Five FIFA 15 improvements that could reignite Pro Clubs game mode

Pro Clubs is one of FIFA 15’s most enjoyable game modes; it’s fast-paced, arcade-like and competitive gameplay, as the only game mode in which you can play with multiple friends, makes it an important part of FIFA as a whole.

But while it’s super fun to play, it does feel rushed and unpolished in places with a lot of room for improvement and, given a bit more thought, it could become as popular as Ultimate Team despite only being available on next-gen consoles.

And so we’ve come up with five ways that EA Sports can turn it from another FIFA game mode with unrealised potential to a FUT challenger in the next game FIFA 16:

1. CUSTOM KITS AND BADGES

Pro Clubs needs to feel unique in the sense that the club you create actually needs to belong to you and your friends, and through allowing players to create their own kits and badges this would bring the idea forward.

Right now you can only pick a real team and adopt their kits and badge, but giving players the option to design a club brand would be very well received in my opinion.

Players can already create their own teams and kits on the EA Sports website, although this can’t be implemented into Pro Clubs and the game mode is really missing out in this department.

This feature would create a sense of identity for teams in the game mode and better yet highlight the best teams in FIFA 15 with their unique style and colours.

By doing this, Pro Clubs would become a more serious game mode and in the process this would create an opportunity for clubs to have rivalries and tournaments among the FIFA community.

2. OPTION TO PLAY SINGLE MATCHES

On the other hand, for the less competitive Pro Clubs teams, most of them would like to see the option to play friendly matches, instead of having to play through Seasons and tournaments with the threat of relegation and elimination respectively.

This feature was removed when Seasons was added, but its return wouldn’t hurt the game mode in any way and ultimately its better off being available than not at all.

The main benefit for single matches would be that they could be used to practice with new members of the club or even give trials to players of more serious Pro Clubs squads without risking losing points in the league or cup games.

3. ABILITY TO REPLACE AI WITH REAL-LIFE PLAYERS

The AI-generated players in Pro Clubs are extremely awkward to using if you’re playing in the ‘Any’ slot for your team, and even though EA Sports does this to encourage you to play with full XI player-controlled squads, the game mode would benefit gameplay-wise if they introduced the ability to purchase real players in the game in a similar feature to Ultimate Team.

Based on the success of your club, your team could earn a form of currency after each game in order to save up for players to replace the stocky and sluggish AI you have to use if don’t have anyone to fill any vacant positions.

For example, a promotion to Division 9 would earn you enough money to buy a 75 rated CB from the game, such as Kurt Zouma from Chelsea, and he would replace one of the generated defenders in your team.

This would heavily improve the gameplay aspect of Pro Clubs and also act as an incentive for Pro Clubs to create an Ultimate Team with a twist.

Of course, there would have to be a balance with which players that would be available to buy, as having Lionel Messi in your Pro Clubs team would defeat the purpose of the game mode, so some time and thought would have to be used to polish this feature if it was implemented into the game.

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4. DEVELOP AND IMPROVE AI-GENERATED PLAYERS OVER TIME

Alternatively, if EA Sports want to keep Ultimate Team (or anything deemed as similar) completely unique, the CPU players could just get better as you play more games.

EA Sports did say that the players would improve in FIFA 15, but from playing the game I can’t confirm that this actually happens and even if they do it’s hardly noticeable.

Saying this I’d like to see some form of progression for the randomly generated players because frankly most people don’t have eleven people to play with every time they go on Pro Clubs, so there needs to be a suitable substitute rather than a punishment for not filling up all the positions, with the players we get now.

The currency system could also be used for this feature. As you earn more money/points from winning games, perhaps you could spend points on upgrading the default players or buying better random ones, there just needs to be some sort of objective to Pro Clubs to keep players engaged and to keep the experience fresh.

5. BALANCED PRO PLAYER CREATION

It’s actually quite funny that Pro Clubs relies heavily on physically stereotypes during player creation, but there are both pros and cons in doing so.

The general consensus in the game mode is that small players are fast and weak, while tall players are slow and supposedly strong. This is obviously not the case in the real world (6ft 5′ Usain Bolt as an example!) although it is necessary to distinguish the different play styles of players of different builds.

However, they need to be more closely balanced in my opinion to reflect the competitiveness of the game. You rarely see a player taller than 5ft 6′ in the game as anywhere above that height makes them particularly slow and sluggish.

Alongside this, I would like to see that in FIFA 16 choosing a position other than CAM won’t negatively affect your player’s overall rating, and at the moment, by choosing ST or CDM you decrease in rating by as much as three points.

This discourages players to try other positions in the game mode and just because you choose another position on the field, your stats and rating shouldn’t suffer for that reason alone.

SUMMARY

Overall, with Pro Clubs being reduced to just the next-gen PS4 and XBONE consoles, I fear that the game mode is being neglected by the developers.

Pro Clubs has so much potential to become FIFA 15’s most competitive mode and it could breed some of the best player teams if only the game mode itself was improved.

With these features it could challenge Ultimate Team for the FIFA throne, but that’s only if some time and effort is put into Pro Clubs by developers EA Sports, but ultimately only time will tell…

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho can’t stop scoring FIFA 15 ‘Finesse Shot’ goals

He started off with a gorgeous effort against Bolton in the FA Cup, before last weekend’s strike against Southampton.

And now he’s done it again in this clash with Manchester City. What a guy.

All of his goals are dipping, swerving efforts – exactly like when you use the ‘finesse shoot’ mode on FIFA. Exactly like that.

Watch Liverpool's Coutinho score another FIFA 15 'Finesse Shot' goal

Coutinho has learnt how to use the R1 button on the football pitch, and it’s working wonders for Liverpool.

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FIFA 15 TEAM OF THE WEEK IS LEAKED

Today has somewhat been a big day for Ultimate Team users on FIFA 15, first we find out that they have releaed Man of the Match Luis Suarez that’s 90 Rated (WOW) and now the Team of the Week that is released tomorrow has been leaked 12 hours early!

This week there are some amazing cards that anyone would like to pick up, off the bat you notice that a third inform Robben is on the right wing, along with another third inform Antoine Griezmann AND a third inform David Silva! Are you kidding me? But that’s not it for the the ToTW, as Andrea Pirlo and Candreva get their first informs of FIFA 15 and they are going to be amazing!

Everyone is stocking up on coins because this team of the week is looking better than the current one with Gotze, Muller, and Messi. If there is one thing EA is doing right, it’s with these Team of the Week cards!

Obafemi Martins, Lee Nguyen and Tommy Thompson see FIFA 15 ratings shoot up | SIDELINE

Over 130 players from around the globe have been upgraded in FIFA Ultimate Team based on their real-world performances.

Among them are three MLS players: MVP finalists Obafemi Martins and Lee Nguyen and San Jose Eathquakes Homegrown attacker Tommy Thompson.

Thompson’s rating shot up 12 points, the fourth-highest increase among the 130 upgrades. We figure the fine folks over at EA must have stumbled across the tremendous piece of skill:

Sounders star Martins saw his rating increase two points to 78, while Revs big boy Nguyen moved from a 71 to a 75.

FIFA 15 UT server problems due to EA Feb 11 maintenance

The FIFA 15 Ultimate Team servers are down right now according to reports coming in from both Twitter and status update websites. The football game is played by millions around the world and this is prime time UK daytime, although that only counts for those not at work or school.

We first heard about FIFA 15 UT servers going down early on Feb 11, 2015, in the morning from Product Reviews readers. After checking the Down Today website, it’s also clear that problems are taking place that seem to focus on getting connected to EA servers in the UK at least.

Also, checking the official EA Sports FIFA 15 channel reveals EA servers are unavailable due to maintenance taking place today (Feb 11). It’s unclear if players in the USA are also impacted, but you can see the said tweet below in the screenshot.

Are you impacted by the FIFA 15 server maintenance today and if so, what country are you in when seeing servers down? Hopefully, this maintenance doesn’t turn into an outage for many hours, as we have seen in the past. Reported problems this week could also be a reason for taking servers offline, which may fix issues players had earlier in the week.

Update: The FIFA 15 maintenance is scheduled for 3 hours and the times are 9AM to 12NOON, GMT. You should notice the downtime on PS4, Xbox One, and last generation platforms. If the downtime lasts longer than scheduled, then share a comment below.

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Singapore defender Safuwan Baharudin features in Fifa 15 after A-League loan move

SINGAPORE – Singapore defender Safuwan Baharudin now features in popular football video game Fifa 15, after his loan move to A-League side Melbourne City.

Singapore defender Safuwan Baharudin now features in popular football video game Fifa 15, after his loan move to A-League side Melbourne City. -- PHOTO: FIFA 15

Following an update earlier this week, the 23-year-old appears on the bench of the Australian side bearing the name “Baharudin”, which appears on the back of his jersey in the game as well. He is believed to be the only Singaporean player in Fifa 15.

With a rating of 56, he is the fourth-best centre-back in the squad, and can also play at right-back and as a defensive midfielder. His best attributes in the game are sprint speed, stamina and balance.

Safuwan made his highly anticipated A-League debut on Saturday, coming in to the Melbourne City starting line-up as a replacement for injured defensive midfielder Erik Paartalu. However, he was unable to prevent Melbourne City crashing to a 0-3 loss against city rivals Melbourne Victory, having been substituted after an hour.

On Safuwan’s performance, his coach John van’t Schip said: “Looking at him today… he was not afraid to challenge, he was not afraid to coach (provide directions to teammates), he wanted to have the ball; he was strong in the air defensively but also when we go forward.

“He’s a player we rate highly from what we have seen and we think he can still make big steps.”

EA Sports confirm latest batch of FIFA 15 winter transfers

EA Sports have confirmed the release of the latest round of winter transfers on FIFA 15 with the highlight being Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado joining up with his new side Chelsea.

Cuadrado moved to Chelsea on transfer deadline day from Fiorentina with Mohamed Salah going the other way on loan, another deal that has been confirmed.

Fans will be thrilled to finally get to play with Cuadrado who brings five star skills to the already impressive line-up that Chelsea possess.

He’s also got plenty of pace and it’s likely that many players will use him on the right wing in place of Willian although he could even play at right-back if you were feeling particularly adventurous.

Andre Schurrle’s move from the Blues to Wolfsburg is also in there as are a number of deals completed on transfer deadline day.

These include Sebastian Giovinco’s move to Toronto from Italian champions Juventus after his contract with the Turin giants was terminated early.

Also on the list are Robert Huth’s loan from Stoke to Leicester, Yann M’Vila’s return to Rubin Kazan, Darren Fletcher’s transfer from Manchester United to West Brom and Davide Santon’s loan back to Inter Milan from Newcastle United.

West Ham fined by FIFA over Sakho selection, stays in FA Cup

ZURICH (AP) — West Ham escaped being thrown out of the FA Cup after FIFA only fined the Premier League club on Wednesday for playing Senegal forward Diafra Sakho when he was deemed unavailable for the African Cup of Nations because of injury.

Sakho withdrew from Senegal’s squad before the African tournament began on Jan. 17, citing a back injury, but came on as a substitute for West Ham in its FA Cup fourth-round match against Bristol City on Jan. 25. He scored the winner in a 1-0 victory.

FIFA reprimanded Sakho and fined West Ham 100,000 Swiss francs ($108,000) — although the punishment could have been more severe for the English club.

The world governing body said West Ham had breached a regulation on releasing players for international duty, but wasn’t found to have violated a provision that would have led to the club having to forfeit the match.

“The question of further sanctions to be possibly imposed needs now to be dealt with by the entity responsible for the relevant competition, i.e. The FA, in application of its regulations,” FIFA said.

The FA said that Sakho was eligible to play in the match under its rules.

Bristol City said it is disappointed with FIFA ruling’s and is “considering its options.”

The Senegal Football Association complained to FIFA that West Ham said Sakho was “prevented from playing and traveling by plane” because of his back injury.

Senegal finished third in Group C at the African Cup and failed to advance to the quarterfinals.

“We have not breached any rules or regulations whatsoever,” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said last week. “I am extremely disappointed in Senegal’s reaction.”

Cuadrado to Chelsea in FIFA 15 February update

We have just hours to go until the January transfer window shuts on Monday evening. Compared to other years there has not been much activity, but the big talking point at the moment seems to be revolving around Juan Cuadrado’s transfer to Chelsea FC.

The highly rated midfielder is rumored to be on his way to London, but only if current midfielder Andre Schurrle moves to German side Wolfsburg.

Assuming the move does go through, we can give FIFA 15 gamers an exact heads-up on the type of player that Chelsea has just bought or could buy in the Summer if the move this week doesn’t go through.

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At the moment, Cuadrado is rated an 83 in the game by default. He hasn’t received any in-form cards yet during the season, but he is one of the handful of players that possesses 5-star skill moves in the game which is always nice of course.

We’ve picked out a brief, but very useful Juan Cuadrado FIFA 15 review for you to check out. If he does make the move to Chelsea then this will definitely serve you well.

This guy has blistering pace, so would you like to see him in Chelsea colors on FIFA 15? Let us know your last minute expectations for the ongoing transfers.

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FIFA 15: 6 High Potential Wonderkids and Youngsters to Buy for Your Career Mode

With FIFA 15 launching worldwide this week, many of you will be looking for those high potential players that could make or break your managerial career in Career Mode.

Career Mode is back this year in full effect, with the Global Transfer Market taking on a bit more of a refined look.

If you played last year, you will be able to select for your scouting group to be some of the best in the business and you will have four scouts at your disposal from the start, with a full list of pre-scouted targets to launch inquiries in to and scout further.

You are also able to search by last name again, like in iterations prior to FIFA 14, which allows you to find that individual player you want to add to your team, rather than having to flip through the list of players on each team.

In this article, you’ll find a list of players—all rated around 75 or below, with some exceptions—who have high potential ratings (84 or above), who, if you buy them quickly (usually within the first season or so), could take your club to the next level in the span of a few seasons. They are all under the age of 21 at the time of the publishing of this article.

The ratings shown are provided by SOFIFA and tabulated through computer simulation. So, if you heavily favor a player or really just find them easy to play with and put them in your squad week-in and week-out, they will grow beyond the potential rating shown here.