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FIFA 14: Five ways EA Sports can improve Player Career Mode
FIFA 14: Five ways EA Sports can improve Player Career Mode
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Player Career has a lot of potential, much like the Virtual Pro you guide to stardom. (©GettyImages)
Player Career has a lot of potential. (©GettyImages)
Matt Solomons Published 12 days ago by Matt Solomons, read by 5,722 people. There are7comments.
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Back in FIFA 09, EA Sports introduced a brand-new, innovative game-mode - 'Be A Pro Career' - which let us play FIFA like no other way we'd seen before.
You were able to create your very own unique player from scratch, and guide him on a long journey to footballing stardom.
From reserve player to World Cup winner, Player Career let you experience the life of a professional footballer, with all it's ups and downs.
Although, Player Career was sent to the archives of FIFA history in it's 2011 installment, at the same time as Ultimate Team made it's breakthrough, and since, the game mode has only looked downwards.
As other game modes increased in popularity, Player Career was given less time and effort from developers, who have, in my opinion, created a rushed version of previous years' success.
However, this can be overlooked, due to the release of the next generation consoles at the end of last year, it can be understood that more effort would be focused on the more popular, online game modes.
But for offline fans like myself, Player Career has been a little disappointing, so we've come up with some ideas to improve the mode for future FIFA games, as Virtual Pro game-play once made FIFA standout from competitors like Pro Evolution Soccer.
Here's the list:
1. Fix the AI (Computer-controlled players)
Of course in Player Career, you control only one player, the one you created at the start of the game, while the rest of your team-mates and opposition are controlled automatically.
From what I've found in my first season at Watford (as Barnet are too bad at football to be in FIFA) that my Pro has to create or score the majority of goals, which is a hard task in Player Career.
The opposition defenders are very compact and almost all of the team get behind the ball, FIFA games are too short to play slow possession football and it shows in the game, as you just don't have the time to score more than a maximum of two goals.
On World Class this is even more difficult, mostly due to your team mates, who are almost afraid to play aggressively, and act like their main task is to keep the ball, it just doesn't seem realistic, and you'll find that most matches will end in nil-nil.
EA Sports need to improve this before they look at anything else, the game play is essential, and the slow, boring matches send most of us away from Player Career.
2. More Player Creation options
For years we've been stuck with the same player creation system in FIFA, there's simply not enough options to make your Pro unique.
Most players model themselves as their Virtual Pro and the Game Face feature, which you can create online, makes it really seem like that you are in the game.
But without it you have to manually create a player who looks half like you, and after you've done that their isn't much else to do.
The developers need to add more hairstyles, as the ones in the game have been there since 'Be A Pro' started, stereotypical quiffs and mohawks have always been the same. Possibly they could add real-life players' hairstyles to give us more options at the beginning.
3. Realistic Player Growth
The main aspect of Player Career is the growth and development of your Pro, increasing him in overall to get him scouted by the world's biggest teams and be called up to your country's World Cup squad.
In FIFA 14, you can do this all in just one season.
Personally, my Pro increased by ten overall in my first campaign, and after only two months in the Championship, he was called up to the England squad, at only 70 overall and 18 years of age.
Player Career is about the journey, that's why they include fifteen seasons, but if you can achieve everything in just one season, the whole point is thrown out the window.
In future games I would like to see more realistic growth, which would have to scrap the Accomplishments feature, where completing small objectives gives you a large boost in stats.
It's way too easy to increase overall of your player, even Lionel Messi didn't become a world star at 18.
4. Teammate Interaction
As you continue your Career, you don't make any form of contact with your team-mates at all, not even by email.
There's no off-the-pitch action whatsoever, it's just play match, advance, play match.
To really capture the life of a footballer, EA Sports should create a Player HUB in the game mode, a place to do things that real footballers would, like go on social media, respond to comments in the press, or talk to teammates and the manager.
FIFA could follow the example of 2KSports' NBA 2K14, who's My Player game-mode has outclassed EA Sports' installment.
In NBA 2K14, the Real Voice feature captured voices from professional players and actors, letting your player have conversations through cut scenes in-between games.
You could also choose your answer, which would affect the team morale and your reputation.
Also, you can even gain endorsements from sponsors, like Nike supplying your boots as an example.
If EA Sports used this it would add a whole new dimension to Player Career and truly capture football simulation.
5. Make transfers feel more important
Another thing NBA 2K14 does brilliantly is show-off the drama of transfers.
The NBA Draft in the game takes place as if you are really there, and team to team transfers allow you to experience the process of a trade.
While in FIFA 14, you only receive emails of offers and you can move to a new team as if it were just next door.
EA Sports added Transfer Deadline Day in FIFA 13, but it only gives you more time to make a decision, and there's no suspense or pressure to choose to leave or stay.
In future FIFA games they should make it seem much more real, could you imagine Jim White talking about your player, reporting on Breaking News that you've put in a transfer request?
It's a little far-fetched, but without the pressure of next-generation consoles being released, developers could possibly use the superior software on the PS4 and Xbox One to actually create these visions.
I believe Player Career is the perfect place to start, EA Sports just need to see that.
Do you play Player Career, and what do you think of it in FIFA 14?
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