I’m very close to the sack in the latter parts of Season 4 in FIFA20 Career Mode.
Leeds United should be doing better than we are with the time and resources at hand. I’m still hovering between 15th-18th in the Premier League.
This is mostly down to me using this season as another one of experimentation with various settings.
I started out on World Class difficulty, and did well for a time. Until I stopped doing well, and started getting routinely thrashed. I plunged down the table. I belatedly realised I’d be better off going back to Professional.
Then I couldn’t make up my mind whether to stay on Professional or not. The matches were too easy.
I went back to World Class, started getting thumped again, and now I am back on Professional, but playing with a difficulty modifier: Semi-Assisted passing and shooting. And it works.
It works a bit too well – results on Professional have been awful in the past couple of sessions. I remain in the places above the bottom 3 that might be called the ‘relegation zone zone’.
Manager Rating is between 45-55, oscillating up and down. I keep getting ominous email warnings…
I’ve made my mind up that the time for side-saves and restarting is over. One of the things that makes football gaming so compelling for me is the weight attached to events and outcomes. Matches have to mean something. Goals have to mean something. Or they really mean not much more than nothing.
I have to take to the field knowing that everything is on the line. That if I hit the wall here, it really is over. No do-overs. So…
If I get sacked now at Leeds, it is over. No reloading old saves. And no starting again from Season 1 with Leeds.
I will continue as a manager in this world. One of the reasons I’m reluctant to part ways with Leeds is that I’ve grown attached to some of my Youths and want to see how they turn out. But I can just buy them at whatever club I end up with.
That’s if I get sacked. At the moment I am hanging on, just squeezing out enough of a result occasionally to stave off the inevitable sack, which won’t take much to happen.
Very brief highlights of a representative match, at home vs Wolves. Literally just the goals and one or two misses.
This vid is notable for a couple of things.
First, the appalling and comical miss at the start that shows just how much unlearning of Assisted muscle memory I have to do.
Second, the continuing story of how I am constantly tormented by Adama Traore in this game.
Third, in one of the PC platform’s many random events, my recording software has started capturing at 720p max by default, and I still haven’t remembered to go in and fix it…
Incidentally, this video contains one of my biggest bugbears with FIFA20 – note the way Traore twists away from my sliding challenge at 1:10.
The game blatantly reads your controller input and evades a slide challenge even when you ‘know’ it should connect.
Yes, I know, that’s Traore’s unique style anyway, and I should have played better, but it is true in FIFA20 that every AI player is capable of doing that last-nanosecond evasion.
If (when) I get sacked, I will play on and take the next likely job offer, but I am fighting for this. I’ve covered a lot of ground with Leeds Utd in these 4 seasons and I would like to finish the job. Sadly my early noob errors in the transfer market have cost me dear. I am constantly fielding a threadbare, average squad. I need time to set my errors right, but I likely won’t get time.