Now that we’re in December, regular players should now be up to speed with the kinks and nuances of FIFA 22.
You should be well up to speed with the new innovation of HyperMotion technology, too -HyperMotion implements 11 vs 11 motion capture and adds new animations, as many as 4,000 of them, to make the game feel more realistic than it’s ever felt before.
You’ll also get the sense of realism being able to change tactics on the fly to outwit whoever you’re playing. Whether it’s Ultimate Team, career mode or just playing against your mates, there’s always something more you can be doing to better yourself.
So here’s five ways that you can tactically change a match in your favour…
There’s a reason why France Football awarded Chelsea with their inaugural ‘Club of the Year’ award – and it’s because their tactics are really overpowered on FIFA 22 (citation needed).
Much like Thomas Tuchel’s Blues, the 3-4-3 formation on FIFA sees wing-backs play as natural wingers rather than defenders, while the wide forwards give them ample room to stretch play by tucking inside and creating overloads in central areas.
If you want to smother your opposition, then this is the cheat code you need. It may require your build-up to be slower and more intricate but the pay-off is worth it.
Looking for the lion’s share of possession in a fluid system? Then boy do we have just the system for you.
EA Sports quietly added in a feature that allows a defensive midfielder to drop between the centre backs should you so wish, and it’s a tactical innovation that works as well in game as it does in real life.
If you have a midfielder comfortable as bringing the ball out as they are with winning it back, then this is definitely the best way to put them to good use.
I once lived with someone who viewed FIFA the same way that Jose Mourinho views real life football – the team who make the fewest mistakes will win the match.
Then again, this (former) housemate liked to eat pasta with sides of salmon and banana while Mourinho lost 6-1 to Bodo/Glimt the other month. But let’s assume that both are full of wisdom.
If you really want to frustrate your opponent – as is so easily the case with video games – then you can always just sit in and make them really work for their chances.
The downside is that this will require your full concentration in order to make sure your defenders don’t randomly go walkabouts when you’re not controlling them. Quickly switching players to keep everyone in line is the way to go.
The problem with trying not to make mistakes is that you’re human and you’re bound to make mistakes. Tough luck, pal.
Instead, why not try just obliterating your opponent with every tool in your arsenal?
I know, this is hardly Pep Guardiola levels of tactical innovation but it’s an effective strategy nonetheless.
Where FIFA really excels at being a football simulation game is that there is no one correct way to win and there’s hundreds of ways to experiment and tinker to find a winning formula.
Sometimes you’ll realise that the best plan to have is no plan at all. Proper Harry Redknapp style of management. Get your best players on the pitch and that should be enough – well, depending on how good the person controlling them is.
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