I have got to May in Season 1 of Career Mode, and am just a couple of matches from the end.
There won’t be a Season 2 – but this doesn’t mean what regular readers might think it means.
I’m ditching Career Mode in order to play FIFA19, not to bury it.
I just haven’t got time for the long grind of Career Mode. I am hungry to play FIFA19 with better players now, not in a few weeks (or months).
This maiden season was useful in so many ways. I wanted to see what Career Mode was like, and I have seen what it’s like. It is wonderful! Great transfer system (I love the restrictions on it via the Scouting system). Good training. Good development and Youth systems. Overall, a superb, slick environment that does credit to its designers.
But I can’t play through this summer (what there is of it) doing the whole ‘Master League-style progression’ thing, with poor players, slowly inching my way up the ladder. If I stuck to that, I would get to August, and the PES2020 demo, and have my head turned (and my head would be turned) –and then drop FIFA19 without ever really experiencing it. This scenario does not appeal to me.
I want to play FIFA19 with great players, now. The ‘Billionaire Takeover’ option in Career Mode is one I have considered, and might return to.
I will conclude this season of Career Mode, and then probably take to League Mode or even Ultimate Team (offline of course), purely to get a taster of what this game is like with top players.
Barcelona in La Liga? Tottenham in the Premier? Or a custom team of aces in Ultimate Team?
The grind of Career Mode is not for me, right now. I have no need of it. There is no itch left for it to scratch. 15 seasons of Master League was quite enough of that sort of thing for one footy game year.
The search for a camera in FIFA19 has led me back to the vanilla camera. Good width, good depth. I’m sticking with it.I love the gameplay, with reservations. The most serious one is the lack of fouls and free kicks. Every so often there’s a match with one or two fouls, but the majority of the time it’s one match after another with literally zero fouls.
The other issue, which is a work in progress, is long-range shooting. Nerfed or what!
When you play lots of football games a lot of the time, you get a good sense of when a game is doing the whole ‘scoreline management’ thing. You know when it is managing the flow of the game in certain conditions, and the outcome of certain things.
The nerf of long-range shooting in FIFA19 is palpable. I hit the post and crossbar FOUR times from range in one match recently. Ooh! Aaah! Exciting! Just imagine all the gasps and roars that such thrilling near-misses produce in multiplayer – while keeping the scorelines reasonable and competitive, of course.
Needless to say, one of the main interests I have in moving to another mode and playing with better players, is seeing whether I can start to knock the 30+ yarders in. I have enough muscle memory and understanding of how FIFA19 works now. PES2019 certainly nerfs long-range shooting too (for the same nefarious online-balancing reasons), but I did get a few in that game. I hope for the same in FIFA19.