Im just wondering what direction SI are planning to go with this series. Im all for realism and having lots of options and for the game to be difficult - I want to struggle to succeed etc. But I cant help noticing this game doesnt seem to be hard for footballing reasons, but for programming reasons
Every year SI add more details and make the game more complex so it will play more reaslistically BUT I think as a manager we are given too many options ESPECIALLY during matches. I mean if Im winning late on in a game Ive gotta change half a dozen sliders by "x" number of points for virtually every player, as well as changing some of the team settings and the players positions - whereas in real life a manager would grab the nearest player (not literally) and tell them to play play defensively, that player would let the rest of the team know and hey presto the whole team starts playing more defensively. Honestly if I went to my striker in real life and asked him to try playing 1/20 more defensively nothing would happen, whereas in the game that could be the difference between holding onto a lead and losing it in the last second
Unless Im missing something when Im at matches the manager doesnt call a "time out" and get every player on the pitch to come to him 1 by 1 and give them instructions. And seriously do we need SO many points on the slider? People talk about realism but if I want to go attacking for example I find myself thinking do I want to be 3 points from the end or 5 points? Or maybe right on the "all out attack" option? Not only that but Ill have to change all the closing down settings and creative freedom settings and theres the same problem of exactly what notch on the slider to put it to. Whereas if I were a manager in real life I would be on the touchline screaming GO FORWARD at the team, and as long as Id covered it in training (as a real life manager would) the team would know what to do
I know people on these boards always seem to say "its your tactics" and honestly they are probably right but I think thats the problem. If my defenders stand still and do absolutely nothing every time a ball is played over the top and their striker keeps getting in behind because of it, thats nothing to do with my tactics, its my defenders being morons but alas Im sure if I change one of the random sliders 1 notch to the left or right it'll stop happening, but why?
The best way to play this game at the moment seems to be to figure out all the variables and the way its been programmed simply to get your players to do what you want them to. Also players pay way to much attention to what we say, I mean do you think Alex Ferguson tells Rio Ferdinand exactly how to play in every match? Of course not I think if he had to go to every player and explain there exact role in the team before every match they'd never make it to the pitch. All player instructions and stuff like that should be given and worked on in training, then on matchday it'll be more overall tactics for everyone (stuff like telling a player to mark a player etc) or stuff like telling a midfielder to get forward whenever he can (in the game Id have to set that and try to figure out the correct closing down, mentality creative freedom, passing forward runs, marking etc etc and most of the time Ill get it wrong and hell either end up in the middle of nowhere for the entire game or standing next to my target man doing nothing) Also after doing that Ill prob have forgotten the exact settings I had him at before, and he'll never play as well for me again
ALSO why the hell do I have to tell my players to show players onto their weaker foot? I think I knew that before I was a teenager, and I didnt even play football for the 1st time til I was 10! I know footballers are generally idiots but come on if theres one thing these guys know about its football! If that option has to be there the "weaker foot" option should be removed so you at least tell your players which is their weaker foot (left/right)
Sorry about this its just I loved this game and the whole series and Im just getting the feeling that its gonna be impossible to really enjoy it now unless I spend hours and hours and hours going through different tactics and checking every little thing and I have a life and dont really have time for that! I personally think this game is too much for casual gamers, and if the stuff on it continues to grow and become more complex as Im sure it will then I can see a lot of people not bothering because its got to a point now where its ridiculous