This is a post directly addressed to our beloved community managers like @EA_Andy
and company in the very slim hopes that they actually pass this on and maybe, just maybe we get some informations about the basic mechanics of this game..
FIFA lacks the very essence of any good product: Documentation. Especially in the regards to the following things:
If it weren't for a semi-official post from @ChuBoi back in the old forums people still would not know how chemistry is calculated for the starting 11 and subs. This leads to people making 1st minute subs for players to get 6 chem instead of 7 or 8 if the would just have started them. This is annoying and could easily be avoided by providing some official documentation to this game.
//Edit: EA solved this one:
Chem Styles on GK
While EA managed to put out information about Chemistry Styles the year after the #chemgate scandal surfaced, they still didn't provide any information at all on how chemistry styles affect GKs. We can only assume
1 chevron = +5, 2 chevrons=+10. But nowhere did they make an official statement about how they actually work.
Absolutely noone knows how traits affect players. There are a lot of good theories on a few traits. While some of them are obvious (like the power FK trait) the majority of them is not. I even go as far as to say that a LOT of them don't even effect humanly controlled players like the Long Shot Taker Trait, Early Crosser, Finesse Shot, Speed dribbler etc. and only effect how they behave while controlled by the A.I. However - I could be completely off and the actually do something more or else.. Traits need to be explained!
In my opinion every attribute should be explained - at least in brief - on how it affects players. While some are obvious like sprint speed or show power, most of them are not. For the majority of a player's attributes one or two sentences
would be enough. I don't demand an essay about the inner mechanics of each attribute and their correlations, all I'm asking for is some very mild outline to what they do.
As an example for questions:
- In what situations does "composure" take effect? Is it only relevant for finishing inside the box, everywhere aln the pitch? Does it affect positioning or tackling ability on defenders? Does it affect passing when closed down?
- Long passing: when does this stat affact how a player passes? Is it only on passes > 25yds? Only through balls/low drivens/etc.?
- and so on.
This could be just simply clearified by a few words either ingame or on a central place on their official website where stuff like this is explained. It wouldn't take impossible resources to just write a few words and clear things up. It wouldn't destroy revenue, it wouldn't hurt and it certainly would help a lot of people to be less angry about the lack of communication and documentation of this game.
I really had high hopes that we get answers to all of those questions and unknown things after the first one or 2 weeks of FIFA 17 and then again when FIFA 18 launched - but it was all just hot air.
I'm wondering if at least SOME sort of explaination is really too much to ask after almost a decade since the launch of FUT.
//Edit: 1 down, 3 to go.