A big decision to be made: do I stick with World Class and the regular thrashings I’ve been getting?
The sack is looming – and another decision, if I get the sack, what happens then?
Or do I swallow my pride, and admit that it was a season or two too early for World Class, for me, with my modest footy gaming skills? I’d revert to Professional, for the rest of this season at least….
I never mentioned it here but a couple of seasons ago I received a job offer from Fiorentina, one of my favourite Italian clubs in real and virtual life. It was when Gabriel Batistuta was there in the 1990s, and I used to watch the matches, usually hungover, on Sunday afternoons on Channel 4. What great days those were.
I didn’t take the Fiorentina job offer a couple of seasons ago, but I made a separate save for a rainy day, just in case, because you never know, etc. So if I did get the sack now, I could probably hop over to that. Or… I could start again with Leeds, and see if I get as many long-rangers with Hernandez in a new Season 1 as I did a few months ago the first time around.
I was getting a warning from the board after every match. I was surprised the sack hadn’t happened yet.
In the end, I’ve put too much hard work into this Leeds save to let it fall apart on me now.
I swallowed my pride, and changed the difficulty down to Professional – where it will stay for the remainder of this Season 4. I need to get my players in over the summer (more on that below), consolidate, and attack the new season anew on World Class.
On Professional I can win 2 out of 3 matches no problem, probably 3 out of 3 if I concentrate properly.
A solid session lifted me out of the relegation zone and into safety – for now. The FIFA board is notoriously fickle and I might get the bullet anyway at any time (most likely at season’s end), depending on which target I miss out on.
I had a decent January transfer window. Had a good look around for great players out of contract, and found this one, Lisandro Martinez. I’ve shattered my wages structure for him, so Season 5 had better go well.I picked up a couple of journeymen to fill out the ranks and see me through to mid-table mediocrity, hopefully, for the remainder of the season.
I also scored a slightly different goal from a corner routine:
My left-back, Bello, was in that position because I was on an Attacking posture, in which my formation is slightly tweaked to make the full-backs wide midfielders. Which makes Bello stand there at corners.
As can be seen I fluffed the initial shot, but recovered to use his decent left foot very well indeed and tuck one inside the post.
This was my first footy gaming session for a few days, and it showed. I was rusty and did well to get 3 wins and 2 draws from 5 matches on Professional.
As ever I remain blown away by just how high-quality the overall experience of playing modded FIFA20 on PC is.
If anything the shift of gaming platforms this year is more momentous than my move to FIFA20.
There’s quite a bit of precedent for me playing FIFA on this blog. In the early years especially, it was part of the routine for me to give FIFA a few months from spring into summer.
There’s no precedent with me going to PC. This really is new ground broken, and it still feels exciting and new.
The only drawback is that on console, I used to play an occasional couple of matches from the comfort of my bed, several times a week, and those matches add up over time. They’re not happening now. The PC is in its own room, at a desk (where it has to stay), so it’s more of a formal occasion. Which leads to a slowed-down progress. So when work and life get busy, as they are for me, things are slow indeed on the PC gaming front.