Today’s post is the 6th in a row on the topic of FIFA20 (on PC, and modded, but it’s still FIFA) and about how much I love it. Six posts and six ringing endorsements. 9-9-9-9-9-9 would be my scores within each post for FIFA20. I’d chuck a few 10s into the mix but they’d leave me nowhere else to go.
Traditionally by now in all my FIFA escapades in recent years, the cracks are starting to show. But I have to look very hard for cracks at the moment. There are a couple of things, I suppose. The woodwork is incredibly often the AI’s last line of defence – much more so than would reasonably be expected. And there’s the low fouls count.
But cracks that widen into chasms, with me standing on one side and FIFA on the other, and PES rising like a torrent in the middle to claim me back?
Not happening it seems. Not this year. Not this FIFA.I switched to the new formation seen above prior to a match away at Middlesbrough, which I expected to be tough and it was (1-1 it ended). While I’m playing on Professional I want to make the most of the chances created, hence the two strikers and the advanced position for Hernandez.
Interestingly, since this shakeup of the formation, Hernandez hasn’t even got close to a long-ranger. And it’s not for want of trying. I have experienced an agreeable feeling of session variance on FIFA20 in recent days. My most recent session of 6 matches featured zero long-rangers, and it felt as if the game was actively working to prevent me even attempting them. I welcome this, needless to say, as the value of long-rangers lies in relative scarcity.
The table with 5 matches of Season 1 left to play:Professional difficulty continues to give me really good games. The top sides of the division are tough as nails to play against. I mean the likes of Huddersfield and Blackburn and all the teams on my coattails.
How is Career Mode holding up? Very well indeed. I actually keep forgetting to do all the things in it that I can do if I want to – a good sign, really, as it shows that I’m allowed to just motor along from match to match (a la Master League) if that’s what I want to do. But there’s training, press conferences, scouting, Youths to regularly check in on, and a whole load of email chatter with disgruntled players and other interested parties. It feels like a living breathing world.
Sod it, I’m giving FIFA20 a fat 10/10 for this post. Not intended as a final score by any means. Just an indicator of the stylish, swashbuckling entry it has made into my footy gaming life.
Here are three little cliplets from my most recent session. No fantabulous goals in this one.
The 1st clip is what can happen at some stadia when the Broadcast mod settings need to be changed.
2nd clip is the only goal my long-range king, Hernandez, has scored in the last two sessions.
3rd clip is what can happen in FIFA20 when you get your button-timings all wrong. Yes, I know PES often punished it in the same kind of way – but not often enough for my refashioned tastes.
As I put this post to bed I am starting to poke around with the RDBM (Revolution Database Manager). It’s essentially a toolset that permits the modification of any value within the game – including referee strictness. This might be a more straightforward avenue to explore the fouls issue with than the more forbidding Frosty Editor. Expect thoughts on Friday.