Let’s take a look at some of the changes we are going to see in FIFA 15, We think a lot of readers probably agree that Career Mode needed some work!
Player Growth – Two Major Improvements
There are going to be a couple of changes to player growth in FIFA 15. EA Sports has announced that older players who are highly rated will stay in the game longer and will not retire as early. Players that demonstrate a lot of potential early in their careers will grow more quickly. Both of these changes will create more realism, and we will no longer have to worry about early sell-by dates on awesome players who are over 30 years old. This issue was prominent in the past and just made no sense when a player realistically should continue performing great for years. Likewise, it will be a relief not having to wait around forever for players with solid potential to get past 75 on the rating scale!
Global Transfer Network – Little Change
A lot of players found the Global Transfer Network a pain in last year’s game. Transfers should have been fun and easy, but thanks to a disorganized system, they were instead a frustrating, challenging process that took away from the overall experience. Unfortunately for those of us who were hoping for a major overhaul, EA Sports hasn’t made any indications that GTN was a priority for them this year. We do know that scouts will now change the way they recommend players based on the needs of squads. That should help, but it doesn’t promise to make GTN any less frustrating overall. The entire system needs to change in order to become more efficient. That or some kind of workaround needs to be developed.
Presentation – Much Better!
It is tough to improve every aspect of a game at once, so maybe we can forgive EA Sports their shortcomings with the GTN since they have decided to focus on presentation and storyline. This aspect looks like it is going to be much improved; we will receive in-depth analysis throughout the season on the teams, players, and the leagues. This information will help when it comes time to make decisions about player transfers and should help you become a better manager.
Team Management – Total Overhaul
The changes to Team Management will impact Career Mode as well as other aspects of the game, and there have been a lot of changes. A brand new Team Selection feature will include an intuitive interface and allow you to test out different strategies, formations and styles of play. With this feature, you can optimize your squad and improve your game play out on the field.
Another new feature called Team Sheets will prevent you from having to go all the way to Team Management to change up your team for each match. Instead, you can create customized team structures for different types of matches. Team Sheets will allow you to create six different change-ups and label them in a helpful way. So you could for example have a default League Cup team, and another default Champions League team. This way when you go to different types of competitions, you don’t have to go in and customize every single time. What a huge time-saver!
How do you feel about the Team Management improvements? Are you upset that EA Sports didn’t focus more on the Global Transfer Network? Do you think the Team Sheets and the in-depth presentation information make up for it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
FIFA 15 is coming out on September 23rd in North America and September 25th in Europe; that is less than two weeks away. Be sure to pre-order FIFA 15 while you can so you can get the amazing Ultimate Team bonuses!