There's nothing more I want from FIFA 15 than a drastically improved Career Mode after last year's disappointing effort.
A few weeks back EA Sports released some information on the new features which we will see in Manager Mode this season, but I can honestly say I felt a bit cheated by the lack of innovation I was presented with and even perhaps the lack of information as a whole.
You could suggest that EA Sports aren't revealing too much before the game releases, and I hope that's true, although we can only go with what we're given. So I decided to take this time to explore what will be on offer in Career Mode for FIFA 15.
According to EA Sports, in FIFA 15 highly rated older players won’t retire as quickly and high potential players grow faster, as well as the growth rate becoming generally more realistic.
This means we are no longer faced with the early sell-by date on some of our favourite players over 30. Some of you will remember how frustrating it was seeing Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Andrea Pirlo's overall plummet after just one season, whereas in reality they both have a few good years left in them.
On the opposite end, the up and coming youth players, found by scouts we pay millions for, will be ready for the first team at a much faster rate, and again this is good news as it took a good few seasons for some young stars to even get past the 75 rating.
Global Transfer Network
Last year I found the GTN to be one of the most frustrating features in Career Mode, and it turned transfers, the most fun aspect of the game mode, into probably the least enjoyable.
I would have preferred that this feature would be revamped, or even reverted back to the old system of transfer dealings, but it appears EA Sports want to stick to their guns, unfortunately for myself.
The only change to the GTN is that scouts will now recommend players based on the needs and weaknesses of the squad...
And so it remains almost identical to FIFA 14, unless, and I do hope, the full game shows some dramatic improvements.
Storylines and Presentation
This is something I called for in my FIFA 15 Career Mode Wishlist and it seems like EA Sports have taken notice! (you never know!)
This feature will give us constant in-depth analysis of players, teams and leagues throughout the season, and hopefully as the name suggests, give some purpose to Career Mode.
This should add to the realism of the game and alongside the full Premier League licence playing through seasons could feel better and more realistic than ever!
I wanted something to tackle the repetitive structure of Career and its quite possible this is the answer to years of the same old football storylines.
Revamped Team Management System
Finally this isn't a feature exclusive to Career Mode, however it is probably the change that will affect this game mode the most.
As a manager, selecting the best team is the key to success or getting the sack, and EA Sports have created an all-new Team Selection feature making it much easier to set up your team.
The new interface is user-friendly and there are a host of tactics, formations and play styles available to try out and find the right formula for your squad.
But perhaps the biggest improvement is the inclusion of Team Sheets.
On previous FIFA's I found it really frustrating having to manually change my team around for the many different competitions I was involved in. You would have to go all the way to the Team Management and change each player individually.
In FIFA 15 you will be able to create six totally unique team sheets, and label them to all the different competitions, such as a Champions League team and a League Cup team.
From what I saw, this has to be the most beneficial and time-saving feature introduced by EA Sports and essentially saved a rather poor preview in my opinion.
Hopefully now you are more clear on the new features for FIFA 15's Career Mode. I look forward to hearing your opinions once the game comes out on September 26!
Do you think the new features will improve Career Mode?
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