Having already won everything as a striker in BAL and having no wish to play through another 12 seasons until retirement I decided to start afresh in a different position. I chose to be an AMF (Pro difficulty) as I had visions of me as a classy playmaker supreme, skillfully holding up the ball, picking out inch perfect passes for my strikers and chipping in with a few blasted or well placed goals from outside the box. I was going to run the show, be the intergral cog in the machine, the genius behind the team's success..... What I got was probably my worst gaming experience since I first loaded up "One Man and His Dog" on my Commodore 16 about 20 odd years ago. The first thing I noticed was that there are hardly any teams that actually play with an AMF so I was put into the CMF position instead. That's OK, I thought, I can dictate things from the middle and occassionally burst forward to great effect. WRONG. What followed was game after game of mind numbing tedium which mainly consisted of me watching the AI (isnt the "I" supposed to stand for INTELLIGENCE?) stumble around the field like new born lambs suffering from the after effects of a flashbang exploding in their face. They ignored me, they ran straight into opposing players, refused to run off the ball, they gave away penalties, refused to defend corners, shot from impossible angles and on and on and on. No matter what I did it made no difference, never before during playing a game have I felt so pointless, so much of a third wheel. If I held my position and marked up the comp simply passed it around me while my team mates looked on impassively. If I chased the ball around like an idiot to win it I only ended up feeling like weeping when I made a pass to a team mate only to watch him walk straight into an opposing player. The only thing I could do to make a difference is to try to take on the whole opposing team by myself and score. Not exactly the role I was hoping for and is THAT what football is all about anyway? One of the worst things was when I was playing in the reserve games. When I was in the B team the A team were amazing, playing great passing football, using the wings, taking on players etc. Then when I played for the A team they were USELESS, it was the B team who was now playing all the football and carving us open at will. It's SO blatantly obvious that Konami have designed it so that no matter what team you are in, they WILL be crap. WHY? I have never felt so frustrated when playing a computer game. I may as well have laid my controller on the ground and just watched and frankly that is CRIMINAL for what is supposed to be next gen football. The BAL mode is a tremendous idea but it needs serious work done on it before 2010 is released. Anyone else got any BAL horror stories? Is there a more pointless position to play than CMF in this mode?