Ever since 1994 and the Sega Mega Drive I’ve had a long running love affair with Fifa. It’s probably what got me in to football in the first place if I’m honest. I remember vividly the long hours spent on that game, how you could score from thirty yards out every single time if you shot at a certain angle just to the left or right of centre etc. As the years passed and my knowledge of the game evolved Fifa followed suit also, finally arriving at what we have now; Fifa 17...
… The edition which has all but ruined 24 years of gaming for me.
I want to get the positives out of the way with first, mainly because they are few and far between. The introduction of SBC’s etc was a good move. No one can deny the game was feeling stale and these have helped keep people involved just that little bit more. However, as positive an introduction as they are they’re also riddled with faults. The main one being that Fifa was years behind other comparable games in doing this. Take Madden for instance.
And that’s about it if I’m honest. I struggle to find a single other positive.
So the negatives. I’ll no doubt miss some out such is their number.
Gameplay is atrocious. There’s no other way of putting it. Every single day we’re faced with thread upon thread highlighting this fact. And it’s not just us measly peasants who win as much as we lose and as such feel aggrieved more often than not. It’s the top Pro’s as well. You know when guys who lose perhaps once in 100 or more games think it’s bad that something’s up.
Passing right now is shambolic. An absolute mess. Every game there will be four or five simple passes which just flat out go in the wrong direction. Sometimes 90 degrees in the wrong direction. This is such a fundamental part of football and something you’d think they’d have gotten right by now but alas we’re presented with never fully knowing if a pass will head towards the player we intend it to.
Tackling… oh boy. The standing tackle button may as well not exist. It’s useless, utterly useless. Press that sodding thing and your player either will simply lunge at thing air, jolting around like he just got electrocuted and let the opponent glide past him or if you’re really, really lucky cleanly get the ball…. For it to then bounce off his shins and straight in to the path of one of five opposition attackers who happened to be perfectly positioned to receive it. I’ve had instances where I’ve tackled six or seven times in a row for the ball to just continue trundling on at the opponents feet as though on a piece of string. Slide tackle twenty yards in front of an attacker though and your player is most likely going to win the ball. It makes absolutely no sense.
L2/R2 dribbling?! What the actual **** is all that about? In all my years of watching football, thousands of matches involving some of the most talented players to ever walk the Earth, I have never once seen anything remotely resembling this pulled off. Not once. It defies logic, physics, the lot. It’s just not possible and needs to be removed. People now spend fifteen minutes with their fingers planted firmly on their trigger buttons crabbing around making it nigh on impossible to get the ball. At least with this games inadequate tackling system. I don’t blame people for this. We all want to win after all and this is something that can aid in that quest. I blame EA. It simply shouldn’t be in the game. If anyone can give me a concrete argument as to why it should and it’s actually a good thing hell, I’ll eat the laptop on which I’m writing all this.
Goalkeepers? Jack Butland’s the best in the game. Says all you need to know really.
Referees? Even less of an explanation needed here.
I could go on about gameplay, know I’ve left some things out (I daren’t even start on S/M/H, which I am now utterly convinced exists despite being a firm non believer before) but want to move on to some other issues now.
The web app. Might be an unpopular decision but this needs to go. People are forever complaining about rampant price fixing and rightly so, it makes the game just that little bit more difficult than it needs to be for every one. Until this tool is removed (as handy as it is) price fixing, bots, autobuyers call them what you will shall remain in the game. Coin buying also. Again using Madden as an example, they removed the Web App and as such the game benefited from it. There was no price fixing what so ever. Just none. Could snipe to your hearts content. EA are forever banning people for coin buying, market manipulation, call it what you will…. Whilst at the same time promoting the very tool that makes it all possible. It’s a complete farce.
Servers are outdated. Coupled with the games fundamental flaws it makes things truly unplayable at times. There have been periods this year where maintenance was occurring on an almost daily basis. Servers go down during big promotions, lag is rampant for 99 percent of the player base despite not experiencing a single issue in any other game. There have been times this year where it would have been quicker for me to uninstall then reinstall the game than apply contract items to a full team.
The chemistry system is outdated and open for manipulation. Again you can’t blame people for abusing this, the fault lays firmly with the developers. Formation changing and subbing players in before the game has even kicked off has become the norm. It simply shouldn’t be possible.
I could go on. There are many, many more issues I could point out but (fortunately for those reading this) times doesn’t permit it right now.
Have simply stopped playing now. Had my first games in ten days yesterday and despite winning the DKT on my second attempt I didn't enjoy a single second of it.
This is the first year I’ve ever not pre-ordered Fifa at the very earliest opportunity and I doubt right now I’ll buy Fifa 18 at all. I’ve never been as disappointed with a game as I am with this one.
How do you guys feel?