Season 1 of Career Mode in FIFA16, and I battled my way through to the League 1 Playoff Final at Wembley.
0-0 all the way through the 90 minutes and extra time. A typical game of modern professional football: mutual nullification, enlivened only by the idea of the match – i.e., what was at stake – rather than the football itself.
Penalties. My entire season, and the fate of FIFA16, comes down to this.
Here is the whole shootout – me in the blue and white stripes, needless to say. Martin Tyler and the ever-egregious Alan Smith are rooting for the home team, Chesterfield:
And promotion to the Championship!
I found myself feeling very excited about what players I would bring in, and how I would cope on World Class difficulty.
I decided to advance to the start of the next season so I could begin my next play-session with a match.
The weeks ticked by. A performance review was coming, my messages said. I smiled. I got promotion! Howzat!
Then – THIS:
I didn’t quite believe it. I read the email, and still didn’t quite believe it.
I’ve gone back and replayed my last save a few times, thinking I might have to win the final match in 90 minutes rather than just draw it. I’ve done that, and got the same outcome each time.
No way back. I’ve Googled this, and it seems to be a Career Mode ‘thing’.