The Buck Stops Here! Episode 19

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The Buck Stops Here! Episode 18

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The Buck Stops Here! Episode 16

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The Buck Stops Here! Episode 15

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FMM18 update or: How I learned to stop worrying and love my save

This article was written for FMMobile.net

The Football Manager Mobile 2018 update has been released. I could start a new save, bringing a new challenge with updated squads following the winter transfer window and bugs fixed. I could. But I haven’t. And I won’t. Why not?

Squads have been updated, but whichever club I’ve taken charge at, the previous incumbent has left me with a squad full of players I don’t want or need. After reviewing my squad, it’s straight into the transfer market and securing the signings needed to get my club moving in the right direction. In my current save, six out of my regular starting eleven are signings that I made. Not that high a change? That’s at the end of my first season. I’m sure I’m not the only one who delves into the transfer market and there are bound to be managers who have a preferred starting XI with even fewer players than they inherited. Whilst the squads may be accurate, it won’t stay that way for long.

If I were to start a new game as the Liverpool manager, I’d have Virgil van Dijk available for the season, but I’d still be looking at strengthening the defence and bringing in a goalkeeper. The accurate, up-to-date squads would soon not be accurate, up-to-date squads. Liverpool is only an example and whichever club I picked, I’d be looking at improving the team.

There are some bugs in the game, but the ones I’ve encountered have been more of a mild irritant than making the game unplayable. For example, it’s irritating that a player’s preferred role seems to change almost every match at times, but it hasn’t prevented me from playing the game or achieving a title victory. I have found tactics that work and the change to a player’s preferred role hasn’t had any noticeable impact. It’s incredibly strange that my opponents frequently make a substitution within one minute of the second half starting, but it doesn’t have a major impact.

I don’t want to start a new save as I’m enjoying my current one. It’s a save I’d been thinking about doing for a while and it’s going well. I’m producing content about the save and don’t want to stop that and start a new series just for the removal of some minor bugs and up-to-date squads.

So thanks for the update SI, but no thanks from me. Of course, if you can persuade me otherwise, leave a comment.

The Buck Stops Here! Episode 14

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