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  1. Brexit and FM17

    As mentioned, it was a light-hearted suggestion
  2. Brexit and FM17

    I'm guessing all the posts moaning about this feature are all 'remainers'! Joking aside, I can't understand why there is criticism of a feature that adds randomness to the game, especially as the game has always had a huge element of randomness about it. I've had injuries, own goals, missed chances, red cards and penalty decisions have a major affect on many of my games over the years. The game includes dynamic league reputation, which can cause the rise and fall of particular nations and tycoons and bankruptcy causing the clubs to completely change fortunes. Every simulation game on the market has features which add randomness, it adds to the gameplay and introduces a whole new level of replayability. I think it is a great addition to the game. From looking at the screenshot, there isn't a 'firesale' needed by players the day after the UK leaves the European Union goes live as current players get immunity, so it wouldn't mean carving up your squad.
  3. Like the fact that you have the option to highlight the attributes for best position and last position played, but where is the option for the rest of the roles?
  4. Couple of thoughts Firstly, I never take the 'marketable' features as the major updates as most of the very good stuff happens under the hood. Match engine, AI squad building and transfers are not headlining features, but improvements will make the game a lot better. The amount of headline features is definitely wearing thin for FM as it will get to the point where thinkgs they add in will move away from realism. There are plenty of football experts consultants that work with SI to make sure that all bases are covered for the doable features. Those who sway towards negative will always be more vocal than those that are positive or neutral about the game. As the mods have pointed out though, if you want to be negative or criticise the game or particular feature then think about it before doing so and offer alternatives or suggestions, it will only make the game better. Secondly, FM always needs a year like this where it is more evolution rather than revolution. The amount of features that have been added in the past couple of versions, there needs to be a polish up before moving on, every now and again. For people complaining about the price, I don't think I have paid more than £24 for beta and 1st day release for this game for a long time, so unless you are in a country that it is impossible to get a cheap deal (and for those I sympathise), you really need to shop around and not pre-order from the first place that you see the game advertised. As for the 'headline' features, the two so far that have appealed the most are: Fantasy draft. I know a few are saying this is a useless feature to add, but I and my friends really like it. As we've grown older and had families, we haven't had a LAN game for a long time due to the fact it took a whole weekend usually and a lot of preparation had to be done in messing around with the editor to put funds into our teams and make sure the reputation was equal. Then a hell of a lot of time was spent on the first transfer window as we tried to build squads, it would be about 8 hours into the game before we played the first match. This now is all done in a brilliant way and you could potentially have a 'friends' tournament or league done in an afternoon and evening. This feature, I would imagine is going to appeal a lot to the 'Twitch' generation and pop up competitions. Injuries. This seems to have fallen under the radar but there seems to have been a reworking of injuries, making them more realistic (not necessarily less frequent) and more importantly the ability to have a 'real time' diagnosis within the match. Perfect if you want to leave a striker on who has a broken a fingernail but is showing as 'injured'. I am definitely in the camp of disliking the tactics screen from the screenshot provided. The icons look clunky and out of place and at the moment looks a step back from the clean and smart football shirt icons. As others have said, you don't get a good feel for the positions that the player is in as the 11 icons almost cover the whole pitch. However, someone has said that this is on a low res computer and will wait until Beta\Demo to pass judgement. If it is still bad then SI will try to fix (as they do listen) or will be changed in the plethora of skins available.
  5. FM15 - GreenManGaming coupon

    Used them a few times now and are reliable - only 'issue' I had once with them is that they run out of keys for Elders Scrolls Online on release day and offered anyone a refund if they decided that they wanted to buy elsewhere, roughly 8 hours later they had some more and was no bother to me. However, I have read someone that they might not be on the Beta whitelist of retailers, so might be worth clarifying before buying.
  6. dafuge's FM14 challenge

    Another one for Blyth Spartans....
  7. dafuge's FM14 challenge

    Yep, exactly that. Would be interesting to holiday again and hope that different teams get relegated to possibly test Dafuge's rumoured theory.
  8. dafuge's FM14 challenge

    [TABLE=class: cms_table] [TR] [TD]Team[/TD] [TD]Chance of Showing[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]FC United[/TD] [TD]56%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Cambridge City[/TD] [TD]47%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Lowestoft[/TD] [TD]47%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]St Albans[/TD] [TD]47%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Wealdstone[/TD] [TD]32%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Chorley[/TD] [TD]29%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Bury[/TD] [TD]29%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Rushall[/TD] [TD]24%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Billericay[/TD] [TD]24%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]AFC Fylde[/TD] [TD]21%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Weymouth[/TD] [TD]18%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Corby[/TD] [TD]18%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Hampton & Richmond[/TD] [TD]15%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Witton[/TD] [TD]15%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Redditch[/TD] [TD]15%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Buxton[/TD] [TD]9%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Margate[/TD] [TD]9%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Worksop[/TD] [TD]9%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Ashton[/TD] [TD]6%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Lewes[/TD] [TD]6%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Chippenham[/TD] [TD]6%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Whitby[/TD] [TD]6%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Kings Lynn[/TD] [TD]6%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Bognor[/TD] [TD]6%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Marine[/TD] [TD]3%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]St Neots[/TD] [TD]3%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Blyth[/TD] [TD]3%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nantwich[/TD] [TD]3%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Bedford[/TD] [TD]3%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Hitchin[/TD] [TD]3%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Canvey Island[/TD] [TD]3%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Hinckley[/TD] [TD]3%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Chesham[/TD] [TD]3%[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] A few hours reloading got these figures. You can make the assumption that if they are not listed then you can safely say that they will be at best around the 3% mark.
  9. Why We're Getting FMC this Year

    But all the unlockables that you truly have to pay for (and not earn) are just 'cheats' or accelerators as Miles puts it. I for one will be using FMC, but will not use the unlockables, whether paid for or not.
  10. Why We're Getting FMC this Year

    Firstly, you don't have to buy the challenges, you can 'win' them through playing the game. Also, it is the way of the games market these days and not just something that SI\SEGA have thought up. People will always buy DLC, at least with FM they are giving you the option of getting it for free through achievements. Secondly, like KongBold, I find very little time to play FM and have not played FM12 as much as I would have like to, having only had one long-ish career game of about 4 seasons. The classic mode will hopefully give me the time to play long term games that exceed 10 years as it is only around that period of time that I achieve what I want from the game, which is taking teams from bottom to top, and seeing youth prospects realise their potential. If FMC is not for you, please do not think it is a useless addition to the game as you will find many like myself and KongBold that will find FMC priceless.
  11. attribute colour skin

    Darkish Grey - Low Light Blue (basically white with a tinge of blue) - Low to Medium darker Blue (but not too dark) - Medium to High Green - High
  12. Players Retiring after injuries [Merged]

    He didn't just sprain his ankle. Basically, the original break was a terrible one and when he came back it never felt right, event though he played another 25 odd games. The cause was from the original break in that the cartilage became unstable and wore away. They had to fuse his ankle bones together just so he could walk again.
  13. Players Retiring after injuries [Merged]

    Dean Ashton is the only one I can think of. Pretty rare for anyone under 30 to retire in the top flight through injury. Most will try and make a comeback and possibly lose stats, like Michael Owen losing acceleration and pace, but still being a top flight striker due to his other stats.
  14. If they have an updated database or they are researching into what team to start with in FM11, then Notts County will not have a sugar daddy (or at least should not). Some of the Turkish teams might have, they seem to be splashing the cash over there.
  15. LOL: Can You Imagin FM11/12 With A Award Ceremony?

    It is a terrible idea to be honest that is why people do not want it. Maybe at most, have a representation in the 3d match engine to show the team collecting the cup but that is it. In my opinion, the reason for the game dipping slightly is nothing to do with 'people like this guy', it was mainly due to putting in superficial rubbish like this and not concentrating on the bread and butter stuff. Thankfully, in the past incarnations of FM they have concentrated on getting the basics up to scratch and implementing fantastic features without going overboard. It is the exact reason why games like CM and Fifa Manager lag way behind FM as they try to add fluffier and eye catching features which eats into the development time of the proper game. FM never built its reputation on graphics but good solid (and addictive) gameplay and long may it continue. If they did want to concentrate on the graphical side of things, I would rather they spend more time building upon the 3d graphical representation of the matches, which I am sure is what they are doing.