A slight bump today in the so-far smooth road of FIFA20(PC, modded). Nothing to do with the game as such – it’s the platform.
One of the inherent risks of using PC mods is that a title update from the developer can easily break those mods, leaving you stranded in place until an updated mod comes along.
The trick is to be quick enough to decline the developer-side update, so you can toddle merrily along as you have been doing, until the new mods are ready for you to use (if you even want to).
I wasn’t quick enough. Which is frustrating. I would have happily played my setup of a week ago indefinitely.
Normal business should be restored by Tuesday’s post, but for now I am stuck with vanilla or nothing.
I’ve got access to FIFA19 on PC, and all of that game’s entire year of updated mods… That one would be a long time setting up though, so I played a bit of vanilla FIFA20 using spare saves that I started (on vanilla) way back when.
One of the football gaming habits that is changing for me is my need to always play the same thing, all the time. Playing a few different modes, with different teams, is good. Again I would cite the democratising influence upon me of Football Manager 2019 (heading into Season 4 of my increasingly epic save there).
Vanilla FIFA20 is a still a good game – 8/10, easy. But my Leeds modded Career Mode is what I was playing and loving on a consistent 9/10 basis, and that is unavailable to me for now. And perhaps forever! The mod creator, Fifer, is currently producing a Version 2.0 of both the Career Mode mod and the gampelay mod that supported it. Everything is promised/threatened to be different. This makes me nervous. I can’t help wondering if I’ve unknowingly departed a Promised Land that I will not see again. But we shall see.
Here is a brief 45-second clip of me messing about and doing things in vanilla FIFA20. The goal at the end is a very unusual type – downward header into the turf that realistically bounces up and over a flailing keeper – that I don’t recall ever seeing in a footy game before. FIFA20 modded might be better than vanilla, but vanilla still has something special.
As can be seen, the Broadcast camera mod at least does still work, as it was unaffected by the EA update.
Above you first see me playing a group match as Spurs in the Champions League. If the camera angle I settle upon there seems strange and unnatural, let me assure you that you very quickly get used to having the ability to sling the camera that low and that far out, and the gameplay that results feels very special indeed.
Hopefully Tuesday will see a return to Hernandez & co. I am on the list of eagerly waiting subscribers for the mod.