FIFA 18 Closed Beta Analysis

FUT FM Episode 11

There’s so much new FIFA 18 info to discuss this week! The closed beta has resulted in a crazy amount of leaked footage, showcasing all of the major modes and features. From the the new pausing system to the potential nerfing of L2R2 dribbling and career mode negotiations, we’ve got it all. This is another must listen episode if you’re getting or on the fence about FIFA 18! Also, Valerio is triggered in less than 5 minutes.

FUT FM Episode 11

New FIFA 18 Features and Quality of Life Improvements

Looks like we’re finally getting some quality of life improvements that fans have wanted for years. For example, you won’t be able to matches last 40 minutes by scoring on goals on purpose anymore. Hooray!

Obviously this doesn’t happen too often, but every now and then you run into a troll and want to claw your eyes out.

Anyway, it looks like the FIFA 18  player animations significantly improved over FIFA 17. Hopefully this leads to more fluid gameplay with the ability to have more controls over your input, but of course, we’ll just have to see how it all pans out. After all, the game could be completely rebalanced by the time it comes out.

I don’t want to give away too much of the discussion because the whole gang goes into great detail on everything the FIFA 18 closed beta has to offer, but I will say that Valerio rides an emotional roller coaster this week. Hehe.

This episode features drpoplove (Goran), Italian Stallion (Valerio), and Nellygotbored (Nenad). Thanks for listening, and as always, we’ll be back next week.

By the way, don’t forget to check out last week’s episode with Air Japes! 

Air Japes On FIFA 18

FUT FM Episode 10

We have a super special guest this week. Spoilers, it’s FIFA YouTube legend Air Japes! He joins the FUT FM crew to talk about the huge FUT 18 reveal, and yes, he manages to trigger Valerio very quickly. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll hear our hot takes on what EA have shown so far. This is a monster of an episode, don’t miss it!

Air Japes FIFA 18
The man, the myth, the legend. Japes!

FUT 18 Icon Stories

In FIFA 18, legends are being reintroduced as icons, and they’ll be on all platforms. Each Icon will have a total of 3 FUT cards, with each representing a different point in their career.

This means that we’ll presumably get lots of positional changes and wildly different ratings, which should help add more variety to the game. But how will this affect overall gameplay and the transfer market? Either way, we’re excited to welcome back Ronaldinho to FIFA!

Furthermore, EA will be doing “Throwback Thursdays” throughout the year with SBCs centered around getting the Prime version of an Icon. Will rewards still be handed out on Thursday? As Japes points out in this episode, this could be the biggest free for all we’ve ever seen on the market. Be sure to tune in to hear more of our predictions.

FIFA 18 Gameplay

Weirdly enough, EA chose to debut FIFA 18 gameplay with a 2v2 match. Although this isn’t the most ideal way to do things for the hardcore FUT lovers, it did offer us a glimpse at what’s to come.

Will shielding still be crazy good? Is L2R2 getting nerfed? Could we see the return of traditional crossing in the high level metagame? The gameplay so far ends up raising quite a few questions!

This episode features drpoplove (Goran), Italian Stallion (Valerio), Nellygotbored (Nenad), and Air Japes. Thanks for tuning in and we’ll catch you next week!

As always, don’t forget to check out last week’s episode if you missed it.

Right Before The FUT 18 Reveal – Episode 09

FUT FM Episode 9

This week we finally get answers to the important questions. Did Valerio travel more than Goran? Are we alone in the universe? Will Yashin’s hat have physics in FUT 18? And of course, we welcome back Elis who’s been on holiday. With the whole gang we speculate about FUT 18 before the big reveal happened, so make sure to tune in to see how right and wrong we were!

Our FUT 18 Gut Reactions

By the way, if you’re looking for our gut reactions to the FUT 18 reveal, check out the video below. We’ll be doing a full analysis on next week’s FUT FM of course.

This episode features drpoplove (Goran), Italian Stallion (Valerio), Nellygotbored (Nenad), and Chappers (Elis). Thanks for listening and we’ll catch you next week!

P.S. Missed last week’s show? Catch up right here.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN – Episode 08

FUT FM Episode 8

EA have been to release new FIFA 18 gmeplay clips, and the FUT FM comrades are ready to dissect them into oblivion. This week, we talk about thew so called new crossing and dribbling, and ponder how it may actually impact the future of FIFA. PLUS, Valerio probably triggers Poplove for the first time ever, then gets triggered himself. Be sure to stay after the end music for something truly special…

FUT FM Episode 8
Valerio says he drinks covfefe here all the time…

New Crossing In FIFA 18

Here’s the new crossing clip we talk about on the show.

Yes, that’s the official video, yes it’s vertical. It’s meant to be viewed on mobile. As you can see, these types of crosses are not actually new to FIFA. They exist in the current game but have different controls, and we can only assume that FIFA 18 will have better physics, AI, and dribbling.

New Dribbling In FIFA 18

And here’s the new dribbling clip that we refer to this week.

Again, nothing in this clip is actually brand new. Hmmmmmm. Here’s hoping for some good refinements at least! The wheel doesn’t need to be reinvented every game, but the series needs to improve year to year for sure.

In this episode: drpoplove (Goran), Italian Stallion (Valerio), Nellygotbored (Nenad). Thanks for listening, and we’ll catch you next week.

P.S. Didn’t catch last week’s episode? Listen to it here.

​From Tactics To Bantz And Back Again – Episode 07

FUT FM Episode 7

From discussing the intricacies of various 3 at the back formations, to legendary levels of banter, this week’s FUT FM has it all! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might even poop your pants. I mean, we’d rather you didn’t… but when you gotta go you gotta go. Nature calls. Number 2. Diarrhea.

FUT FM Episode 7

The… Ahem… Legendary Trios Stream

You’ll hear this referenced a fair bit on today’s episode. Well, don’t worry, you can see what we’re talking about below!

Basically, drpoplove, nellygotbored, and italianstallion got together for 3 different FIFA 17 streams, each with crappy 50K teams. They stayed together in the same voice chat party, and bedlam ensued.

Drpoplove’s Archive

The Triggering Continues

From own goals to Valerio, the triggering doesn’t stop on this episode. I’d tell you to take a shot every time someone is triggered… but you’d be blackout drunk within 20 minutes.

But seriously, what’s up with FIFA 17 these days? Despite there being less and less active players, the game’s servers are performing worse and worse. Not that they were amazing to begin with, but it’s getting a bit ridiculous.

The Importance Of Weak Foot

Just how important is a player’s weak foot in FIFA 17? Does it matter on a position by position basis? Is 3 stars really the lowest acceptable value? We talk about this at length, and we want to hear your thoughts as well! Vote in the poll below.

And of course, don’t forget about our giveaway!

In this episode: drpoplove (Goran), Italian Stallion (Valerio), Nellygotbored (Nenad). Thanks for listening, see ya next week!

P.S. Missed last week’s episode? Listen to it here.