Bet you didn’t see this one coming! In this 40-minute surprise early edition of the FSB podcast, I’m joined by special guest Tim7 throughout and we discuss Gamescom, the Virtual Pro announcement and our “Store Boost” concerns, and finally the gameplay videos that are coming out of the event – as well as more of our opinions of the game from our playtest at the Emirates last week. Please remember that all impressions contained within this podcast are based on early builds of the game, not the final code.
Also please note that since this podcast was recorded, Mike Takla – who has worked on FIFA 10’s Virtual Pro mode – had the following to say about the stat boost DLC which has put my fears to rest (a little bit at least):
You can buy an upgrade yes. It will improve some of your technical attributes for a limited time. It won’t make you stronger or faster and it won’t put you in a position where you can have a player better or even equal to someone who plays the game regularly.
There seems to be some concern that this will ruin the mode, but we’re talking about people being able to make some of their atttributes 5-10 points better for a few matches, compared to being able to make them 20-30 better forever by playing as well as able to improve a lot of other skills you can’t get from the Store.