Now that FIFA18 is out for Nintendo Switch there are even more ways and means to play the world’s biggest football video game. While playing fifa 18 on a 4k tv will produce over 7.37 million more pixels than a Nintendo Switch screen, But does that make it the better experience and give it more playability ? Not necessarily, according to EA. For the first time in five years since the first and only title for the ill-fated Wii U, EA is putting out its flagship FIFA game on a Nintendo home console system alongside the PlayStation and Xbox versions.
The Switch port of the game is not as in-depth graphically as that on Xbox One or Ps4, but it still retains most of the charm and all of the gameplay elements that make this season’s version the best FIFA game yet. While also bringing it’s own unique twist.
FIFA 18 for the Nintendo Switch, deserves to be judged on its own terms. And on its own terms, it’s pretty fantastic. It’s by far the best handheld soccer game ever made, doing a remarkable job of bringing the full FIFA experience to the Nintendo Switch’s screen. It doesn’t feel identical to the PS4 or Xbox One releases, but it’s much more similar than many of EA’s experiments with FIFA on prior Nintendo systems. “We wanted to make the game super responsive and super fun to play while still being FIFA, still having that feeling of authenticity and immersion,” Lazarescu says. Lazarescu is an amiable Romanian leading FIFA development at EA’s studio in Bucharest
While Ultimate Team has made it to Switch, elements such as Squad Battles and Weekend League are absent. If you’re new to Ultimate Team, this won’t be a great loss as the bulk of the addictive card trading and online play is still present. All the cards and players available in Ultimate Team are just the same as in the PS4 or Xbox One versions, meaning you can build your Ultimate Team exactly the way you like it and battle opponents online with your custom squad. At the moment, the FUT community is smaller than the two other consoles, but this is sure to increase as more people get their hands on a copy of the Switch version.
The Switch version uses its own modified engine rather than the Frostbite technology that powers FIFA on other consoles. The game runs at 720p in handheld mode and 1080p when docked with a TV, thankfully at 60 frames a second in both cases. Graphically, there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s nowhere near as impressive as the other versions — I flipped between HDMI inputs on my TV to compare the Xbox One and Switch titles and the face-off wasn’t flattering to the latter. It does look significantly better than FIFA did on last-generation systems, with 3D grass, physically based rendering, and its own approach to vibrant lighting that gives the game a distinct style. But the gap in power is very clear.
IS CAREER MODE THE SAME ON SWITCH?
If you’ve played Career Mode on FIFA 17, then you will get exactly what you expect from FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch. The vast majority of career mode’s features are here, with the exception of the transfer negotiation cutscenes powered by the Frostbite engine.
Outside of the negotiations, FIFA 18 on Switch doesn’t include release clauses and the increased objectives that appeared in FIFA 17. Thankfully, being able to copy and paste training routines from previous weeks (a new feature in FIFA 18) has made it to Switch.
IS THE JOURNEY ON SWITCH?
Unfortunately the biggest omission from FIFA 18 on Switch is the lack of the Journey mode. While this won’t be a problem for players who play Ultimate Team or Career Mode predominantly, many players did enjoy the introduction of the Journey in FIFA 17. The latest version sees Alex Hunter continue his career progression, but is only available on the other console versions of the game.
There are plenty of reasons to try FIFA 18 on Switch, the most important of which is that it plays and looks great. Player animations are impressive and running at 60 FPS and in 1080p when docked and 720p in your hand, means this is by far the best looking portable FIFA experience ever. Gameplay is great and a little pacier than on Xbox One and PS4 and thankfully the new crossing mechanic has made it onto the Switch version.
While being able to play FIFA 18 online is great, FIFA is always better with someone sat next to you. So, being able to take the Joy-cons off a play with a friend wherever you are makes FIFA 18 on Switch the most sociable FIFA yet.