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By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fantastic, gorgeous soccer sim has great play enhancements.

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age 6+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 3+

Game is good but things need fixing

FIFA 18 is a good game I enjoy playing it but here are a few things that went wrong in that year's game. The penalties are so rubbish you end up shooting over the bar, very wide or saved by the keeper. In previous FIFA games, you could easily score so I hate the new way of penalties so much. You tend to shoot over the bar or shoot a weakened shot more often it is very frustrating no matter how hard or soft you tap the button. But other than that I think it's a fun game to play. The last FIFA I ever played until the broken 19 and 20 versions came out. Don't know what 21 will be like.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 3+
Three letters D L C

This title has:

Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

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This year's soccer game from EA Sports improves on virtually every aspect of the world's most popular game. From more intuitive controls (and faster player speeds over last year) to multiple modes and extraordinary production values to tighter AI (artificial intelligence) and support for many different platforms (even older ones), EA Sports has its finest "footy" game to date. The modes may not be radically overhauled compared to FIFA 17, but the extra attention given to The Journey mode really pays off. The young prodigy Alex Hunter returns in his second season -- along with a star-studded cast of players including famous football talent like Ronaldo -- as he considers next steps and must make meaningful choices on and off the pitch. From Brazil to Los Angeles, you'll experience the trials and tribulations of an up-and-coming soccer star in this chapter-based, emotional story mode. You can personalize Alex Hunter's look -- including hair style, tattoos, and play style -- and engage in squad battles (AI-powered clubs) and in local multiplayer with friends on the same screen. This year's The Journey mode also lets you play as additional characters in shorter, stand-alone stories based on characters Alex meets throughout his rise up in the big leagues.

There are some minor issues, though. Not including Ronaldo (who looks amazing), most player models look the same, with similar animations and styles -- even though EA Sports claims they've done a lot of work in this area. You only notice during the close-up camera shots, of course, but it does break the suspension of disbelief a bit. Also, you might find yourself waiting a moment for player animations to finish before you can pivot and perform a new move on the pitch, such as a quick sprint or 360 deke. But these aren't major issues, and the overall pace is better than in years past -- faster than last year, but slow enough for you to employ methodical tactics. For instance, this year now allows for "quick subs," allowing you to swap out players without having to stop the game (though there are some limitations). It's worth noting how good the production quality is this year, thanks in part to the Frostbite engine -- the players, crowds, and stadiums are incredibly lifelike, as is the TV broadcast-like presentation -- but also in the attention to detail in the league and team's chants, music, color commentary, and so on. Overall, FIFA 18 is an extraordinary game. If you're a fan of the franchise, you won't be disappointed.

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