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dalesinwales

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  1. If the winter update is to be the last version of FM19 then I can't help feeling disappointed. I gave up on it after the last patch and now I'm giving up on it again. I don't expect it to be perfect and I can forgive many things that others call game-breaking, but the 3D match still glitches occasionally, as if some of the frames between the animation have been lost, and, also occasionally, a rather gentle shot will still ricochet off my keeper like a guided missile. Niggles like these destroy any sense of immersion. and remind me that what I'm experiencing is, after all, just a game.
  2. Feedback on FM19 after 350 hours of playing: There really is a lot to like in this iteration, far more so than FM18, which I abandoned after trying every patched version. Dynamics is implemented better, and there are a lot of thoughtful little touches, such as the introduction of spaces between the sectors in Staff Assignments and the option to add column separators in the Squad screen, and the football played in the match can be almost Man City-like in its attractiveness. But the interface still has rough edges, with some tasks being implemented rather clumsily, and annoying graphic glit
  3. I think that what caused this issue was quitting the game from within a match without saving (I had to go out while I match was just starting, and quit rather than wait for the match to play out). I first noticed the greyed out dropdown when I next loaded the game and it has come back several times since. I am now playing on a different laptop without any problem at all, so maybe something on my original computer took exception to the forced quit.
  4. Thanks for the suggestions. The game is still playable, it just means there's a lot of extra unnecessary clicking every match day (and if I wanted that I'd go back to playing FM18 )
  5. That's another good suggestion but the issue started while I was a good few months into a save, so I already had several formations in play. On a new game it doesn't matter whether I have a formation loaded or not, unfortunately.
  6. I have also this morning deleted my preferences and cache folders from my Sports Interactive folder on my hard drive, so the game had to rebuild itself when it was next started up, and still the dropdown menu cannot be selected.
  7. Unfortunately it doesn't make any difference whether an assistant manager is there or not - I have started new games with one and without one and the option is still greyed out.
  8. Thanks for the suggestion but the option is unselectable even on a new create a club game, before I have even recruited an assistant manager. I can only assume that some local file on my computer has become corrupted in some way, as uninstalling the game and then reinstalling it did not fix it - yet the option is there on an old save, and I have made no alterations to any options.
  9. No, I have been playing with the Football Manager dark skin since release day, and have never downloaded any graphic packs, tactics, or alternative skins. The option is just no longer available to me in any new game I start, either at an existing club or even when I create a club.
  10. FM17 problem. Has anyone encountered an issue where a dropdown menu can no longer be selected? Unfortunately this menu seems to be essential to the game as it's where the team is selected (see image). It has happened before on previous saves and the only way around it was to start a new game. It happened again today but no matter what I do, I cannot get it back. I have tried: verifying the game, clearing the cache, and even deleting and reinstalling the game from Steam, but even when I choose a new game on a clean install I can no longer use the Quick Pick dropdown to pick the team.
  11. Well if this is the 'final' version of FM18 then I won't be spending any more time on it. I've tried every 'version', from the Beta to the winter update, and each time I've sadly returned to FM17. Unfortunately for SI FM17 is so slick, immersive, and beautifully smooth that FM18 looks, plays, and feels inferior to its predecessor, despite the added features. The match day experience is also a step backwards, as other users have said, with its garish graphics. It's almost as if a third party developer was told to develop an FM17-beater, but they didn't quite have the required skills set t
  12. Trying to make this 'constructive' criticism... After trying the game again, following the release of the latest patch, unfortunately in my opinion FM18 is still a very poor relation of FM17. The stadiums are poorly designed visually, packed with crowds all wearing the same outfits, and the 3D match still slows down when there's a lot going on, resulting in unsightly jerky movement (despite being run on an £1800 gaming laptop with GTX 1070 graphic card). There are aspects of FM18 I like - notably the Dynamics and the medical centre, which I will miss when I start a new
  13. I bought a gaming laptop in September, so I could enjoy FM at its fullest after having an adequate PC for years and watching the matches in medium quality. The difference in FM17 was noticeable. With FM18 though, the match action stutters and slows down every now and again, not just in high graphic setting but even in medium. To get around it I even tried watching a game in low setting, but that was so uncomfortable for my ageing eyes I cannot state whether the issue was present or not, as I turned it off. As I said, the laptop is not yet two months old and, as far as I can tell, everythi
  14. After many years of laptops with adequate graphics capabilities, and 3D match settings on low, I finally treated myself to a 'gaming' laptop a few months ago, complete with GTX1070 graphics card. The result, on FM17, was a beautifully smooth match experience although the difference between the 'low' and 'high' quality settings was nothing like as significant as I anticipated. It's better, but in subtle ways rather than 'wow'. Sadly, with FM18, the match action is jerky on the highest settings. But that's not why, for the first time ever, I've gone back to the previous version. The whole
  15. Thank you for your reply, Luke. I have tried what you suggested and you're right: the only way to Create A Club around a Welsh team (Cardiff/Swansea/Wrexham/Newport) is to base the new club in Cardiff - trying to locate it in any other Welsh town or city doesn't work.
  16. Can anyone help with this? I have searched all over the site (and asked the question twice) but I have yet to discover if the Create A Club mode is active in the beta version of the game. It's an option at the start but is has it been implemented? I went through the set up process but could not progress from choosing the new club's profile to adding players - the 'continue to' button at the bottom right of the screen could not be selected. I followed exactly the same procedures as in FM16.
  17. Game seems excellent so far but has the Create A Club option been disabled on the Beta? I followed the same set up sets as FM16 but after creating the new club profile the option to progress on to choosing the squad is greyed out, as if it is waiting for further information. Cheers
  18. I hope you're right. I'm running a standard version of the game (no add-ins) on a fairly pokey laptop that was bought just for FM, so it's got no anti-virus or any other type of software to conflict with FM, and I've submitted Dxdiag and Belarc reports plus saved games. If my only options are to either keep going through variations on that 'uninstall everything, delete files then reinstall everything' routine or wait for FM16 then I will be very disappointed.
  19. I've gone through everything suggested several times over the last three days and even though the problem has been 'fixed' it reappears when the game gets saved and reloaded back in. Losing heart now.
  20. But... but... how can anyone go to bed when the final update has been released that day?
  21. Having spent almost eight hours grappling with this issue - deleting caches and preferences and verifying cache around half a dozen times in total and experimenting with just about every graphic setting - I have abandoned the game for tonight. At one point the problem appeared to cure itself but then, on the next match, it was back: crucified corpses on ice. And back it has stayed. The latest update has rendered the game unusable for what appears to be a significant number of players, which is obviously hugely disappointing. And so far (1:58am) I have not seen any responses from the mods t
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