Tuesday, October 15, 2013

FIFA 14 - Petition

Today I want to express the issues that everyone is having and hopefully have you all sign this petition.  I did not start this petition, some one from the EA FIFA forums did and basically have to agree with everything that was stated in it.

After the 1.02 Patch that the developers brought out, FIFA has dramatically changed once again.  Pace abuse is back along with no mid-field game play!  Pro clubs is completely broken with the fact 1st touch and momentum is not realistic at all.  I'm sorry but to change direction with a player it should not feel like I'm steering a tugboat, and for those who are wondering I don't just hold the sprint button down constantly.  In fact, I only use sprint sparingly when I see an opening or advantage on my opponent.

Along with the momentum is the high pressure.  While I don't have an opinion with people abusing high pressure,  I want to be able to counter that and it's literally IMPOSSIBLE with the momentum, first touch, and the button delay this game now has (like WTF happened with that)???  Each year EA changes FIFA for the worse when they didn't even need to touch that.  Why is it in FIFA 13 their was no button lag but now heaven for bid I go to cross or shoot and my guy decides to take ANOTHER step or 2 and by the time he gets the ball of his foot its usually defended!

So besides that little rant, I encourage anyone who actually reads this crap to do us all a favor and just sign this petition.  Who knows if it will work or not, but we will know for sure if you don't sign!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

FIFA 14 - Custom Tactics

Custom tactics have become a pretty significant role for the intermediate player on FIFA.  I want to show you and explain some custom tactics that I have found working, whether you play FUT, Seasons, or any other mode online. This is a guideline of what you can use depending on your play style.  I use a 4 man defence with a target man in the box.  So my style may differentiate then yours!

The first part of business before knowing which tactic to run is to scout your opponents formation before the beginning of kick-off.  If he happens to run a 4-1-2-1-2 that is a narrow formation, but on the contrary if it's a 4-3-3 that would be wide.  Keep in mind what this is because we are going to use the team width to counter his tactics.

Custom tactics

Build Up Play
  • Speed - 65/70 - Players look to break more for through passes
  • Passing - 50 Keep it balanced looking for short and long passes
  • Positioning - Organized Players stay in their designated position
Chance Creation 
  • Passing - 20/30 This keeps everyone at home and lets you control an attacker if you want him to run (L1/Lb).  Also helps if you get countered quite often in games.
  • Crossing - 70 -This is totally dependent on your team. I use a target man which helps me be more successful crossing into the box.  If you don't have the players put this below 50.
  • Shooting - 70/75 - Players find a position for the first time shot.  I use around 70 so this could be tweaked to your play style.
  • Positioning - Organized 
Defence Settings
  • Pressure 20* and 75* - 20 defends the lobbed passes and 75 goes closer to midfield and attack the opposing team. 
  • Aggression - around 40/50 - The lower the aggression the more your defence contains, the higher aggression the more they take that sliding tackle.  Not a bad idea to mix in different settings along with pressure to keep your opponent guessing all game.
  • Team Width* - Narrow to counter against 4-1-2-1-2 wide to counter 4-3-3 (examples)
  • Defender line - Cover - totally dependent on your style, I don't use offside trap often however if your good at it then use that setting!
*Make 2 different custom tactics so you can constantly switch mid-game.

With the defence you will have to spend some time and make your custom tactics to where you want them to be.  Two separate tactics to counter the opponents formations and 2 tactics to have both high and low pressure.  Example, your opponent receives the ball after a missed shot and he is on the counter,  You would have a set custom tactic on the D-Pad quickly switch the low pressure to have your back Defenders playing the lob ball.  When your defence is fully back switch back the high pressure on the D-pad that you will assign! Hope the will help some of you with custom tactics.  For a lot of people (including myself) it is over looked and not use.  This can change the game and help you dominate possession and put you in a position to win more games!

Good Luck!