It’s been no surprise for the past few months that the FIFA 18 story mode will be continuing the story of Alex Hunter, with everything that entails; players will be taking Hunter to new heights of FIFA stardom, however there’s one thing you won’t be able to do: punch Gareth Walker.
Walker serves as the player’s rival in “The Journey”, the story mode that began in FIFA 17. He actually brings to mind Eric Sparrow from Tony Hawk’s Underground, a poisonous “best friend” to the main character who serves as their main competition throughout the story. Walker is shown to be Hunter’s apparent better in the story, working his way through the Premiere League while Hunter is relegated to a lower rank.
His smug attitude, constant put-downs, and stupid hair quickly made him hated among the FIFA fanbase, and many people wanted you to be able to punch him in the FIFA 18 story mode. However, it doesn’t seem like that will come to pass, for now. EA’s creative director Matt Prior said that while everyone wants to slug Walker in the face, the game is still rated for everyone, and any sort of violence against Walker would bump up the ESRB and PEGI ratings.
While Hunter eventually making his way up the totem pole and showing up Walker at every opportunity is also a good way to get back at the creep, it still won’t be as satisfying as actually hitting the scumbag yourself.
In another parallel to Tony Hawk’s Underground, Eric Sparrow didn’t get any physical comeuppance from the player-made protagonist; however, there was an alternate ending where, instead of beating him in skating for the video he stole from you, your character instead slugs Eric in the face and takes the tape by force.
Either way, hopefully the FIFA 18 story mode will at least give us some catharsis when the game comes out September 29 of this year on Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC (though you won’t play the story mode on the Switch).