There’s been a lot of talk on the blog recently about FIFA and microtransactions, which after reading I thought “Hey I know, I’ll do a blog about FIFA”. That’s because we here at I Can’t Believe It’s Not Blogger can’t stop, It’s a serious problem but for now respect our addiction. Seriously though microtransactions are obviously bad but they’re not fully to blame for a why game series is getting worse or why a game on its own is bad. Even in FIFA, the microtransactions can be completely ignored, even more so if you’re a career mode player as they’re not a part of that mode, yet. I feel the main problem with FIFA has been around for a while, it’s been more noticeable in last few years where the game hasn’t changed too much and that problem is immersion, or as I like to call it, The Immersion Problem. Continue reading
On Sunday I wrote a post titled ‘Why Have FIFA Games Got Worse?‘, the purpose of this article was to try to pinpoint what has caused this decline that I perceive as happening (I’m sure some disagree). After a brief talk with the blogs other resident words guy, he made his feelings on the topic clear, pointing to microtransactions as the downfall of the series. This links into EA neglecting other areas of the title – such as career mode. Also, evidence backing up this point of view is clear through the numbers: each copy of FIFA released in 2016 made $121 off a $60 initial price tag. Continue reading
For long-term followers of the blog, you may have noticed a couple of things about the two resident writers of the blog. Amongst the heaps of negatives, you may have noticed we are massive football fans, as such we love our football games… naturally, well to a point. You see, I’ve played football and sports games for a long old time, I remember playing FIFA ’98 and Tiger Woods PGA tour on Play Station 1. My co-writer has owned every FIFA game since like ’98 or 2000 or something (if this is wrong, I’m sure he’ll correct in the comments) – that is until this year. This year we both decided to take action for a trend that has been worrying to us, and perhaps all too apparent to those outside the sphere of football titles, and not buy this year’s instalment of the FIFA series. That is not to say we have not picked up sports games this year, we both have Pro Evolution Soccer and of course Football Manager. But something had to be done about FIFA… Continue reading
Whilst I decided this would be the year I stopped handing EA money for a product that I stopped feeling deserved it, and instead made the jump to PES (I will justify this someday), I feel an obligation to many of you who still come to the blog for my recommendations for teams that make FIFA 17 less boring. So having got a handle of how the season is panning out across Europe we will go through some options to potentially make your FIFA career mode a little less dull – because let’s face it… it’s not much different than last years, unfortunately. Continue reading
A name perhaps unfamiliar to newer football fans, Hans De Noteboom appeared in the Dutch national team between 2007 and 2009. He has never played club football, and is featured in no official Dutch national team photos including the above, later becoming a referee.