Do you mean 18 gameplay is more end to end? If so, yes it certainly is that. Here's what I see with default 18:
-CPU relentless mindless attack attack attack
-CPU no back passing; no thought, intelligence or finesse to any part of its game
-CPU super-boosted, every team
-CPU super-human defenders (which I like, but it's not fair and balanced, it's done with cheats)
-CPU suction defending
I spent hours trying to correct all of that, my preferred pace and style is slow slow and slower: the CPU stopping, thinking, passing backwards, and passing side to side, rather than just mindlessly pushing straight up the pitch and attacking every time. Most people around here want more speed and excitement, want even more end to end gameplay, even more CPU attacking, and think the game is too easy on Legendary etc. They want the super-challenge of an even more super-human CPU. Me, I edit FIFA to play a fair game on Professional, where players perform like human beings and not cyborgs. Most FIFA gamers aren't interested in my db edits, it's one reason I stopped sharing my edited db files two years ago.