PS4 • Xbox One • PC Tell the second installment of Alex Hunter’s story and roll on with more single-player challenges for the FUTheads The series’ TV-style presentation remains top-notch, and the Frostbite engine makes everything look excellent 8.75 » Concept » Graphics Your managers and many of your teammates remain mute in story mode, which is conspicuous for the second year running The odd pass doesn’t go where you think, and I also noticed a variety of legacy issues. That said, players feel good simply running and dribbling with the left analog stick » Sound » Playability FIFA 18 PLATINUM GOLD SILVER PLATINUM GOLD Alex Hunter makes his mark again SILVER Style 1 to 4-Player Sports (22-Player Online) Publisher EA Sports Developer EA Canada Release September 29 Rating E Seeing where Hunter’s story goes is a compelling part of a game that otherwise feels very familiar » Entertainment » Replay Value High lex Hunter’s adventures as an up-basic structure is the same. The mode OF OF GAME THE MONTH GAME THE MONTH and-coming player in the glam-is now broken up into chapters, but you ourous world of football continue still play lots of games, practice, and in the Hunter Returns story mode, and work your way up the skill tree. These PC PC OF adds little touches to OF while the game things are not inherently bad, but the GAME THE MONTH GAME THE MONTH its other modes, this is FIFA 18’s major routine would be more enjoyable if its piece of business in the offseason basic mechanics culminated in a more HANDHELD HANDHELD transfer window. interesting destination. The match per-OF OF MONTH MONTH THE The GAME story of THE Alex Hunter contains GAME new formance grading dings you for actions choices, takes him across the globe, it shouldn’t, and the menu feedback can and introduces new characters, but its be contradictory. Meanwhile, practicing reviews A to be in the starting lineup and having to spend points on skills you don’t want (due to the restrictive skill tree) isn’t an exciting backbone for the mode when you’d just rather get to the next turn in the story. All this is especially true when it feels like playing with Hunter is like starting back at square one where you struggle to put the ball on net, and a big part of the upgrade infrastructure only leads to cosmetic customization.