I’ve been playing FIFA10’s Be A Pro exclusively—no PES2010 for several days now. I’m still playing Football Manager 2010 and other games, but FIFA10 currently is my only console football game. But that might be going to change. I’ve got my eye on PES2010’s Become a Legend.
Yes, I’m on another backswing in my on-again/off-again relationship with FIFA10. I’ve got to say it again: I love FIFA10’s gameplay, but I don’t love its game modes much.
Manager Mode? I’ve tried. I’ve tried so hard with it. I liked it in FIFA08. I liked it a lot in FIFA09. But it seems that this is the year when I just cannot get anything out of it. It could be due to PES2010’s all-singing, all-dancing Master League, compared to which Manager Mode is like a feeble candle in the full glare of a midday sun. And it could also be that I have simply finally lost all patience with EA’s slovenly efforts after three years of, er, slovenliness.
Manager Mode might as well not even be in FIFA10. I really despise Manager Mode, and when I’m playing it I despise myself for wasting my time with it. I know there are Leagues and Cups in FIFA10, and there is Ultimate Team as well, of course, and online play—so many goodies to be enjoyed, and I know that plenty of people do enjoy them—but I just don’t like any of them.
Perhaps I’m an odd case in the football gaming world. It really is the career mode or nothing for me, on the whole. I’m not one of those football gamers who can play a few Exhibition games a day and be satisfied. Be A Pro has nearly ticked all the boxes for me, but the game world you inhabit whilst playing it is, like Manager Mode, ultimately a hollow shell.
At the time of writing I’ve just finished a pretty enjoyable session of BaP. So I am getting something out of it at least. But it’s not enough. Become a Legend calls.