As an intern and the resident young person of the office, there are a lot of things that I don’t know. I am behind in almost every professional way. My work experience is almost zero and my important life experiences aren’t too high in number either. I am here to learn, contribute when I’m needed, and occasionally do the crap work that nobody else feels like doing. So it is nice every once in a while, ok more like every work day, to sit down with my bosses and teach them a tough lesson in “The Beautiful Game”, EA Sports FIFA 17. I am constantly accused of cheating, close games are a rarity, and handicaps have been enforced. Currently, I have to start every game 4 goals down and allow them to pick my team. It is finally becoming competitive. So logically, my employers have tasked me with writing a blog-style post teaching you (but mostly them) how to take the right steps to becoming a FIFA black belt.
Mini Games, Mini Games, MINI GAMES
Much like in real life, athletes don’t master their sport just by playing over and over again. Practice and drilling individual skills is of the utmost importance. The creators of FIFA knew this when they made those little mini games that most people ignore while checking their phones before kick off. Each game is tailor made to get you better at shooting, passing, dribbling, and every other vital piece of the game. Master these and you’ve got the tools to beat anyone.
Trust the Game
I know it’s tough to hear. FIFA is one of the most frustrating games ever created. It’s a real “love-hate” relationship and if things aren’t going your way, it’s definitely a “hate-rip your system out of its sockets and throw it out the window” relationship. But with every relationship, trust is key. Unless you know exactly what you are doing, stick with the tactics that FIFA provides your team with. Changing formations and style of play could put your players into a disadvantage without you even being aware. FIFA knows what its doing and showing its strategy some love may work in your favor.
I know how much fun Ultimate Team and Seasons are but it doesn’t get you any better. The winners in Ultimate Team are whoever spend the most money and the players that advance in seasons are the ones with the best internet connection. I am usually nagged about my hard tackles and my cheap play, but I just know what the game allows you to get away with. Get your timing right by slicing through A.I. defenders and taking your life frustrations out on their attackers ankles. The A.I. controls 20 players on the pitch at all times so it would make sense to understand how they work. It’s still a video game and every game has its weak spot. Stick to playing career mode, make sure it’s on legendary, and you’ll see yourself get exponentially better.
Keep It Simple
I can honestly say I have no clue how to use any of the skill moves. They make completely no sense to me and a simple side step will always do the trick. Quality attacks yield goals and it’s near impossible to do that if you can’t keep the ball for trying to break a defenders ankles. Along the same lines, crazy passes aren’t necessary. If you can’t get a quick through ball up the sideline or a give and go up the middle, just pass it around. The A.I. is designed to make some mistakes or else the game would literally be impossible. Just have some patience and you’ll be cutting up the defense in no time.
Disclaimer: MediaFoam and myself are not liable if you are still terrible at FIFA after reading this article. “The Beautiful Game” is not for everyone. If you can’t seem to get the hang of it, just give up and do something more meaningful with your time. It really is just a video game.
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