At least for online game modes. The game simply can't handle it. I came back to Fifa for some matches on seasons over the past few days, and with a high pressure/aggression/fast buildup custom tactic I can turn almost every game in my favor. So I decided to do some testing.
This is how I've played the games:
- I start every match on default tactics and formation.
- I used different teams from game to game, from 3,5 stars to 5 star teams
- I try to play a passing game plan, trying to emulate the real thing
If my oponent is playing with default tactics as well, it's usually a fun and lag free game, with little to no weird moments.
And yes, you can tell if custom tactics are used. And here lies the problem, if one of us changes to a custom tactic, the other ones players becomes unresponsive as hell. To an extent, the default high pressure also gives this effect, though not as strong obviously.
So, Over the past few days, I've come up against a fair share of players who was in fact better than me and I went behind by one or two goals at half time.
I then switched to my custom "Rabbied gazelle Tactic" and as the 2nd half started I also activate Team Pressure.
Every time, my oponent went from very good to terrible, unable to string more than two passes together. My players became the the offsprings of The Incredible Hulk/The Flash (if that is possible) and 95% of the games I was trailing I managed to win or tie.
You can also counter an oponents custom crap by also switching to your custom, the game will be ridicoulus fast and weird, but at least it's even, right...
Try it out with a mate at home, offline too. You can see and feel the control of your players disappear as soon as your mate switches tacs.
In my opinin, until EA remakes Fifa from the ground up, disabling the custom tactics is the only thing that can make Fifa a decent game again.
Sorry for the long post, it did feel good to write off my frustrations. I've owned every Fifa there ever was, since Fifa 15 though, i've found it hard to motivate myself to play it.
Thanks for reading, and please feel free to give your input on this.