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FIFA 18 Feels Like a Free-To-Play Game


I know that you probably had it with EA and their bad business policy but I feel that this is an issue that has to be addressed. I was a big fan of this title since the PS One days. When EA started adding player packs and FUT it felt like a money grab to me and I stopped buying their games. Came back after a few years later and saw a lot of changes… for the worst.

If you are unfamiliar with FIFA Ultimate Team, it is a mode where you start with a crappy team, earn cash by playing games, spend that cash on packs or on the transfer market to build a better squad, rinse and repeat. Sounds a bit grindy? Well, it is. Not only that, it’s exhausting and frustrating because there are people who spent real money to skip this part. Chances are that your 70 rating squad will be up against an 85 rating squad in the 10th division just because that someone bought a more expensive version of the game where he got Ronaldo on a loan and a bunch of FIFA points that he spent on gold player packs. Skills don’t usually help in these situations.


Another thing that really bothered me is the draft mode. I remember reading about it when it was introduced to FIFA and it was an idea I really loved. You choose a formation, click on a position and get a bunch of random players to choose for that position. RNG is strong in this one and I think it would be very fun to play. Why did I say “would be”? Because I can’t freaking play it! I bought a $60 game that has a game mode I am not allowed to play just yet. It costs 15,000 coins to play it. Really EA? Couldn’t you at least give us one free ride? Does a fully priced game have to be all about grinding?

To put this into perspective, you will need to play at least 30 games to make this much coins. Then you will have the toughest decision of them all. Buy a gold player pack or have some fun with draft mode? Either of them can bring you more money or get you back to zero. Yes, it’s just like gambling, I know.

I will skip the input lag issues, matchmaking problems, and all that stuff. If you want to get more info on that the Daily Mail has you covered. What I want to talk about here is this pay-to-win system that has evolved over the years. I, as a player who came back 5 or 6 years later, feel so inferior on the field because everyone has a better team than me.

Before I propose a fix for this game I want to mention one more interesting detail that has been around since the first FUT mode – contracts. When you buy a player from the transfer market he has a certain amount of games that he can play for your club until his contract has ended. Of course, you can buy more contracts on the market with real or fake money. Complete nonsense!

What I would like to do is to propose some fixes for EA before we all stop playing their games that are getting worse and worse. First of all, rethink everything that you are doing with FUT. We already gave you $60 or $80 for the game. Do you really expect us to be complete brainless morons and grind for in-game currency for days just so we can buy an 80 rating player that has decent pace? I don’t think so. Either give some free gold packs to get us started or remove the mode completely.

Match bonuses are insanely low. If you lose a match you will be getting about 350-400 coins. A win will probably get you a 100 more. If you have a streak of bad luck and end up playing against people who spent real money on players you will probably end up losing. Even if you win you won’t feel good about it because another one with Ronaldo up front is about to appear very soon. This could be easily fixed with bigger rewards based on the rating difference between teams. If you beat a team that has 10 or 20 rating more than you I think that you deserve 1K coins on top of your regular reward, don’t you think?

Remember when EA thought that free to play model is the next big thing and they went all out with FIFA world, NFS world and more F2P titles? Back in the day all of this made sense. You get a game for free and it’s up to you if you want to pay or grind for players. Cash was easier to obtain and it wasn’t a mission impossible to obtain superstar players. But then someone at EA probably said “why don’t we keep charging for games but keep this same model?” and they all went “what a wonderful idea…”. Please try to understand that FIFA 18 isn’t a free game, we paid 60 freaking dollars for it!!!

Here is the most important thing you guys need to do at EA. Have one of your workers start playing FUT, give him as much time he needs and report back to us when he has a decent 85-90 rating team. Tell us how long did it take? Was it fun for him? Did he feel great when pay-to-win players pounded him all day long until he bought a few normal players that can compete with them? Maybe then you will understand that your game isn’t fun at all.

If you are thinking about buying this game, please don’t. This is a broken system and the most greedy scheme I ever saw. A $60 game never felt more like a F2P title. It is time consuming, frustrating and boring. You will have no fun playing it unless you enjoy playing FUT VS AI on Amateur difficulty. Everything above that is badly scripted but that is a story for a different time.




  1. Dilly Dilly

    November 23, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Are you seriously complaining about $60 for the game? If that’s a lot of money to you, maybe you shouldn’t have an Xbox One or PS4 in the first place. It’s truly not that much money considering the cost to develop the games. Game prices have been where they’re at for like 15+ years, would you rather game prices go up with inflation and cost $90 or $100? Bet you’d still be complaining, but maybe that’s all you want to do anyway.

    Please also don’t pretend like FUT is the only option you have. Pro clubs, career, online seasons are all fun modes in their own right. If you’re dead set on FUT, play a couple offline seasons and or Squad Battles to build up some coin, build a respectable squad, then go to online. If you can’t win division 10 matches with a mediocre/average squad, then sorry to tell you it’s not that other people are buying success, it’s that you aren’t very good at the game.

    • Sebastian

      November 23, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      60 is a lot for a game, my friend. Most people can’t just go around throwing their money at anything they want. If you can, congratulations, but the majority of people work really hard for money, and have to pick and choose what they can and can’t do. He wasn’t even saying that 60 is too much. He is saying that you pay full price for a game, and you should get a full game. Full price for full game, right? Open your eyes a bit man, Micro transactions will bring the end of great gaming.

  2. Pratik

    November 23, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Amen. I want EA to see this. I paid $60 for the game then why do I have to pay more just to enjoy a part of the game. The grind of FUT & the fact other players are paying to get better teams makes kills the joy really quickly…

  3. BluecollarNINJA

    November 23, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    I did spend a lot of real money in previous fut but with squad battles I’ve been able to build 2 83 rating squads without using my hard earned cash.

  4. Starsonovasa

    November 24, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Um, I disagree completely with much of this assessment. In your case, you were at a serious disadvantage by not playing the game for 5-6 years because of the changes in the game over the past few years and because you didn’t get the benefits of playing Ultimate Team from previous years.

    However, there’s a method for getting going rather quickly in Ultimate Team that makes this so much less of a grind or, if you haven’t played FIFA in the past few years, is far less frustrating.

    1) Play single player seasons in Ultimate team until you have the gold to create an 80 rated squad. This is very useful if you haven’t played FIFA in the past few years. However, this is even more effective if you HAVE played FIFA recently because your profile is probably at least level 30. So you can unlock the coin boosts that give you anywhere from 200 to 1000 extra coins per game, regardless of the result. And you’ll be playing against cruddy AI (no input delay) and you can decide on what difficulty level you want to torment yourself with.

    2) Build a cheap premier league team with cost effective players. The Premier League has a wide variety of 80+ players with solid stats that can tide you over until you start facing sides composed entirely of In-Form cards. Prioritize getting high quality, pacy center backs (John Stones and Michael Keane are good options, and if you ever save enough or get lucky with packs, Bailly is a perfect option) to deal with the Ronaldo’s you’ll eventually face.

    3) Then, you can start facing online opponents and slowly replace your players for higher quality substitutes. Or, if you feel like building your team even more, play Squad Battles. If you play a week’s worth of games at Professional or World Class, you can relatively easily place into High Silver/Low Gold and get 10-15k gold as well as premium gold packs. Again, you’re playing against an AI, so you don’t have to worry about input lag, and you’re playing at your skill level.

    Once you’ve done that, you not only have a solid squad, you’ve also developed necessary skills to handle the people you face online. If you’re going up against Division 10 cashers, you should be able to absolutely smash them because they won’t have the skill and practice that you’ve developed, and a team of Ronaldos can only do so much for a stupid player.

    Yes, this is a grind. However, this has far less frustration involved and allows you to develop your squad before you start dealing with the salt that is PvP.

    Now, that being said, I do agree that you should get larger rewards for giant killing a side with far superior players to yours. However, it’s not that much of a grind for you to quickly build a squad of players that can competently compete with other players’ squads. And at that point it (mostly) comes down to your skill until you start hitting higher divisions of online play (input lag is a different issue that you still have to fight) .

  5. Herp

    November 24, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Dont think he is complaining about it costing 60 bucks. He is complaning about it costing 60 bucks and still not getting the full experience. Stop threating this like the youtube section and calm your panties.

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