- 14 May 2008
World Cup 2018 Group Stage (Argentina-Russia 1-1)
Played on FIFA 16 (15 min halfs, Legendary difficulty, Game Speed Slow)
Shots: Argentina 9 - Russia 11
Shots on target: Argentina: 5 - Russia 4
65 Lionel Messi 1-0 (Penalty)
90 Aleksandr Kokorin 1-1 (Assist: Oleg Shatov)
65' Angel Di Maria - Paulo Dybala (ARG)
66' Alexandr Samedov - Oleg Shatov (RUS)
75' Marcos Rojo - Enzo Perez (ARG)
78' Artem Dzyuba - Aleksandr Kokorin (RUS)
81' Sergio Aguero - Mauro Icardi (ARG)
Yellow Cards: '39 Oleg Kuzmin (RUS)
Red Cards: '84 Gabriel Mercado (ARG)
Referee: Grand Lindum (ENG)
I always wanted a football simulation that represents the sport accurately. None of the modern football games do that as they don't have nearly enough fouls. There are 21.9 fouls per game (average) in real football. Some modern titles like PES 2018 and FIFA 18 don't practically have fouls at all. That's mockery of the sport. It's like leaving penalties out of a hockey game, crashes out of a rally game or knockouts out of a boxing game.
I'm sure most PES/FIFA players just want to score 5 goals with Messi and Ronaldo in each game (and they would find interruptions like fouls in midfield just annoying) but for people like me who would like to see more genuine SIMULATION of the sport of football that's not ideal.
I managed to adjust PES 2017 better with globally increasing all players' aggression to 99 and got an increase to about 7-8 fouls per game.
Read more here: https://www.evo-web.co.uk/threads/lack-of-fouls-in-pes-and-fifa-i-found-one-solution-for-pes2017.78353/
But (yes there is always the BUT)... PES 2017 is just overly scripted goalfest of a game and you can't quite capture the ruggedness of real football (the way PES5 and WE9/LE did back in the day). It's practically IMPOSSIBLE to play a tight, defensive game because the scripting always force the CPU to score. I've never played a 0-0 game on PES 2017. Never. You just KNOW when the CPU gets the last minute corner kick that they ARE going to score, no matter what you do. PES 2018 is hopeless. It just doesn't have fouls at all and scores like 6-5 aren't rarely seen when you play a tournament and the scripting goes crazy.
Then I discovered FIFA 16, 17 and 18 and I have a feeling FIFA 16 might have the best balance of them. With certain settings (more about that later) I get average 7-8 fouls and a few good free kicks per game (which is quite realistic). Passing is better on PES but shooting feels more authentic in FIFA and is "random" enough. You get penalties and free kicks. And it's the first football game since PES5 that actually has the "genuine football feel" to it. I have a feeling that FIFA 17 and 18 have less fouls than 16. I'm not saying FIFA is great, awesome, etc. but it has much less "unfairness" than PES. And it feels more like a real football game (you can't always put your finger on these).
FOUR of my last 20 games have been 0-0 defensive affairs. Very few shots on goal for each team. It almost feels just as great as back in the day with PES5. You can't describe the genuine football atmosphere... PES5 had that and in my opinion FIFA16 with correct settings have that too. And on top of that you get occasional high scoring games too.
Some people might think the footage is "boring" when the defense is so tight and you get so few opportunities to shoot. I understand that. But I'm seeking just more simulation feel.
Here are the settings:
Most came directly from FIFA Community sliders (Operation Sports) that are pretty damn good. I'm sure you guys are well aware of these.
Skill Level: Legendary (the only way to go because World Class is too easy).
Game Speed: LOW
The only changes I made for these were:
USER PASS ERROR: 30 (I find the CPU has too big advantage here)
USER PASS SPEED: 50 (I prefer harder passes, just a personal preference)
When you learn how to defend (FIFA 16 defensive engine might be the best ever) you can really fight to maintain your lead. CPU has some scripting and when you have a lead in the end CPU presses really hard but unlike PES that's in realistic levels on FIFA. I never feel cheated when CPU scores.
You really, really have to work for your goals. At least I do. I've never been a great player which might be just a blessing in the sports games. And I play from the keyboard which probably makes my playing look "sloppy". Just watch the video. It was very tight game with rather good defending from both sides.
PS: I always watch all the cutscenes and make an "event" of each of my games. Feels much more authentic that way.
What are the the two things that I'd like to see on FIFA:
1. Referee Strictness SLIDER (this is a no-brainer). We need more fouls.
2. Just imagine what kind of events the penalty shootouts have been in the World Cups. They are full of suspense, thrill and emotions. Why can't we have proper, long PK spectacle with proper replays of each kicks, cutscenes from the player / coach faces and crowd reactions between the kicks? If you don't want to watch them you could skip them like all other cutscenes. Now the PK shootout lasts only a minute or two and it feels like a braindead fast-paced arcade game from the 80's.
But overall I'm very happy with FIFA 16. In my opinion it's the best football game since PES 5. I'd be happy to hear how you guys compare it to FIFA 17 and 18. Cheers.