FIFA 18 career mode: Everything you need to know

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EA Sports' wildly popular football game releases later this week and we've got the lowdown on the fiendishly addictive career mode

We all dream of winning the Premier League with our favourite club... and you'll soon be able to live out your dreams on FIFA 18, which comes out later this week!

Be you a fan of a giant, such as Manchester City, or a supporter of a minnow, like Forest Green Rovers, you can forge a path to glory in Career mode, either on September 26, if you've pre-ordered the Ronaldo or Icon edition, or three days later if you're buying the standard edition.

EA Sports have focused heavily on Career Mode this year, introducing a host of new features to make the game more addictive than ever.


TRANSFER OVERHAUL


FIFA 18 Mourinho

This is a big one. FIFA's transfer system has long consisted of searching or scouting for a player, clicking on their name, and deciding whether to make a transfer bid or a loan offer. Well, no more!

Now, with interactive transfer negotiations, managers will be able to sit down with their opposite number and table an offer face-to-face. If successful, you'll be able to negotiate with the player and his agent as you look to strike a deal on personal terms.

It looks incredibly good, and feels responsive and fluid, but if you're a delegator then you can tell your assistant to do the negotiations - though be prepared to pay a little bit more if he isn't as good as you are!


NEWS CLIPS


A cosmetic addition, but a remarkably cool one, FIFA now allows players to see their latest signings unveiled. Signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid? You'll see him holding your team's shirt at a press conference, plus their new line-up shot.

Furthermore, EA have added dynamic Player of the Month clips so your best players will hold the league's awards aloft, as well as clips to accompany the winning of a division.


QUICK SUBS


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Fancy yourself as a tactician? Head into team management before a game and set up three quick subs.

Think you'll need a new striker on 70 minutes? Assign a quick sub. In need of fresh legs on the wing in case the scores are tied? Assign a quick sub. You'll then be able to bring players into the game at a break in play without having to pause the game.

It works brilliantly both offline and online, but it adds an extra tactical dimension to single player.


ATMOSPHERE


EA Sports have made a point of playing this one up and atmospheres really do make football what it is.

Be it ticker-tape in Latin America, authentic cheering in the Premier League or crowd chants building up to free-kicks in Spain or Portugal, you'll be truly immersed wherever you play.

If you're a fan of an English top-flight club, too, you'll be able to play in all 20 stadiums - including those of Huddersfield Town and Brighton and Hove Albion.


STYLES


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FIFA's career modes have often felt a bit of a drag. Get through 10 games, and then each match begins to feel the same.

EA Sports have tried to do something about that this year, though, by introducing Team Styles. Playing against Barcelona, who love their tiki-taka game, and Liverpool, who love to press, will feel completely different to each other, and that's a major step forward.


TRAINING


FIFA 18 Ronaldo

Skill games have always been great fun, and FIFA 18 has over 15 more to play through as you try to build up your young stars.

You can also create drills and assign them to players or groups, meaning your defence can be well-drilled, and your midfielders all equally silky on the ball.

 

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