FIFA 16 Career Mode Guide – Man Utd

The Dutchman has left the building and you’re the new boss at Old Trafford. Now, despite having a large pile of cash at your disposal and some extremely talented players, a career save with Manchester United on FIFA 16 isn’t as easy as you would first imagine.

Luckily the board expectations have been lowered on the latest version but (rightfully) you’re still expected to make the Champions League spots. Now if you’re playing on world class or legendary level this isn’t going to be easy and you will need to make the right decisions pre-season to avoid being removed from your position come May.

Armed with a tasty £57.5 million (or more if you can take advantage of the bonus % increase) and a wage budget of £1,895,250 it’s time to fix the Red Devils’ squad. Do you need a striker or are you going to trust Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial? Is Andre Herrera good enough to be your number ten and surely you’re going to need a central defender?

Here is what I decided are the best decisions to make (after three or four questionable careers with the Man United squad) that are sure to make you the next Alex Ferguson…

11. Make Sure You Update Your Squads Before You Start

A very obvious and brief first tip: If you don’t update your squads then you will have to endure the agony of having Sergio Romero as your starting goalkeeper and Marouane Fellaini as your centre forward every time you go into your team management.

If you can put up with that then ignore this information but you’re a stronger man than me.

10. Utilise Fellaini As Much As You Can (Or Sell)

Physicality is a big thing on FIFA 16 and due to the new defensive controls it’s handy to have a strong man in your side. Marouane Fellaini’s 89 physical rating puts him in the top bracket, which means that regardless of your opinion of him in real life he could actually be a crucial player for your Manchester United side.

He works well in the centre of midfield as he can steal the ball from lighter midfielders and start poignant counter attacks. He also wins a lot of the aerial balls that come from both goalkeepers meaning he will consistently help you retain possession.

BUT. If you cannot bare to have the Belgian brute anywhere near your Red Devils’ starting eleven then I would advise you to get rid of the player as you can make around £12 million (that does get you a very decent replacement) if you counter the offer a couple of times.

9. Send Andreas Pereira And Jesse Lingard Out On Loan

Andreas Pereira (66 overall FUT rating) and Jesse Lingard (69 overall FUT rating) could be two potential future superstars for your Manchester United career mode but they need to be handled with care.

I loan spell would work well for the pair and it’s up to you whether you list them for a one or a two year spell. Hopefully the players will both return as a near to a 75 rating as possible and then you can start to better them through training and a run in the first team side.

Warning. Do not sell them or release them as they have great potential on the game.

8. Sell Antonio Valencia

Don’t be fooled by Antonio Valencia’s 79 rating. The versatile midfielder simply isn’t good enough to play midfield and defensively he can’t compete with Matteo Darmain. The Ecuadorian simply hasn’t looked the part since Alex Ferguson’s departure and you can make around £9 million if you do choose to sell him.

Valencia’s worse trait is that he has a ONE star for ‘weak foot’ and if he is forced onto his left side he cannot cope. Sell. Sell. Sell.

7. Ease Anthony Martial In Gently

On FIFA 15, Anthony Martial (before he became known to the entire world) could play as an attacking inside forward as well as a striker. On FIFA 16 he can only play as a central striker, which is a bit annoying as it means you have to either play two up front or drop Wayne Rooney.

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Despite Martial performing extremely well in real life, EA Sports (understandably) haven’t blessed him with ‘Thierry Henry’ finishing just yet but his 79 rating (78 shooting) is certainly good enough to grab you a few goals. His touch isn’t brilliant though and it will be important that you nurture the Frenchman and gently ease him into the team. Make sure you don’t neglect the training process and before you know it you could have one of the best forwards on the game.

6. Buy A Striker

Anthony Martial isn’t the final product yet and Wayne Rooney only has a 75 rating for pace. Both of these factors mean that you’re going to struggle to finish in the Champions League places if you decide to not purchase a sparkly new centre forward.

Alexandre Lacazette would be my first choice. He has an overall FUT rating of 84, 85 shooting, 84 dribbling and 88 pace. Quite simply he is a goal machine. You can normally sign the Lyon striker for cheap fifa coins. If you struggle to sign him or are pipped at the post by an annoying Bayern Munich offer then Everton’s Romelu Lukaku can offer you a cheaper but still very effective option.

5. Buy A Central Defender

Look, if you trust Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Daley Blind or Marcus Rojo then I’m not going to criticise you for it. Actually, I am. You’re foolish and wrong. If you wish to finish in the Champions League spots (like you are expected to do) then these guys will not get you there.

Aymeric Laporte is 21 years old and is already rated as an 83. The Athletic Bilbao is a wonderfully gifted central defender and one that will significantly improve your side. The problem is that he may cost you around £40 million and if you have already bought Aleksandre Lacazette (like I told you earlier) then your finances may be a little short. If that is the case then place a bid of around £20 million for Paris Saint Germain’s Marquinhos who has an 81 rating and will also bolster your defensive options.

Tip. If you do decide to buy either of the aforementioned then you should sell Phil Jones as you will make around £12 million.

4. Sign Felipe Anderson For £13m

Don’t kid yourself that you need to stay true to Michael Carrick. It’s that kind of thinking that will get you sacked before Christmas. It’s time to sign another centre midfielder to sit alongside either Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin (I advise the former).

That man is Lazio’s Felipe Anderson. The Brazilian box-to-box midfielder will give your team a evident boost that you wouldn’t get from Michael Carrick or Andre Herrera. His FUT rating of 79 will grow as he is only 21 years old and he is available for around £13 million. If you sell Michael Carrick then you can make a quarter of that money back anyway.

3. Play 4-2-2-2

Now, I’ve experimented with 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2 but I didn’t enjoy any of them. I assumed that my 4-3-3 formation would work well having Alexandre Lacazette up front and Juan Mata and Memphis Depay either side of him but it didn’t work and I struggled to score goals.

I switched to a 4-2-2-2 formation and it seemed to get the best results. I used Bastian Schweinsteiger and Felipe Anderson as my centre midfielder pairing and put Mata and Depay in front of them as attacking playmakers. I found that I needed two strikers to score goals with Man United and put Wayne Rooney and Lacazette up front.

This system worked well and I finished third in my first season on world class and Rooney and Lacazette scored 40 goals between them.

2. Sell Michael Carrick

You know that he is finished, I know that he is finished. Just get rid.

I’m sure he would love to end his career at Bologna anyway…

1. Sign Thomas Muller

Can you achieve what Louis van Gaal was unable to do? Let’s bring Thomas Muller to Old Trafford shall we?

The Bayern Munich forward will cost between £40-50 million but is worth every penny as he guarantees goals on FIFA 16. He has an overall FUT rating of 86 and has a score of 84 for shooting.

He will require around £150,000 per week.

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FIFA 16: Georginio Wijnaldum Hero Vs Inform card

Wijnaldum is the new hero of Newcastle United after their 6-2 win over Norwich City in the Barclay’s Premier League. EA may now decide to make Wijnaldum a hero of their own with a special card in time for FIFA 16 TOTW 6.

The dutch player scored four goals and that will mean that he will definitely be included in EA’s new TOTW lineup next week. However, the debate is now on via social media on whether he gets a special in-form card or a purple Wijnaldum Hero card on FIFA 16.

To recap, the hero cards that have been handed out so far include one to Lewandowski for scoring 5 goals in 9 minutes, Aguero for scoring five goals in a match, Ronaldo for breaking Real Madrid’s all-time record and likewise for Ibrahimovic with PSG.

FIFA 16: Georginio Wijnaldum Hero Vs Inform card

Now, we can see that fans want to see another hero card for Wijnaldum scoring four however we have a feeling that EA will just hand out a standard in-form card instead.

Regardless of what happens, we can already see that Wijnaldum’s value on FIFA 16 has skyrocketed on the transfer market – to get cheap Fifa 16 coins. If you do have one of these cards now is the time to sell if you want to make a quick profit – you can get around 2,000-3,000 coins for him currently.

What are your thoughts on the TOTW 6 predictions – will Wijnaldum get a hero card or standard inform? Who else should be on the list?

FIFA 16: Georginio Wijnaldum Hero Vs Inform card

FIFA 16 Reviews – PS4 & Xbox One Edition

In what is a rarity of sports games of the past several years, we have some choices when it comes to soccer titles. Unlike football, hockey and baseball, the consumer has a choice when it comes to picking their annual soccer game purchase (but honestly does NBA Live count as competition?). Having some good old fashion competition, in my opinion, really brings out the best of both products. It sometimes feels like this is the only way to avoid marginal game improvements on annual titles. FIFA 16 thankfully steps up its game to compete with Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (PES 2016).

As I stated in my PES 2016 review, I am not a huge soccer fan. I absolutely enjoy playing the games, but they aren’t titles I need to necessarily pick up every year. So as someone that plays soccer titles a bit more casually, my review should be taken under that context.

Right after you load up FIFA 16 you are immediately thrust into a game. No menus, no picking sides, just go. As someone who plays most sports titles I wasn’t very concerned that I could pick up the controls. Regardless of this, I was pleasantly surprised with a button layout overlay that comes up next to your player as you play the game. These overlays change based off of the situation you are currently in and are non-obstructive. After playing a bit with the overlay I couldn’t help but think how PES 2016 could have benefited from a similar interface. Both games generally don’t have difficult controls, but it is easy to confuse the two games’ control schemes and this made it easier to remember which buttons did what.

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Something I mentioned with PES 2016 that seems to have garnered some criticism was the licensing of teams in certain leagues. It appears that EA Sports made sure to line the right pockets (like they usually do) because they have the franchises that are not included in PES 2016. Not only that, but they also have the international women’s teams for the first time. I really enjoyed playing some matches with the women. The games felt like they were kicked up a notch. The women are a lot faster than their male counterparts and the match-ups felt a lot more offensive and scoring heavy.

Another new feature added to this season’s title is FIFA Ultimate Team Draft. I was expecting this mode to be nearly identical to the Draft Champions mode that was introduced in this year’s Madden (which I really like) and it is…mostly. For those that aren’t familiar with the mode, FIFA Ultimate Team Draft is essentially a sports fantasy draft mixed with Ultimate Team mode. Where the FIFA iteration differs from Madden, is that it requires you to use in game currency to play this mode (ohhhh no I can’t escape the microtransactions). You play a series of four games or until you lose. Once you’re finished you receive prizes depending on how you place within the four games. I played Draft, won all four games and received two gold packs to use for my Ultimate team. I like the concept of receiving rewards in Draft mode that can be utilized for my Ultimate Team.

The microtransaction portion of Ultimate Team mode has always bothered me, not only in FIFA but all of the EA Sports titles and this takes it to the next level. Outside of being given one free credit to Ultimate Team Draft, you will need to spend 15,000 Fut 16 coins or 300 FIFA Points.

The coins can be earned in game (as well as with real currency) but will definitely take some time, while the FIFA Points can only be obtained with real cash. So if you would like to play this mode frequently you most likely will have to pony up. Based off of my play with Ultimate Team Draft, I earned two different gold level packs of cards. The cost of which would not equal the cost of 15,000 coins to enter the draft had I just purchased them separately.

One of the biggest problems I had with FIFA 16 I eluded to in my PES 2016 review. The A.I. controlling my teammates never felt like they were trying as hard as I was to win. I changed strategy settings to make them more attack heavy or more defensive and they all still seemed to act the same. If I wanted to get a steal or stop a shot, I had to take control of the closest player and do it myself. I enjoy being in control over the whole team, but I would still like the A.I. players to do their jobs. If the other team is moving downfield with the ball, don’t just stand there, make a play on the ball!

Another shortcoming was in the commentary department. I did notice some commentary adjustments depending on how many goals a particular player scored and if the game was a blowout. Outside of those and a couple other stand outs, the commentary was mostly forgettable, repetitive and boring. I would put the commentary in FIFA 16 on equal footing with PES 2016. Sports titles across the board still have a long way to go in getting commentary right.

FIFA 16 might take second place to PES 2016 this season, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great game. EA Sports usually sticks with the “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” but with the soccer genre they have some serious competition. They’re challenged with tweaking and enhancing the game to keep up with PES 2016. While the game plays very well, it’s just not as true of a simulation as PES 2016 felt, in my opinion. If you’re a fan of the franchise I still think FIFA 16 is a solid purchase, especially with the addition of the women’s international teams which it has the exclusive on this season.

FIFA 16 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Card Review

We have a reminder to all FIFA 16 players, as EA currently has an event going on right now offering you the chance to get Hero Ibrahimovic in a pack with double the odds.

EA sent out the message hours ago via Twitter, confirming that you have until 6PM on Monday evening UK time to open your gold or Promo packs to get double odds on both Hero Ibrahimovic and Hero Aguero cards.

Both are selling for over well a million on the transfer market right now, so there has been some lucky players out there getting these in a pack.

For those that have the Fifa 16 coins though and are thinking of splashing out, now we give you a look at a Hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic card review for FIFA 16 Ultimate Team.

He may cost over a million coins to buy, but he may even be worth that amount. His skills in the game are absolutely amazing and just take a look at the video below for an idea of the kind of goals he can score.

Backheel goals, skills in the box, it’s all no problem for Zlatan. Let us know if you managed to get one of these in a pack or if you are thinking of buying outright.

Led by Aguero and Ozil – FIFA 16 Team of the Week 4

The development team at EA Sports is offering a new Team of the Week package for the Ultimate Team mode with Fut 16 coins, allowing players to get access to some of the players who have performed well enough over the weekend to warrant improved stats.

The first eleven selected by the studio is led by the impressive Sergio Aguero, who managed to single handedly deliver a win for Manchester City against Newcastle, and Mesut Ozil, who bosses the midfield for Arsenal.

The Team of the Week attacking line is led by the Argentinian striker, joined by Slimani and Gervinho, both of them solid players with good goal scoring skills.

The four-man midfield selected by EA Sports includes the above mentioned Ozil, as well as Insigne, Eriksen and fellow Dane Krohn-Deli.

There are three defenders that gamers can pick up in the new Ultimate Team package: Sidibe, Laporte and Boateng.

The goalkeeper selected by EA Sports this week is Trapp.

The Team of the Week also delivers seven substitutes that gamers could integrate into their first eleven if they have a weak position to cover, although it is likely the players will be used to get funds for more superstars.

Ultimate Team is the most played mode in FIFA

The experience was seen as a limited one when EA Sports first introduced it, but since then a majority of gamers have tried it out and are currently caught in the long-term effort of trying to create the best possible first eleven.

In FIFA 16, the developers have added a new Draft mode, which is designed to give players a chance to create semi-random squads and then take part in four-match tournaments that can deliver a range of solid rewards.

The Chemistry system has also been improved and gamers will get constant updates over the course of the season that will tweak player ratings.

EA Sports is also saying that big events are planned for Ultimate Team and that more details about them will be offered before the end of the year.

Recently, FIFA 16 has received a second major title update on the PC, which changes some game mechanics and fixes a number of bugs.

 

FIFA 16 autobuyer FUT trading

By now you might have noticed that FIFA 16 and Ultimate Team features auto buyer bots, even though EA Sports has tried to stop this practice in the new football game. There’s plenty of players going up much cheaper than their current value, but you will never be able to purchase these due to what looks like bots using the FIFA 16 web app.

You might try to hang around the 60 minute mark to catch gold consumables and players at cheap “Buy It Now” prices. The likes of Iniesta, Arjen Robben, John Terry, Petr Cech, Wayne Rooney, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Robin van Persie go for thousands, but even seeing a crazy deal within seconds still leads to expired items. How is this possible you might ask? After seeing this during our review, we thought FUT 16 bots were running rampant and later discovered it’s not always a bot in FIFA 16 making quick purchases.

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FIFA 16 Web App with Auto Clicker – There’s other FIFA 16 trading methods being used on both Windows PC and Apple Mac computers that take advantage of auto clicking using a web browser. One such software download is called “Auto Mouse Clicker” by Murgaa, which is being used by those on both Windows and Mac.

In a nutshell, this software allows a FIFA 16 trader to setup click points on their screen for purchasing players within the web app. It will keep searching for a predefined buy it now price, and then also purchase when the search delivers a result. This is different to automated buying by the likes of Ultimate Bot, as it’s a free method some people are using within the official FUT 16 web app.

We have seen the likes of Koke, aka Jorge Resurreccion Merodio, being sold for just 1,000 gold Fut 16 coins at a buy it now price. This is way below market value and these player prices get snapped up by bots, or auto clickers, before gamers get a chance on Xbox One and PS4. This is certainly not fair and we find it hard to see how EA can stop this practice. Bottom-line it ruins the true FIFA trading experience and maybe the only way to stop it would be to pull the web app.

Even the FIFA 16 auto clicker software and other autobuyer trading methods cannot purchase fast enough in the web app. This is where bots are almost certainly helping others get FUT coins extremely fast, so what chance do the honest players stand? Let us know in the comments how you feel about trading in FIFA Ultimate Team with bots and auto clickers getting the best prices?

FIFA 16 Is Available Across the World

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) today announced that EA SPORTS™ FIFA 16, winner of the E3 2015 Game Critics Best Sports Game award, is now available in retail stores and as a digital download* worldwide. FIFA 16 has been described by Digital Spy (UK) as, “an impressive beast of a game that’s stuffed with official leagues and licenses, game modes and other little touches that add flavor to the match day experience,” and hailed by EGM (USA) as, “an unparalleled soccer simulation that improves upon FIFA 15 in every aspect.” With gameplay innovation across the entire pitch and brand new ways to play, FIFA 16 lets fans Play Beautiful.

“It has been incredible to see the number of fans already engaging in and enjoying FIFA 16 through EA Access and our preseason demo,” said Nick Channon, Senior Producer of EA SPORTS FIFA. “We are very excited with the early feedback, particularly on the balanced gameplay, and now that the game is launching across the globe, we shift our focus to providing the best live service in the industry.”

A record 6.4 million fans have downloaded the FIFA 16 demo in the ten days since it became available. Fans playing the full version of FIFA 16 through the Play First Trials on EA Access**, only on Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, were excited to try the newly added Women’s National Teams, with the United States Women’s National Team ranking in the top ten most selected clubs or national teams. FIFA Ultimate Team™ Draft, a brand new way to play the franchise’s most popular mode, has also been a fan favorite, with more than 13 million matches played throughout the demo and EA Access combined.

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FIFA 16 delivers a balanced, authentic, and exciting football experience that lets fans play their way, and compete on your Fifa 16 account. With innovative gameplay features, FIFA 16 brings Confidence in Defending, Control in the Midfield, and gives players the tools to create more Moments of Magic than ever before. FIFA Ultimate Team, the game’s most popular mode, introduces FIFA Ultimate Team Draft, a brand new way for fans to test their team building skills and compete with some of the best football players in the world. And this season, Career Mode adds two features most requested by fans: Pre-season Tournaments and Player Training that ensure an even deeper and more authentic career whether fans play as a manager or a pro.

FIFA 16 is developed in Burnaby, British Columbia by EA Canada and is available now on Origin™ for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® games and entertainment system and PlayStation®3 entertainment system.

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