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  1. I'm noticing some improvements in the way my team are playing now. I sold some players and I stopped doing press conferences and and pre match briefings or letting my assistant do them. Made a few signings too. Last couple of matches the match engine has looked better/more realistic. Leads me to speculate maybe there's too much emphasis placed on on manager's reputation, morale, and press conferences effecting the morale. Of course there should be an effect on all these things however it seemed before they were effecting players doing the most simple things, so maybe it's too much effect or effecting the wrong things. I always play as a manager with no experience as a lot of us like to make it as realistic as possible because you create a fantasy in your head, so you can pretend you got in through coaching, so I have the coaching licenses first rate but not the previous experience, would feel like cheating any other way. Maybe this is having too much effect. Shutting down from press conferences, briefings and talking to the media at all seemed to notice an improvement. I've been playing the games for many years though and have an experienced player so maybe they are having too much effect. It wasn't my tactics because I'm doing significantly better with the same tactics, it's just now my players are doing less ridiculously stupid things. I had top players previously though and they were doing most of the basics terribly, this leads me to believe maybe the balances aren't 100 percent right in terms of how certain things effect play. I appreciate it's a complex and difficult thing to do, but that's my experience and hopefully sharing it can help in future versions or patches here. The game has a lot of positives but some of the big issues made it a bit harder to enjoy this year, fantastic potential and there's things that are improvements but the foundation of the ME is obviously very important so can impact the experience greatly.
  2. For me the match engine is broken this year, I've never said that before, sure there's been bugs, but this is the first FM Game for me where it feels like it doesn't work at all.
  3. Yeah, my players just keep running to the flank and not crossing until they get blocked, even if there's ample opportunities to cross well before.
  4. My elite strikers can't score goals, I have top strikers but they are missing the easiest of chances. My players also aren't crossing at the right time constantly and are waiting till they get blocked. The opposition are consistently scoring all types of long range wonder goals and my team can't score the basics. I have a target man with strong heading who's 6'4 who seemingly can't head the ball. 15 heading and 17 jumping reach yet can't score simple headers. in 19 games I think he's scored 1 headed goal.
  5. My penalty taker had 19 for pens and he’s missed nearly every penalty bar 1 and I’ve got a lot of them. When I set players to be in position for attacking corners they don’t stay there or go to odd positions. When I set to distribute to the target man it distributes to the advanced forward instead. Basic things aren’t being done, the players seem unrealistically stupid. I think it should be clearer to get the players to do what you want. At the moment seems big flaws with the match engine from my experience. Still getting an abundance of penalties happening as mentioned and nearly all the ones for me are being missed. I think I read it was revamped this year, at the moment not sure it’s been for the best, over recent additions I’ve noticed improvements, this is the first 1 that feels like a backwards step and is hampering my enjoyment of the game.
  6. I actually agree in it’s current state it’s the poorest match engine for a couple of years. The players do unnaturally stupid things and there seems to be a lack of variety. I’m not sure if it was the last game or the prior 1 but thought the match engine seemed excellent. Currently there’s big flaws that are badly effecting my enjoyment of the game.
  7. At the moment for me it's some of the bugs issues I'd experienced. I put quite some time into a long term save but the penalty issue in particular was causing me to lose games, it would kind of take away the enjoyment cause was getting games with 2 or 3 penalties against and losing matches I should have won due to the bug. Now feels like I'm up against it in that save so am hesitant to put the time in again if there's still issues that will effect the long term aspect of it.
  8. 1 thing I noticed was a lack of through balls on the ground, is that something others have had or not?
  9. See the penalty issue may be fixed in the latest Hotfix, to install it o I just restart steam?
  10. Another issue I was having was when I have it set to distribute to the target man it’s distributing to the advanced forward instead. Is that a bug? Has anybody else had anything similar? And sometimes the wing backs would constantly shoot and seem refuse to cross, even if it’s an easy cross. Hopefully a fix can resolve some of the issues and can start fresh.
  11. Am still having the penalty issues. It seemed to reduce for a little bit but came back, often 2 penalties against a game, sometimes more. Am noticing when I get penalties for me missing too much too considering my top pen taker has a 19 attribute, think he’s missed 3 of 4 pens. Unfortunately I think I’m probably gonna have to start again after the issue is fixed because it’s effecting my game too much, have lost too many games due to the penalties and it seems to happen in bunches. Maybe I should have waited till the patch that fixed that was out. I’ll try again then.
  12. Carried on playing the game, the penalties and red cards slowed down once got into the season for now. Maybe it's because the players were unfit so made mistakes, maybe it's a bit too much, I get players won't be sharp but maybe there's too much of an effect it makes in pre season where they can get excessive red cards/penalties. I congratulated Haaland on his first call up, he said he's surprised at how long he's had to wait, then I said he deserves it for his work and he said I'm patronizing him lol. I think in future versions these kind of things should be looked at fixing, cause in this case it was just me trying to be polite to the player and build a relationship with him, it's actually the first time I've praised him or even spoke to him as it's early in the game so the negative reaction is wrong to me. This makes dealing with interaction difficult cause you don't know when you're going to get an entirely unrealistic reaction. Maybe it should be softened up a bit in those scenarios for that reason.
  13. Started a save but in the first games have had so many penalties go against me, 1 in the first match and 2 or 3 in the 2nd, hopefully will be a fix for this soon, have done a lot of work on the game but may consider restarting it if necessary if that continues. 1 of the games actually finished 9-3. got a man sent off for 1 of the pens.
  14. Not so much the data but I was thinking more along the lines of some fixes, for example if the penalty issue is still there? I wasn't sure if it was fixed as I haven't played the full game much cause was looking to dive in to a long term save, but if something like that is compatible and would automatically sync with a current save it should be fine to start is that right?
  15. If I start a new save now will any new patches work with it automatically with the game? Trying to figure out if should start a long term game now or wait a bit longer for patch/update.
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