72 hours without picking up a controller. I had a few matches on Wednesday night, and didn’t play again until Saturday night. That’s the reality of life for so many of us, I think. It hurts and it’s a constant frustration.
I’m still going along very well in Ultimate Team in FIFA13. I’ve stormed through a couple of easy early tournaments and leagues, and built my current stack of Coins up to near 5000. I’d stockpiled enough Contracts Cards to let me just play matches for a while.
Ultimate Team invites you to play at a very easy level to begin with, something you can change but I was more than happy to follow. Now I’m moving up and things are getting more serious.
The fun of the beginning has given way to… to what?
What’s the aim of Ultimate Team? This was a huge question for me and I’m still discovering the answer.
In a very real sense, there is no actual aim—the process of building the team is the end in itself.
So the aim isn’t so much to amass a Gold cards team of Messi & co. That’s possible, of course, but not easy even so. Messi cards seem to be the equivalent of golden Wonka tickets. People who’ve been playing Ultimate Team for years haven’t got near being able to afford one.
Ultimate Team is a kind of sandbox with a very loose structure. You do what you want. Follow whatever whim strikes you. Make your own aim, and head that way.
FIFA13′s gameplay is very good. The only real downside at the moment is the almost complete absence of fouls, and therefore free kicks. It’s routine to get through a complete 6-minute match without a single free kick to either side. And no yellow or red cards.
Other than that, there are few problems with FIFA’s gameplay. I really like the game a lot more approaching it this way, via Ultimate Team, than I would have done via Career Mode.
Scoring memorable goals helps, of course, and I’ve got a couple to show off today.
One aspect of football gaming that has always pleased me: volleys. I scored a couple of chest-and-volleys early on in FIFA13, and I’ve now scored a few more. It’s possible that chest-and-volley goals are a ‘thing’ here in much the same way that in-off-the-woodwork goals are a ‘thing’ in PES2013.
I hope the future doesn’t devalue these goals too much. Scarcity increases value:
The first volley came when I was still wearing the Atletico Madrid home kit as my home kit. The second goal came when I’d switched to the more appropriate Rochdale home kit. I’ll be using kits approximately at my current club level from now on.