In the end, my roots were sunk too deep. No matter what the bright lights had for me, my heart belonged elsewhere. And so it is with a heavy heart that I shut up shop for the foreseeable future and…
Yes, I am back on my Leeds Utd save – in Career Mode on FIFA20.
What, you didn’t think I’d unexpectedly slunk back to PES, did you?
When have I ever done that before?
Career Mode in FIFA20 is here to stay. I will see Leeds United through to domestic and European glory before I look at anything else now.
What clinched this decision? This moment clinched this decision – my very first match back in the save:
Yes, I know there’s a lot of space for Bessa to run into there. But I am still playing ‘only’ on Professional (modded to the gills, but still Professional).
It’s very tough in some aspects, admirably so, but it still affords a lot more space and time than you would get on higher levels, and more power to it for that.
We need this kind of trade-off in football games between skill levels and letting the human player have moments like that.
I’m one of a dwindling minority of football gamers who still loves to take potshots from all ranges. The goals from that range tend to just not be allowed anymore and so we’re getting out of the habit.
Another element of the mods I’m using: fouls. The AI aggressiveness, and the referees’ willingness to blow the whistle, has in theory been tweaked. How effective is it for me?
Early results are good, but I am always wary of feeling confident that the ‘fouls issue’ might be a thing of the past, or at least a bearable thing.
See the full match below for good evidence of this, versus a really aggressive Fulham side that conceded a few free kicks the like of which I don’t recall seeing before. Proper Chopper Harris stuff.
The moment I started up the save again I knew I was back where I belonged. I’d already made such connnections with the players.
Here is the full match. Worth watching to see the goal in its original context. A football match is like a novel or a movie, with opening acts, ebbs and flows, heroes and villains, and sudden unexpected moments of epic drama and chaos. At the time of writing it could be many months before we ever see a professional match staged in real life again. The world we have lost.