Beautiful Ben Joins The Arena – Episode 06

FUT FM Episode 6

Our very first guest star, Ben from the awesome FUT Weekly Podcast, joins us for an exhilarating chat our various stances on SBCs, favorite FIFA 17 players, pros playing only home matches, the marketing brilliance of The Journey, and so much more! Tune in to find out if Valerio gets triggered again (spoilers, he does).

Italian Team Crying
Valerio’s countrymen ( Highly triggered)

Who’s your favorite FIFA 17 player?

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In this episode: drpoplove (Goran), Italian Stallion (Valerio), Nellygotbored (Nenad), and Ben from Fut Weekly. Thanks for listening, and we’ll be back next week with episode 7. Cheers!


Our First Giveaway ($50 PSN/XBL Card) – Episode 05

FUT FM Episode 5

Hey comrades, before we get to the show notes we have an exciting announcement! We’re giving away a $50 PSN or XBL gift card (your choice) at the end of July 2017. To enter for a chance to win, all you need to do is follow us on Twitter and retweet the tweet below. Good luck!

The State OF Goalkeepers In FIFA 17

We know that goalkeepers in FIFA have never been great, and sometimes they’re entirely broken. Isn’t it strange that they’ve never been truly fixed? Is this even possible? The game has to remain fun and you have to be able to score, but when the ball bounces towards the keeper, he should definitely not kick it into his own net.

There’s no denying that the initial shot should have been a goal there, but damn son, what’s the keeper doing?

Everyone Plays With The Same Player Instructions

FIFA might have a tactical problem. If everyone plays forwards with “get in behind” and full backs with “stay back when attacking,” does that mean the game is limited in its ability to handle other instructions effectively? Or does this simply mean that these are the best options by far?

Either way, it contributes to a stale metagame that settles extremely early in the game’s lifespan and doesn’t evolve too much.

A Survey Of Over 3400 FIFA 17 Players

Want to know how FIFA players play the game and what they actually think of it? Be sure to watch the video below.

By the way, if you missed last week’s episode, be sure to tune in!

In this episode: drpoplove (Goran), Italian Stallion (Valerio), Nellygotbored (Nenad), and Chappers (Elis). Thanks for listening, and we’ll be back next week with a brand new FUT FM!

Banter For Days – FUT FM Episode 04

FUT FM Episode 4

This week, the banter gets too real, Elis attempts to justify the “shush” celebration, Valerio gets angry and curses for the second episode in a row in what can only be described as the most beautiful triggering of all time, Nelly contradicts himself, and Goran is just 100% perfect as usual…

FUT FM Barcelona Meme

Oops, The Weekend League

Early on in the episode we talk about the possibility of the Weekend League ending, but it’s actually going to continue! The new rewards have been announced and people are understandably upset as old (and arguably not as useful) cards are being recycled.

Ball Clearing Debate

Do you clear the ball with shoot or cross? Let us know on Twitter, because we debate the merit of each on this episode, and it gets a little feisty, hehe.

FIFA Players Kind Of Hate FIFA (?)

After polling over 3400 FIFA players, the data is somewhat surprising! We go over some of the most interesting questions and preview the full analysis. Do most people think FIFA cheats them? Is high pressure overpowered? Find out in the full analysis.

Connection Conspiracy

In his quest to consistently get 5 bar matches, Valerio has noted some pretty significant differences between playing out of North/West Europe vs Southern Europe. Is it possible that a footballing powerhouse like Italy doesn’t get its own servers? Why does Valerio keep getting matched with other continents? The mystery continues to grow.

The Potential Of FUT Draft

A listener question spawns a discussion about how amazing FUT Draft could be… and how the mode currently receives no love and is full of gameplay altering glitches. Will we see an update to this mode in FIFA 18? Will draft tokens still be a thing?

By the way, if you missed the episode in which A MONITOR GETS PUNCHED, be sure to tune in over here.

In this episode: drpoplove (Goran), Italian Stallion (Valerio), Nellygotbored (Nenad), and Chappers (Elis). Thanks for listening, and we’ll be back next week!

Everyone Gets Exposed And A Monitor Gets Punched – FUT FM Episode 03

FUT FM Episode 3

On this week’s episode, Valerio goes 40 – 0 in FUT Champs, we finally get EXPOSED in every way possible, Chappers smashes a monitor (WTF mate?), we debate L2R2 dribbling and the power of shielding, plus we talk about the necessity of a spectator/broadcaster mode , take your sexy questions, and so much more. Don’t miss this episode!

Totti crying
Totti’s crying tears of joy upon realizing his fellow countryman Valerio went 40 – 0 in FUT Champs.

Spectator Mode and Broadcaster Mode In FIFA 18

We talked about a spectator/broadcaster mode a lot this week. If EA wants to grow the game as an eSport and expand its audience, this is a must have feature set. Every single eSport game has had at least a decently functional suite of tools designed to enhance the viewing experience.

And as we all know, pro FIFA play can get pretty dry to watch. What do you guys think? Would you use a spectate or broadcast feature? Let us know on our Twitter, right here right now.

The State Of L2R2 Dribbling And Shielding in FIFA 17

Another massive topic that we cover this week is how absurd L2R2 dribbling and general shielding gets. As you’ll hear Valerio point out, there has never been a recorded instance of a player ice skating on the pitch in real life like a player in FIFA. Does L2R2 have a place in the game, or should it be banished to the fiery pits of hell?

Speaking of L2… that shielding though. As we come to a close on FIFA 17, it’s to reflect on how this button has transformed the flow of matches this year, for better and worse.

Pre Game Stats Screen

In PES, the game tells you what your opponent’s tendencies are as you get into a match with them. If they like to counter attack often or play possession, you’ll know. Kind of like a real scouting report.

However, this screen causes a huge divide on the podcast when it comes to FIFA. What do you think though, should players be served scouting reports on the opposition or should have to figure things out as you play?

By the way, if you haven’t heard our FIFA 18 gameplay reveal discussion, be sure to check it out here.

In this episode: drpoplove (Goran), Italian Stallion (Valerio), Nellygotbored (Nenad), and Chappers (Elis). Thanks for listening, and see you next week <3

Massive FIFA 18 Gameplay Reveal – FUT FM Episode 02

Massive FIFA 18 Gameplay Reveal - FUT FM Episode 02

This week we have a very special episode focused entirely on covering and debating the crazy new gameplay features that FIFA 18 is bringing to the table. From new tackling control debates to hive mind AI and next level Maradona banter, you’ll kick yourself if you miss this episode.

FIFA 18 FUT Icons

Will “Real Player Motion” Actually Change How We Play FIFA 18 Or Is It Just Marketing Hype?

FIFA 18 is set to feature a new animation engine, signature player animations, and most importantly, the size and skill of the player will affect how they actually move with their feet. If let’s say Smalling needs to cover 100 meters, he’ll end up taking more steps than Messi, but Messi will be able to take many smaller and better touches, giving him more control.

This could lead to quite a bit more realism in the game, or it could lead to an era of close control being dominant in the meta game. We’ll see how it pans out, but if they’re doing signature animations for key players, it could create a lot of issues for the less popular ones in Ultimate Team.

Will Ronaldo’s cards have “the best” and “most efficient” animations since he was mo capped for example? You’d like to think that won’t be the case and that the game will balance it out, but then again Ronaldo is “overpowered” in real life with the amount of goals he scores anyway. As you’ll hear in our FUT FM episode, all of this is very tricky!

How Will The New FIFA 18 Crossing Controls Affect Matches?

Crossing inputs have been changed to include the use of shoulder buttons as modifiers, and crossing physics have been altered as well.

While FIFA 17 made traditional crossing horribly inefficient (that driven cross cutback though!), you wouldn’t want it to be too easy in FIFA 18 of course.

And lord save us all if pure cross spam becomes a viable play style once more.

There’s A New Type Of Tackle In FIFA 18

FIFA 18 has a tackle that’s somewhere between a standing tackle and a sliding tackle, and it’s currently mapped to the triangle/Y button.

We discuss whether or not this could be the biggest change to the defensive side of the franchise since jockeying became so powerful. And is having more defensive options good or bad in terms of decision making on defense? There’s a fine balance to strike between manual defending and auto defending, especially in FIFA Ultimate Team.

FIFA 18 Is Set To Introduce A Hive Mind AI System

In recent interviews, the developers have confirmed that AI players in FIFA 18 will make decisions based on what the rest of the team is doing.

In theory, this could completely change how we attack and defend in the game, and sneakily suggests that the AI in previous games was to blame for a lot of issues popping up randomly. Perhaps this will result in a more realistic matches of football, but of course, Ultimate Team has never been about realism, so we’ll see.

And of course, there’s so much more to cover, from new player archetypes to new Ultimate Team Icons like Diego Maradona and Lev Yashin. If you’re not subscribed already, be sure to hit the links to the right (or at the bottom if you’re on your phone).

Don’t forget to check out our debut episode as well!

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This episode features drpoplove (Goran), Italian Stallion (Valerio), and Nellygotbored (Nenad). See you next week, thanks for listening!