I have been playing fifa for well over a decade now and I am still very much an avid player. I would just like to bring some ideas forward to what I believe would improve Fifa 16 as a new experience and not just another fifa game.
I honestly believe Ultimate team does not need to be touched, I think it will progress over the course of time and I really do believe EA need to take a step back in focus with this game mode. Don’t get me wrong It is a very addictive game mode and probably has a very nice source of income on EA’s behalf but having so much focus on this mode is killing the core foundation of fifa. Just give this game mode a nice design overhaul to freshen it up and keep it the way it is with the new price caps going into Fifa 16 and it should feel like a new mode. I would also like to see the return of the collection book to reward players with to buy FIFA 16 coins, the rewards you get from winning divisions and cups are pretty bad compared to the actually price of players and packs. I liked the idea of collecting players for teams to get rewards and It will force people into the silver/bronze markets more.
Before UT this was the game mode that in my opinion was the best out there. I still believe to this day that it can still be the best. It just needs a lot more love as the current system is outdated, adding different styles of free kicks/penalties/celebration was a nice touch but I still think like it needs more in terms of player customizing. Regarding the accomplishment process I dont mind how it Is now but I would prefer if we were able to spend the stat points ourselves in certain areas we would want to improve instead of getting +1 finishing etc. I dont think we need custom kits or anything like that, there is no need. If gameplay improves in general it will improve the game mode, player customization and improvement to the way we earn our stats is all this mode needs.
I can say I play through one career mode during the lifespan of a Fifa game, I probably get 3 – 5 seasons out of it, It becomes repetitive and sometimes unrealistic especially with the out of contract player transfers. Getting someone like Cavani for a championship team heading to the prem just does not happen. An overhaul of the transfer system and a bit more common sense when it comes to injuries and players joining certain clubs and this mode can still have an appeal.
However, to turn this mode into gold I believe this should of been done a while back. Online Career Mode! Imagine the possibilities playing a career mode with 3 of your friends in the premier league and battle for signings. Playing a football manager online game can be one of the most fun football gaming experiences you can have. Apply that to fifa and I think the game mode would be a smash hit. I really can’t believe this hasen’t been implemented yet, I believe it is on Madden? Just imagine fighting for relegation with your friends or fighting for europe or the league. This is a must have.
This is always a tough one, people always complain about this but I know how tough it is to balance everything to make the perfect football game. Last year headers and crosses were vastly overpowered and now this year in my opinion defensive AI is one step behind offensive manual controlled players. I think you need to look at Seasons gameplay and not Ultimate team. In my opinion UT is an arcade game mode and can’t be seen as football. You can’t complain about losing/winning or whatever in that mode because players stats are boosted beyond belief. Seasons is close, it’s just needs improvements regarding defensive AI and crossing/heading.
Fifa can be a frustrating game, over the years since It has become even more frustrating. Improve and add features I’ve talked about and I believe that adding more love to older game modes would help paper over those cracks of frustration. Lets be honest, you are always going to want to smash your controller if you lose. You should just make it more of an enjoyable experience while we think about smashing them.