General Gameplay Tips- Crossing, Free Kicks, The Journey

Hopefully you’re now versed in coin-making; but what about improving your actual playing abilities? Two key improvements this year which you should immediately look to master are crossing and standing tackles. Players really whip the ball into the area now when deploying a standard cross (square/X), while low crosses are simplified to a double tap of the same button. The standing tackle, meanwhile, is actioned by holding that same button when in defence and close to opponent. Use it in tandem with the L2/LT shoulder charge to overpower opposition danger men.

If you’re in the old-school Vinny Jones business of playing without morals, you can sneakily affect FIFA 18 in a couple of underhand ways. One is to go into the settings menu and turn ‘Handballs’ on; because the AI can’t differentiate between accidental and deliberate, any ball to strike an arm or hand in the box will grant you a penalty. The other pertains specifically to new, excellent story mode The Journey: Hunter Returns, where specific objectives require main man Alex Hunter to attain a certain number of goals or assists. Go into Settings > User Gameplay Customisation, then increase Sprint Speed and Acceleration to 100, and you’ll have no problem meeting every on-pitch requirement.


Player tips: Top players to target in all key categories (Legends not included)
PACE
Jonathan Biabiany (Sparta Prague) – 96
1Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Dortmund) – 96
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) – 95
Jurgen Damm (UANL) – 95
Mathis Bolly (Greuther Fürth) – 95

PHYSICALITY
Jelle Van Damme (LA Galaxy) – 92
Victor Wanyama (Tottenham) – 91
Cheick N’Doye (Birmingham) – 90
Anderson Esiti (Gent) – 90
Callum Patterson (Cardiff) – 90

SHOOTING
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 93
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 90
Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – 90
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Man Utd) – 88
Sergio Aguero (Man City) – 88
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern) – 88

DRIBBLING
Thiago (Bayern) – 90
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 90
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) – 90
Mattia Perin (Genoa) – 90
Arjen Robben (Bayern) – 90

PASSING
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – 87
David Silva (Man City) – 87
Parejo (Valencia) – 87
Eight players rated 86 [Koke, Messi, Pjanic, Ziyech, Sneijder, Modric, Payet, Rakitic]

POTENTIAL (Career Mode Only)
Kylian Mbappe (Paris SG) – 94 max
Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) – 94 max
Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) – 92 max
Gabriel Jesus (Man City) – 92 max
Thomas Lemar (Monaco) – 91 max
Leroy Sane (Man City) – 91 max