FIFA16 is at an end. No point being playful and leading up to it. That’s it.
Yesterday morning I played a decent 1-1 draw, on Legendary difficulty, using some custom slider settings suggested by a regular commenter — thanks, Shed — and while I didn’t hate it, I didn’t get anything out of it either.
And just look at the calendar. August the what now?!
This is the wrong time of year to be exerting myself to get any deeper into a football game.
The only reason I would ever continue playing FIFA16 would be out of some sense of ‘providing fair and balanced coverage’ on the blog.
The thought of that always makes me smile. It would only happen if this blog was some kind of journalistic enterprise, which it isn’t.
It’s a hobbyist’s personal blog. I play and do exactly what I would play and do if the blog wasn’t running. That’s the main — and indeed only — editorial stance I take.
I might not even do an end-of-year review of FIFA16. I don’t feel I’ve played it enough. I’ve only played about two seasons’ worth of Career Mode. That’s still a hell of a lot of matches. A lot more matches than most games reviewers ever play.
There was no one breaking point. There wasn’t even a breaking point. FIFA16 remained interesting and engaging right to the point where I laid down the controller and knew that the game was over for me.
Before I quit — probably for the last time — I had one last mess-about in the Practice Arena.
You used to be able to set up full 11-vs-11 or 11-vs-5 practice sessions, or any combination thereof. I have no idea why they removed this very useful feature. Baffling. Maybe people weren’t spending enough time in Ultimate Team.
I discovered a surprise way to at least get some 1-vs-1 one action…
PES2017 will be here in 5 weeks and before that time comes I have a few other things to do — No Man’s Sky among them, plus some distracting work-and-life factors right now.
The PES2017 demo should land sometime next week. I’ll want to play and talk about that.
We already know it’s going to be another no-AI-fouls football game. All football games are no-AI-fouls football games these days.
What I don’t already know is whether PES2017’s general pace will be the same ‘fast frenetic flowing fun’ stuff that simply ISN’T to my taste.
So there’s no place for FIFA16 in my busy schedule. Once again, the summer holiday has come to an abrupt end. Same every year, right? Same every year.
Overall, a good game, probably better than FIFA15, but just as probably about the same. I gave FIFA15 a 9/10 score last year. If I did do a FIFA16 end-of-year review, I’d probably go around the same.
What next football game-wise?
Maybe some PES2014 — I really enjoyed the odd match I played on it last week.
Maybe some PES2011. The old ‘disc is still in the drive’ thing…
Maybe even some PES2016. Or some PES5.
Whatever happens from now on, it’ll be PES.
The lesson of this year’s summer holiday into FIFA is a familiar one. In any given footy game year, FIFA has to happen first, or it really struggles to happen at all.