Excerpt: It's interesting times in the world of virtual footie. For years Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series has scored the winning goal in the gameplay stakes, and EA's FIFA franchise has lifted the trophy in the graphics stakes. And for years gamers have, on the whole, considered PES the superior game.
Excerpt: My brother and I have been talking about this all new FIFA game for the past couple of days now, and he believes that this iteration features the least amount of changes over past ones, or rather that it doesn't feel any different. There is some truth to that, but it doesn't make FIFA 09 a bad game.
Excerpt: EA's FIFA series has always been a popular franchise -- but the "smart" money was on the feisty PES games from Konami. The theory was that FIFA won over gamers with its powerful licensing, first-rate graphics and easy-to-grasp gameplay.
Excerpt: For the first time in years, EA Sports’ soccer simulation has hit stores with lofty expectations. Coming off a very successful '08 campaign, the chance to succeed yet again has been set up nicely by EA Sports.
Pros: Variety of game modes., Custom tactics., Adidas Live Season.
Cons: Paying for Adidas Live Season., Spotty A.I., Skills are an afterthought.
Excerpt: In the crowded sea of sports games there are very few that stand out. Although EA are famous for their annual sports games, FIFA has always been trailing behind Pro Evolution Soccer (Winning Eleven in other countries). Has FIFA 09 finally broke PES' grasp on the #1 spot of football games?
FIFA 09 plays better than ever before, and a wealth of new modes and features add plenty of longevity.
8 October 2008
Summary: UK REVIEW--It has been a busy 12 months for EA Sports and football games. FIFA 08 was a genuine revolution for the series, with a more realistic pace and improved AI adding some much-needed depth to the gameplay.
Pros: Realistic gameplay with plenty of depth, Be a Pro online mode is great fun, Huge number of solo and multiplayer game modes, Unparalleled presentation and attention to detail
Cons: AI is a bit too good at getting the ball, Expensive Adidas Live Season updates, Frequently laggy online play, Some dodgy AI goalkeeping