10 ways FIFA 15 Ultimate Team drives us crazy

By far the most popular game mode on EA’s legendary footie sim is FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT), which since its introduction in 2009 has allowed millions upon millions of gamers to become virtual talent scouts and expert managers. According to EA, this year, 542,000 transfers are listed per hour, with 11,000 matches played each day. So, we all agree it’s great, glad we’ve got that out the way – now, on to what makes us want to stamp on the disc with studded boots.

1. There’s not enough cash

Wealth doesn’t come easy, and after all, it’s coins that matter in a mode that’s basically a footballing stock market, complete with wages to foot. Thankfully EA is addressing dodgy dealing loopholes and bots that have plagued Ultimate Team and made it just downright unfair, but there should be more bonuses for exceptional play and individual skill, instead of having to look online for convoluted ways to hustle another small handful of coin in FIFA. That said, it’s nice to be able to be able to plan future dream teams with the new Concept Squad feature.

2. It’s not often pretty football

Games often play out with high balls being lofted from one end to the other and mad scrambles, with the goalkeeper either making wonder saves or being rounded three times with four minutes to go. Long shots are really difficult to pull off unless you’ve got the most expensive players, tackling is harder so fast strikers simply speed through your defence and penalties come thick and fast (We’ve explored these issues in more depth before). It all gets a bit tiring and it’s sometimes hard to know if you’ve spent your money well when the gameplay can feel so random.

3. Packs are rubbish

Yeah, yeah, it’s a bit of thrill to open a pack and hope for the best, but just as when you were a kid, all you’ll usually get is disappointment (when opening the pack, not just with childhood life in general). Okay, yes, you’ll get great players eventually, but you’ll have to part with a lot of dough. You’re better off in the transfer market building a team packed with affordable players with high chemistry (rather than having one or two big stars), but then that’s all such a headache. Okay, we’ll try just one more pa… OH NOT YOU AGAIN!

4. It’s too rigid

You are free to build your ultimate team, so why can’t you get them to play where you like? Aren’t you meant to be the boss? I mean, it’s us who’s paid for these players (and the game), so you should be able to mix positions and formations up a bit more. Custom tactics are also a fiddly, administrative mess that takes up a lot of time, especially when you have to set everything up repeatedly from game to game.

5. It’s not emotional enough

Yes, the players have got a fresh lick of emotion on the pitch, but it’s quite a sterile environment for actually creating a team; more like a science lesson followed by double maths than the attachment you get from watching a real team develop. Fine, it isn’t real life, it’s a market trading simulation game, but it would be good if players interacted and built chemistry in more human ways, rather than earning loyalty in a cold, stat-based fashion. Basically, we want more reports of hugs and player strops. And we want a virtual Wenger-style Puffa coat while we deal with it.

6. Missing legends

Sure, he only cost £1.2 million when Sir Alex bought him way back in 1992 (and he kung-fu kicked a fan) but Eric Cantona’s name is still sung at Old Trafford week in week out to this day, so how come EA can’t remember him? Also, while we’re at Man Utd, where’s George Best? Yet Robbie Fowler gets the nod… Someone at EA’s obviously a fan of awful punditry and extremely gelled hair.

7. It’s really hard for casual players

FUT is not something you can dip your toe into. Some will never quite understand it, and even though you’re in the minority it can be frustrating to have a game mode on your £45 purchase that you never really get into. It’s especially frustrating when the transfer market still has occasional glitches, you know the sort of thing, like having your gold taken when you didn’t even win the bid. Nothing’s perfect and it’s incredibly smooth when you consider 13 million transfers are listed per day, but it’s very frustrating when you don’t feel in control.

8. It hasn’t changed enough

Disclaimer: Ultimate Team is incredible. But! But is it all starting to get a bit… repetitive? There’s no doubt it’s brought joy to the masses and shifted more copies of the franchise for EA than all the other modes combined, but, with the exception of loan players and Concept Squads, it’s all pretty much the same as last year, just with slightly worse gameplay. In FIFA 16/17 it would be great to see a complete overhaul, maybe a completely new optional mode with the old FUT still in place, before someone else offers one instead.

9. It’s very expensive

Aside from the cost involved within the virtual world of Ultimate Team, and the cost if you actually spend your real money, it’s a dent in the wallet to have to buy a new copy of FIFA every year if all you’re interested in is FUT, which many are (64 per cent according to EA). A standalone FUT game at half the price would be nice.

10. Finally, people who won’t stop

On the other hand, don’t you ever sometimes just get Ultimate bloody Team fatigue? When you just want to stick in the disc and load up a quick game of United v City, in whatever stadium, with whatever kit and… shock horror… whatever old line up you’re offered? But no, there’s always someone wanting to tinker for what seems like hours (because it is hours) before even kicking the ball, by which time you’ve gone to bed. Sometimes it’s good to just play.

FIFA 15: Why is FIFA Ultimate Team down?

UPDATE 19:40: EA have announced that FIFA Ultimate Team is now ready to come back online after the scheduled maintenance planned for today ran over the original deadline.

“FUT is now ramping back up to full online service. Thanks for your patience,” They confirmed on Twitter.

UPDATE 18:20: EA have confirmed FIFA 15 FUT will be offline past the 6pm UK time earlier promised.

“Our scheduled #FUT maintenance has been extended until further notice,” A Twitter post from the dev team explained.

“New #TOTW available once the online service is restored.”

EA revealed they would be performing scheduled maintenance for FIFA Ultimate Team and EA Sports Football Club beginning at 7:00 AM UK.

The original estimated downtime was given at 3 hours but this has had to be extended, the games publisher have confirmed.

During this time, FIFA Ultimate Team, the Web App, Mobile companion app, and EA SPORTS Football Club will be offline but online service for all other game modes will be unaffected.

“Our #FUT maintenance has had to be extended. Apologies for any inconvenience. Our team is working to get you back on the pitch asap!” an EA statement explained.

“Scheduled maintenance on #FUT has been extended by an additional 6 hours. All platforms will be affected. Estimated up time: 6pm UK/10am PT.”

Chelsea star Eden Hazard recently revealed his FIFA Ultimate Legends Team, containing a range of former Premier League stars from Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

FIFA 15 Gets New Christmas Promo with Messi and Hazard

The Christmas and New Year holiday season is too close and it wouldn’t be justified if there are no special advertisements to mark the occasion.

Every retailer and developer has started pushing their products, so as to excite people into buying it. And, it wouldn’t be the best without some great gaming is what the people at Microsoft and Electronic Arts think.

The all new FIFA 15 promo featuring Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard is out now that showcases both the stars playing a game of soccer on the Xbox One console. It’s not the best trailer in recent times but you would definitely enjoy watching it through. But, the big news is not about the promo, but more about the special offer that is being introduced to gamers. The Christmas special edition of the game comes with special features, additional content and bonus goodies that make the purchase an enticing offer to go with.

Head on Head Match

In the promo video, Messi goes against Hazard and the match between Barcelona and Chelsea is really intense. But, the commentators and the cheer people are completely different in the video, because, instead of real people or coaches, it is the gingerbread man as well as snow cupcakes that cheer both players into scoring goals. Both of them play intensely, in the FIFA 15 game, of course, and each tries to win over the other.

However, as both of them are equally good and also in order to avoid any controversy, the ad ends with Messi and Hazard scoring an equal. Both of them score one goal each and the match ends as a tie. So, maybe it’s time for a goal kick in the next advertisement or something new, we don’t know yet. The game looks cool and EA says this is the season to play it.

Goodies Coming up

The holiday special deluxe edition of FIFA 15 comes bundled with FIFA points that players could spend to improvise their Ultimate Team. It also includes a newly adorned Messi as an FUT player, who will be open for you to pick up for up to five games, as well as the catalog items from the EA Sports football club. There’s an Adidas sponsored stars team, besides more goodies to look into, in this pack. However, you will be able to get the deluxe edition of FIFA 15 only through an online download.