And… FIFA19 is continuing. Readers familiar with my summertime attempts to play FIFA who picked ‘less than 1 week’ in the sweep have lost their money.
Here is the current table in my Career Mode:That’s after 24 matches. Still just about in touch with the playoff places. I didn’t drop down to Professional difficulty in the end. FIFA19’s timid AI cannot threaten on anything lower than World Class.
The mid-season transfer window is just around the corner. I have NO incoming transfers lined up. In FIFA there’s a very strict scouting-and-negotiation mechanic that is considerably more advanced than Master League’s equivalent. In Master League, if I want to get a defender, say, I’ll pop the list open, pick one I like the look of (all stats immediately visible) and more often than not, finances willing, I’ll get him.
In FIFA19 it’s a huge faff just to see the stats and how much they’re getting paid a week. January 1st is about a week away in-game. I desperately need players better than the League 1 standard I currently have. And there are none lined up! I keep bungling the negotiations by offering too little (usually because I have no idea how much to offer, having done zero scouting beforehand).
I have the money. It’s a question of figuring out the Career Mode transfer mechanics. The largest component is simply patience. There are no quick signings, or so few that you can’t rely on them. It’s a bit of a shock after Master League’s straightforwardness in this regard – and I am loving it.
FIFA19’s weak spot is definitely the single-player AI. It really is too passive. It can come to life and terrorise you, in the way a certain ‘AI That We Need’ can in another game, but those periods of play are rare enough.
In other news… well, regular readers who picked 1-2 weeks in the ‘how long will he give FIFA this year’ sweep will be cheered up by this news:
I have taken the plunge with PES2019 on the PC. It dipped below £10 on the Steam key sites recently, and this weekend with a day off I just went ahead and got it.
Installing all the patches was a huge headache. Don’t worry, I got the latest PTE patch – picture just for illustration.
At this time of year many of the links haven’t been tended to for a while. Lots of dead ends were pursued. It took me most of a full day just to track down the files. Hours of clicking links, negotiating my way through captchas (does the square that shows the slightest edge of a traffic light casing count?), waiting for downloads, unpacking files, carefully lowering them into place… It’s not something I greatly appreciate, coming from the console side of things.
But in the end, it was worth it. I now have a fully functioning, fully patched PES2019 on PC, with the mods I want. Only two for now. Broadcast camera with no zoom, and a lovely game speed mod that makes it play at a wonderful pace.
Here is a short video showing the outcome. I haven’t installed any other mods as yet. The Broadcast camera mod comes in at around 1:00. The thumbnail shows it off well enough.
This is nice and all – but will I play it? What effect will this have on FIFA19? Time will tell. As of last night I was still on FIFA19 and not feeling any great urge to head back to PES either on console or PC. But it’s only been just over a week now.