I have been playing the career mode on professional difficulty for a while now and generally I think it's a lot better game than the last one. I have found some problems though. I started from english league two with Notts County. I made some adjustments to my roster and bought players that are promising and little bit better than the average league two player. First four seasons went by, and the game was great. I moved up with my team every year and won most of the games. So the game was fun with this difficulty. I did have some tight matches also. I would describe them as "perfect matches". In these matches the opponent is aggressive, creates scoring chances and has a reasonable scoring percentage. What's reasonable? Depends on the quality of the scoring chances. The way i won those matches, was really quite realistic. I had to defend well and make some really good choices in the mid-field to open their defense. Anyway, my playing experience was great.
My current season has been a huge struggle. Now every other match is a ridiculous display of some sort of difficulty adjustment. For example I won ManU 4-0. It was a relatively easy match for me. It wasn't, as I described earlier, a perfect match. ManU was a little passive. When they do play well, I usually win by a goal or two. These kind of changes in opponents form is part of the game, and I don't mind losing if a team plays well. However, the next time I played against ManU I lost 0-3. I had nothing. I lost all the battles. My passes were slow and inaccurate. My players were slower. I shot off the post 5 times. Shots on goals was 10-3 for me. All of the three goals they scored was done with a header. Roughly said, they were made in a way that i can't do anything else but to press a button and hope for the best. Also two of those goals were made at the end of each half. The classic 90 minute goal appears again. And as you can see, they had three shots on goal, and three went in. Every aspect of the game was against me. And it continues. I have to remind you that this is not a one time occurrence. I have played about half of the season and about have of those matches have been absolutely ridiculous.
This is my second season in the premier league. My team is better. I have myself learned how to play the game better. Where is this difficulty boost coming from? Is this the way EA creates the "difficult season", by pulling strings. And it wouldn't matter to me, if only the opponents difficulty would change slightly, but because it affects my players negatively, I feel there is no way to beat the opponent when they're having a "good game". I mean it is visible in every way. For example when my players receive passes and turn at the same time to get ready to pass forward, it takes a lot longer in these weird matches. Also the opponent is able to keep the ball a lot longer. So the opponents players plays like an **** and still gets rewarded for it. It looks ridiculous when i have tackled like 10 to 15 times and every time touched the ball, but some how the ball happens to end up to the opponent. This keeps going on, until they get a scoring chance.
When the game is acting "normally", and the opponent is playing well, it creates scoring chances by passing and making runs at the right time, and with good crosses. Not by holding on to the ball. Also all the events in these "normal" matches seems reasonable and even realistic. And I have seen opponents playing very well and very realistically at the same time.
For me to enjoy a game, I decrease the difficulty, if the game is too hard and if it's too easy, I increase it. But these kinds of changes inside a difficulty level is too much. And why this is happening now. I don't want to decrease the difficulty, because it seems that the difficulty is good for me in most matches.