I’d be lying if I claimed that the latest installment of the FIFA franchise hadn’t gotten me buzzed. So much so that I had to get an exclusive sneak peak and review the game way before its official release. The latest installment is titled FIFA 18 and this article will focus on it’s standout feature, the journey.
Alex hunter is back in Season 2 the journey
The first edition of the journey introduced us to the lead character named Alex Hunter. He is a prospect that has quickly risen through Manchester United’s youth system and is eager to break into the first team. Season 2 of the journey picks up right after the end of the 2016/2017 season.
EA sports has done a fantastic job of emulating events in the real football world by accurately simulating the drama that comes when a transfer window opens. In this case we are thrown into all the chaos when Alex Hunter is linked with a move to Spain with giants Real Madrid being the most prominent suitor.
Alex Hunter has barely earned the adoration of the fans when Real Madrid come knocking. This creates uncertainty within the fan circles and ultimately they label him a traitor for even contemplating the move. As if this isn’t enough pressure on the young forward, the manager decides to bench Alex leaving him to make a swift decision regarding his future.
Players will be expected to take responsibility of Alex Hunter’s future. This means that they must decide how to deal with shady agents, angry fans, an impatient manager and the unpredictable media. It is important to note that all decisions are crucial as they will determine where Alex stands when the new season begins.
Another great addition to the journey is celebrity cameos from Christiano Ronaldo and a host of other football stars. The scenes are well scripted and the voice overs are actual recordings of the real life players making the experience way more exciting than it was before. Don’t be surprised if your favorite player suddenly walks up to you in the dug out.
Gameplay improvements are worth the wait.
Alex Hunter can now boss the game from the forwards line thanks to an impressive addition to the AI which helps rally the squad behind him. You can also opt to add up to 4 co-players if you prefer gaming with friends.
Demanding managers and insane expectations.
During Alex’s break out season he was expected to back up the main striker and fill in once in a while. In this edition the stakes are higher as the managers expect a whole lot more from the prodigy. He has to score crucial goals, hold up the ball, make assists and even take on defensive duties. This will be the most challenging aspect of the game and probably the most rewarding if Alex is to reach the heights that we all want for him.
All in all the second edition of my journey is a well scripted and challenging addition that all FIFA fans should look forward to. It will open up your mind to the intricate world of competitive football.