Coming towards the end of the season in Season 1 of my Career Mode on FIFA20 (PC, moddded).
Still ticking along at a steady 9/10 experience per session. Still marvelling at the slow, steady overall pace.
I really do need that feeling of inertia and heaviness in a football game. FIFA20 bursts into frantic action occasionally, but there’s a proper proportionality to it.
And long-shooting! I still can’t quite believe that this is finally a reality again in a modern-day football game. It is so strange to play a football game ‘nowadays’ where long-range goals are actually permitted. I thought the demands of online balancing killed them off years ago. I am ‘only’ playing on Professional difficulty right now, so we will see what the situation is like on higher levels when I get there (there’s a sneak preview of World Class below). But so far, so blinkin’ great.
Still no fouls, though. This is the only real fly in the FIFA ointment so far. My current average of about 0.75 fouls per match, for both sides, is poor. A great many matches end 0-0 on the fouls front. I could try to do something about that. But it is telling that I’m much more interested in playing the game than rolling my sleeves up and looking under the game’s hood with the Frosty Editor. There are over 6 months of the footy game year left for me to get my hands dirty in FIFA20’s innards.
So yes, a 9/10 score for FIFA so far. If I was a pre-release reviewer, I’ve already played way more of it than any of them ever do, and would unhesitatingly give the game that 9/10.
Whatever the cause of this is, whether it’s the mods, the platform, the timing, the co-existence of a real and growing Football Manager obsession, the disappointing nature of nuPES (particularly 2020), or whatever – this is happening, this is real, and this is showing no signs of ending anytime soon.
The table after 34 matches:
Readers may be aware that I have one player who regularly pops up with 35-yard blockbusters – my absolute favourite type of goal to score in football games (the absence of which is one of the reasons for The Decline Of PES).
That player is Pablo Hernandez, and here he is in the top 3 scorers in the division at the time of writing – not all of these were long-ramgers, but about half were:He’s got a chance of topping that table from the CAM position, particularly if the long-rangers keep flying in as they do. I’ll be on Professional at least until season’s end.
His latest long-ranger is one of the greatest, and is the first goal on show in today’s mini-compilation of ‘moments’. There is quite a miscellany of moments on show below. There is also an absolute glaring miss, which I can excuse on account of the ball unexpectedly going to Hernandez when I was trying to square it to a different player completely, and so my timing was thrown way off.
That’s a massive plus-point for FIFA, by the way: the timing required for everything. Even on vanilla assisted settings on FIFA20, it punishes mis-timed button-presses by daring to portray wayward passing and shooting.
As the weeks and months pass my PES muscle memories and expectations will start to fade. This could be the start of a full-on transition to ‘the other side’. I am thinking about this a lot as my expectations and habits start to take on a FIFA cast. It’s exciting and interesting, but also scary.
Here is a full match I recorded especially – a home Quarter Final in the Carabao Cup against Man Utd. I played this on World Class just to see what it was like. The full match:
The way the AI played in this match and the overall experience of it simply blew me away. FIFA20 (PC, modded) feels like the perfect game of football so much of the time. Worth watching just to see Pogba’s header from the edge of the box.