'Is this real?' It was a simple question but revealed so much about FIFA 18. The new game feels closer to reality than ever before.
For the last decade, EA Sports have dominated the football game sphere and this year's edition will not see them lose their stranglehold. In fact, it might just strengthen it even further.
From the moment you boot up FIFA 18 it is impossible not to recognise how much better it is.
FIFA 18's graphics are the best yet and players on the game have never looked more realistic
Cristiano Ronaldo's trademark celebration is in the game and looks every bit as the real thing
From the moment you boot the game up it's clear to see how special this year's edition is
A friend who happened to be sitting in the room highlighted it when they asked if it was a TV Game. The camera swung around the Santiago Bernabeu before cutting to the pitch. Then came the query. No - but my word does it come close.
There has been so much work on the graphical side of the game over the last year.
One key focus has been on atmospheres, but across the board it looks so much better.
A lot of work this year - as opposed to last year - has gone into the graphical side of the game
Lighting systems have been innovated to make what happens on the pitch look like the real world. Certain camera angles could be taken straight out of Super Sunday. The players look, move and play football like their counterparts.
When you score, shots of impeccably rendered crowds flash across the screen. They look so much better than before. They charge forward and try to celebrate with their players - although there are no bookings for over-exuberance.
Then the gameplay itself comes into it. One complaint over the last few years is how easy it is to game certain aspects of FIFA and then how difficult it is to replicate real goals in-game.
Lighting systems have been innovated to make what happens on the pitch look like real world
For example, Manchester City favour low through balls and crosses. It is a key part of Pep Guardiola's tactical outlook.
On last year's game - and, in fact, for a few editions prior - the regular through ball was useless