Hello everyone! It’s been a fair while since the last post, and my apologies for that, but life takes precedent, and I had some family stuff going on that needed my attention, is with that in the foreground, gaming was firmly in the background, well, didn’t feature at all really.
Now things have settled down a bit did manage to get a few games in here and there, whilst also renovating my gaming/cinema room, which now boasts an 82″ 4K TV, rather than the 1080p Projector, and is a vast improvement both in visuals and gaming performance.
I’ve taken the time to play a few different games, picking up the PS5 version of Call of Duty: Cold War, in the PSN sale, which is a very good, ‘take your brain out’, pick up and play game with superb graphics, and ray tracing, really shows off the PS5’s power.
Also been maintaining a few games of FIFA 21 Ultimate Team here and there, which all feels a bit pointless really due to the setup, but the matches are just more enjoyable in the main than playing against the AI every match.
I say pointless as the main, ultimate goal, is to earn enough points through playing division rivals matches, to qualify for the weekend FUT Champions League Tournament, which I have done, several times, but in that weekend league you just play against the absolute best, well, when I say best, there are a few very good players, but mostly, its who has the fastest most powerful players in their squad.
Every team is littered with Neymar, Messi, Mbappe, and if you play against a team that has any of those players, you may as well just concede, o if they have all 3, which many do, forget it.
They are so overpowered in the game its ridiculous, you just cannot defend it, it’s impossible, they ride every tackle, sprint past any player, and keep the ball so tightly that every goal is a skill-fest, dribble down the wing, cut in and shot, or get to by-line, cut back and tap in, you know its coming, but you just cannot do anything about it.
Also the Main way, apart from these weekend league rewards (if you manage to win a few games), to acquire the big players is through SBC’s, Squad Building Challenges, which again, are impossible, and the complete anti-thesis of what football should be.
Trading squads full of players (cards) in to meet a set criteria in exchange for one player.
My very modest GUT squad:
So, I tried to do the Kenny Dalglish Icon SBC, there are 4 challenges you have to accomplish to get him, the first one was to assemble a squad containing players from 5 different leagues and no more than 4 different nationalities, with a team chemistry of 85, and a team rating of minimum 84 !!!!
My main squad I use to play matches is only rated 84, with a chemistry rating of 99. and all the surplus players assigned to my club are the crap, the fodder, the bronzes and silvers you get in packs, so this was impossible to achieve at the first hurdle, unless I wanted to trade in my whole match day squad, or go to the transfer market, and have to spend real £££ to buy a ton of players that fit this criteria, and that was just challenge one, there are 4, ever increasing in difficulty just to get one player.
And players have squads full of these cons, its a complete mystery how they do it, do they really spend a lot of real money? No wonder EA’s gravy train brought in over £500 million USD last year.
So FUT for me, whilst enjoyable for the human vs human aspect, is pretty much no more than a glorified friendly mode as i don’t have the time, patience or will to spend the money needed to amass a squad that could ever compete, so don’t ever trade in my points to enter the weekend leagues any more.
It was this realisation that drove me back, in my currently limited playing time, to trusty old Carer Mode.
Anyway, some recent FUT goals, against real people and everything, and yes, the Chip lob is ridiculously overpowered in this game:
So, far away from the packed screaming stadiums of FUT glory, to the sandy bare patches of Kenilworth Road, and Luton Town FC.
You may, or may not recall, in my last proper post, that we were struggling languishing near the bottom of the Premier League, but amazingly managed to win the Carabao Cup, it is now end of March and with 8 matches left to play, the fight for top flight survival is still on.
Avoid Relegation was the main objective set by the board at the start of the season, so even a 17th placed finish, along with the cup win ‘should’ be enough to keep my job, a job made even harder as star Striker, Awoniyi, signed from Liverpool, has just limped off injured in our last match and is out for 3 months with a broken toe, Stalwart James Collins, a much lesser player, both in speed and ability, has had to fill the slot.
I have switched to a 3-5-2 formation to mimic what I use in FUT, defending is so hard in this game with the ‘tactical’ defending mechanic, that rather than play a 4 or 5 at the back, I prefer to defend with 3, and supporting midfielders, and have the numbers in attack, we may concede a few but we’ll score a few more, is the mentality, our matches are always worth the ticket price if noting else.