How does EA Sports’ FIFA 18 fare against Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2018? Find out in this detailed game review!
TSC Gaming’s Fred Richani reviews EA Sports’ FIFA 18 on Xbox One and compares it to Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2018! How does FIFA 18 stack up to PES 2018 and other sports games? Find out in our FIFA 18 game review!
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FIFA 18 on Xbox One Game Review – Better Than Pro Evolution Soccer 2018?
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FIFA 18 is available on Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PS3 and Xbox 360. We reviewed FIFA 18 on Xbox One.
Believe it or not, this is my first time playing a FIFA game in years. I’m actually a big Pro Evolution Soccer fan, but finally decided to give FIFA a try. How does EA sports’ flagship soccer game stack up with Konami’s PES 2018? You’re about to find out.
Aesthetically, both games are pretty similar and look nice for Xbox One titles. EA Sports has done a great job capturing the facial expressions and movements of top players such as Neymar and cover star Cristiano Ronaldo.
The pregame ceremonies and authentic graphics specific to each league give every match a big game feel. I haven’t had any issues with frame rate while playing the actual game, but I did see some jankiness in highlight reels and replays.
Unlike PES 2018, FIFA 18 has every major men’s and women’s club to play and then some. Manchester United, Real Madrid, all the Major League Soccer (MLS) teams, and many more football clubs to choose from.
As for the gameplay itself, it took me a little while to get used to the controls compared to PES 2018, but after the helpful skills tutorials, I think I got the hang of it.
Now I’m not a big soccer fan, but I do enjoy the game and appreciate its nuances. FIFA 18 certainly seems to capture that on both sides of the ball with opportunities to perfect that game-winning shot or defensive play. However, to me and this is just my opinion, PES 2018 feels a bit more responsive, especially on the defensive side of the ball. That being said, if you put in the time to learn how to play FIFA 18, you will find yourself having an enjoyable gameplay experience.
In terms of options, you have a number of different online modes that allow you to own the opposition or well, get owned like I may have at times. No server issues on our end, so props to EA Sports for online stability.
Ultimate Team is the same concept like every EA Sports title. Collect packs of cards. Assemble your team. Complete objectives against online or AI competition and reap the benefits. As someone who has played countless hours of Madden NFL, I found this mode pretty straightforward.
PES 2018’s MyClub mode is very similar to Ultimate Team, but interface-wise, FIFA has Konami beat with user friendly memos, prompts, and helpful narrators that I believe more experienced gamers sometime take for granted. Hey, if I haven’t played FIFA until now, chances are I’m not the only newb on the block.
Much like Madden 18, FIFA 18’s career mode lets you run a club or play as an athlete. I chose to play as a manager. Like PES 2018, FIFA 18’s character customization is lacking and somehow, my manager ended up looking like Damian Lewis from “Homeland.” If NBA Live 18 can have an app with a face scan feature, then FIFA 18 and PES 2018 sure as hell can too. I realize this isn’t imperative to FIFA 18, but for a game with tons of options, this omission is a bizarre one.
The career mode itself is very in-depth with a dashboard of everything you need to do on a daily basis. Seek out free agents, look into transfers, adjust lineups, check your emails, and of course, play games. PES 2018’s Master League is just as in-depth from the managerial side of things, if not more, but FIFA 18’s user friendliness sure helps, especially for casual fans on this end. Being able to sit down with free agents in person and negotiate with them in FIFA 18 is also a nice touch.
Let’s not forget FIFA’s story mode The Journey, which sees the return of fictional main character Alex Hunter. I didn’t play last year’s Journey, but the video recap before Chapter 1 brought me right up to speed. In The Journey, Alex takes his talents to not one, not two, but three countries as he looks to continue the momentum of his stellar rookie season.
You have the option at the beginning of The Journey to select Alex’s club. I chose Premier League’s Crystal Palace FC in hopes of Alex securing a deal that can literally buy him a crystal palace. Hey, a man can dream right?
Throughout The Journey, you go through various obstacles. Training and sharpening your skills. Decisions – tough choices that affect relationships and dictate the direction of your career. And above all else, the games and what you actually do on the football field.
Compared to Madden’s Longshot story mode, I found the voice acting to be just as tremendous and the main character to be likable and relatable. At least that’s how I chose Alex’s approach over the course of the story. The Journey does tend to drag after awhile though, but I could say the same for NBA 2K and Madden’s story modes. In between games, you can check your Twitter feed, increase your attributes, and change up Alex’s appearance.
A mode like The Journey is nonexistent in PES 2018, but I’m not sure that’s a bad thing. I thoroughly enjoyed The Journey for the most part, but I could see many gamers simply wanting to just play the actual games. You’ll never hear me complain about more content in a sports games though.
So what’s the verdict?
Graphically, I give FIFA 18 an 8. Visually, it’s just as nice as PES 2018 with the added touch of authentic logos and graphics. Highlight reels and celebrations are also cool looking, but I do tend to enjoy PES 2018’s a bit more.
Gameplay, I give out FIFA an 8. It’s not a hard game to get a hang of, but like PES 2018, it’s another story to actually get good at it. As I mentioned before, I feel that PES 2018 controls are more responsive overall, especially when taking hard passes and shots to the goal, as well as defensively. But make no mistake about it. There’s nothing all that bad with FIFA 18’s gameplay and it won’t deter you from having a good time — unless you’re a PES fan.
Content, I give FIFA a 9. Hard for me to go lower than that, folks. FIFA 18 boasts clubs for days, a nice story mode, and in-depth ultimate team and career modes will keep you occupied for months. PES 2018 boasts a similarly insane amount of content, but the lack of overall clubs and women’s teams compared to FIFA 18 could be a deal breaker for EA Sports fans thinking about making the jump.
Overall, TSC Gaming gives FIFA 18 on Xbox One an 8.3/10. Yes, we gave FIFA 18 an 8.3 compared to the 9 we gave PES 2018.
At the end of the day though, it’s all about personal preference. The gameplay of PES 2018 for me gives the edge to Konami, but again, I’m not a huge soccer fan, so the lack of clubs compared to FIFA 18 doesn’t really bother me.
However, I won’t make any arguments about FIFA 18’s mass appeal with gamers. Its exclusive licensing deals, huge player base, and extremely user friendly approach make it a hard game to resist playing.
If you’re still on the fence, download the demo or signup for EA Access on Xbox One with the free 10 hour trial to give it a try. No matter which soccer title you personally choose, I can’t say you’ll have any regrets playing FIFA 18.