Anyone else see this kind of thing?
I don't know about other modes or positions(*) but I'm doing a Player Career with a CAM player using all manual controls. When you select manual shooting the game says the shot goes in the direction that you point, and the longer you hold down the shoot button the more power it gets.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but in my experience this is bulldust, especially the "direction that you point" bit. When my player shoots the shot is frequently 15, 20, 30 degrees away from the direction I point at or just after the instant I press the shoot button. (I've taken to holding the left stick in position after I shoot so I can look at the controller and see where it was pointing.) 45 to 60 degrees difference is not uncommon, and I've just had one attempted volley where I pointed straight at the net from right in front of the middle of goal and the shot went almost parallel to the goal line, about 80 degrees off. I've seen it that bad occasionally for regular shots too.
At first I thought it was just a bit of inherent bias that varies between left and right foot, but having kept an eye on it for a while now that doesn't explain it.
I also thought it might be simply a timing problem in the game, i.e. the game taking the direction you were pointing at or even a little before you shot instead of a afterwards (as happens for passing - you press the pass button, but you can then point somewhere else in the moment - or the two seconds - before the pass is implemented). However I've seen 30-40 degree divergences when I don't move the stick at all before and after the shot.
I've also seen a bunch of miraculous shots like you get with assisted shooting (e.g. aiming for the far post, but slotting it through the small gap between the keeper and the near post instead, or shooting and seeing the ball curve nicely a couple of millimetres past one defender, then between a small gap between by two different defenders and finally through the keepers legs with only an inch to spare either side. You know the kind of thing ;-)
The shot strength doesn't seem to be all that strongly correlated with the length of time I press the shoot button either. All too often a short press will see the ball hammered either over or on to the bar (and the same happens when you're five yards or twenty yards away). On other occasions the shot will travel quite slowly instead.
The game obviously needs some mechanism to make stronger players play better than weaker ones, so you have to assume that it adds error to shots (and passes and crosses etc.) However firstly I've had the error sliders turned down to zero to reduce that factor to a minimum, which I'd hope would help me learn to aim in the right direction. And secondly this player is now rated at 97-99 for all the main dribbling/shooting/passing attributes, so if any player is going to have minimal game-added error, it should be him. Ironically, due to the game bugs he's only rated 52 for heading, but I'm finding that his shooting accuracy isn't a whole lot better than his heading accuracy!
All of that means I'm having of a lot of difficulty believing that manual mode operates the way it says it does (and we could also talk about how manual passing and crossing operate while we're at it). Is anyone else that uses manual controls feeling like the player exactly follows what they do on their controller when shooting? What about passing and crossing?
(*) I saw a post a few weeks ago complaining about CAM shooting being screwed up after the most recent patch. It might be a CAM-specific issue.