Slight play on words there of course, whilst the majority of us wait for our vaccination jab, so we can get life back to some form of diluted normality, I personally am suffering acute vacillation, the inability to decide between a set of options, namely PES 21 ML, FIFA 21 CM, or FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, all of which I have on the go simultaneously.
PES21 is the most realistic gameplay, without a doubt, and wrapped in the PC master race world of mods, looks and moves beautifully, but coming off the back of playing FIFA, it feels very lightweight, and melancholy. Also, certain control mechanics feel missing from PES, such as FIFA’s L1 close control button, which you can use to stop, turn, shift sharply in order to wrong foot the opposing player, essential in creating chances, or the sprint and RS knock-on to push the ball into open space, again essential with fast players bursting down the wing, I know PES has a double-tap of the sprint for a speed burst but it’s nothing like FIFA’s RS knock-on mechanic.
Then there’s the FIFA driven cross field pass, or driven cross, by holding R1, which is a ‘laces through the ball, body over the ball’, driven pacey pass, again missing from PES in any shape or form, where you are limited to maxing out the power gauge but even then the pass still feels very slow paced and light weight.
I’m at a point where PES is very realistic and looks lovely, but is missing crucial elements, and has no depth at all within ML, to keep me engaged for more than a few matches per week, and where FIFA21’s CM gameplay is so stale that again, I get bored after 2 or 3 matches.
F21 CM game play has changed drastically, since launch, via EA’s patches, the difficulty has been ramped right up, playing on World Class, and the AI is vey very formulaic, and frustratingly boring, it insists on playing these little dinked lofted passes over the heads of your players in and around midfield all the time, which are impossible to prevent, and gets very aggravating, very quickly.
The bells and whistles and presentation is there, CM itself is very good, deep and engaging but the game play is lacking, which left me with one main option……
FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT).
I said a couple of weeks ago that FUT was a dabble, and wouldn’t last long, but I have continued playing, and mostly thoroughly enjoying the mode. There is the main divisions rivals mode whereby you win matches to climb the divisions and earn enough points to compete in the weekend FUT champions league, or squad battles where you play offline, against various other players real teams, and earn objectives, or a draft mode where you pick a fantasy team for a set formation, then the game rates your team on how well you picked for each position, based on chemistry, play style, suitability to the positions etc, then you play matches online against other real people and get rewards for winning matches. basically there’s tons to do inside FUT, always new stuff going on.
The stale game play issue is eradicated as playing against other real humans means matches are never predictable, and whilst they can be massively infuriating, they can also be very enjoyable and exciting at the same time, and the ‘AHA’ (AssHole Factor) has ben really quite low, most people play the game without too much fuckery going on.
I still have no idea how people with a lower skill rating than me, meaning they win less games, have amassed teams that consist of 11 world class iconic players, in almost every match.
on average you get between 500 and 700 coins for a win, a decent player on the transfer market is anywhere from 20,000 – 80,000 coins, and someone like Mané, Messi, Ronaldo, salah, Haaland etc are millions of coins, so how do they get these players?!!? It’s beyond me.
I open a few packs here and there, no real money, just using coins amassed in game, and even in the rare gold Promo packs (25,000 coins per pack) I’ve never once gotten any of these star players.
Players seem to just amass a squad full of extreme speedsters, forget about the chemistry, and they will just spam run down the wings, get in behind your defence and cut back for a shot, and they are also somehow able to constantly press your team, for a full 90 min match, without getting tired, yet if I use the team press tactic, my players tire and slow down after a half, if anyone reading this knows of some secret FUT trick then please share.
As I’ve mostly been playing FUT, here are a few goals from my matches in Division Rivals:
Aside from FUT, I have committed some time to my ongoing Luton Town Career Mode too.
I had a carabao Cup quarter final against Spurs to play, at the Spurs stadium:
A dogged 0-0 draw, and a win in the penalty shoot out, see’s us through to the semi final, a decent cup run should go some way to influencing the board when they next evaluate my position, season objectives was to avoid relegation, so a decent cup run and staying up would hopefully satisfy that criteria.
I also played a few more premier League matches, and lost most of them, the WC difficulty really is harder this year, here’s our current sorry league position:
I mentioned PES 21 on PC at the top of this post, and will finish with a little look at my ML journey, as Norwich City.
A very average squad, Pukki and Cantwell being the standout players, but severe strengthening needed if we are to push for promotion, 2 ML matches last night saw wins against Huddersfield and Cardiff, which pushed the TS (Team Spirit) rating up a point or two, PES really is a different game until your TS is at a decent level, until then its slow, cumbersome, and clumsy, great mechanic in theory, but poorly implemented.
Finally, a few goals from last night’s PES session: