Why ‘git gud’ sometimes isn’t a fair response to scripting complaints

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Yet another round of scripting, momentum and handicapping rants has hit Reddit. Some of these posts are ridiculous and serve no other purpose than attempting to shove the blame for failing onto someone else. However, there are justified complaints as well. In this post, I explain why git gud sometimes isn’t a fair response.

Losing control bothers anyone

The other team is attacking your back line. Two strikers are pushing your defense backwards. You control your CB, and try to stay in front of the striker in order to block his path. But then, the opponent attempts to push on down the flank. You switch to your right back in order to keep up, hoping that the CB will continue his defensive run back towards the box, as this will allow him to act as a backup when the opposing striker attempts to get rid of your RB with one of those devastating, sharp turns. And … whoops: Your CB decided to stop running as soon as you stopped controlling him. Apparently, he decided that his time was better spend up field. Are these defenders brain dead?

Everyone has been in this situation, and it stinks. We all know where we would want our defenders to run in that situation, but there just isn’t a way to make them do it.

Control issues everywhere

FIFA is a master piece when it comes to depriving you of control. Control loss comes in many flavors:

The example above illustrates one of the major, defensive control challenges that users face: Coordination is a key element in your defensive play. Trouble is that coordination is damned difficult when your team doesn’t follow suit. I mean: You could be John Terry, and your defensive team mates still wouldn’t give a damn about how you move about.

You press Circle / B and what happens? You were in a direct duel, and you perhaps meant to tackle the ball. However, you arrived that millisecond before the opponent, the game turned your intended tackle into a shot.

You Square / X in order to pass the ball to the wide player who is ready to rush up the right flank. Your player does indeed pass, but rather than pass it to the player that you intended, he passes it to a team mate, who not only is standing 10 feet away, but also is marked by two opponents. This is when you realize that the player, you used to make the pass, didn’t have enough vision.

The vision stat controls his ability to see and hence aim for other players over longer distances. You are apparently supposed to know whether your player is able to see the team mate… No offense, but really? On a bad day, that intended long pass may turn into a sliding tackle. That’s why you should use Circle / B to clear the ball when inside the box…

When FIFA lends you a hand

I could go on ranting about controller input issues for hours, but we all know them too well. So, instead, I will move on to talk about when the game interferes.

I particularly like it when my teammates decide to bump into me, causing both of us to fall over and thereby allowing the opponent an open chance. My favorite has to be when a teammate decides to take cover behind an opponent instead of making himself available for a through ball. This not only harms my chance of scoring, but it also increases the risk of losing possession in a dangerous situation. Everyone, who plays football, knows how crucial passing options are.

I don’t think we need to mention those situations where the game get’s it all wrong. The ref sometimes makes some really weird decisions, and the graphics engine isn’t flawless either.

You may not need to git gud, but getting better still helps

Getting better is not going to remove all the annoyances that you encounter in FIFA. That being said, there is no doubt that practice and learning from your own mistakes will reduce many of these problems. When I look at some of the scripting clips posted on Youtube and other places, I fully understand the frustrations. But when I look at them from a neutral point of view, I usually see some pretty bad decisions as well. You may concede a goal because your defender fails to clear the ball. But if you had stopped the winger from passing the ball right before it went on, it wouldn’t have happened.

Don’t let this prime example of control theft become an excuse for not practicing or learning from your own mistakes.