Freshly-relegated Huddersfield Town gave me my stiffest test yet in my FIFA20 adventure. An adventure that is still going on. Not even the slightest sign of a traditional FIFA wobble here. Quite the opposite. FIFA20, on PC, with mods, is steady as a rock. At this stage I could play FIFA20 indefinitely.
I’ve started getting used to Professional difficulty. I’m still finding it tough enough that I’m only thinking about moving up to World Class, but I decided to play one test game on that level just to see what it felt like.
Cue a proper thrashing from a rampant AI.
This was the team and formation I went with for the World Class-level match away to Huddersfield. I also plumped for 7-minute halves.I present below the final five minutes of the above match. As we join it I am already 3-0 down. I post this segment of the match here so that the curious can see just what the modded AI on the PC version of FIFA20 can play like. Also what the low-down Broadcast camera looks like at one stadium in particular (it’s different at all). And there’s a penalty somewhere in here – for me! This penalty accounts for the ‘1’ bit of the 5-1 scoreline.
Three more big sessions since the last time and I’m still having an overall 9/10 level experience with FIFA20(PC, modded).
The lack of fouls is starting to become noticeable. There are options there – a fully-featured modding Editor for me to tinker with on PC – but it’s a testament to the overall quality of the gameplay that I can’t tear myself away from it for long enough.
I’m sure I will go a-modding eventually. Even if it’s a doomed quest. The Frosty Editor is the Lost Ark to my Indiana Jones. But as I say, for now, I’m not too bothered.
There’s plenty of time. We’re still over a month short of the halfway stage of the footy game year. I keep mentioning this because there’s a sense ‘out there’ that the footy game year is pretty much over – or if not over, that it’s so old that it might as well be over. But the truth is that it’s not yet even middle-aged. If the footy game year were a single day, it’s only about eleven o’clock in the morning.
The Championship table with January approaching:
I’m going to get promoted, as long as I stay on Professional of course.
Finally today yet another compilation of good goals and, for comparison, some ordinary goals. This clip contains 8 discrete talking points, which I talk about afterward:
NUMBER 1: yet another long-range goal from Hernandez – my whippet-like CAM with the thundering right foot. Nobody else has got a long-ranger for me so far. Shooting in general is a great plus-point for FIFA, but I am LOVING the distance shooting in particular. I posted this goal in comments a few days ago but here it is again for those who missed it.
Sorry about the mouse pointer in the middle of the screen, by the way. I genuinely did not notice it until it was pointed out to me. Which is incredible when you consider where it is and just how close to the action it is. How could I not see it? But no, I didn’t. The mouse pointer is due to a bad habit Ive picked up on the PC. Alt-Tabbing out of the game to check something or do something else on the computer.
NUMBER 2: not much later that same game, Hernandez got ANOTHER long-ranger. This one from a shorter distance and a slight angle, and a more subtle execution than his others so far. This was an R2 finesse shot that the game portrayed as a flick with the outside of the right boot. Lovely, as the slow-mo demonstrates. Sorry about the mouse pointer again.
NUMBER 3: This is an ordinary goal on the face of it, included here because of the way the ball bobbles just before it reaches Phillips in the box. I spotted that bobble in real-time and delayed my shot until the ball actually reached me. FIFA punishes mis-timed presses far more than a certain other game ever does. Sorry again about the mouse pointer in the middle of the screen.
NUMBER 4: a corner routine that I try whenever there’s a player in enough space lurking outside the box. This is the closest I’ve come. One day…
NUMBER 5: a nice straightforward bread-and-butter goal. See, FIFA does do them too.
NUMBERS 6 AND 7: two nice and tidy AI goals, to show that the AI not only does score against me but can play a bit too. The breakaway goal from Reading is of course the better goal, but the well-worked one from Luton (whose kit looks like training bibs) was nice too.
NUMBER 8: a preview of my first big signing, due to arrive in January. I’m very excited. Bamford is good but not great up front for me right now. Ditto Weismann, the journeyman striker I picked up in the first window. Aboubakar is going to be a proper striker by the looks of things. Only £8m too.
Individuals are real in FIFA20. I’ve played too much of the game and experienced too many unmistakable individualistic moments for there to be any other conclusion. PES loyalties be damned. FIFA20 is the real deal.