Following my terrible run in my first clutch of matches in the Premier League – a terrible run that was partly due to switching to Tactical Defending, and partly due to the sudden onslaught of much better teams in the higher division… this happened:
Sacked. I cannot remember the last time I was sacked in FIFA or PES. It might even be all the way back on PES4 or somewhere like that. I’ve been sacked in Football Manager games a few times since then, but never in Master League (of course not), and I probably haven’t played Career Mode enough to be sacked – until now.
I’d had a warning a few matches previously, but failed to turn things around, and that was that.
I reloaded a save I had specifically set aside with this outcome in mind. I rewound to the start of this same season and began it all over again.
And then a few matches later, I did it AGAIN. I am currently on Attempt #3 to play the opening bars of my Premier League season without suffering the sack.
This is contrary to my usual practice in football gaming and in gaming as a whole. I respect the outcomes of games. Whatever happens is what must happen. Otherwise, why bother? With anything? No consequences, no meaning, no purpose, no game. I accept every squadwipe in XCOM, and every city lost in Civilization. Ironman is my default mental setting on every game, all the time.
The reason I’m going against that this tme is that I am deliberately using this Career Mode save wth Leeds United to orient myself to FIFA20 and to Career Mode as a whole, before plunging in with a ‘real’ save.
I think that time is coming soon. For now I will complete 1 season in the Premier League with Leeds, and sample all the wonderful sights that the place has to offer, because it might be a while before I get back here.
Among them is one of the most compelling sights and experiences in football gaming – playing West Ham at The London Stadium. I swear this must be my favourite stadium to play in in FIFA20, and perhaps in any footy game. Something about the design of it and the possibilities offered by the PC Broadcast camera mod. Pictures don’t do it justice but here is one anyway.In the repeated August transfer window I looked for fast-paced full-backs. I am slowly getting to grips with Tactical Defending, which is heavily about covering and positioning, and speed – SPEED – is of the essence.
My existing full-backs are good for the Championship, but for the Premier League? Nope. This kind of discovery is the kind of experience I wanted to get before starting my ‘real’ Career Mode in League 2, as there will be no do-overs in that one.
And here is where I got more much-needed experience of Career Mode: Scotuing.
Of course I still have the inherited habit of Master League, and I simply went into the last day of the August window expecting to pick up whomever I liked, without having Scouted them and thus not knowing much about their abilities, their value, their wages…
I needed a left-back and started to bid for a young Man United LB with 82 for Speed, but whose other attributes I had little idea of. I went into negotiations ‘blind’ and simply offered what felt right at every stage. I ended up paying a £15,000,000 fee and £10,000 a week salary – for a decidedly average 67-OVR left-back, which I didn’t know until I’d bought him…If I had Scouted him properly as I should have, I doubt I’d have spent £5,000,000 on him, or even got him at all. Lesson well and truly learned.
In truth I already know the lesson well enough, having dabbled with FIFA and Career Mode in recent years. If I repeat the mistakes I’ve made here down in League 2 with a much more constrained budget, I won’t last long at the helm.
And finally today, something interesting and quirky.
The PC platform has thrown up its first little technical quirk. Sometimes when you Sleep the machine, it does odd little things. Hibernate never gives a problem, but Sleep does.
The difference: Hibernate writes all data to hard disk and shuts off power, but takes about 15 seconds to awake, depending on the hardware. Sleep freezes everything more or less in place and keeps a trickle of power flowing, but wakes up almost instantly. Some quirk of the latter function makes some apps and games a little bit cranky upon awakening.
I prefer to Hibernate the PC 9 times out of 10, but I was mid-match when I was unexpectedly called away. I chose to Sleep the PC knowing I’d return in an hour or so.
I woke up the PC from Sleep, and one of the logo swoosh graphics was frozen on the screen and statyed there no matter what.
I finished the game – and scored my first ever goal in the Premier League during it. here is that goal, a lovely overhead kick that I want to call a bicycle kick…
Don’t worry, that graphical glitch has gone and has not been seen since. Sleep is 99% effective at what it aims to do. This was a 1% occurrence.
At the close of play in.. what is it, my 4th week of playing FIFA20 now? Maybe longer. I’d still give the game a solid 9/10, which it has had consistently from the start. The modding possibilities are only just beginning too, with lots of exciting tools and mods being produced. On the quiet, the FIFA PC modding scene is actually much more appealing than the PES PC one.