pukka-pie Posted July 20, 2020 Share Posted July 20, 2020 Hello guys, Okay, first of all I'll start by saying that I don't mean to criticise the game. I'm sure most of the people on this forum have a great fondness for FM, as do I. But I struggle to accept that FM is anything other than profoundly flawed, and has been so for many years. If I am playing as anything other than a dominant team in any given league then I can give a cast iron guarantee that my season will take precisely this pattern: First 15-20 games - Very comfortable, very happy dressing room, great results and performances, very good league position. Next 10-15 games - Hopeless, very little chance of beating anyone, very little chance of maintaining a lead, very little chance of scoring, morale plummets as a result, we fall out of play-off places. Next 10-15 games - Miraculous change of fortunes, can suddenly beat anyone we play, morale goes up, we climb up the table again. The dip in form usually happens at some point between the end of November and the end of January. I mean this is basically set in stone. This will happen. It isn't a matter of if. It's almost as if the game realises that I'm doing better than I should be so corrects it by destroying my form, and then 15 games later it realises that i'm not doing quite as well as I should be so I go on yet another ridiculous "12 games unbeaten!", having been absolutely hopeless a month before. This kills the game for me. I want to stress though this only happens when I'm a good side, if I'm a very good side this isn't anywhere near as obvious. But what am I doing wrong? Because I have put thousands of hours into FM games and I am still completely oblivious. I've looked this up and plenty of people have asked the question in forums like this and the response is usually completely dismissive "this doesn't happen!", or "oh your tactics are too predictable". The first answer is simply false. I know that this happens, I can see it coming a mile off and even so I cannot do anything to change it. The second answer just doesn't fit the bill either; if it is simply a matter of the other teams in the league getting used to my tactics then why does this disastrous run of form suddenly end, like *poof*, a sprinkle of fairy dust and your utterly abysmal team of hopeless idiots that could barely beat Eastbourne at home suddenly beat Chelsea in the cup and go on a roll of 15 games with only one defeat. I have tried to bludgeon my way through these dips in form, resolutely sticking to my tactics, the run of bad form eventually ends. I have tried having a number of tactics that my squad are very comfortable with and changing things up when the dip in form occurs, the run of bad form lasts for just as long. I have hired the best fitness coaches I could possibly get, the bad run of form lasts for just as long. I have tried resting players, it seems to make no difference. I have tried to stick to a solid starting 11, it makes no difference. I have tried bringing new players in during the January transfer window, it makes no difference. I have tried bringing no new faces in, still no success. I have tried team meetings, team bonding, praising players that are performing well. I have offered new contracts to my underachieving stars. I have brought young players through. I have let my assistant take over team talks and squad selection. I have threatened to put under performing players on the transfer list. I have tried all of these things many times. Nothing works. I could happily enjoy being a mid table team if only the season arc wasn't so brazenly obvious. This does happen in real life, but not every single season. I'm not really sure why i'm typing this because I don't expect anyone to acknowledge that this is a problem with FM, or that anyone is going to be able to help resolve this problem. Because as I say, I have tried everything. It's just like the game has its mind made up: you are going to go 15 games without a win, there isn't a thing that you can do about it, so grin, bear it, and enjoy pulling your hair out. So how about this. I challenge anyone to give me a 5 bullet point list of what I can do to avoid the inevitable dip in form. If I do a full season without the ludicrous and deeply unrealistic dip, i'm forever in your debt. Because frankly right now I think it's time that I gave up FM forever, and I don't want to because I know how fun it can be. But I am just so jaded with it, because for me every season is like reading a script. It strikes me as deeply unrealistic and it can't just be me because I have approached so many games in so many different ways. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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