And FIFA19, perhaps surprisingly to some (including me), is still continuing…
This is despite me now having a perfectly good installation of a modded PES2019 on PC.
I have not been tempted to play it, or to go back to my 15-season Master League team on the PS4. This FIFA is holding up.
Career Mode is as great as they say. I understand that many on the FIFA side feel the mode has stagnated recently, but to me, coming from the ML side of things, it feels like a dizzying new playground.I have reached mid-season. I don’t think I have got this far on a FIFA since FIFA15.
I’ve dropped the Broadcast camera for now. It is gorgeous but I find it restricts my view of the pitch too much, which is costly in a number of ways.
I’ve settled on the Co-op camera and really like it. This is what it looks like in-game:Many a footy gamer would find this too far out. You do lose the luxurious feeling of the PS4 graphics, but everything is a trade-off. FIFA19 is a game I do need to learn how to play, not simply look at and admire. The danger of playing FIFA after so much PES is that I assume I should automatically be able to pick up and play it. Not so.
I got tired of giving the ball away all the time on Broadcast. When most of your players are out of sight and you have to rely on the radar… I was often recovering the ball and trying to play upfield, only to pass straight back to the AI. Which would then embark on a bout of uninterruptible tika-taka. It got frustrating. So Broadcast had to go. Now I can see where I’m passing.
I brought in three players on a Free. Brockie up front, Figuera at DMF, and Chancellor at CB.
I’m still getting to grips with FIFA19’s complex transfer system, which makes PES’s transfer system look like a pen-and-paper job by comparison. It’s deep. I’m still bungling lots of negotiations by trying to do them blind. I’m liking it. I’ve heard of the various workarounds involving third-party websites that contain all the information I haven’t Scouted – but I’m not (currently) interested in using them. There are still over 11 weeks to go to PES2020, and time for me to really sink my teeth into this football game.
Finally a short video with two goals – one of which I forgot to capture until it was almost too late. That was scored by my new New Zealand striker, Brockie, on his debut. The other goal (up first on the clip) is a rare example of me stitching a flowing move together. And finally in the clip, an amusing instance of Stoke – Stoke – playing in a one-touch fast tika-taka style that was SUPPOSED not to be a thing in FIFA19. Of course, this being a football game, every AI team has the capacity to play like this, and they do.