Another addition to the
game is the ability to shield the ball from your opponents.
When youíre running with the ball, your player automatically
pushes away anyone in his path. Sometimes you get through,
sometimes you donít. If you do get through, fire in
that low cross and see your striker smash a first time volley
into the net!
of shielding would be to hold the ball up, then when the time
is right, release a through ball to your strikers. This is one
of the elements sorely lacking in previous installments, and
itís an addition that is more than welcome.
Foul! Look at the
An arm a day keeps the
defender at bay!
and Set Pieces
I did not mind that I did not score a single goal
from a set piece, be it from a corner kick or free kick.
But what really got me jumping was that the computer
was scoring from almost every set-piece (I was playing
on World Class)! So I decided to use the training game
and fine-tune my set pieces. After about 90 corners
and 60 free kicks, I managed to time my delivery and
finishing to about 80% confidence in scoring from set
pieces. It was worth it as Iíve won countless games
by the odd goal thanks to these set pieces. So if you
want to play better, learn to exploit set pieces.
Accuracy is important
More options to play with
Hmm, who should I pass the
Once you get the hold of the game, youíd realize
that itís quite easy. After 3 games into the season,
I switched from Amateur to Professional level. After
the 6th game and 32 goals later, I went on
to World Class. Once on that level, things began to
get hairy. It was much more difficult to score, to defend,
to get the ball, it was much more difficult. Period.
Only then did the game start to trouble me. I was scrapping
for draws against teams like Bradford City and Southampton.
However difficult playing on World Class is, you never
get the impression that the computer is cheating. Occasionally,
their strikers shoot wide when left with an open goal
or their defence gets caught while trying to play the
offside trap. Believe me, after a while on World Class,
youíd realize that itís much more fun than playing on
about team management?