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  1. Napoli when they were playing that 3-4-3 with Cavani, Hamsik and Lavezzi a few years ago. It wasn't three forwards but from what I remember it was three attacking players who were quite narrow a lot of the time. The three up front thing seems to highlight a bigger problem in the match engine where one on ones seem to hit the corner flag while cheap little crosses almost always result in goals, so any system that maximises short crosses to a player's feet will result in you bagging a ton whereas probing formations designed to put a player through on goal are hamstrung. I had a pretty prolific striker a few years back, he had good finishing, technique, composure etc. and he was bagging about 60 goals a season but the formation I'd built around him was giving him about 10-15 clear cut chances a match (you can argue that's unrealistic in itself). But yeah, he'd be in situations where you could reasonably expect him to hit the target and absolutely fluff it 9/10 times. However, the cheeky crosses, even in a crowded box, were usually the ones he planted. I was quite good at that Heskey goal machine challenge with that system too when that was a thing, but him arseing it up was actually realistic. On the 1-4-5 point you made, imagine if that was defensively sound. That's basically my point. There's a woefully unrealistic part of the match engine and "ooh, just ignore it" isn't a good enough excuse. -My mate had al Alfa Romeo that didn't break down every three seconds once so I can only conclude they are every bit as reliable as an Audi. Having played previous versions I can say this is the most unstable version I have encountered, especially at this stage. It may be different for others, but for me it's been pretty bad. I probably should have uploaded the post glitch but I was too busy swearing at the screen to think clearly. I've only seen it happen once this game, it's definitely still there though. -Regens changing races is one of the most commonly reported bugs I've seen. People have been reporting it for months and some users have went quite in depth with it, posting possible triggers and causes. I could make a thread but I couldn't give any information other users haven't given several times. Clearing your cache is a temporary fix but it's guaranteed to happen again at some point and it's absolutely crippling for immersion when your black wing back decides he wants to be Chinese this month. I do recall seeing a post from someone in authority saying don't expect a fix for this any time soon, great craic. - I convinced the board to upgrade the facilities but for some reason or other it keeps getting extended by a year for no reason and with no notification. I've posted a bug report about it with screenshots, saves before and after it happens and an approximate date it happens. Other users have reported the same issue. Expecting no help, I've also had to pay £4 for the editor so I can upgrade the facilities that should have been upgraded two seasons ago. I'm not sure if my youth level will increase, as the board request is still pending I'd imagine not and my youth team will be stuck playing York U18s for eternity but there you go. I've tried everything possible shy of dumping my main save and starting a new game, buying the editor was the last resort. -I've said plenty about the three striker thing, SI really should fix it, it would improve the match engine and everyone sticking their fingers in their ears and going lalala just pretend it isn't there is counter productive in my opinion.
  2. Pretty much my point. They should either continue full support for a game until all of the major bugs are patched or just bite the bullet, release an official database update for £5-10 or something every year and release a new game every two instead of doing the standard FIFA nonsense of rushing out an inferior product every year to make cash from people who have a deranged sense of loyalty and would buy anything with the "brand" attached to it. Have you bought pretty much every game in the Tomb Raider series so far? Have you spent thousands of hours playing Tomb Raider? Would you normally look forward to it? I'm giving my opinion, that's what forums are for. If you want everyone to agree with you and only talk about subjects you approve of I'd suggest forming a cult. The three up front issue has been around for years and hasn't been addressed. "Ooh, it's really difficult" isn't an excuse for not addressing a major flaw in the game that has been apparent for a long time. Maybe I do need a break, maybe this has been building for years and this version is the final straw. Maybe I should stick to 2012 which in my opinion was the last very, very, good version. Still, if everyone who "took a break" stated the reason why, maybe we'd get a better game as a result. On the "400 hours" thing, a lot of games are like that. Games usually involve working for some kind of achievement and it's not the graft that's the good bit it's the payoff. On the Kermode point. I've spent my entire life in and around video games and professionally reviewed them (i.e. someone decided to pay me for my opinion). Could I do the work of an entire, well backed, games studio? No. Could Kermode act like a one man Studio Canal. No.
  3. Considering I've owned the last nine versions, put a few thousand hours in and won trophies left right and centre in a mix of circumstances I don't think I'm that bad at the game. But I'll bite. Imagine if playing three at the back meant you'd only concede four or five a season? Would you say "Just don't play three at the back, you're just exploiting the game and can't win properly?" Or would you acknowledge you have to limit yourself tactically because the match engine is broken and they're too busy trying to think of flashy, useless additions that look good on paper to fix it? For what it's worth, I've got a 4-5-1 Asymmetrical I'm quite proud of these days and a strikerless on the go for when I want to shut up shop. I would quite like to mess around with three forwards but as I've pointed out it breaks the game so I can't design a tactic with that because I couldn't take credit for it working. As I've said, I'm blaming the game because I've had to limit myself because of the broken ME and that's annoying in a football simulation. You'll have to narrow the "bug" down, as I've mentioned several. Have a look in the bug reports forums, plenty of people have had the same issue as me. Just because you've not got a nugget of **** in your sandwich doesn't mean everyone else isn't due a bout of ecoli poisoning. Yeah, because a bloke in his bedroom, with no experience, working part time can produce work of the same quality from scratch as a full studio of salaried programmers who are basically updating a game that has been around for 13 years + whatever they could carry over from Champ Man. How silly of me to criticise something I can't fart out myself in a lazy weekend. How dare I have an opinion on something I've paid for. I'll tell you what, next time Mark Kermode doesn't like a film, why don't you tell him to shut his mouth unless he can write, direct, edit and act out every single part himself perfectly. Also, have you not managed a lower league team? If I wanted to pick a Premier League team I would, I enjoy lower league management because of the payoff at the end of a long struggle. I get nothing from starting with a top four team. I like almost building from scratch but it's hard enough without the game hamstringing you. I f they released a new Dark Souls and some poor sod slogged through it and inevitably died a thousand times but finally made it to the final boss. Then, as he was about to get stuck in and enjoy the moment he'd grafted for hours for, a giant middle finger fills the screen and the words LOL SEE U NEXT YER DICKHED!"" started circling around it, he'd be justifiably annoyed. Sorry to be so blunt, but you sound like you're the sort of person who, when the aforementioned chap decided to publicly vent his annoyance, would say "PFFT, U must be crap m8, go play minecraft or summink!" I maintain I wouldn't have it given. After this year it's plainly no longer worth installing.
  4. Games in the FM series aren't something you can form an opinion on in a few hours, like you can with most other games. Therefore you can easily plough a few hundred hours into a save before realising there's a big game ruining bug or two that'll happily **** all over your progress and render the whole thing a bit pointless. It's also a game where it might take a few hundred hours before you get to the "fun" bit. Like getting a non-league team into the Premier League. Which makes it all the more annoying when you work to get to that point and the game decides to f you off. I'd rather not waste my time, hence me not bothering with the game even if it was free. HTH.
  5. To be fair, I agree 2012 was the best version. Proves my point a bit as the game should be improving every year, it really hasn't. They just tweak things that don't need tweaking, fail to fix the issues they create and add utterly pointless, half baked, features. That's not to say all of the additions have been crap but haway. All of the bugs I have mentioned have been reported by plenty of people, myself included. Just browse the bug forums, these issues have been going on for months with no sign of a fix. And most businesses appreciate customer feedback. I'm a long term customer having bought the last nine editions of the game and will no longer be purchasing their product due to a decline in quality. If enough people do the same it might provoke a positive change. On the other hand, if you're happy to spend your money on it, I'm not stopping you. I'm just giving my opinion. Smart enough, I wish I'd done the same thing. Cost me an extra £4 for the editor to try and work around some of the inbuilt issues though.
  6. Aye, why press SI to make a match engine that works when we can just limit our tactical choices to work around it.
  7. I had the 17 foreign player version, players currently playing in the UK when Brexit happens don't count as foreign. If you're already in the top flight it makes things easier as you can sign South American wonderkids without having to worry about work permits etc. If you're in the second tier or below try and stock up on EU players before it happens.
  8. Don't care. Won't be as annoying as my left winger turning out to be Michael Jackson.
  9. FM18 was an absolute shambles. Aside from the problems with the match engine which have been present for years (too easily broken with 3 up front tactics, defenders AI is terrible, weird goals, weird bugs like the ball hitting the post and just stopping dead while the goalkeeper just stares at it until an opposing striker just wanders over and taps it in) and more bugs than I can ever remember. The fact half of these bugs (regens changing race, regens going bald on different graphics settings, players asking for a contract a couple of months after signing a new contract) made it into the beta phase is embarrassing, there's no excuse for them still being around towards the end of the release's lifespan. Then there's the constant crashes, more than I can remember. Then there's another glitch a couple of hours in that basically stops me from ever improving my facilities or youth level, the response is "we'll fix it in a future version." I've gotten every FM since 2009 and probably poured an average of 400ish hours into each of them but there's absolutely no chance of me getting FM19, I wouldn't have it for free. Playing it is genuinely not worth the effort any more.
  10. Uninstalling and reinstalling the graphics card seems to have done the trick. I'll keep you updated.
  11. I had no problems for about 250 hours then it just started crashing randomly yesterday. Seems like a good strategy, force an update then bugger off for the weekend when everyone's game is broken.
  12. A few people, myself included, have been having the same problem. They've probably ballsed it up with an update or something.
  13. It just crashed three minutes into a game after my centre mid had just scored a beauty from 23 yards. Nice one.
  14. There's the error message. The crashes occur randomly, one crash even happened on the main menu so it isn't an issue with the save game. To double check I started a new save, same issue. Crashes don't happen during matches or while time is advancing, but just happen at random points when the game is just sitting there. I've followed all the steps here https://community.sigames.com/faq/football-manager-2018/136_technical-support/142_pc/i’ve-encountered-a-crash-dump-message-at-random-points-within-the-game-r438/ and it's not fixed the problem. Looking at the forums a few people seem to be having the same issue. I've played around 250 hours of the game with no problems then this just started happening yesterday and I can't play for more than 10 minutes. DxDiag.txt
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