If you think of most gamers, YouTubers and Twitch streamers, most of you will have come across someone who has a channel that is dedicated to playing FIFA.
It’s not really a surprise when you consider that FIFA has been one of the most (if not the most) popular games each and every year. It consistently tops the charts on its release and every year it’s one of the most pre-ordered games as football fans get all excited to get their hands on the latest edition of EA Sports’ long running football series.
I’m no different. I pre-order FIFA every year. I download the demo and get all hot under the collar about continuing my Ultimate Team, winning Division 1 in seasons and there’s a continued dream that EA Sports will listen to one of my many emails and forum posts requesting that they introduce an online career mode as an option within the game.
This year, however, I was left disappointed – and it’s not just because of the lack of online career mode.
I know many people will read this and disagree with me and this is possibly proven as it’s still one of the most played games at the moment. Many people won’t mind the issues I’m about to list and many people will probably say that they’re not issues at all and that I’m just “not very good at FIFA”.
In truth, the “not very good” statement probably has some elements of truth in it, especially now because I’ve stopped playing the game. After pre-ordering and downloading the digital version, starting my Ultimate Team and putting a few weeks of my time into the game, I’m left disappointed that I didn’t buy a physical copy so that I can sell it or trade it in for something better.
To be quite honest, I don’t think I’ve touched the game since December and, instead, I spend my time playing other games such as The Division 2, Red Dead Redemption 2 and a few others.
This was until the other day when my brother came and made an appearance at my humble abode and we decided to have a few frames of FIFA and work on my Ultimate Team. Instantly, I was ready to throw the control pad off the wall because it was no different from how it had been when I first loaded it and I realised that, genuinely, I hate the game.
But, instead of getting bitter and deleting the game, I thought I would wade through the excrement that FIFA has become and create a list of the reasons why FIFA 19 is, in my opinion, one of the worst FIFA for many years.
So, without any further delay, here are my reasons:
OVERHEAD KICK GOALS:
This is something that was continually happening so I decided to do a bit of research and it seems that this is a fairly common complaint. A lot of people complain about the overhead kick goals and it’s true. Every. Single. Word. The ball gets whipped in from a corner and Jan Vertonghen is beaten in the air by an overhead kick by the 4 foot 3 Carlos Azpilecueta.
It doesn’t end there, every time the ball gets whipped in, the game seems to favour the bloke who’s going backside over head to score a stunning goal and they always go in. You’re tall defenders are left watching and applauding that some random guy from a random league had the sheer audacity to attempt such a shot instead of actually going to win the ball.
Penalties being awarded for no reason isn’t exactly something new to FIFA but 19 seems to take it to new extremes. I’ve had penalties awarded against me for players running into me – Literally without me pressing to tackle them.
I’ve had penalties awarded against me when a player shoots and their shooting leg kicks my player. I’ve had one occasion where this happened and the player didn’t even go down but still the referee pointed to the spot.
It doesn’t end there either, oh how I wish it did, I’ve had occasions where I’ve ran into the box and I’ve been cruelly tripped over and had nothing awarded.
Imagine the frustration where you run into the box with Mane, get tripped over inside the area and have nothing given, only for the opponent to break, get into your box, run into your defender without you pressing tackle and then gets a penalty – I don’t have to imagine this because it’s actually happened to me.
KICK OFF GOALS:
I’ve lost count of the amount of times that I’m playing against a good player and I’ve worked hard to score a goal. I’ve spent a long time keeping possession, moving the ball, working it around and getting one chance to score and taking the chance. Then they kick off, run up to my goal and my team parts like the Red Sea to allow them to equalise.
I get it, the most dangerous time for a team is right after you score but come on!
My players don’t lose concentration, they forget how to play football. The team splits apart and they end up in positions where there is no way they would end up in a real life game. My left back suddenly goes to have a chat with my right back and my centre back them moves into LM and leaves just one defender standing there as the ball is chipped over his head to a player rushing beyond him to give him a one-on-one with my keeper.
It’s incredibly frustrating because, when you’re playing against a good opponent, scoring a goal which you’ve worked hard to create feels like a real achievement, only to have it taken away from you by something which isn’t your fault. If your players stayed in their correct positions then you wouldn’t get caught out and would be able to defend better and make it harder for them to score, instead it just gifts them a goal as if the game is incredibly easy.
PLAYERS NOT LISTENING TO TACTICS:
I like to experiment with formations and find that the ones I enjoy the most are 4-3-3 or 3-4-3 but the truth is that the game doesn’t allow for these formations to work. The reality is that you get overrun in midfield or down the wings and you always get left in a three-on-two situation or worse. To compensate for this, I use a defensive midfielder and his instructions are stay back at all times.
But he just doesn’t listen and decides to bust a gut to get upfront each and every time I’m attacking without me controlling him.
The worst thing is. that it will happen with players who are defensive midfielders in real life and don’t have the appetite for getting forward.
I’ll buy a defensive midfielder and set their instructions to stay back while attacking. I get the ball and start to push into the oppositions half and then I’m left staring in bemusement when my CDM runs passed my striker. Then, I lose possession, opposition makes three passes and I’m exposed. If the CDM would listen to me and stay back, this wouldn’t happen.
I’ve tried various tactics and various different instructions and each time the same thing happens.
If anyone knows how to combat this, please let me know.
This is by far my biggest pet hate with FIFA 19.
The amount of times I tackle a player only for the ball to bounce straight back to them is, in short, ridiculous.
During one game of Ultimate Team, I tackled a player nine, yes nine, read it again NINE, times only for the ball to go straight back to them after the tackle before they scored.
It happens in every game. It’s not just the occasional 50/50 either, I can tackle from different angles, using different tackles (standing and sliding) and the ball will stick to them like glue and then suddenly they have a one-on-one with my keeper.
You tackle in the box it goes to them at a better angle. You tackle one player and it works as a perfect through ball for a different one. Your keeper saves one shot and pushes the ball past your 5 defenders to the one, lonely attacker (who’s standing completely unmarked, by the way) for a simple tap in.
I’ve had them cross the ball in the box, where my defender is going to head the ball clear, only for my keeper to rush out like Rambo and pat the ball off his head and down to the striker standing behind him.
They shoot and your defender blocks it, guess what happens – yep, the ball bounces back to them for another go.
At times it feels unlikely and unlucky, at other times it feels like the game is scripted and you’re meant to concede a goal at that point and the game won’t let you win possession or make a tackle until you have conceded a goal.
It’s not just with tackles either. 82nd minute and you’re losing 1-0, you can guarantee that the ball will continually go out for a corner for them until the 91st minute. You try and head the ball out to your attacker, the defender doesn’t listen to the direction you press and instead they head it out for a corner. The ball floats as soft as a butterfly to your goalkeeper, he pushes it out for a corner, their player shoots with no one around them and spoons it over the bar, it goes out for a corner.
It’s relentless and you may as well quit the game there and then because you know that the game doesn’t want you to win this one. Instead it will keep on running down the clock until it’s game over and you’ve lost a game 1-0 where, if you had the chance to attack, you could have pulled it level.
I’m good at shooting. I’ve often been described as “the best natural finisher in the game” (albeit by myself). It’s something I’ve perfected over the years so I’m equally adept at finishing one-on-ones, tap ins and long range drives. I can aim for the top or bottom corner and, my speciality, is chipping the keeper.
However, in this FIFA, the game seems to want to take away your ability to choose what type of shot you’re going for.
The keeper palms it out of the box at a corner and you want to rifle it into the roof of the net, for some reason, unbeknownst to anyone, your player decides to float a harmless chip back into the waiting arms of the keeper.
You’re one-on-one and you want to slot it into the bottom corner, your guy completely miss-kicks the ball and it trickles wide with all the speed of John Terry taking it easy.
You want to curl the ball into the top corner and your guy drives it low and straight down the middle.
Some shots I completely understand, you’re running in and looking to sweep it in first time and you’re guy miss-hits the ball, I understand that, these mistakes happen on a regular basis in professional football so it’s only right that they include it in the game, but I’ve never to this day seen a player want to hit the ball as hard as he can and it results in a tame chip that is right at the keeper and at a perfect height for him to catch it.
It just doesn’t happen.
INABILITY TO CONTROL THE. BALL:
I’m pretty sure a lot of us have experienced this happen at one time or another.
You’re breaking and looking to push into the opponent’s box but they have a defensive wall set up so you look to square it left or right and work the ball to create some space. You slide a slow 5 yard pass to a player standing there, completely unmarked and then, suddenly, the ball goes between the players legs and he freezes giving the opposition enough time to run in, rob the ball and launch an attack of their own.
Or in another situation, you break into the opponent’s box and the final touch before you’re about to shoot goes 5 yards further in front of the player allowing it to go directly to the goalkeeper.
The opposition is breaking on you and they pass the ball forward and your centre back steps in to make an interception only for the ball to bounce off his leg and go to a different one of their players or it goes out for a throw-in or a corner.
You play a through ball down the wing with your full back and every time it’s perfect, except the one time they’ve pushed up and it’s time to counter with numbers and instead your full-back puts the ball out of play.
These little, annoying, random acts of rubbish ball control happen in every game you play and they completely affect and ruin good attacking moves or times where you’ve set up to defend perfectly.
What’s worse is that they’re uncontrollable.
Sure, I would understand if I blasted the ball at one of my players who was 5 yards away and him not having the best touch in the world, but a simple 5 yard pass with no power in it megging the player?
It simply wouldn’t happen, especially when you consider my Ultimate Team is made up of the best players within the Premier League.
One interesting thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of these mistakes are limited to only Ultimate Team. If I play seasons I find that the mistakes don’t happen and I’ve managed to race through and win Division 1 in almost no time at all.
So, there you have it, my short list of some of the biggest moments of “WTF just happened” in FIFA and these are why, in my opinion, FIFA 19 is the worst FIFA that we’ve had in recent years.
Have you experience the same errors? Do you know how to fix them? Let us know in the comments below.