Ultimate (team), Master (League) & Career (Mode). That’s what I’ve been playing sporadically this week, another mixed bag of gaming.
I haven’t really felt the verve of FIFA 21 career mode this week, the opportunities I’ve had to play I’ve just wanted to dive in, play something quickly accessible, and not get too bogged down.
I’m sure my thirst for career mode and steering Luton Town Fc into the giddy heights of Europe and the summit of the PL will return, just not been there this week, I have played a few matches, and I’m having a pretty torrid time of it at the moment.
League form is horrendous, we have won 1 and lost 7 of our last 8 matches, just can’t seem to get anything going, runs, movement etc all feel stunted, my match sharpness is at a decent level but the attacking gusto just isn’t there, I’ve also switched back to tactical defending, meaning you cant clamp-press to take the ball back, you can’t in FIFA legacy defending either but its much more manual on tactical, I switched back in order to try and hone the skills in this mechanic for when playing Ultimate team, but it feels broken to me, more on that in a bit.
As a result, we have been conceding too many goals, hence the 7 losses. Here’s our current league predicament:
14th place currently, having won just 5 of those 15 matches. Last seasons Championship goal king, LuaLua just can’t cut it in the EPL, he’s rated only 67 OVR, often played above that in the EFL, but Prem defenders just snuff him out, new signing Awoniyi from Liverpool and club stalwart Cornick have picked up the attacking mantle.
this is our squd:
Decent-ish considering our budget, but obviously not good enough for the Premier league.
The board expect us to avoid relegation, so this season should be a success in that respect, we won’t go down, and will use it as a building block season, get some more money in, and make some more signings.
One thing I haven’t seen before which I did like, which again sets CM apart from PES ML, are these types of interactions:
Rea is club captain so a nice touch it was him that approached me on behalf of the team, even if they are expecting, unrealistically, to win something, our first season in the Prem, highly unlikely.
Anyway, I had to reply to this, which obviously affects the team morale, I said I was aware performances weren’t great and was working hard with the staff to rectify it, he seemed happy with that.
The press conference before our next match followed on from this too by asking if the team were happier now I had provided some clarification on how we would improve things, a nice touch.
I have also been dipping into PES 21 ML, still got my Norwich save going, and was hoping to post some ML related content, and videos in this post, but booting the PC up the other night, PES21 updated, downloaded Dp4, also the steam client updated too, and ever since that, PES21 would not work anymore.
i load the game but immediately upon playing a friendly, or playing a ML match, the game freezes and crashes out to windows.
I tried playing the game vanilla, without sider and all the PC mods, no good, I tried playing different matches and modes, no good, I copied the base exe and dt18 files back (because I was using modded gameplay ones0, no good, I verified the integrity of game files through steam multiple times no good, i rebooted the PC, no good.
I ended up posting on evo-web about it and mod over there, SuperLeeds, replied, turns out DP4 changed a load of stuff in-game, and the fix was to ad the PES21 data folder and game directory to the exceptions list in my Anti virus software, now its all working fine again, with sider and mods, but was too late to get any footage and content captured for today’s post.
Lastly, ‘ve still been dabbling with FIFA Ultimate Team, and actually really been enjoying it, haven’t come across too many idiots, but I feel the allure of the mode is ending, it was a nice dabble, but ultimately, pardon the pun, its not for me.
FUT is pretty much the anti-christ of football, its everything I hate about proper football, its fast, frantic, end to end, absolutely no fouls, and played by people who have to win at all costs, with often ridiculous scorelines.
I chose to build my squad from mostly Brazilians, I have a decent squad, I have not spent any real money on any packs or anything, all the players i acquire are from completing objectives, earning rewards from milestones etc, but match after match i come up against teams of world class galactico superstars, Allison in goal, Van Dijk and Ramos at CB, Trent at RB, Marcello at LB, Pogba, Thiago, Salah, in midfield, Mané, Ronaldo, Messi up top, its absolutely ridiculous.
Every team is set up purely with extremely fast players and all they do is sprint past you, and score, you are powerless to stop it, I had a look on the transfer market and Mané was 34 million coins, you get around 1000 for a win, how the hell these people all amass teams of such high rated players I’ll never know, and never be able to compete with, so every single match I play I am starting massively handicapped.
It is good fun to have a few matches though, always nice to break away and score against an idiot who has been playing the game like a pre-pubescent little brat, here’s a video with a few of my more recent FUT goals:
Lastly, if you are looking for a nice, quirky, different little game to play, take a look at Little Nightmares, available on PC and console, its a side scrolling 3D platform puzzler game, with gorgeous graphics, and consists of having to make your way through levels, solving puzzles, climbing etc to get from one room to another.