Tactical Improvements I still feel the game needs MASSIVE tactical improvements and tweaks. I think removing the sliders was a great move going forward, but if the game wants to evolve and grow and obviously become the ultimate footy sim, the tactical side needs changes, and heaps of them. More instructions for a start. Example, I wantto tell my strikers to ALWAYS press the opposition GK. Example: I want my 3 forwards to relentlessly press their defenders when they have possession, until the opposition either lose the ball OR comfortably gain possession. Just a couple examples there. I feel I dont have enough control, especially with the pressing in zones. I know it will take a lot of work for SI to improve this side of the game, but I think it is crucial. I at least hope they are working hard on the tactical side of the game.
Second, when watching real life football,you sometimes see the defence of a side squeeze closely to each other where the fullbacks are next to the CB's, leaving space on the flanks. The 4 then move forward pressing the opposition into forcing a pass which eventually is offside. I feel I cant execute this in the game. People will argue to use the shouts, but I still feel I am NOT in control. My team seems to do weird things, and not follow what I say. I am far from happy from the tactical side of the game and how my instructions are depicted on the 3D Pitch.
Media What more can I say. Repetitive questions (Press conferences), Opposition managers etc. Needs to be massively improved or even scrapped. Boring and repetitive. Slows game down if anything. Also, when I win the Premier League, or any league, I want to FEEL special. I want to feel like I actually accomplished something massive for the club. All I get is in the news feed "Fans delighted at Premier League Suprise" or something along those terms. And thats it, roll on next season. I would like it if I get something pop up in my news like "Liverpool shows off EPL title at their home match against Cardiff" and "Liverpool's reputation sky rockets after massive title push". Give us something different. Feels empty after we accomplish something. This area of the game needs to be improved CONSIDERABLY. On pitch celebrations would be nice, or even some sort of Video, or music. Don't tell me it cant be done. Surely it can be improved. For years, all we have had is two lines saying the fans are delighted. This has been the same since CM0102. Horrible if you ask me.
3D Pitch I know the ME is always improving and I can understand how hard it must be to get it perfect or close to. I am hoping for graphical improvements in FM15 and beyond.So far, the stadium lighting is appalling if you ask me. Can we possibly get different types of night lighting? Surely its possible to get different shades. See Pro Evo. White lights, Blue tint etc. Just more variety. Match sounds. Yes, people have argued that they dont play with the sound on etc, BUT...I feel SI have neglected the MATCH EXPERIENCE side of things. Sound overhaul is a must if you ask me. Currently, going into every match, no matter which league you select, whether it be EPL, or the Malaysian Second Division, the match experience feels the same. Dull crowd sounds, pitches look all the same etc. Needs to be improved IMO. Before you all jump on this idea, let me say that I am not expecting this to all happen in one year. I am simply giving ideas which I believe ARE NEEDED in future versions for the game to evolve further.
Liverpool vs Man Utd compared to a Conference game feels the same in terms of match experience.
I can go on and on, but I will leave the rest for SI to work out. I am sure there are some brilliant minds on board, and I have every faith they will drastically improve the game moving forward
My main concerns have been brought out, and I hope SI can take my ideas on board.
Especially the match experience, which ofcourse ties in with the ME itself. 1000's of new animations are needed IMO. And Yes, it still feels the matches are played on an ice skating ring despite SI claiming that it is fine. Clearly its not. Just have a look at how the ball bounces etc and slides after bounce.
Overall, I just want to feel 'unique' in that I can tell my players to press their defence 'HARD' until they lose possession or comfortably gain possession. Then,we retreat to our shape and conserve energy. Would be an amazing feature or improvement. Just one of many ideas
Defensive Positioning. Have my FB's tuck in and along with the CB's, I can instruct them to form narrow wall and push up when the opposition is holding possession in the middle of the pitch close to the 18 yard line. SI need to find a way to specifically make this happen. The current instructions, shouts and tactical engine do not allow for total tactical freedom, which eventually should be implemented. (Ofcourse over the space of 3-6 years. Not expecting this to happen overnight)
Just a few ideas.