FIFA 18 The Journey Hunter Returns walkthrough

The Journey: Hunter Returns, if you hadn't guessed from the name, sees FIFA's dedicated story mode, and its titular star Alex Hunter, return again.

Here in our FIFA 18 The Journey: Hunter Returns walkthrough, we'll take you through everything you need to know about the season-long story from start to finish, from FIFA 18's Journey rewards and objectives to the essential story mode decisions so you can continue Hunter's meteoric rise and pick up some handy bonuses along the way, too.
FIFA 18 The Journey: Hunter Returns Walkthrough

The Journey this year is split into six Chapters, plus a short Prologue at the start. Below you'll find our walkthrough pages for each step of the way:

The Journey: Hunter Returns Walkthrough:

    FIFA 18 The Journey: Hunter Returns Prologue
    FIFA 18 The Journey: Hunter Returns Chapter 1 - The Life
    FIFA 18 The Journey: Hunter Returns Chapter 2 - Back in Business
    FIFA 18 The Journey: Hunter Returns Chapter 3 - A New Galaxy
    FIFA 18 The Journey: Hunter Returns Chapter 4 - The Great Equaliser
    FIFA 18 The Journey: Hunter Returns Chapter 5 - Knock-Back
    FIFA 18 The Journey: Hunter Returns Chapter 6 - Win Together, Lose Alone

Aside from those specific pages, read on below for a more general explanation of how The Journey works, plus our tips to bear in mind as you play.

What you need to know about The Journey: Hunter Returns - rewards, length, available clubs

Whilst we haven't been able to play through The Journey enough times to decipher the outcome of every single decision and performance, we do know the overall structure and several different conclusions to the story of Alex Hunter. We'll start with the basics:

What do you do in The Journey? - The Journey involves a combination of training exercises, matches, conversations, and cutscenes, with a bit of Twitter feed checking thrown in. You'll split your playing time roughly 50-50 between training and matches, whilst conversations only happen sporadically, such as after man of the match performances or at significant milestones and story-driven moments.
Does Alex Hunter improve over time? - Yes, in fact it's the main hook that keeps you interested in playing for longer, outside of the story itself. As you train and perform well in matches, Hunter's individual attributes like Short Passing, Finishing, etc. - and thus his Overall rating - will gradually increase. Each time your Overall rating goes up a level, you'll also receive a number of Skill Points to spend on individual Traits. Unlocking one of these will either increase a particular attribute by a few levels, or grant you a Trait much like those on standard players, like Swerve Passing or five star Skill Moves.
What clubs can you play for in The Journey? - In Hunter Returns, you have the choice of either playing starting off by playing for the same club you started at in the original Journey, by importing your old Alex Hunter, or you can choose your Premier League club by starting a fresh save. Bear in mind though that, minor spoilers ahead, this won't be your club forever!

How do you 'win' or 'lose' The Journey? - We'll go into this in more detail just below, but in brief there isn't a clear case for 'winning' or completing The Journey in one specific way. Generally, your goal is to balance popularity with your manager, and popularity with your 'followers'. Keeping them both happy will mean you can continue along your journey for as long as possible, with the greatest possible outcome for Alex (ad this time his friends and family, too). Making them significantly unhappy will result in reduced playing time and, ultimately, the end of the road for Alex Hunter, so basically just try to win everything to get the best ending.

How much do your decisions and conversations affect the story in The Journey - Honestly, not very much. Generally different dialogue options will affect that cutscene in which they occur, but have next to no repurcussions down the line. The only thing to bear in mind is your manager's opinion of you and your follower count - hitting certain numbers of followers trigger unlocks to your character's appearance, and keeping your manager happy keeps you in the first team (although this can be done with good fifa 18 coins performances alone). Otherwise, we found that whether you gave a diplomatic press interview or told your bratty rival where to shove it didn't do anything for the story at large aside from make that cuscene dialogue play out a little differently.
How long is The Journey? - The Journey lasts around 20 hours at most, which includes performing each training session and match manually without simulating anything, and achieving the longest possible story arc. The Journey will finish at the end of the season - in late May - at the latest.
Can you fail The Journey? - Yes. If you performances dip too low - say you get a few 6/10s in a row - then regardless of your standing in the first team, you'll start getting hints that you need to buck your ideas up, before your manager eventually tells you that enough is enough and you need to reload an earlier save to progress.
What rewards are there for playing The Journey? - The Journey offers players a handful of rewards, which are earned simply by playing through the story one chapter at a time. You'll receive set FUT loan players depending on the chapter, along with a Danny Williams card and Alex Hunter card, permanently, for your FUT squad near the end of the Journey. Check out the individual pages linked above for each chapter's specific rewards.
Can you get injured in The Journey, and what happens if you do? - Yes you can, however if it happens by accident then it never actually rules you out for a game. There's also a certain scripted event that affects the story, but we won't dive any further here - read through our chapter guides above if you want to know!

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