Written by: Jon Scarr
FIFA 18 is here and this year’s installment of the popular soccer franchise is better than ever. While most people will do relatively well when playing against the game’s AI, if you are playing competitively, you need every advantage you can get over your opponent. Check out these 7 Tips to rule over your opponents in FIFA 18.
I’ve put together several tips and tricks that will not only help you get the check mark in the win column but also help you rule over your opponents in FIFA 18.
I know you might think that the trainer mode is for novice players. The truth is, it’s for everyone. Let’s face it, nobody is a perfect FIFA 18 player. There is always room to grow and learn something new. The trainer mode has a movement and mechanics setting that I particularly like.
The trainer mode will show you shot elevation and a pass receive indicator, which makes perfecting your shots and knowing when to pass that much easier.
The goalie has always been a straight forward position to play until recently. Just like in real life, goalies can contribute to counter attacks. When your goalie has the ball in his hands, hold RB/R1 to perform a driven throw or kick, which allows you to get the ball to your teammates in a much quicker manner.
Kicks are useful for launching surprise counter attacks when your opponent has committed too many men forward in search of a goal.
Driven shots allow for more choice and precision when taking a shot at goal. Just hold B/O and aim for a max of three bars. Tap it a second time and you will unleash a low strike. You can also do this on the volley, which if mastered can lead to some pretty sweet looking goals.
Even if you don’t score each time, driven shots are a nice way to mix up your attacks and catch your opponent off guard. And, it could lead to a crucial deflection with the ball in the back of the net.
Sprinting, if used incorrectly can be very dangerous. If you are trying to catch an attacker and there is plenty of space to run, go for it. Though, sprinting will generally see you loose control of the ball, making you an easy target for defenders.
Never, and I mean never, sprint into a crowded area. Its one of the worst things you can do. You’ll end up knocking the ball ahead and a defender will be able to easily gain possession.
One of the most crucial things you can do to rule over your opponents in FIFA 18 is to shield the ball. This is done by simply holding LT/L2 when you have possession. FIFA 18 gives you more control over your players’ bodies than any other game in the series. Thus, FIFA 18 is more reliant upon strength and physicality. Use this to your advantage!
Furthermore, you can also hold-up by play by holding the trigger as the ball approaches a player. He will use his body to fend off a marker, thus setting himself up for a lay-off to an on rushing teammate.
If you have ever played soccer, then you know that you need to play the ball and move into space. Its important to keep an eye for runs forward if you are going to break the opposition line. Though, keeping the ball in your possession for any extended amount of time is frowned upon.
The key is to be thinking one step ahead, even if that means passing backwards or to the side. Using RB/R1 for one-twos is really handy for doing this, triggering a run and making those overlaps all the easier to create.
Remember the old saying, “good things come to those who wait”? Well in FIFA 18 this is true. If you have played FIFA competitively, you’ll know the importance of being patient. The pace of the game isn’t the only thing that matters.
Patience goes hand in hand with quick passing. By moving the soccer ball around the field, you pull your opponent around and thus create spaces that you can use to make key plays. If the opportunity isn’t there, be patient and keep moving the ball around. Eventually something will open up and you’ll be ready to pounce on the opportunity.
I hope you enjoyed my tips and tricks to rule over your opponents in FIFA 18.
Based in Toronto, Jon is a proud Canadian who loves all things gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with technology and gaming for over 20 years. Come say hi and join the conversation with Jon on Twitter.
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