FIFA 18

New game de­liv­ers eight-way matches and boasts the re­turn of Kurt An­gle

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There aren’t many fea­tures you’d want 2K Games to ex­ca­vate from WWE Smack­down Vs RAW 2007 when build­ing a new grap­pling game – but wrestlers of yes­ter­year are a dif­fer­ent story. That mid-tier out­ing was the last time bona-fide Olympic gold medal­list Kurt An­gle ap­peared in the long-run­ning smash-mouth se­ries, but 11 years later he’s back in both the real-world WWE and its dig­i­tal off­shoot.

In­evitably, there’s a small catch: An­gle is ini­tially only avail­able as a pre-or­der bonus, although we ex­pect him to be re­leased as DLC for a cou­ple of quid be­fore Christ­mas. Also mak­ing the ros­ter, this time with­out any small print, is cover star Seth Rollins, with le­gends Ul­ti­mate War­rior, An­dre The Gi­ant and Ric Flair all hinted at in an ini­tial teaser trailer. So long as equal at­ten­tion is paid to upand-com­ing stars yet to fea­ture, such as Em­ber Moon and Tyler Bate, that’s all good news.

SUPER-8

It’s the in-ring ac­tion upon which the game’s cham­pi­onship hopes rest, and ini­tial fea­tures re­vealed cen­tre on fan ser­vice – al­ways a smart move. The num­ber of wrestlers who can be in the ring at once in­creases from six to eight, which should mean bril­liantly chaotic four-on-four bouts, while elimination meth­ods for bat­tle roy­als and Royal Rum­bles have been re­vamped, and an en­tirely new carry sys­tem added.

“We’re fo­cussing on re­al­ism, graph­ics, silky-smooth game­play, im­prove­ments to MyCa­reer, and a cre­ation suite that will al­low you to ‘be like no one’,” says cre­ative direc­tor Lynell Jinks. Noth­ing rev­e­la­tory to speak of yet, then, but for now it cer­tainly sounds more triple-A than Triple H.

For a first look at Seth Rollins’ in-game like­ness, see 2k.com/games/wwe-2k18.

UL­TI­MATE WAR­RIOR, AN­DRE THE GI­ANT AND RIC FLAIR ARE ALL TEASED FOR THE ROS­TER.

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