Let's face it. Offline FIFA isn't at the top of EA Sports' priority list right now.
With the success of Ultimate Team driving the franchise forward, it's been quite clear that Career Mode doesn't warrant a lot of attention from the developers.
This year's instalment of Career Mode has particularly disappointed me, in terms of how little it has been improved from last year - what makes it worse is that I've seen so much potential in the mode, but yet it hasn't been realised.
As a big fan of Career Mode this frustrates me, and I'm sure most of the FIFA community would agree.
Nevertheless, I've felt like I've needed to make my own fun this year when playing offline, and if you're already bored playing through seasons and seasons of the what is essentially a FIFA 14 squad update, then you might be willing to give it another try with these following tips.
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I've come up with some ways that you can make Career Mode more enjoyable, and here are the best of the bunch...
1. Start from the bottom
This has always been a personal favourite of mine, and is perfect if you want a Career Mode to last the entire year, think of it as a year-long project.
If your local team's on FIFA 15, it's a great challenge to try and guide their semi-average squad up the divisions with the end goal in mind of lifting the Champions League.
It's a long trip as I said, but it makes each promotion and each signing much more meaningful and exciting, especially with the lack of funds in the first few seasons.
You'll need patience and the ability to grind out results, but this certainly tests your skill as a manager. It even carries its on storyline, if you like to think that way, as you get to know your players, and finally being forced to sell your favourite player actually has some meaning.
Personally, I'd recommend taking the best League 1 / 2 team in terms of both rating and budget. This includes Bristol City from League 1 and League 2's Shrewsbury.
This is by no means an original idea, but definitely the most effective and this should be the first place you look once you find yourself bored of winning the quadruple season after season.
2. Realistic Transfers
Especially as we're in the January transfer window, signing players rumoured to join your favourite team is a great way to predict the future and of course make Career Mode a tad bit more enjoyable.
Read some rumours and try to recreate the transfer process, like the realistic player value and wages, and this again is just another way you can make Career Mode more like real game.
FIFA 15 already has a similar feature with Matchday Live where players' ratings change depending on their real life form, and this is something which surely could be implemented into offline Career Mode.
If you're in need of ideas, GiveMeSport can provide some inspiration with a dedicated Transfer News page here.
3. Super League
This is something I remember doing on the old Pro Evolution Soccer 6, and it's just as accessible in FIFA 15.
In Career Mode you have the ability to assign different teams to any league in the world, for example most players use this to manage 'Rest of the World' teams such as Orlando Pirates, and so they move them to another country's league in order to do so.
In this case you would gather the world's greatest teams, like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, which bear in mind does take a while, and place them all in one league together to create the ultimate challenge.
This idea is great for a one-off season Career Mode, and although it does mess up the other leagues and Champions League, it's still fun to battle for the league title against some of the best.
It does require a lot of planning and patience to get up and running, but once that's out of the way you won't regret your decision.
Again, these are just ideas but personally this sounds more fun than what default Career currently has to offer.
4. Take job offers from other teams
Another way to challenge yourself as a manager is to try and lead a different team once the computer AI has had a whole year to mess around with it.
The AI managers generally make terrible decisions, like selling the star player and buying no-one to replace him, and so for you to step in and steady the ship makes a fun change if you're getting bored with your current team.
Also, if you take a job in the same division as the team you just left, facing off against your all-star team is another cool challenge depending on how successful you've been, not to mention battling for the league as a whole.
I'd very much recommend this as it keeps the seasons going, instead of you having to start from July 2014 every time with each squad reset to normal. This is a fun tactic if you feel you're finished with your current squad.
5. Develop a scouted youth player
I'd say this idea works well in any Career Mode, but I'd recommend it alongside starting from the bottom in the sense that you can add more meaning to your journey with a single player as well as the team.
Beginning with your League 1 / 2 team, buy 'Scout Future Star' from the EA Sports Football Club catalogue and wait for the next scout report.
More often than not you'll hear back from the scout saying he's found a young prodigy, hopefully he brings back a midfielder / striker with at least an 85 overall potential, although I have seen some come back with poorly rated goalkeepers...
Once he reaches seventeen, and let's hope that will be quite soon, then you're set to begin creating the next Ronaldo or Messi in the coming seasons.
The reason why I think you should do this with a small club is that your player should fit right into your squad and then maintain a place throughout the years as he improves in rating. This means that you will have a player who can be with you for the entire journey, or even be sold for a hefty sum in the future to make way for some world class players of the real world.
Of course, it's completely up to you what you do, but this idea in particular is probably my favourite and with that I hope this list as a whole has given you some ideas on how to improve your own Career Mode.
Do you have any more ideas?
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