I have completed Season 1 of Career Mode. That’s the final table above. FIFA19 is officially my most-played FIFA since FIFA15.
I didn’t score many goals. I only have a few new players, none much better than the ones I’ve got. There’d be a heck of a grind ahead if I continued.
It’s the thought of that long, slow grind through the next few seasons that is making me suspend Career Mode as of now.
With now exactly 4 weeks to the PES2020 demo – and from there another 6 weeks to the full game – it would be a travesty to subject Career Mode to the various pressures that ‘this time of year’ would bring to bear on it.I’m tempted to give Career Mode a features and immersion score of 10/10 right now, but that would be somewhat hyperbolic.
Suffice to say that I’m very impressed with everything it has to offer – not least the trickiness of acquiring new players.
Throughout the season I conducted approximately 20 transfer and contract negotiations. I bungled nearly all of them. I got something wrong, every time. Even the few that were successful. I paid too much for poor players. My epic failure to grasp the subtleties of the Scouting system made for some hilarious Carlos Kickaball-type scenarios where I was bidding for players whose abilities and wage expectations I had no real idea of.
Here are some brief highlights of my last few matches in the mode. The final goal is a beautiful AI looping header – from a ‘searching free kick’ – that I have watched time and time again and marvelled over. The first clip in this shows me hitting the post from range – something that FIFA19 forces to happen time and time again, in lieu of ‘allowing’ long-range goals.
I have already played some matches in other modes. I played a Barcelona-Real Madrid derby, just to see what it was like. I could smell the boiling sweat and aggro through the screen. And I have also started a Champions League tournament, as Tottenham, where the first group game, away to Inter Milan, was likewise drenched in atmosphere. No question that FIFA19 does the atmosphere thing better than anything ever seen in football gaming.
These matches are a little bit too fast and furious, mind. As ever with FIFA19 – and all football games of the past 6 years or so – the near-total absence of AI fouls does spoil things.
EA’s total silence on the topic of fouls interests me very much. ‘We’ve fed this back to our dev team‘ is, as far as I know, the only thing they ever say (when they can be made to say anything at all). I don’t keep a close eye on the football gaming chatosphere around the web, so if anyone spots anything juicy in this field, I would be very interested to hear it.
What’s next? Well, Ultimate Team is what’s next. Offline of course. I fully expect to be dazzled and entranced by the slickness of the package. Truth be told, I could do with a summer holiday feeling of fun and froth.