Product: FIFA 21
Please specify your platform model. PC
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Enter RAM memory size in GB 32
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Which mode has this happened in? Kick off
How often does the bug occur? Every time (100%)
Steps: How can we find the bug ourselves? There's a big gameplay issue where midfielders do not track runs or engage in defensive duties/shape at all. '1v1' seems to be the cause. As one defender is programmed to only mark one attacker, many positional and logical problems arise. There's no contextual logic at all. I've provided many video examples with further explanation below.
What happens when the bug occurs? Midfielders (and wingers, sometimes defenders also) will just stand still like they're 'switched off' and will not come across to mark logical danger. They simply just stand there and watch. The '1v1' feature brought in in FIFA 20 seems to be the cause of this. We can't micro-manage our entire team one by one to play a team sport. In the examples you'll see below, you'll see how this manifests many times throughout a match. All examples provided are on legendary difficulty also.
What should be happening instead? The AI should be 'engaged' at the very least. They need to track runs and react to danger. At the moment the midfielders simply stand still and don't engage. This is not the AI 'holding our hand' at all, this is just basic football logic that the rest of your team should track runs and engage.
There's a big gameplay issue with midfielders not tracking runs or engaging in defensive duties/shape at all. '1v1' seems to be the cause. As one defender is programmed to only mark one attacker many positional and logical problems arise. There's no contextual logic.
I've provided many video examples with further explanation below. All examples are on Legendary settings.
This is really a deal breaker in my eyes and needs to be fixed immediately. Last years defensive logic was one thing but it was at least serviceable but somehow has gotten worse. The offensive side of the ball continues to get these new mechanics and it's never balanced to make it competitive on the defensive side. Defensive mechanics continue to be removed of nullified in order to highlight the "cool" offensive animations.
I can confirm this issue happens on Career Mode as well, and presumably every other mode where it's User VS CPU. It's not even if the central midfielders are a bit out of position but trying to get back, they literally stand still as if the game has stopped. I agree it seems like 1v1 is the obvious culprit, therefore it is a bug. This is not a preference, it's not the same as some people preferring the game to be faster/slower/more direct/more or less skills, those things are preferences. This is a bug, which needs to be fixed.
They could have at least introduced an option to disable this offline.
I guess they messed up this time due to the effects of the pandemic. I will skip this game, and wait for next year's iteration.
I’ve honestly never been so excited for a game just for it to be 100% unplayable to me. The midfielders literally just watch the game.
Because this may not be an issue for FUT players but it is for offline community and defenders standing around not aware of what's going on looks ridiculous.
The defending is absolutely disgraceful. Borderline impossible. Every game has minimum 5-6 goals, can’t defend, players don’t track runs, no midfield support on defence, huge gaps between back 4 split wide open with 1 through ball, all players set to defensive tactics and still cannot prevent any of the above. The game is the most unenjoyable I have played to date. Absolutely sick of it already.