FIFA 15—Sit back, Enjoy the game


Do not complain, though the negativity recently about FIFA has been overbearing. I’d like to address some of the major problems that are constantly posted here.

1. I’m sick of seeing people complain about Ibarbo, Emineke, Doumbia etc. They’re cheap and fast players, people are going to use them. They are not gods, I don’t have trouble defending them. They’re just like any other fast striker I’ve ever had to defend against. Also I barely ever come across an opponent that even uses these players (Maybe 1 in 10 games).

2. Please stop complaining about the game mechanics. I’m mainly talking about the goal keepers glitching and making awful attempts for the ball. I know EA said they made the keepers better and whether it was a lie or they failed (I don’t really care) it is what it is. We all deal with the same glitchy mechanics together, it’s not just you.

3. Stop posting screenshots saying you got “EA’d” because you have 20 shots on goal and your opponent only has 2 but he won 1-0. Just because you have more shots doesn’t mean you played better. You probably took shots from 18 yards out where the chances of scoring them are significantly lower than your opponent who passed it in front of your keeper for the easy tap in. It’s called making the most of your chances and not wasting them.

4. Stop complaining about pack luck. When you buy a pack it is a gamble. It’s like going to a casino. You’re not promised anything when you purchase that pack. The odds are not in your favor on purpose to get you to spend hundreds of dollars. EA only cares about money. That’s it and you’ve just got to accept that fact.

5. Lastly, don’t overlook that this is a video game. It’s declared to be fun. I get it, humans like getting aggressive and there’s annihilation amiss with that but there’s a point at which you acquire to footfall aback from all the affronted and accusatory and appraise if you’re traveling too far. Too far for a bold that is accepted to annihilate out and not consistently plan the way its declared to. You can altercate that aback you pay for the bold that you acquire the appropriate to complain…well you don’t. Unless this is your aboriginal FIFA anybody knows that all the babble that’s in this copy is the aforementioned babble that was in the endure one. I bought FIFA 15 abounding able-bodied alive that it was traveling to acquire glitches and all these issues because the endure four FIFAs did as well. Every year we appointment the aforementioned issues with ultimate aggregation and FIFA as a whole. Sure the problems may not be absolutely the aforementioned but there’s consistently a continued account of issues. If you acquire a botheration with the bold again don’t buy it. Otherwise, just adore it. In the end it’s just a bold and afore you apperceive it the next one will be out and all of your harder plan and annoyance will beggarly nothing, all you will acquire are the memories of you arena the bold to attending aback on. So don’t let those memories alone getting affronted ones. Sit back, relax and just adore the game.

FIFA future

Then, I want to say, FIFA 15 has done remarkably well, but FIFA has come an awful long way. A New Year, will we finally see a ‘New’ FIFA?

First and foremost FIFA’s gameplay development team have worked absolute wonders over the last eight years, taking the truly woeful FIFA 06/07 all the way through to the living, breathing football interpretation we say today. FIFA 15 is not without fault of course, but FIFA has come an awful long way since those dark times and before I proceed, it’s well worth remembering that.

But during that period of rapid evolutionary gameplay development, and technical advancement something got lost. Whatever FIFA stands for, whatever EA’s ‘vision’ for what FIFA is, has slowly been eroded by the sheer weight of feature additions over that time. Pro Passing, 360 Dribble, Elite Technique, The Impact Engine, Pure Shot, First Touch Control, Attacking Intelligence, Complete Dribbling to name just a few of the countless buzz words, which have made both large and small changes to what happens when we cross the digital white line.

EA’s change control around code will no doubt be extremely well established, but even they won’t truly understand how they got from FIFA 09, to FIFA 15 because those worlds are now poles apart. And it’s those forgotten journeys and lessons learnt between old FIFA’s which I feel are starting to impact today’s game. FIFA has grown exponentially, faster than anyone could have ever anticipated, and the game feels like it’s starting to creak under its own weight.

FIFA 15’s metacritic was 82, FIFA 14’s was 87, FIFA 13’s was 88, FIFA 12’s was 90, FIFA 11’s 89 and FIFA 10’s a record 91. That’s a fairly sharp dip this year and personally I feel it’s a bit of a wake-up call for EA to actually say “stop”. It’s an incredibly difficult thing to do in an industry as pressurised as this, but sometimes just stopping the bandwagon is the best thing you can do. Especially when your game is on an annual release cycle, because you only really get 9 months of unhindered development time, and that gets eaten up faster than FIFA sells.

What I think EA need to do is take FIFA back to basics. Really crystallising what makes football as a sport, and FIFA as a game tick, stripping everything else away and only adding back in what truly matters. For me the fundamentals of enjoyable football gameplay boil down to three things, biomechanics, passing and positioning. If those three things aren’t right, then little else works when it comes to football gaming. Oddly enough, FIFA has gotten by without adequate positioning logic for as long as I can remember, but it’s underdevelopment is undoubtedly at the heart of many of the games issues.
This is not me suggesting, that FIFA needs to be scrapped (far from it) because abounding of its systems like brawl physics for archetype are aboriginal rate, and would appropriately adroitness any sports simulation. But below that, the axiological layers of the bold charge a new perspective. FIFA (as I’ve already written) can apprentice a amount of key acquaint from the contempo PES 2015, and there’s in fact no abashment in that. EA accept consistently seemed afraid to abate FIFA’s acceleration of motion because it ability backbite from ‘mass appeal’ but every FIFA YouTuber beneath the sun, has accustomed PES for its added methodical approach. They’re commonly captivated up (incorrectly) as the academic ‘arcade’ FIFA fans, and even they admired something added abiding in realism. A apocryphal acceptance if anytime there was one.

We all throw our own needs and wants at EA every year, and some of it is fully valid, and absolutely needed. But there’s a critical balance to be struck here, which actually requires EA to minimise outside influence (to a degree) and just make the football game they want to make. Without worrying about upsetting the mass market (which for the most part doesn’t know what it wants anyway) and just make the best football game they can sticking to a core vision similar to the one that was set out all those years ago, at the turning of the tide around FIFA 08. Creative control and single vision is so important within the arts (and gaming is an art) and it’s that singular direction which I feel has been missing the last few years.

Most things move in cycles, and FIFA for me feels like it’s advancing to the end of a continued and monumentally acknowledged one appropriate now. And as alternation admirers we can alone achievement that FIFA 16 marks the alpha of something new, because addition year of the aforementioned with a ambulatory battling block hard, may represent the franchises a lot of difficult year to date. Whatever went on strategically about the time of FIFA 08 and EA’s alertness for what was again ‘the next bearing of consoles’ needs to be the adapt for FIFA on next-gen consoles now, and it needs to appear fast, because alone again will we see a in fact new FIFA.