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The Things You Haven't Done Yet in FIFA 16

It’s been roughly five months since FIFA 16 was released, and by now most of us have logged some serious hours. Whether it be Career Mode, FIFA Ultimate Team or Play Now games, you have more than likely exhausted your favorite mode. But don’t be alarmed, it happens to the best of us.

So in this article let's take look at some ways to breathe new life into FIFA 16.
 



Lead Leicester City To Glory

The status quo around Europe’s top leagues remains familiar. In Spain, Barcelona is dominating and looking like strong favorites to repeat the treble (La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League title). Juventus, the four-time consecutive Scudetto winners, has shaken off a slow start and looks to once again dominate the Italian Peninsula. Ligue 1 in France has once again seen foreign money propel PSG to the top of the table. German powerhouse Bayern Munich is looking to wrap up the Bundesliga in short order to focus all efforts on the Champions League.

All seems right in the world of footy, except in the country where modern footy was popularized.

Traditional powerhouse Manchester United is still struggling in the post-Alex Ferguson era. Chelsea, last year's title winner, is finally starting to wake from an early-to-mid season slumber that put the squad as low as 14th in the table. The other team in Manchester already has one eye towards a new manager while sleepwalking at times through the fixture list. Only Arsenal and their bitter rivals Tottenham look like EPL title contenders.

Oh, and this little club from the Midlands called Leicester City. Led by an experienced manager (Claudio Ranieri) and two players in the form of their life (Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez), the Foxes have been able to defy the odds (5000:1 in some books) and stay near the top of the table for quite some time. Why not grab the reigns at Leicester and attempt to replicate this magical season, which will surely see them finish in the Top 4 and quite possibly hoist the League trophy. Tackling underachievers like Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool might more difficult in FIFA 16 due to their ratings, but not impossible given the right player at the helm.
 



World Cup 2018

With the draw for Copa America finalized this week, and spirits generally high, what better way to prepare for the 2018 World Cup than by creating a squad comprised of all American-eligible players. As soccer continues to grow in popularity across the US, several young players are plying their trade overseas, as well as in the MLS. With notable players like Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey getting up there in age, why not cherry-pick the country’s best talent, throw them all together on a team and replace an existing club in a European league.

The future should be bright for US players such as the recently signed Chelsea CB Matt Miazga and Dortmund’s Christian Pusilic. Why not put them all on one team, develop them through training and attempt the impossible: leading the US to a World Cup victory? If this tickles your fancy, head over to this link for a comprehensive list of American soccer players playing abroad.
 



Go Through Full Season Of The Barclays Premier League As All 20 Clubs


Credit to OS’ own LiverpoolRed and Mizenberg for this idea. (Disclaimer, this isn’t for those who lack patience.) Playing a Career Mode in the Barclay’s Premier League can be somewhat boring and frustrating as you will often see big names left off the team sheet for no reason at all. Instead of inheriting the throne, why not equally disperse your managerial philosophies (or keep them default) throughout all 20 clubs in a series of “Play Now” matches to see who the champion will be at the end of the day?

Even though we’re already deep into the season, you could in theory play along with the weekend’s slate of games, allowing you the ability to use the same lineups and formations used in real life. Whoscored.com is a great resource for an approach like this. Apart from the obvious, the ability to play with nearly every player in the league offers something different than recycling your squad’s players mixed in with a few fresh faces.


While we wait for FIFA 17 news, there are still several fresh ways to enjoy FIFA 16. With that being said, what are some of the more creative ways you have used to get enjoyment out of FIFA 16?


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# 1 integer @ 02/29/16 01:26 PM
The one thing I haven't done yet with FIFA 16 - buy it.

For the first time since over 15 years, did not buy FIFA. If they do not improve AI and single player experience for FIFA 17, won't buy that either.
 
# 2 integer @ 02/29/16 01:28 PM
Double Post
 
# 3 DBMcGee3 @ 02/29/16 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by integer
The one thing I haven't done yet with FIFA 16 - buy it.

For the first time since over 15 years, did not buy FIFA. If they do not improve AI and single player experience for FIFA 17, won't buy that either.
To each his own. I found FIFA 16 to be a drastic leap from 15 in terms of AI. Still has its flaws, but I can't think of a single sports game that doesn't have some.
 
# 4 3oh2 @ 02/29/16 03:24 PM
I'd start a career in one of the lesser leagues like Tippeligaen before I did that.
 
# 5 JayD @ 02/29/16 04:34 PM
Maybe more people would actually give career mode a try if you finally improve the darn mode. This part of the game is in DRASTIC need of an overhaul.
 
# 6 HenryClay1844 @ 02/29/16 10:29 PM
FIFA's career mode lacks the depth of almost all other sports career games, with the exception of PES. Only the BPL or maybe Bundesliga approaches good depth because of the commentary and stadiums. But even the BPL career lacks the manager and the role their out-sized personalities play in real games. And it of course lacks the crucial role that B and youth teams play in football. How many of the Manchester United players who played in the last game against Arsenal were missing from the default roster? I think even Madden has increased the number of free agents and has expanded pre-season rosters. So, if you want to play as a Norwegian team in FIFA you miss out of the real world importance of youth teams to those teams and the reality of limited budgets and limited local talents. It's pretty easy to play as Molde and find some 85 potential youth player and be able to keep him, when this would never happen in the real world. Think Martin Odegaard.
 
# 7 FM_Prospect @ 03/01/16 04:56 AM
I haven't played with a team outside of England!
 
# 8 KennyJ1976 @ 03/01/16 09:30 AM
I know 1 thing I haven't done in FIFA 16, played FUT. Never have and never will.
 
# 9 KG @ 03/01/16 11:41 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by HenryClay1844
FIFA's career mode lacks the depth of almost all other sports career games, with the exception of PES. Only the BPL or maybe Bundesliga approaches good depth because of the commentary and stadiums. But even the BPL career lacks the manager and the role their out-sized personalities play in real games. And it of course lacks the crucial role that B and youth teams play in football. How many of the Manchester United players who played in the last game against Arsenal were missing from the default roster? I think even Madden has increased the number of free agents and has expanded pre-season rosters. So, if you want to play as a Norwegian team in FIFA you miss out of the real world importance of youth teams to those teams and the reality of limited budgets and limited local talents. It's pretty easy to play as Molde and find some 85 potential youth player and be able to keep him, when this would never happen in the real world. Think Martin Odegaard.
You can't expect Youth Squads to always be up-to-date. Hell, even the commentators during the United-Arsenal match didn't know too much about some of the kids.
 
# 10 LucianoJJ @ 03/01/16 01:49 PM
The first couple of months I got into Ultimate Team. After being frustrated by the CPU AI and the gap in difficulty between Pro and World Class, I decided to change it up. I created tournaments made up of eight teams, playing each opponent twice. This serves as an alternative to Seasons mode, and is shorter. I completed tournaments with Italian, Spanish & German teams. I still plan on creating tourneys for England, France, maybe Portugal, Argentina and the Rest of the World. I pick the better/well known teams. I get to know who is on these sides, instead of obsessing over Ultimate Team. Ultimate Team can be fun and challenging, but as someone posted somewhere on OS earlier on, you are the only person who is interested in your UT. Playing tournaments keeps you grounded in the real world. The FIFA series can educate you about "football." Why not sample gameplay of clubs in a variety of domestic leagues, instead of obsessing over UT or your favorite club in Seasons?
 
# 11 buziii @ 03/01/16 02:46 PM
This thread had me thinking about changing things up and trying something new. I'm strictly a career mode player, and I keep several careers going for the purpose of changing things up a bit.

I began a different type of career last night. I created a team made up of USA under 21 players (SoFIFA age 15-20). I transferred them all into an MLS team (I used Seattle Sounders just because I like their kits). Then I put the team into the English Championship League. I much prefer playing in England for the extra presentation and the ability to play in the Europa and Champions Leagues. The team will be rated the worst team in the League, so it will be a challenge to avoid relegation, then improve enough in a few years to get promoted to the BPL. Using these players has the added benefit of becoming familiar with the younger USA players that may be coming up in the future.

The Championship League teams will have to increase their travel budgets, since they will now be travelling to Seattle in lieu of Roterham United!
 
# 12 JimmyDeicide @ 03/08/16 09:18 PM
Any one remember the mode from Fifa 11 i think called Live seasons? you could play along side the real seasons of the leagues and it used the actual squad and formations for those games.
It was perfect for me as i dont like to take the time to switch around players and formations but i do like authenticity .
I ended up buying all 4 major European leagues and played through them all on full manual it was awesome but i seemed to be the only one who played it.
Wish they would bring that mode back and add all the cups and stuff also it would be epic.
Like a career mode but without all the tinkering its like the coach is doing his thing and you just played the game.
 
# 13 mcavner @ 03/13/16 04:38 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by JimmyDeicide
Any one remember the mode from Fifa 11 i think called Live seasons? you could play along side the real seasons of the leagues and it used the actual squad and formations for those games.
It was perfect for me as i dont like to take the time to switch around players and formations but i do like authenticity .
I ended up buying all 4 major European leagues and played through them all on full manual it was awesome but i seemed to be the only one who played it.
Wish they would bring that mode back and add all the cups and stuff also it would be epic.
Like a career mode but without all the tinkering its like the coach is doing his thing and you just played the game.
Yeah, I enjoyed that, too. I wonder if that was the 'offline' manager-type gamers one chance to become the target audience? And when that failed we sort of went out of the developers' plans.

I think if they could program historical season into 'live' mode and say, start your career in 1995 or something and play through with actual roster moves and line-ups... I wonder if that might be successful as a money maker for the game developers. I mean, they've been making the games long enough - they have the ratings etc. that they need.
 
# 14 Resurrection403 @ 03/13/16 05:47 PM
Enjoyed career mode.

It's ####ING boring being 5 years out and playing teams with 95% same roster from first game. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING.

ugh.
 
# 15 JayD @ 03/13/16 07:41 PM
Only a couple more weeks until I can trade this crap game in for The Show.
 
# 16 stevostl @ 03/22/16 12:38 PM
play a full season or career mode yet..

I played mostly online and CLUB and haven't played this game in a couple of months or so since R6S

I might try to start this back up and play something offline ..

any recommendations?

what's the best offline mode to play in FIFA? I'm assuming career mode

I also like the Live Seasons mode you guys were talking about.. that would be good for me
 
# 17 SpritePuck @ 03/24/16 06:22 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by DBMcGee3
To each his own. I found FIFA 16 to be a drastic leap from 15 in terms of AI. Still has its flaws, but I can't think of a single sports game that doesn't have some.
I am with you. FIFA 16 is the best career mode sim FIFA to date. It is not perfect but as someone who only plays single player offline CM it is the only one since 12 worth buying.

But hey I am cool with 17 even being better!

What I have not done yet is take a bootom tier English squad to the BPL. May do so soon... Best sports game of 2015 in my opinion. Based on fun to play and single player offline.
 
# 18 SpritePuck @ 03/24/16 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by stevostl
R6S

I might try to start this back up and play something offline ..

any recommendations?

what's the best offline mode to play in FIFA? I'm assuming career mode

I also like the Live Seasons mode you guys were talking about.. that would be good for me
I like Manager Career mode best..

what is R6S?
 
# 19 godquality01 @ 03/27/16 12:16 AM
Haven't played with the female teams yet. As a matter of fact I've not played any other mode except CM since I got the game last year. Am currently playing LALIGA after spending 5 seasons in England (started with Portsmouth and won each league title), same in Germany, France and Italy. Now am trying to conquer Spain 😃.

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