EA has released a new video for FIFA 18 featuring two celebrities playing against each other on the PlayStation 4. Ordinarily, this isn’t the kind of thing that we’d report on, but one of those celebs happens to be a personal hero: Big Shaq … the one and only.
If you’re not familiar with him, Michael “Big Shaq” Deepah aka Roadman Shaq, is a comedian and Grime artist that shot to fame with his breakout hit, “Mans Not Hot.” Performed on Radio 1Xtra’s Fire In The Booth, the track is a caricature of roadmans in the UK and has since become fodder for internet memes and parodies. It was even used on the Jimmy Fallon Show to introduce Shaquille O’Neal.
One of the key conceits of the Roadman Shaq character is his unwillingness to take of his jacket because mans not hot. Never hot. However, in the FIFA 18 trailer he’s pitted against Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, and if he loses he has to take off his jacket. It’s a high-stakes match for Big Shaq so things get a bit heated. Perspiration ting.
It’s a fun video and Big Shaq is on fine form in it; watch it above. Unfortunately, Asznee doesn’t make an appearance.
FIFA 18, meanwhile, is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. In GameSpot’s FIFA 18 review, Oscar Dayus awarded it a 7/10, saying it excels off the pitch. “From the variety of game modes on offer and how everything’s presented, to the constant updates in FUT’s Team of the Week, Daily Objectives, and discussion of real-world happenings in commentary, FIFA 18 captures the world of football and confidently translates it into a video game.
“On the pitch, however, EA’s soccer series is still lagging far behind PES 2018’s more fluid, satisfying football. This year’s improvements are welcome, but more needs to be done in the coming years if FIFA is to be a world-beater once again.”
A new FIFA 18 update has been released on all platforms and makes some changes to how goalkeepers behave in matches, how referees perceive aerial challenges, and has Ultimate Team tweaks. FIFA publisher EA has said it may not bring out a new football title yearly in future. Instead, it could switch to a subscription-based model.