I hear this often when I tell people I play FIFA. This is the first year I have literally no evidence to back that my fervent desire to defend the game. I am crushed, mortified, and at a loss. No, but seriously, they added a couple game modes that (at this point) are online only.
I mainly play career mode. I’m bad and I don’t want to embarrass myself online not to mention who doesn’t love making a dream team sans RNG? Career additions this year are minuscule with maybe two or three features actually impacting the experience. Player search adds a “release clause” filter, new training exercises for strength and sprint speed, and the board will now potentially grant funds based on your performance. Oh and don’t forget that sweet sweet Champions League….whoopty-do.
I’ve watched many Youtubers voice their opinions on the game both individual aspects and as a whole. ‘Chayton you can’t let other people dictate your opinion and your point of view,’ yes tiny voice I totally understand, however, an informed voice that can break down the game into its finer parts and even go into the history of the game further than my own time with it goes. I was stunned when I found out how much deeper the career mode used to be I found myself at a loss as to why these mechanics aren’t there anymore. The more in-depth scouting options, youth academy, and overall more comprehensive managerial controls. Why remove these features? Can they really take up that much space on the disc? What is keeping them from expanding on the one aspect of the game that isn’t making them millions of…oh. Call me naive but I think with all the money FUT has made EA you think they could throw us poor fucks a bone in the form of deepening the offline game modes. I suppose that was what House Rules are for; but then they drop the ball by not allowing them online (I’m sure they’ll be patched in at some point).
The more advanced tactics are nice but…these could’ve been brought in years ago. All this is because EA has grown fat with success and there isn’t anyone that can hold a candle to the production value and licensing that FIFA has. That said, I think if Konami were to really nut up and bring some serious development time to PES it could challenge on sheer content and depth of mechanics. Nothing will come close to FUT but it could really take a bite out of EA’s consumer base. The few that would switch for an actual manager mode. The gameplay is strong if not a little rusty, that just means that with effort those kinks can be worked out. It’s better than what EA is doing, which is next to nothing; and any step they do make is nine-times-out-of-ten in the wrong direction.
These instances are online that take place in a game EA wants to push to as “competitive” and “esports ready” please enjoy.
FIFA has gotten to a point where even in my love for futbol, I literally cannot bring myself to purchase this game when nothing about it is being changed for the better, or worse, there are changes for the better but they are buried under an avalanche of both purposefully and accidentally terrible decisions. FIFA is worse than “being the same game every year”, it’s slowly falling down grace’s mountain and it’s hitting every ledge on the way down. I hate not getting FIFA this year but I legitimately cannot justify it’s purchase anymore, not until they steer this ship right and make changes that actually push the gameplay to that “simulation” and “esports” polish EA claims the game already has. I’d never fault a fan of the beautiful game for buying the marquee title video game if that’s what they want, I just can’t do it anymore.