Season 1 of Career Mode in FIFA16 isn’t quite at an end yet. Disappointingly, my swashbuckling surge towards the top of the League just failed to carry me into the final promotion spots. A costly couple of nil-nils left me stranded in 3rd at the final reckoning:
Which meant a playoff final for promotion to the Championship.
For all my long years of Master League and occasional forays into FIFA, I’ve not played in many play-offs. Master League has rarely featured them, When play-offs have been included (which edition?), I’ve rarely had to participate to my recollection. I haven’t played enough FIFA to have been in playoffs. So this here playoff might be only my second or third such experience in all my footy-gaming years.
I did feel the weight of pressure. A long season and a lot of matches all coming down to this.
My opponents were Southend. One of the teams who’d held me to one of the nil-nils that’d proved so costly in the run-in. I didn’t bear a grudge.
I won the first leg, away, 1-0. It was fairly comfortable.
The home leg was all very sedate until early in the second half, when Southend scored to level things up on aggregate. Then they cheekily got another to make it 0-2 to them. 1-2 on aggregate.
Getting back into matches isn’t even nearly as straightforward in FIFA16 as it almost always is in PES2016. So this was Big Trouble.
Here is the rest of that match, from the 56th minute all the way to the close of business:
Phew. Probably the best single match I’ve had on FIFA16 so far. Not because the play was particularly fine. But because of what it meant, and the way events panned out.
I scored the aggregate equaliser with the last kick of the ninety minutes. 2-2. Alan Smith’s instant remark about me needing another because of Southend’s extra away goal made me frown, as I was pretty sure that away goals only count double after extra time. And so it proved.
I got my winner so early in extra time that I was hanging on for the rest of it.
So I am through to the final. Which I have yet to play at the time of writing (Monday evening).
I’ve already decided that if I don’t win, I won’t persist with this Career Mode career. I don’t think there’s time between now and PES2017 for more than 3 or 4 seasons.
I’m toying with the idea of recording and posting the whole match on Friday, but as ever I’m firmly convinced that watching other people play football games is one of the dullest things that can be done. So I won’t do that. It’ll be some sort of highlights again.