There are lots of interesting discoveries that happen when I play around with career mode and career mode setting files. But I usually forget most of them because I don't write it down. From now on though, I'll be posting whatever interesting I have to add to the career mode here. And I am sure some of other career mode junkies in here would also add to it.
1. How to Sim 10-20 years as quickly as possible.
2. Solution for career mode getting stuck at a date.
3. Workaround in case your game crashes during a 'loan to buy' offer ( Varane?).
The quickest possible way to get to year 2020
The reason you would want to get to 2020 ( or any year ) and start you career mode from there on is that most of the familiar faces would have retired by then. Many new generated players would have taken some of the places. If you've played career mode often enough, its common to get tired of familiar players, familiar teams, familiar transfers.. So you may want to begin from an year where at least half the players have retired. The method i'll be telling you about is not really that quick but its the quickest in my knowledge..
Get to this line -
CALSTART_DAY = 1
CALSTART_MONTH = 1
CALSTART_YEAR = 2012
Change the CALSTART_Year to 2013..Thats the farthest you can begin from. If you change it to 2014 or later years, the game is very likely to crash even before your CM begins.
Now add these two lines at the bottom of the [defaults] section -
This will make sure that when you Sim through the calender, there are no interruptions like emails, offers, etc.
Now just start the CM and just sim to the end of the season. All it may take to get to the end of season is about 5-7 minutes. You can just minimize the game and do whatever else you do on the pc or just leave the pc alone and come back a few minutes later.
I have used this method to get to 2028. Though I would sometimes induldge in transfers or in changing my team. stil I was there pretty fast. In 2028 you can imagine 90% of the known players are gone.
1.) Keep changing jobs, or deal with player contracts properly. I made the mistake of not extending the contracts. Llloris, bale and other good players ended up as free agents soon. No matter which team I take the job of, I cannot sign these players as "approaches have been blocked" message comes up.
2.) In the joboffer.ini , change as shown below -
DEBUG_EASY_JOB_HUNTS = 1 // 0 - off, 1 - on, 2 - Are you kidding?
RANDOM_JOB_OFFER_EXPIRE = 10 // Num days before the random job offer expires
// How jobs are offered
TEAM_OVR_FOR_START_END = 80 // If you are managing a team of this overall you will only be poached start and end of season
PERC_START_SEASON = 20 // This is the % through start of the season you can be poached
PERC_END_SEASON = 80 // This is the % near end of the season you can be poached
GAP_RATIO_PERC = 0 // How much manager success is dependent on gap ratio
OBJECTIVE_PERC = 0 // How much manager success is dependent on objectives
MANAGER_SUCCESS = 5 // If manager success is above this then you can get offers
CONFIDENCE = 5 // If manager success confidence is above this then you can get offers
CHANCE_RANDOM_OFFER = 95 // How likely a random offer will be sent
BROWSING_LEAGUES_TO_PROCESS = 3 // How many leagues to look at after your if you are browsing for a new job
FIRED_LEAGUES_TO_PROCESS = 3 // How many leagues to look at after your own and one below if you are fired. Higher number = slower
RETIRED_LEAGUES_TO_PROCESS = 3 // How many leagues to look at if you are a retiring player. Higher number = slower
RANDOM_LEAGUES_TO_PROCESS = 3 // How many leagues to look at if you are receving random job offers
CHANCE_USE_LEAGUE_ABOVE = 95 // Chance of looking league above
MAXATTEMPTS_FINDJOB = 30 // How many iterations on teams in a league to do increasing the range each time. Higher number = slower
MODIFIER_PER_LOOP = 90 // How much the overall increases/decreases by on each iteration. Smaller number = less likely
FIRED_OVERALL_HIT = 40 // Overall rating less than current team to look for new jobs at
NEWJOB_OVERALL_INC = 20 // If we are looking for a better job, overall higher that we should look at
NUM_GAMES_PLAYED = 1 // Min number of games a league should play before we consider firing their managers
This may help you change the job immediately. This is a good work around the simming getting stuck at a certain date. Just change the job.
3.) Fifa's playergrowth and playerregen system is shitty. So many players with 99 acceleration etc come up in the later years. Many players with ages of 17-18 and ovrs well over 75 come up. Some modification to the db ( regeneratedplayers and youthplayers section) and to playergrowth.ini, may solve the issue. This is something I haven't done yet. If I do , i'll share.
4.) Another reason why changing teams is good is because if you are a manager to a single team, you'll have to manually deal with so many players retiring. Just change the job and let the AI system fill the squads themselves.
5.) Its a good practice to save your game at every season start and in december. sometimes the simming may get stuck at 29 december for some reason. Simply save your game at 25 december or earlier. Change your job to get past 29 decemeber.
6.) Once you've reached the year you've wanted to, just revert back the changes you did to joboffer.ini or cmsettings.ini. From here on you will have a normal career mode.
Ideas Invited to make the simming even quicker.