Friday, 7 June 2019

FIFA 19 Womens World Cup Final


They have gone and done it, FIFA have added the women's world cup final to kick off mode, granted I would have loved to have played the tournament like you could do for the men's game last year but I guess it is baby steps and I am glad it has been included even if it is just one game. FIFA have added new teams for this mode, those teams that will be making the trip to France ready for kick off in just 2 days time and they seem to be wanting to partake in the women's football market a little more especially with its growing fanbase since the 2015 world cup. However, they do still have a long way to go, with lack of teams (some from euros are missing and those up and coming teams are also no existent) and only being able to play for the national teams, I would love to see them add in the FAWSL and NWSL just as a starting point to give those WOSO fans more variety to play. 

So onto the final mode, one thing they have done well is adding in extra teams to show the true tournament. I honestly expected them just to have a handful of the favourites as an option. They have also got the new Nike kits absolutely spot on and the details on them look amazing, especially on the England and USWNT away kits.

So now I am going to breakdown a few bits from the 3 teams I have currently played as and looked into...


The USWNT 


Of course the USWNT was the first team I played as, they are my favourites after all. But what I don't understand is why FIFA haven't done their research before releasing this feature, the USWNT roster came out at the beginning of May yet things are still wrong. The likes of Davidson, Lavelle are all missing yet they are going to the world cup. What gets me most is you have been able to play as these players before so why not add them in? Especially when you have Short and Zerboni available who aren't even going to the world cup. You then have Emily Sonnett down as a RB in the game when she is in fact a centre back who has been a RB a handful of times due to injury, surely FIFA want to show their knowledge of the women's game if they want to get into that market.


Now for my favourite part like seriously who comes up with these stats?? They have Rapinoe down as a 92 rating which in my opinion absolutely not a chance, especially when Heath and Morgan are only 90's I honestly do believe if they reckon Rapinoe is a 92, Morgan should be a 91 at least and Heath should be a 92 also as she has all the aspects, skill, passing, definitely dribbling, shooting and even does really well defending, I just really can't get my head around where the ratings have come from. Alongside this how is Horan only an 87, with her defending ability her skill in midfield and her shooting and heading ability she should be way higher at least pushing very close to the 90 mark if you want to put Rapinoe at 92. Horan was up for awards and was the NWSL MVP last year so do people not watch the games? Or do they literally just go off what they see in national games as opposed to adding league games in too. This is honestly why I believe Press and O'Hara are only an 82, I believe they have just gone off the past few national games, which O'Hara unfortunately missed due to injury and Press missed due to personal reasons, if they actually took into account league games (from when Press was in Sweden & Utah) they would see both these players were worth a lot more.


England 


I guess the best part about the England team is that all the team is actually correct, no mistakes on the roster just all the players in who are going to the world cup which is an improvement from the USWNT. But what has really confused me is that Steph Houghton, England and Man City captain is only an 86 where as Rapinoe for the USWNT is the 92. Steph is an absolutely solid defender with a huge skill set and strong leadership skills and also has a fantastic shot and head on her meaning she gets plenty of goals. She has all the aspects so why is Rapinoe higher than her?

Not just that but I think the England squad has been massively underestimated I mean Alex Greenwood as pacey left back who can play a decent pass/cross as well as grab herself a goal and take on defenders is only a 77? She definitely shouldn't be anywhere under 80. The same with Georgia Stanway the Man City player has had possibly her best season yet and played some great games for her country yet she just breaks the 70 mark? Really FIFA if injury hit Morgan Brian for the States can be 80 surely Stanway deserves better she is a true allrounder and I believe her shots are worth a 75 alone due to her ability.


 My only other notable issue with this England squad is the fact they have Daly listed as a striker, yes she may be able to play any position but all you need to do is check the world cup roster and you will see she is down as a defender. Just one simple check could have got this correct.

Australia


The Australia roster I can't really complain about, it was correct at the time of the launch of this mode however, since then the team has unfortunately been hit by injuries meaning a few players have had to drop out and be replaced. It will be interesting to see if they replace the likes of Alleway and Simon on the rosters.


Once again my main issues are with the player ratings. Yes Sam Kerr might be one of the biggest names in women's football right now but is she really worth a 92? When other players have been given such low ratings. Yes she has a good shot is fast and can score goals but I wouldn't say her defending was good enough for her to warrant a 92. Have the guys at FIFA just gone for her being a big name? 
If Kerr is a 92 the surely the likes of Raso and Carpenter should be a lot better. Raso has been hit by injury lately, with a broken back but just like with England's Alex Greenwood she shouldn't be under 80 just like Ellie Carpenter should be up there not with the 74 she has been given. Carpenter can charge down field with great pressure on the opposition, she has all the skills so why isn't she higher? The only aspect letting her down really would possibly be her shooting.


 I am loving the fact that by playing this mode you can unlock the Champion trophy which is simply win a cup final. I honestly wasn't expecting to be able to do this with the mode just been added but it was a very pleasant surprise and it gained me another trophy for my collection.

Speaking of trophies I actually sat and watched the full trophy lift and it looks fantastic, watching the players on the podium lifting the cup then on the pitch it really gets me excited and ready to see who is left lifting the trophy in July. Fingers crossed it will be England or the USWNT and lets hope that if EA want to put more women into FIFA 20 the stats look a bit better and more realistic.

So there you have it that is my thoughts on the mode, have you played it? If so what did you think?

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Friday, 31 May 2019

FUT Squad Battle Rewards Week #9

I did it, I finally did it and got out of the bronze rankings last week, instead I ended up silver 3 which earnt me a premium gold pack, a gold pack, 1,500 coins and a Kone card.

So here is what I got out of these packs...


Zarate was quick sold straight away as I really don't think he is a fit for any teams I would have plus I have loads of strikers already. However Pinola and Feilhaber were kept, I have a shortage of centre backs and in terms of Feilhaber, he could fit into some of my plans quite well as I have quite a few Americans piling up along with players who play in the MLS. Of course the manager contract was also kept as I want to keep Klopp as long as I can.


In terms of the image above I kept the player contracts as you can never have enough of those and the kicking as that can always come in hanfy. I did get rid of Ekstraklasa though.


Again all the cards above where kept as they are all pretty useful especially as I play the same team each game more or less. I really need to work on rotating my squad as it may actually benefit me.


Bonaventura and Raul were kept for future alongside the player contract. But I decided to quick sell Bizot as I have far too many goalkeepers and don't rotate them often enough. The rest though could come in pretty handy as my central midfield is also lacking at the moment.


The Saudi proffessional league card was quick sold straight away as it is one I definitely don't require this. The rest were all kept as you can never have enough of them as I have mentioned before.


Same with this lot the player fitness and upper body was kept as they are super useful but the Pachuca and newly promoted Aston Villa kits were sold straight away as I have my kits I like to stick to.

I am quite surprised that I didn't get any duplicates in all of these. What rewards did you get?

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Thursday, 23 May 2019

Current Favourite YouTubers May 2019



You may remember back in November I posted my top 5 YouTubers, which you can take a look at here. Well since then I have ended up watching a lot more YouTubers and have become hooked on the channels I have recently started watching. Most of these YouTube channels came from recommendations after videos I had previously watched or from Twitter. So here are the channels I am currently loving

I don't know what it is about the Sidemen channel but I can't stop watching it, without fail I am watching one of their videos each day getting caught up on ones I have previously missed, my favourites though are definitely any that involve football. I have definitely picked up on my favourite members though and my top 3 are Tobi, KSI and Simon. Next step is to pick up some Sidemen merch.  

This is Simon from the Sidemen's gaming channel and another I can't stop watching. The best part of Simon's gaming channel is that there is a mixture of things to watch such as Fifa, Mario Kart, Fortnite and even just random little videos. They are definitely very funny and easy to watch. I can't wait to see what videos he puts up in the future.

Matt is one of the first FIFA YouTubers I had watched. In fact he is one of the main reasons I actually started to play ultimate team. I love his pack opening videos but I think my favourites are his FIFA  myth videos. I honestly think Matt is another YouTuber who's videos I actually watch daily. 

Harry just misses out on my top 3 Sidemen but I absolutely love his gaming channel. Honestly again I think it is just due to him playing FIFA but his videos are great, I just really hope he posts more often so I can have even more to watch. I think what makes me love his videos is his reactions and the energy he puts into his reactions. So come on Harry please post more.

Surprise, surprise another FIFA YouTuber, I think of all this list Fangs could be my absolute favourite, I don't know how I came across her but I am so glad I did. It is so nice to see another female who is so into the FIFA franchise and who seems to know her stuff when it comes to who she picks. Her draft videos aren't just simply picking a team and playing though, she also does challenges that go above and beyond such as a big blue bath challenge for the TOTS draft. Her videos are definitely different and extremely entertaining. I always search my subscription box to see if Fangs has uploaded or not and if she has it's always one of the first videos I watch.

So there you have it those are the YouTubers I am loving at the moment, can you recommend anymore?

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

The Gaming PC


Back at the end of October I finally bit the bullet and got a gaming PC with a little help from Liam. I was at the stage where the old HP PC from 2010 just wasn't cutting it anymore, it was so slow and even struggled to load Minecraft. I had never heard of Fierce PC before but ended up stumbling across them on Twitter luckily whilst they had Halloween deals on meaning I got the perfect starter gaming PC for the perfect price. I didn't really want to spend more than £700 on a PC so when I saw this for £532.80 I knew I wasn't going to miss out on it. 

It has done it's job brilliantly for me lately and I love it. Thanks to this PC I can slowly work my way through my Steam library and put up more content for you, it is also making blogging a lot easier as  it's a lot faster than my old PC.  


So onto the PC itself, the PC I opted for was the IRONWING TERRA. The case is a Blitz RGB Gaming case with a full acrylic window. I knew straight away that I wanted a case with RGB as I just love the colours on the front and the fact I can have them coming through the acrylic window, although I didn't plan too well as it is sat in a cupboard but I guess you can see the colours still. 





The processor is the part where I really struggled as I wasn't sure what was best. So I ended up opting for the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) Quad Core CPU. So far I have no complaints about this as I haven't struggled with anything yet so it must be doing it's job. Plus it saves space as it has built in graphics meaning I currently don't need a separate memory card, although I am looking into this in the future.

In terms of memory/RAM I got 1 8GB Apacer Panther 2400MHz DDR4 memory and honestly this is the only part I am struggling with at the moment as I just don't have enough RAM available, in all honesty I think this is the part that will be upgrade first (if I work out how to).

I also ended up with a 1TB SATA3 6Gbps hard drive, is this any good? Honestly I don't know anything about hard drives although I am slowly trying to learn more, I just know this is a lot bigger than what my HP had. 

Seen as I went for the case without space for a CD/DVD writer I opted for an external DVD re-writer as you never know when it may come in handy. 

The motherboard was another part I struggled with as I am clueless when it comes to PC components (but like I say I am trying to learn more) so I just opted for the Gigabyte A320M-S2H motherboard, it seems to be doing its job and holds all the parts I need to make my PC run smoothly, I just need to look at it properly to see if I can add more RAM etc. 
Other little bits I got was a 300Mbps TP-Link WIFI card, Xilence Redwing 400W Power Supply, Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 bit and 1 year on Bullguard internet security. 
It also came with 3 year protect warranty (1 year for parts and 3 years labour) which you really can't knock.

As I say I have had no issues with this so far and it is allowing me to play my favourites once again. I can finally play Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm without it being on a go slow. It has also allowed me to play games I bought ages ago but was never able to open such as Lucius and Borderlands. I am really hoping that I can now really sit and tackle the backlog on the PC and even start to record for YouTube like I have always wanted to, as this PC really allows me to do more than I could before. At £532.80 I think I got a great deal and can strongly recommend Fierce PC as they are super helpful and the PC arrived really quickly with no issues.

Now I just need a comfy gaming chair so I can sit and play/blog for longer in comfort.

See you soon,

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Monday, 20 May 2019

Last Week #20


Another week gone by and it has been yet another football filled one. Thanks to the play offs we have had a constant supply of games and that is how I spent the majority of nights after work. Other than the weekend it was a pretty relaxed week. The weekend is where it all got busy, well especially for my dad and Liam. Saturday me and my mum went to watch the FAWNL playoff final at Valley Parade and whilst we was there Liam, my dad and grandad all got cracking on the gardens, then on Sunday whilst me, my mum, sister and nephew went out for the day my dad and Liam carried on the hard work and it is so nice to know things are finally starting to take shape. I will be doing a whole post on the garden situations very soon. I am really hoping now that I can spend a lot more time gaming and blogging now as the football season is done and a lot more of the jobs in the house are done. So here is what I had...

Been Watching: Football, football, football, that is all that has been watched. When we haven't been watching the football I have been watching FIFA or Sidemen videos on YouTube.

Been reading : My reading has massively dropped off and my Hope Solo book is still sat unread. If you can recommend any gaming sites for me to sit and read please let me know.  

Been Playing:  I had been slacking on my gaming and only played a little Let's Go Pikachu and FIFA but that will be changing this week.

Been listening to : Halsey brought out her new song Nightmare so that had been on repeat, but I also ended up listening to her old stuff too.

Bought : I bought some bits to put away for the nephew (which I may post soon), I also got a load of match warn City gear to add to the collection. I haven't really bought anything gaming related for a while now but I have my eye on a few bits.

Plans for this week : I am hoping to spend plenty of time gaming and getting posts up on here whilst mixing in going to the gym and getting the garden sorted out a little more. It is also payday so who knows I may end up treating myself. One of my main aims though is to try complete either Lego Marvel or Titanfall 2 campaign as it is long overdue.

So there you have it that was my week. What have you guys been up to?

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Friday, 17 May 2019

Nintendo Switch Games To Add To The Collection

We have had the Switch since November last year yet still only have a small selection of games. We currently have Let's Go Pikachu, Zelda, Stardew Valley and FIFA, which out of all these I only play Let's Go Pikachu and FIFA. I made it my aim that I can only buy a new Switch game when I have completed another one to stop my backlog getting as out of control as the Xbox and PS4 ones. But thanks to waiting I have had the chance to have a look at the different games and make a list of the ones I really want to add the collection, I aren't just buying games for the sake of it anymore and here are the ones I can't wait to pick up...


Super Dragonball Heroes World Mission seems perfect for me, a card battle game with characters from the Dragon Ball series where you basically collect cards and build a deck whilst playing through the story. This could definitely be a perfect relaxing game for me as I love building decks and battling using what I have built. You can even make your own missions and play online adding a bit more depth to the game. I think this is one I will be waiting to drop in price first though.   


I have a Sword Art Online game for the PS4 (lost song)  and I actually really enjoyed playing it... but then I got a new game and completely forgot about it. Once I saw Hollow Realization Deluxe was coming to the switch I knew I wanted to pick this up and have it available for me to play on the go. Plus with the weather getting better I can even sit in the garden playing this for as long as the switch battery lasts. I actually can't wait to pick this up as Sword Art Online is one of my favourite shows and I really enjoyed the last game I started. 


I had an Adventure Time game but somehow lost it so never actually got to play it. But I have heard they are fun to play so I think it is about time I gave it a go. I used to love this show so if it is even half as good as the show I will be happy.


I spent far too much of my time when I was younger playing Nintendogs and then eventually forgetting them, it was just such a relaxing game. So I can't wait to jump into Little Friends as I can just relax and have all the fun of Nintendogs once again. Plus I can't get a real dog so I may as well just have one on the Switch which would be much easier. 


My Time in Portia is a game I keep picking up when I see it whether that be in Game or Smyths Toys, it's like I am immediately drawn to it. I think it might be due to it being a RPG and I love just jumping in and out of those. I love the crafting elements in games like this and the ability for me to create my character to just how I want it plus you also have the exploring and battling element so there is always plenty to do. I think this will be one of the games I just have on hand to jump in and out of when I fancy a change.


I am a massive Assassins Creed fan and always have been yet III is one I never actually completed so when I saw the remastered edition was coming to the Switch it was a no brainer, I was definitely going to be buying it. I can't wait to sit down and actually get all the way through this game for once.


Finally we have Yoshi's Crafted World, I saw this on Twitter and thought I would download the demo to see if I would enjoy it as I haven't played a Yoshi game in the past. The demo definitely didn't disappoint and now I am desperate to pick up a copy of this so I can play the full game, I just loved  the setting of the game and how fun just that little bit I played actually was.

The best thing with the Switch is I can play it wherever so I don't have to be stuck in the games room to play on it, which gives me more opportunities to actually play so hopefully I can fly through the games completing them and adding them to the collection. 

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

FUT Squad Battle Rewards Week #8


Well it has been a long time since I actually picked up a controller and played a game. In fact the last time I played was mid April. This has just been due to having so many other jobs to do in and around the house and spending time with family. We haven't even set up the PS4 in the games room again yet as we haven't had time. 

When I did play last though of course it was FIFA I played, granted I didn't play much but I got to bronze 1 where I gained 800 coins and 2 gold packs and here is what I got from those packs. 


I wasn't too keen on my first pack at first glance but Forster could work well for me as I have a few English players I have been wanting to use. I also kept Criscito as I am definitely short on left backs.
Beauvue and Manta were both quick sold as they aren't needed at the moment I have plenty of strikers and plenty of managers already.


In terms of this lot  I kept the contracts as again they come in extremely handy along with the glove as I can always use help improving my keepers stat and getting a better performance out of the game. Jenkins was gone straight away as I have too many of this type of card.


The contracts and player fitness card was also kept from this lot as once again they are very handy to keep a hold of. The Cagliari kit was gone straight away though as I love the kits I already have and there is no point having too many.


In terms of my second pack I kept all the cards from the image above as they will all help me in one way or another and I can work them into teams and get the most out of them.


Again all these cards were kept as they are far too handy to get rid of especially when playing the same players game after game (I need to learn to rotate the team a little more).


The only thing that got kept out of the above image was the coins, as I said before I definitely don't need any more kits and I aren't too bothered about stadiums either, although if it is a stadium I really like I will be keeping it, sorry StubHub center you don't make the cut this year.


I am quite pleased that out of the 2 packs I only got 1 duplicate but again I couldn't be bothered listing this on the transfer market so I quick sold once again.

I can't wait to get playing again once it is all set back up and working towards a better team, I may even put some money into the game and see if I can get any TOTS cards. So keep an eye out for these posts once again as they are now back, I will also be sure to put together a post on my current team but I can assure you it isn't anything spectacular. 


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