With next-gen consoles fully in swing EA Sports have the perfect opportunity to revitalise offline game modes and revamp an arguably rushed Manager Mode this year.
Career Mode on FIFA hasn't been at the top of the priorities list for a couple of years now, since the introduction and widespread success of online Ultimate Team, which has seen a decline in popularity for a game mode which has had a cult following since its introduction.
The next installment, FIFA 15, is coming up fast and so we've come up with a few ideas to entice players once again.
Here are a few of the suggestions:
1. Archived stats
As I've said in previous articles, Career Mode is a journey which lasts fifteen long seasons, should you decide to play it to completion.
For those who have played a number of Career Mode seasons with one club, you'll know how frustrating it is seeing player statistics vanish at the end of each campaign.
Currently, the story of each season is shown off by a small graphic in the Manager Office and it's time EA Sports expanded this to treasure the hard work players put into Career Mode.
An in depth archive feature will justify playing more than one season, as an ongoing tally of your players' total goals and appearances for the team will be interesting to look back on throughout the journey.
I've always wondered how many goals my striker has scored since signing for the club, or how many ratings my youth prospect has grown in since being promoted to the first team, even after finishing the season.
A simple feature which could add some flair to Career Mode, it will make it seem more personal to you.
2. Reveal more overall ratings in the Transfer Network
FIFA 14 saw the introduction of the Global Transfer Network, a neat, innovative idea but it's in need of a total overhaul.
GTN made searching for players much more realistic, as scouts needed to be recruited to find out more about a certain target.
Although there are some cases where this made transferring players a time-consuming task, and even after months of scouting you still wouldn't know the overall of the player, and this has frustrated many players.
Most reverted back to the original method of searching manually and preferred blindly guessing a player's overall.
If EA Sports want to stick by this idea, it wouldn't do harm to reveal a few more players ratings, such as Oscar or Daniel Sturridge, both examples of players who don't need a professional scout to know they are good footballers, but yet we never know their overall in the market.
This would not only save time, but allow more chances to search for hidden gems in the market. Perhaps for these players, a scout estimate of their overall, such as 74-78 (like in the Youth Academy), after a few weeks scouting will avoid wasting too much time.
3. More build-up to International Tournaments
International management is another example of a Career Mode feature which never really kicked off.
Fans were calling out for a chance to combine domestic and international football, but when they were finally answered it proved to be a let down for many players.
I believe this is mainly due to the fact that international games and tournaments aren't focused on enough to gain my attention.
You play World Cup games in small-size stadiums and the atmosphere is nothing compared to what I remember from the official World Cup FIFA game four years ago.
With the focus entirely on the tournament, you could feel the drama and pressure of the stage and EA Sports could bring this into the main game.
I would like to see some anticipation in Career Mode for the international tournaments, like commentators speculating who will go to the World Cup for England, or more articles being written as it comes ever closer.
Hopefully, the World Cup in Brazil will inspire EA Sports to make international games feel more than just a chore.
4. More Manager Personalisation
Once again I would like to see EA Sports put more effort into this feature of Career Mode, and by letting us edit our manager's appearance in more depth, the game mode will become a lot more personal.
In FIFA 14 you can choose the basic appearance of your manager, such as his clothes and skin colour, which are quite limited as it is.
EA Sports have proven with footage from the new World Cup game that they can model real-life managers, as Luis Felipe Scolari and others have been seen in FIFA-form in recent trailers.
With next-gen this shouldn't be too hard to implement in the game, in a similar way to the progression of the crowd's appearance.
If you were to model your manager like a Virtual Pro it would add a new dimension to Career Mode and be a positive feature in the game.
5. A Range of In-between Game Activities
As you might have noticed, I have no problems with the gameplay itself, but I would like to see change to the 'play match, advance, play match, advance, until the transfer window opens' repetition that Career Mode has become every year, and this seems to be the reason why people become bored after a season or two.
To tackle this problem, I would like to see EA Sports follow in the footsteps of NBA 2K14, and add fictional social networking to FIFA 15 to make Career Mode feel alive and realistic.
If it's possible this year I'm not sure, but the next-gen should make it a possibility in the future.
Nevertheless, a feature similar to this, as an interaction with players and the 'real world' will affect your manager's reputation to fans and the press.
Furthermore, as a bonus, I would love to be able to choose a Player of the Season each year within the club, this could prove to be just a little more of a reason to play FIFA 15's Career Mode.
What do you think should be added to FIFA 15's Career Mode?
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