Saturday, October 31, 2015

My Best Ultimate Team Club yet

This is probably my final Fifa 15 post and rightly so, as it’s been a little over a month since the release of Fifa 16 which I had pre-ordered and am currently playing. I did feel the need to create a post about all the players in my final Club in Fifa 15 Ultimate team as I think it was my best Ultimate Team lineup by far in my 4 years of playing Fifa Ultimate Team.

Fifa 15 was probably my best Ultimate Team year due to the sheer number and quality of players that I got in packs or managed to buy. It was also the year where I obtained by first ever Inform player In Ultimate Team as well as my first ever Team of the season Player.

Ironically, I only managed to get my hands on Fifa 15 during the Christmas holidays as that is when I bought my PS4 as well the Holiday edition of Fifa 15. So not only was I about 4 months late to the party, I hadn’t even pre-ordered it which means no weekly packs for me sadly.

I do however remember buying quite a bit of fifa points in order to open packs on multiple occasions which might be the reason behind my Fifa 15 Ultimate Team success.

Fifa 15 was the first year I was able to buy Iniesta for my Ultimate Team. He is one of my favorite players to watch in real life as well as one of my favorite players to use ingame. Iniesta is an absolute gem of a player as his passing is top notch but even more so his dribbling is one of the best in game which I’ve used to edge out the win on more than one occasion.

Every year I play Ultimate Team I form a Liga BBVA team and try to emulate the club that I follow in real life, which is none other than the infamous FC Barcelona and in Fifa 15 I had the most Barcelona players on my Ultimate Team than any previous year.

I had almost everyone from Barcelona including first time addition of Dani Alves to Pique who I have managed to buy every year since Ultimate Team 2011. I was still unable to get the all sought after Messi or Ronaldo cards which I haven’t gotten in 4 years of playing Ultimate Team, hopefully Fifa 16 can be my lucky year.

I did however get a number of other notable players both from FC Barcelona as well other big clubs. Some of the honorable mentions include Neymar (Winter upgraded version), Bale, Robben, Ribery and the Legendary Ibra card. Most of these players were first time entries to my club in Ultimate Team ever!

Awesome attackers weren’t the only thing I was able to pack or buy; I was able to get the coveted Serigo Ramos and Thiago Silva card, although I never DID try them out in the same team and the Centerback Neuer. I jest of course, but he was BEASTLY at defending, defending the ball from going into the back of my net!

Someone once mentioned to me that there was no point in collecting Ultimate Team players as if I just wanted to use Bale or Ronaldo I could just use Real Madrid in Kick off mode or in regular online seasons and that would be that. BUT to me it’s all about the joy of opening a pack and finding a super rare card in it. It probably has something to do with my childhood experiences of opening card packs in real life in the search of those oh so rare holographic pokemon cards. I seem to get a similar rush from opening virtual packs accompanied by an equally similar and all too familiar disappointment and frustration of getting absolute garbage or god forbid a repeat of the same shitty player for the 6th or 7th time which, let me tell you was quite possible.

Nevertheless, my point is that Fifa 15 was my best year in terms of the players that I had in my Ultimate Team club and I managed to do it WITHOUT buying coins from coins sellers. While I did say I bought some packs, I didn’t spend thousands of dollars on Fifa points or even hundreds at that.

And so I wanted to share this with you – the world before I finally moved on for good to Fifa 16 in the hopes of getting an EVEN better Ultimate Team club. Maybe, JUST maybe Fifa 16 is the year where I FINALLY get the ever elusive Ronaldo or Messi, maybe even a Ronaldo or Messi inform or Team of the Season. That alone would top my Fifa 15 club that I was so proud off, but who am I kidding, I probably have a better chance of getting struck my lightning INSIDE my house with the way my pack luck is :P

Fifa 15 Ultimate Team was home to a lot of ‘firsts’ for me, first time Iniesta, first time Dani Alves, first time Neymar, first time Bale and more importantly first inform and first Team of the Season card ever!

I am hoping that Fifa 16 can be home to a few more firsts as well. With the addition of hero and Man of the Match Ultimate Team cards, there are even more choices of rare cards to pack than ever before and although I have never gotten anything other than an inform and a Team of the Season Toni Kroos, I will continue opening packs in the hopes of getting one of these sometime soon.

I did also start recording more of my pack openings, so when I eventually do get my first Ronaldo or Messi, I will probably upload my pack opening reaction for the world to see regardless of how embarrassing it turns out to be.

Here is a video detailing ALL my GOLD players in my club.

Feel free to let me know in the comments below what players you have packed or been able to buy for your Club in Fifa Ultimate Team.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Destiny: The Taken King already on sale

You read that right, Destiny Taken King is already on sale a little over a month after its release. If for some reason you are like me and almost never pre-order games 5 years in advance for those special pre-order bonuses AND have been waiting for Destiny: The Taken King to drop in price, well you are in luck!
Destiny: Taken King Legendary edition is on sale for $59.99 at your local Canadian Bestbuy for a savings of $20 Canadian for both the PS4 AND the Xbox one.  

This is an especially good deal if, again like me, you ONLY have vanilla destiny and not the 2 DLC’s that came after the original content.Considering you would need those two DLC’S in order to play the Taken King that would cost you $75 Canadian in itself if you bought them separately, as Just the Taken King expansion by itself is available for $40 and the 2 DLC’s combined can be bought for $35.

If however you buy the Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition which is currently on sale at Bestbuy, you would effectively be paying $40 for the Taken king expansion and $20 for the 2 DLC’s which is a pretty sweet deal.

This deal becomes EVEN sweeter if you have neither the DLC’s nor vanilla destiny to begin with as you are getting the original game for a fraction of the price early adopters paid for it, which is probably part of the reason for this sale, to get those last few stragglers who haven’t jumped into Destiny yet.

Either way, if you have been thinking about picking up destiny or looking for a reason to upgrade from vanilla Destiny, this would definitely be a good time to do so, as $59.99 for Destiny The Taken King seems to be a very good deal.

I think the next time the game would probably go on sale would be during Christmas / Boxing Day when it might be EVEN cheaper than $59.99. If you are willing to wait and take that risk, it might pay off. If however you have been dying to play it then head on down to your local Bestbuy and pick up a copy or even a regular games store if they are willing to price match the deal.

Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition will be on sale for $59.99 at Bestbuy till October 29th, 2015.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fifa 16 Not as bad as the reviews claim

Even though I was always going to buy Fifa 16 regardless of what the reviewers said, there had been a lot of talk this year about PES 16 being the better option especially in terms of gameplay. I pre-ordered my copy of Fifa 16 a day before the release date here in Canada and while eagerly waiting for my copy to arrive at my doorstep, I looked at many early reviews of the game. To my surprise I found that the reviews were mostly negative as many people thought the game was lackluster or even just terrible.

I must say, reading some of these reviews really killed some of my anticipation for the game. So when the game finally did arrive I was anxious to even play it. Nonetheless my curiosity got the better of me and I fired it up, I did after all pay $100 for the deluxe edition, I’d have to play it at some point.
My first impression of Fifa 16 is that it is quite similar to Fifa 15 but with amped up presentation, graphics and squad updates.

Considering the reviews for Fifa 15 were generally favorable, I was kind of surprised to find mostly negative reviews regarding Fifa 16.

To me Fifa 16 feels quite similar if not exactly like Fifa 15 at least in terms of gameplay, with a few updates as well as a new game mode called Ultimate Team Draft, which by the way is quite fun and addicting. While the Draft mode is quite good, it is not the thing that stood out for me, the first time I fired up Fifa 16. It was the breathtaking presentation of Fifa 16 the really caught my eye.
If there is one thing that Fifa does well it is their presentation, and this year I think they outdid themselves.

The presentation in Fifa 16 is truly immaculate. Last year when Fifa 15 came out, I thought it was the best looking Fifa ever and didn’t think they could improve upon the presentation much this time around, I was wrong. Everything from the stadium including the people IN the stadium, to the atmosphere as well as the pitch and ESPECAILLY the players have all been exceptionally done and done better than in Fifa 15. They even added the magic spray to Fifa 16. At first glance this might not seem like such a big deal, but it just adds THAT much more to the realism and “feel” of the game.

Another thing that stood out for me was the prices of players in Ultimate Team, with EA implementing its min/max for Ultimate Team players towards the end of last year; it seems they carried this on in Fifa 16 and I for one am glad. Yes, they did this mainly because they want more money. They were losing money to coin sellers and while I’m sure coin selling still exists it’s just on a much smaller scale due to min/max prices settings. This means that instead of Messi costing 7 million fifa coins he now costs a more reasonable 1.2-1.4 million. Now don’t get me wrong that is still A LOT of coins but it seems much more feasible to attain Messi at that price than at 7 million coins.

IF Messi DID cost 7 million the ONLY way for someone to attain one would be through packs or well buying coins and so while people were buying coins, the prices were always insanely inflated and sometimes the market in Ultimate Team just crashed.
Hopefully this year we can have a more stable marketplace for Ultimate Team, with more stable and reasonable prices for players.

So what then was the problem that so many of these reviewers found to be so terrible about Fifa 16?
And the answer is nothing, I think most people feel like EA should have implemented some huge game changing mechanic that alters the playing style or changes the pace of the game. But the thing that makes fifa…well fifa, is the way it plays. While I have not played PES in a while, the last time I DID try it the movement of the players felt robotic, while in fifa the movement of players and movement in general seems more fluid, albeit a little fast paced.

Now this all could have changed this year as some of the reviews indicated that PES 16 gameplay far surpasses Fifa 16 gameplay, but I am a little skeptical of that, and I think people’s outlook is blinded by the fact that they were just expecting MORE out of fifa 16 this year for whatever reason.
Yes, while it IS true that EA seems to be milking their cash cow, and instead of making huge game changing strides have decided to keep relying on a model that already works well. I also do agree that some part of Fifa’s gameplay does need to be updated or fixed, but why change something that is already pretty good only to accidentally have it turn up being much worse?

With Fifa 16’s new amped up presentation, new Draft mode for Ultimate Team and long awaited changes to career mode, I think Fifa 16 is not that bad of a game, if anything its actually quite a good game, better in some ways than Fifa 15. I may be one of the few people who feels this way, but at the end of the day I think regardless of what people say they have or are going to buy AND play Fifa 16 anyways, and they SHOULD.

Fifa 16 has a lot to keep people occupied and while they only made minor improvements to the game overall, they all seem to add up making Fifa 16 a good game to play.

You can watch my very first fifa game against the computer in the El Classico match up below.

I would like to hear YOUR thoughts on Fifa 16 and whether or not you think it’s a decent game or completely garbage. Feel free to leave your comments in the comments section below!