2013-12-12 12:39#148926 Torpedo :
Well I do remember that 2007 version, where that target man thing was an anoying issue, however the bugs in fm 14 are worse in my oppinion, cause there are simple more of them and most of them are some really silly errors that dont have anything to do with footbal. As i mentioned in the rest of my post - dont know if you read it all - I hit the crossbar around 50 times in a season on direct free kicks. When did that ever happen in the real world? And that thing they do when they are supposed to make a cross? Those are just plain dumb programming errors.
Another thing we should keep in mind is, that 7 years have passed since that 07 version. Shouldn´t these kinds of epically silly errors be dealt with by now? I know that the errors are different from then to now, but the realisme didnt change that much and shouldn´t it be possible to make the game more realistic by now? I see what you mean, that 2007 version was quite anoying as well, but the things that happen in FM14 irritate me way more. I am not thrilled about this version at all, but I guess its a matter of opinion.
I was just stating that FM 2007 was awful. You're finding FM 2014 worse than 2007 simply because of the time SI had to improve that god awful 2007 match engine. It's much more annoying, true, but not it's not worse.
Other than that, I completely agree with you regarding the other topics, both crossing and direct free kicks. Players are rarely crossing the ball after they beat their man. Instead, they linger a while longer, moving weirdly near the line before doing something stupid or crossing the ball after the opposition had gone back to the box already to mark my players.
Like I stated at the beginning of this thread, I also rarely score from direct free kick and I now have a player with free kicks, long shots and technique at 20, 18, 18 respectively. Regarding the post/crossbars, I don't hit them as much with direct free kicks but I do hit them enough times in like a third of my total games to be asked the question in the press regarding the posts/crossbars. I hope SI would fix that bug where a player crosses the ball, the keeper doesn't move as if he thinks it's going out and the ball hits the crossbar. It never goes in, it's always the crossbar and the keeper never moves.
Also, these goals from long free kicks are really dumb when a player recieves a long ball and the opposition doesn't even hassle him, giving him all the time in the world to control the long ball and aim as he wishes without any pressure. The goalies are also not as good in these situations, it's like they're downgraded. The player who recieves the ball doesn't have to be strong or good in the air or even have a good first touch to win these balls, it just happens randomly regardless of your tactics, instructions or even defending free kicks instructions.