A couple of Gold players have arrived. I’ve slotted the players into my formation’s dedicated CM positions, despite them being a CAM and CDM. I took the minor hit to my team chemistry of 1%.
Sometime over the weekend I will prise open the box of a massive new game for me: the new Metal Gear game, Revengeance. This is a big deal. Imagine if PES only published a new game every 5 years or so. Imagine how big a deal each new PES game would be. That’s how big of a deal this is for me.
I actually didn’t really like the Revengeance demo, but a new Metal Gear game (even if it seems to be just an action game set in the same universe, with Raiden) is a must-play for me. I may be the only MGS fan in the world who doesn’t hate Raiden…
But I’ll carry on playing FIFA13 in-between-times. The game’s got its hooks into me now.
The CDM, Bruno, is a proper strongman enforcer type. His shooting power belies his low rating of 61. I think his strength feeds into his shooting and he plays above his stats. As a PES player I’m always looking for FIFA to show me player individuality. Bruno is one of a good number of players whose presence (and absence) I really notice.
The 4-3-1-2 formation is starting to bother me. There aren’t enough players in the middle of the park where they’re most needed most of the time.
FIFA rewards the Latin model of methodical, patient passing. I need midfield passers, and lots of them. If I had my time again I’d go 4-5-1. There’s no reason why I can’t construct a 4-5-1 team in another slot (or even dismantle this team and rebuild here), but I want to take this lot somewhere first.
I finally won a Professional level tournament after three attempts. The first two times, I was knocked out in the first round, by Barcelona B to begin with. Who played just like Barcelona. They thumped me 3-0. I think I had one good chance that I really had to work hard for.
I restarted, and met Deportivo La Coruna. Remember them, 1990s fans? They also dominated me, winning 2-0. Again I only made one good chance the whole game, and again it was one I had to sweat over.
Third time lucky. I stopped playing so carefree-and-easy. I went for patient passing, and borrowing one of my old PES approaches—clean sheet no matter what—saw me through to the final, where I beat Valencia 3-1 in a very satisfying match. I was 1-0 up. They pulled it back to 1-1 before half-time. I went 2-1 up soon after the break, and held on and held on, only getting the clinching third goal with a few minutes left. The relief was palpable.
This definitely isn’t PES, where the ol’ muscle memory knows exactly what works and what doesn’t. It’ll take a while for that to wear off, if ever.
And indeed, my automatic reliance on PES moves is contributing to the first ’empty’ kind of feeling that I’ve had about FIFA13.
It’s commonly said by PES players that FIFA just lacks something. I do feel a certain distance from the action at times, a disengagement, that just isn’t there in PES. It’d be dishonest of me to pretend that things are all rosy.
So… is this the start of my traditional annual cooling towards FIFA? Nah… Just reporting on something I’m occasionally feeling.
The overall feeling is still one of interested involvement. The best sign of which is that I’m seeking out the game, making time for it that I don’t really have, making sure I get a few matches in per day. The card auctioning system is a big draw. It’s something different from Master League.
But I think I will have to pay a visit to Career Mode sooner or later. I feel the need for that substantive banquet.