It's an emotional goodbye from me today. Been an avid FIFA player since 2003 (Dy-Na-Mi-TeeMs). I was never swayed over to PES even when it was widely considered the better football simulator. Always stuck loyal to FIFA and have for the most part thoroughly enjoyed my experiences over the years.
The introduction of Ultimate Team completely revolutionised my experience. It was everything I hoped it would be plus so much more.
However over the years, EAs inherent objectives and business strategy became more and more apparent.
The introduction of the 'M' word in FIFA '06 was the first red flag. Since then, inconsistent gameplay became glaringly obvious to anyone who spent several hours per week playing FIFA. This "undetectable by user" feature ruined any chance of a competitive game. Competitive gaming is based around the premise that the better player wins. Better meaning mechanically and logically. This feature when implemented has achieved the exact opposite of a competitive game.
Several years passed, including the inception of Ultimate Team, before the next red flag was presented in the form of 50/50 collisions and tackles. This has not been spoken about anywhere near enough. It's a game-breaking feature which takes the franchise closer to casual and unpredictable as opposed to competitive and rewarding.
Then came the new game engine, Frostbite. Admittedly I know nothing about coding or game engines. However I don't think it's any coincidence that gameplay turned even more inconsistent following the use of this on new gen consoles. Button delay which never existed prior became a regular occurrence and has been getting seemingly worse every year. Again a huge red flag to stop playing.
Although despite all of these mindless additions and changes, I continued to stay loyal to the franchise hoping it would take a uturn and return to its roots. However since FIFA 16, EA have created several 'random' outcomes during gameplay. The obvious one this year being finishing. Completely random even when taking the same shot, at the same angle with the same amount of power. Passing, crossing and many other mechanics are also random in terms of outcome.
The final slap around the face was the nerf to cheap and affordable players in FUT. It's now more P2W than ever. Only in the last 3 months have I been able to achieve Elite finishes. I don't believe I have improved much mechanically at the game, however my team has improved dramatically during the course of the game cycle. Now that I have a very highly rated team, I honestly feel like 95% of my losses are based on random outcomes not going my way.
Anyway, I hope some of you can relate to some of the points I've made regarding change in the franchise and I hope you also choose to hang up your boots if you are against the direction EA are taking this game. If you are enjoying it, then I'm happy (yet also a little concerned) for you.
The release of Classic WoW has struck the final nail into the coffin which if FIFA for me. If any of you are planning on playing WoW please feel free to message me, I would be delighted to play alongside you.
Have a good one guys. Best of luck for the future.