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  1. My first thought was I hope we aren't forced into choosing a certain style of play from the get-go --- what about just starting out simple like 'normal' or 'mixed' and work from there?
  2. Loversleaper

    Game won't launch...

    Hi Luke, Okay, so tried this option and it works in this mode but one thing important to note : in small windowed mode it runs smoothly but if you make the window mode full screen then it freezes again. Minimizing the window again makes the game run smoothly. Does this mean something and will I have to play in small window mode? Thanks and regards LL
  3. Loversleaper

    Game won't launch...

    Hi Neil, My computer only has the standard Windows Defender (Microsoft) that came with the purchase. I have no external anti-virus programs. I also explored the Windows Defender program and which programs/apps it allows - Steam and Football Manager are ticked as applicable. As mentioned I ran through everything from deleting Caches and Preferences, updating graphic cards, uninstalling and re-installing graphic cards, uninstalling the game (where this part seems really strange as mentioned in the OP) and reinstalling the game. Never have I used anything custom either. I am at a loss, I have other games (like Counter Strike) and other versions of FM that all run perfectly fine but can't get past this problem with FM 2018. It worked before and now just sticks to the first loading page with the music running in loop in the background. DxDiag.txt
  4. Loversleaper

    Game won't launch...

    The last time I launched the game successfully was April 5th. I recently noticed that there was a new update and combined with some requests (from forum users) for me to finish a thread I had created in the T&T I decided to start up the game - this is when the issue occurred. I have never used anything custom and never experienced anything like this - with any game in steam or outside.
  5. Game won't get beyond the first screen when I launch FM 2018 The music runs in the background. Don't worry about graphic cards and deleting caches and what not because I, naturally, ran through all of the procedures, veteren guy on the forums so know my way about. Have other games on my steam account such as Counter Strike and others and have absolutely no problems running any of them... From my observation, when I tried to delete the game and reinstall it, I noticed the game deletes unnaturally quick (like immediately on the button) and downloads quicker than I normally experience... No crash dumps or crash dump messages are generated either... Whole things feels kind of strange. I have been following other threads with the same problem but none of them have provided a fix so far, was told to start my own thread so here I am... Thanks LL
  6. I have the exact same problem... Been around long enough to know about drivers and the works so it definitely isn't that. Just went through the whole process to be sure - and still I am experiencing the same as Aung... No Crash Dumps or messages are created or displayed either.
  7. Loversleaper

    Starting game in offline Mode.

    I just tried and didn't have the problem, but I remember I did have a problem a while back where the steam client didn't fully update due to a really slow connection which resulted in me having a similar problem as you are encountering when I tried to go offline and play... I am no expert, but maybe the steam client has to go through a minor update before you can access the game. Things like this was one of the reasons I got into a heated debate a while back because it is incredible annoying using 3rd party software to access your game - still against it by the way... Maybe try to go back online and see if it recognizes that it can't and wait til it asks if you want to try in offline mode... Not many options left other than maybe contacting Steam Support (which is going to be a huge drag) if it doesn't work out... Good luck anyway
  8. Loversleaper

    Starting game in offline Mode.

    Have you tried to go to offline mode, restart steam or restart computer and then try?
  9. Loversleaper

    ME loophole

    I wasn't really sure if I should post onwards because my assessment of the situation maybe would result in me coming across quite harsh depending on which side of the fence you have positioned yourself on... Of course, in the last week I have gone through the works and I am convinced that there is a major, if not critical, flaw/bug in the ME that needs immediate attention. No doubt that you and probably others have looked into the matter over a longer periode of time than little old me has done. But here is a little look into the matter from my perspective: first of all, I looked into what formations do better than worse from the AI's standpoint - looking at the fixtures and how they line up kind of gives you at least some ideas... especially what really doesn't work = So, apparently the 4-2-3-1 formation really struggles against the 5-2-3 WB and in that season - Bournemouth regularly knocked 6-7 goals past that formation. Bournemouth went on to score 125 league goals with absolute no adjustments - but that is besides the point. The point is to find out why... I naturally tried all the different formations in various scenarios to see what matches up by trying some of the AI formations that actually did well result-wise against the formation. In the human vrs human scenario it's virtually impossible to cope with the two side forwards - especially with the running wide instructions implemented. I went on to the bottom heavy formation - the notorious 5-4-1 Diamond that was incredibly hard to beat back in the day - but results/match stats didn't really make any difference after extensive tests... Then you kind of go onto "let's try conventional wisdom" which I think a lot of people playing the game will probably use to deal with issues during games. There are not that many options, so it's not going to be rocket science. You can man mark specific players, tight mark them, hard tackle - and that's basically it, so there are not going to be huge complex scenarios to test out. This is where things become really dire, because putting 5 men at the back and using "conventional thinking" turned out to be even more hazardous result-wise where loses really got close to going into double digits. I played the real life game as well, and sometimes if the opponent had a really strong player the coach would instruct one of our defensively strong players to try and mark him out of the game - it worked a lot of times as I remember it. When looking at the situation with Bournemouth then you would hardly expect that their front three are incredibly talented if you compare them to many other players in the game, so by using a vastly superior team with much higher quality center backs to mark their front three would (in a purely logical sense) be able to cope with them. As mentioned, it turned out to have the opposite effect and the Bournemouth trio ran riot - it was a lot better to actually give them no instructions at all, so in that sense, "conventional wisdom" went straight out the window. You are going to have a lot of people playing the game that simply wont understand that at all... Now, I have played enough games that I did zoom into what works better against the 3 man attack - when I say better, I mean in terms of general match stats: But here is the reality, most of the games I lost anyway where the opponent using the 5-2-3 would score at least three goals regardless - so the trick is to kind of out score them because keeping the narrow wide strikers under wraps cannot be done consistently. A 4 man defense where the full backs stay back and sit narrow seems to have the best effect in dealing with them, but that is until you get that 'artificial' unstoppable goal against you where it basically comes out of the blue. I can't even count how many 3+ goal loses I encountered where "they strike lucky" - that is a huge red flag in my book... Yeah, you can argue that it can be dealt with - using bottom teams will usually result in around 6-9 defeats per season while using the 5-2-3 WB formation. That translates to around 20% of the time they will lose and I have got to the point where I can win against that 'super-tactic' at around that rate - which is the best I have been able to do with 'conventional tactics/formations'... But here is the problem with that, this is with the vastly superior team... There is no doubt in my mind, that this should be categorized as a critical flaw and requires SI towers to really address the problem pronto...
  10. Loversleaper

    ME loophole

    So, to kind of get a better picture of what you are saying here, in layman terms, is that as long as you can counter the tactic on the ME gameboard - then you figure that SI are totally content with the ME in it's current state? So, to further that then the only option is that the AI has to get better (much better) at making tactical decisions & maybe some (more) of the instructions will be removed from the User's finger-tips... The thing that kind of lingers in the air, though, are a few of the concerns that some of the others mentioned about how players (on both sides) react in certain areas - not picking up players or covering zones or a two man situation bossing a midfield dominated numerically by the opposition. If the AI can't cope with that with the standard formations and instructions, then I can't really see how we are going to be able to do that. Maybe you can get around it by placing a whole bunch of players strategically to counter it, but having to do that as the better opponent is kind of magooo... Before I was going to have my beauty sleep I was thinking about taking a little stab at it and created a savegame where I thought I could take over two teams and create a friendly between them. Although there is plenty of time for both teams to have that friendly - it keeps rejecting the option. I can make friendlies against other teams, but the game won't let me create a friendly between the two human teams...
  11. Loversleaper

    ME loophole

    I didn't just use one, that's kind of the point. You want to use one of the tactics that implement Attacking strategy - I am sure a user like @knap will be able to tell you which of his very well thought out 5-2-3 formations that can do the trick (don't know if he wants to get involved or not). In regards to using the Assistant then it doesn't really make a difference if you use him or not. You can tick the two boxes (use tactic & use these players) in holiday mode - or you can decide to do slightly better and take @Svenc's advice and go through the games where you manually pick the team before the match and run it through on full commentary speed...
  12. Loversleaper

    ME loophole

    I personally use the ones with Attacking strategy because that kind of ensures that you keep pushing forward even if the AI decides to retreat due to your team's very good result form. In the situation between two human users is one that I haven't had time to go into, but I am sure there are plenty of people who have tried it and have a better knowledge of how that works. Would be interested to hear any observations of course - more minds are better than one as always... And I would also kindly ask people not to jump on each other's back about the situation because I am certain that a guy like Rashidi is just as interested in having these things fixed (if they need to be) as the rest of us... Thanks in advance...
  13. Loversleaper

    ME loophole

    And the pattern persists in other leagues, like in Switzerland with poorest squad there (Lausanne): The star striker (iirc) went out for months and they probably would have done better because they were really bossing the league until the injury occurred - but it didn't stop them... How about the lowest rep team in Austria, Polten rated bottom: In this squad I used two wingers up front due to the lack of strikers and it didn't effect anything either, one winger I used as a striker was on loan and went home for some reason before the screenshot... But there is a clear pattern...
  14. Loversleaper

    ME loophole

    The situation surrounding Swansea is a little bit like a "trick question" because they start without an Assistant and they only have 4 center backs, but 1 of them is out for at least half a year - so without transfers you might struggle if you get a few injuries there. But regardless, it is easy to get Swansea into Champions league with absolute no transfers: Squad: The reason I think a couple of these tactics are in fact in the same realm as the Diablo is that if you go to the other leagues, you even walk those leagues with a near 100% rate. Just to show the situation: Eupen is one of the lowest rep teams in Belgium and this was the outcome: So, where do you kind of go from here? Only way is to find an even more poor team than that one - which is the most lowest one, Mouscron:
  15. Loversleaper

    ME loophole

    I am not sure why Swansea has to be the only team to make you believe anything...? What do you have against, for example, Barnsley? They are predicted to end 23rd in the league: Or, how about a double whammy...?
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