80 Per Cent Of SPORTbible Audience Think FIFA Is Scripted
When you concede a goal on FIFA, it's never, ever just accepted is it? You immediately throw your controller in range as you yell, "Scripted FIFA bullshit!".
As soon as FIFA 19 came out, players were immediately doing as above and now, as we edge ever closer to FIFA 20's release in September, SPORTbible conducted a poll has revealed that a staggering 80 per cent of gamers genuinely think the game is scripted.
Do you think FIFA 19 is scripted? :video_game:
- SPORTbible (@sportbible) July 19, 2019
Over 17,000 people cast their votes and we received a number of interesting replies from our audience:
Players becoming useless in second half, tackles making less sense than pinball and within 5 in game minutes you can tell if you're playing a normal game or one in which you're definitely going to lose.
- Ben Halliday (@whybloodybother) July 19, 2019
I call it the inevitable goal, 88th min... the cross tha beats 5 defenders and gets to the only striker... the header frm 15yrs out tha the best gk cnt reach... the shot frm 35yrs out on the player's weak foot.
- Clarke_kent (@Mister_duncan19) July 19, 2019
When you start career mode, check the last game of the season that you will play and they will be the team that is battling you for the top spot throughout the season
- Dan Woodcock (@woodie2k8) July 19, 2019
It has a balancing in it so if someone goes 2/3 goals ahead shot % for yourself goes down in likely hood of scoring while the opponent gets a far easier % of scoring. Just keep anyone engaged.
- Elliot Ward (@W4RDY96) July 19, 2019
Not "scripted" but dynamic difficulty and momentum is definitely a thing. Gameplay varies massively during the match.
- Oscar R (@OS_dLt) July 19, 2019
Maybe not 'scripted' as such but the momentum programmed into the game is overpowered as fuck. If the game wants you to lose, then you will.
- Ben Bowler (@Ben_Bowler98) July 19, 2019
Our survey follows on from '@FUT_economist' posing the question to his 94,000 followers on Twitter and garnering over 20,000 votes - with 73 per cent believing that EA Sports' franchise game is actually fixed.
Do you believe the results of FIFA 19 games are influenced by hidden mechanics commonly referred to as "scripting" or "momentum" ?
- Jamey - FutEconomist (@FUT_Economist) March 25, 2019
How could a video game possibly be scripted we hear you ask? Well a lot of people genuinely think that the game unfairly manipulates a match by tweaking certain areas, such as improving the AI, changing difficulties.
For instance, one chap took to the FIFA subreddit back in September to share a clip of one of his games on Ultimate Team and it promptly went viral as a result.
:video_game::joy: "Went on to lose 2-1 after this."
Already done with the new FIFA...#FIFA19
- The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) September 25, 2018
With the score at 1-1, he attacks down the left and whips a brilliant ball in for James Maddison to get on the end of.
The Leicester City No.10 does just that but sees his left-footed effort crash against the post but then both Marcus Rashford and Lucas Moura hit the woodwork when following up.
The opposition goalkeeper than collects the ball in his grasp after the third strike hits the post and that's the end of the move. To make matters worse, he went on to lose the game 2-1.
But when EA producer Sam Rivera was asked about the theory of scripting ahead of the FIFA 18 launch, he completely shot it down as expected.
"No. We don't really have a reason to out that in the game," he told Dream Team.
"Our job is to is to understand the football concepts and put them in the game one by one and in detail. Let me give you an example.
"You ask Ronaldo to take a shot and hit the left corner of the goal every time - he won't be able to. There are many reasons that are going to prevent him from doing that.
"There could be pressure, the ball could be too close to you, it could be on your weak foot... there are many, many reasons so we try to understand those in detail and put them in the game."