After finishing season 4 as Premier League Champions, there was only one way to go, up!
Up the difficulty to World Class level, if I thought professional gave a solid, realistic, enjoyable representation of the beautiful game, then World Class takes it up another notch, every single match of this new season has been a 10/10 experience.
WC level is obviously much harder. those little turns, skips away from defenders, physical barges, most don’t work on WC level, the AI is superbly more intelligent, tougher, and more realistic, there have been none of the 6-1 and 7-0’s of last season, every game has ebbed and flowed like a modern day televised match between two Premier League level teams, the challenge is real, just what I needed after coasting for large parts of last season, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it, each game matters even more now, and feels so much more rewarding when you grab a result.
This weeks post comes in video blog form, so without further ado, here it is:
It wasn’t featured in the video, but the UCL game against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu was easily the hardest match I’ve ever played in my life, we lost 4-0,. could not get anywhere near them, and when we did attack it seemed almost impossible to break their lines, the stark difference between an up and coming side and a giant of European football, beautifully realised in pixelated form.
7 thoughts on “World Class”
Paul – will have a watch later after DIY jobs. I played Liverpool in the efl Cup 4th round on WC. Needless to say it didn’t go well!! I scored one and I’ll leave it at that😂😂
Haha lloyd, they are a breed apart on WC level aren’t they.
In my game they have sold VVD and Mané to Real Madrid, who I faced in the UCL, i got battered 4-0. what a lesson!
Paul – great post and video diary overview of your save, the little clips you picked as representative of the AI and presentation values of the game are
I played a long session last night that still only moved me to mid-season of my Season 3! Which is fine by me. I don’t think I mentioned anywhere that about a season ago I moved to 6-minute halves, i.e. 12 -minute matches, which is what feels right and proportionate for a FIFA match. 10 minutes just seemed too quick. If you go behind in FIFA you need more time to assess the match and make changes and come back, and 12 minutes seems the natural level for me.
Best footy game AI I’ve ever played against. The matches against the big teams are like proper boss battles for me. Played Man Utd last match last night (they’re a big team in this CM world) and they absolutely destroyed me 5-1. My goal was a last-minte consolation. I did well to keep it to 5-0 until that point. I’d had seom good results against the other teams at my level just before and was feeling confident, but no. Fantastic stuff.
I noticed you were offline in that session, presumably to avoid the update. I can confirm the FIFER hotfix works with the update.
NG – Definitelky 6 minute halves, I’ve always used them, even in PES, as you say 10 min matches fly by, even though its ‘only’ 2 more mins, its invaluable.
Wait until you move up to World Class, its seriously [excuse the pun] another level in terms of authenticity and AI.
Real Madrid absolutely ripped me 3 new ones.
Yeah put origin in offline mode, it was late and needed to get the blog stuff done, so didnt have time to update the FIFER and GFX Mods and update the game, will do all that over the weekend, the EA update is nothing to rush it for anyway.
Paul – in classic ‘post-patch possible placebo’ fashion, I found that almost all of my long shot attempts were striking defenders between me and the goal, at a frequency I don’t remember happening before. I’m talking 90% of all efforts. Usually about 35%. We know that EA have previous in progressively watering down the long-shot potential just as the other side do, so I’m watchful.
And looking at your squad, I need to get cracking on upgrading mine. My avg OVR must be around the 70 mark. I’m just always going to get blown over by a top-6 side with that set up. I’ll keep my Youth focus (one of the greatest things about any career mode in a footy game), but the stars have to come in now.
NG – My Long shot attempts hit a player I’d say around 60% of the time, and have afor a while, you need proper space, correct foot, decent stats, all combining to get off a long ranger.
Yeah a 70 Avg squad will always struggle in the prem, especially on WC. It wasn’t until season 3.5/season 4 when i bought in much better players that my squad improved enough to win the title.