It has been a few weeks now since EA Sports announced the release of FIFA 18, the latest game of the successful FIFA gaming series. The game is set to hit the shelves on 29 September 2017, and it will be available on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles. Unlike the past few games, this game is not going to have Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi on the front cover but rather the Portugal and Real Madrid player Cristiano #Ronaldo.

Improvements to game play

FIFA 18 is set to have many improvements with regards to animation. The animation will now be triggered by every frame rather than every step which means that the gaming experience should be a lot more fluid and free flowing compared to the past editions.

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This increased free flowing nature will be visible in both the players and the crowd.

In addition to this, the crowd will be a lot more responsive than in #FIFA 17. FIFA 17 saw a big improvement in relation to the stadiums. This is improved on in the new game as the crowd is set to react to events on the pitch in a far more realistic and lifelike manner. For players that play dirty, this means that you are going to get a lot more slack from fans.

Finally, the game is also adding many more smaller features such as quick substitution, easier penalties and also a new type of tackle. While these features might be hard to get used to at first, they are sure to make the FIFA 18 gaming experience far better.

FIFA Ultimate Team

FIFA's number one online gaming mode is set to be back once again in FIFA 18 and it is expected to be better than ever.

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In the past, the Legends were only available to Xbox users but that will now change and PlayStation and PC users will also have access to this feature. Furthermore the Legends have now changed their name to the Icons. New Icons will be available in FIFA 18 which were not seen in the past and these include Argentinian champion Diego Maradona, Frenchman Thierry Henry and Brazilian Ronaldo.

The Journey mode

FIFA 17 saw the introduction of #The Journey mode in which the player would take control of a upcoming player, Alex Hunter, and live his life on and off the field. This game mode is set to return once again in FIFA 18. It is understood that the story line is set to take of from where it ended in FIFA 17. This mode was well received all over the world and I am sure that FIFA players are excited to see where Alex Hunter ends up.

The trailer is described as "short" and "choppy" by DigitalSpy, but you can view it below.