all the national teams each year despite the fact they hold the FIFA license.
    Fix while pressing L1 or the analog to change players to actually go to the best possible player on defense to defend the attack. Too many times it gets it wrong. The pace should be slower also
    I know it's a petty gripe, but it kills me how they've removed previously implemented features like a full scrimmage mode and the 'Match Day' option for Play Now.  I loved both of those features and I still can't think of a single reason why they would ever have removed either of them.
    Dude they aren't going to incorporate a WC mode (and I agree with you that they should) because they're going to come out with a Road to the WC game in a few months. 
    The World Cup and lack of international teams is already mentioned in the OP. Other than that my biggest gripe is the lack of assistance the game provides to help users learn "skill" moves. Practice Mode is well nigh useless thanks to the ridiculous camera angle which hardly anyone uses and can't be changed. That leaves you trying to figure out dribbling/skills move in "skills challenges" mode but it's cumbersome and time consuming.
    I would prefer if FIFA has a tutorial mode where you select a move you want to learn from a drop-down box or a list and the game will walk you through it and explain how & when to pull it off with a defender around to make it realistic, i.e. the game can show pop-ups when to press a button or move RS/LS in a certain direction at what time so you can learn it easily rather than trying to learn it the hard way which takes forever. Not many people have that much time at their disposal where they can spend hours trying to learn skill moves/dribbling skills. There are lot of folks like me who have maybe a couple of hours to spend every week but would like to improve and pull off moves a la Ronaldo or Messi but at the moment it takes a lot of investment in time which again turns off a lot of casual gamers away.
    Will be interesting to see if Manchester City's dominance of the English Premier League is accurately reflected in any new FIFA 18 patches, most of my playthroughs have Chelsea & Man Utd far above the rest in terms of points, Last time i played i saw Man City end in 5th!! The game lacks a lot of the realism if the big teams arent as strong as they should be.
    I don't think they will ever include a FIFA World Cup mode in the base game, maybe as a DLC.. this is EA we're talking about.
    BerlinBlues
    Stopped reading when I saw " found it’s way" in the first sentence.

    So you stopped reading when they started criticising FIFA? The full sentence is "found it's way to the shelf" as in people aren't playing it...
    ah well.
    ThoughtYouknewfool
    Fix while pressing L1 or the analog to change players to actually go to the best possible player on defense to defend the attack. Too many times it gets it wrong. The pace should be slower also

    Totally agree. I’ve said this in other threads too. Been a pain in the a$$ every year constantly switching to a player further away and not logical at all. Really needs to be fixed.
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    I would love less gameplay patches unless they are geared for offline players. I know that complaining about gameplay patches in FIFA is equivalent to complaining you get wet in a swimming pool, but still...I agree with KG, tone it down on the patches.
    With that said, we are at the mercy of online/FUT as a gaming industry. The offline player is still there, but let's face it, it's an afterthought. The content creators that EA hire (look on their career pages) are geared to talk about the game, and 99% of them go over FUT. With this kind of wave, the offline player is left to fend for themselves (via sliders, difficulty, game speed, etc).
    I think a little bit of "love" to the offline issues would make a huge difference.
    If they don't make a full World Cup game with all the Russian stadiums and every FIFA team in the the world, not just a 32 team add on, then I am done with EA for all time. WC 2010 was the reason I got back into this game, but everything has been downhill for the last six years or so. FIFA and EA are barely treading water in my book, I hate FUT and I don't play online, and that's all they care about. 
    In my current manager career I'm managing the Wales national team and am playing the World Cup right now, and yeah, it is incredibly lifeless. I'm not asking for EA to go all out like including all the Russian stadiums, but they definitely could have did more so it doesn't feel like a bunch of international friendlies.
    It is very underwhelming right now
    I agree with ggsimmonds. It's underwhelming right now. They need to spice it up a bit. They should also add the Euro qualifications and Euro cup in career mode. Have it rotate and come up every 2 seasons. How cool would that be!
    Yea as a whole this franchise has really gone down hill for the past few years. The Frostbite switch has made the game's progression a lot slower, with lots of focus on FUT and The Journey. No attention to Career Mode in god knows how long. Didnt buy FIFA 18 because of that reason: Still outdate Career Mode, and lack of facial scans. 
    I hope they make the WC a big deal when it comes to that time of the year. Hopefully a whole new mode within the game like they did with the Euro 2012 (but that sucked so hopefully this would be better). They just cant have it centered around FUT, then MAYBE ill consider purchasing it when that comes out. Till then, nothing is persuading me to buy this year's iteration 
    Yea as a whole this franchise has really gone down hill for the past few years. The Frostbite switch has made the game's progression a lot slower, with lots of focus on FUT and The Journey. No attention to Career Mode in god knows how long. Didnt buy FIFA 18 because of that reason: Still outdate Career Mode, and lack of facial scans. 
    I hope they make the WC a big deal when it comes to that time of the year. Hopefully a whole new mode within the game like they did with the Euro 2012 (but that sucked so hopefully this would be better). They just cant have it centered around FUT, then MAYBE ill consider purchasing it when that comes out. Till then, nothing is persuading me to buy this year's iteration 
    Got FIFA 18 after not getting FIFA since FIFA 14, about to trade it back in. Career mode is still better than PES’ but I just can’t with the gameplay, even after implementing OS sliders.
    The AI in crossing areas is frustratingly horrible. 
    There is so much more that can be done for Manager mode. Patching youth progression?  Announcers saying the names of youth players? Training new positions? New skills/ tendencies? Improving the international experience?  A manager carousel? Manager skills? Stadium expansion? Does anyone even like the global trade network? 
    Not that Football Manager is perfect, but there are so many elements of that game that we could apply to FIFA to make it so much more immersive and interesting.
    I can't even imagine playing offline it is so neglected. I feel bad for you guys because I feel your pain with Madden offline being trash as well. However, I am in love with Pro Clubs. I wish they'd put a bit more effort into it, but can't complain if you compare it to career modes.
    villabraves
    Totally agree. I’ve said this in other threads too. Been a pain in the a$$ every year constantly switching to a player further away and not logical at all. Really needs to be fixed.
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    You should really be using the RS to switch defenders. To properly switch, you move the RS with respect to where the current player is. For example, the player you want to switch to is northeast of the current player you are defending with. Simply hit northeast (up and right), and it will switch to that player. It takes a little practice, but it is way better once you get the hang of it.
    KBscholar
    You should really be using the RS to switch defenders. To properly switch, you move the RS with respect to where the current player is. For example, the player you want to switch to is northeast of the current player you are defending with. Simply hit northeast (up and right), and it will switch to that player. It takes a little practice, but it is way better once you get the hang of it.

    I’ve been using that system too and that also doesn’t always switch to the correct player.
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