Excerpt: It’s that time of year again: the stage is set and the most popular sport in the world is gearing up for next year’s mega event, the World Cup. For now, the various Champions Leagues are underway, and individual clubs are competing in-between their national teams’ World Cup qualifying matches. So what does this mean for gamers?
Excerpt: FIFA Soccer 09 was arguably the best the franchise had been in years. The game took some massive strides in providing soccer fans with a game that was easy to learn, fun to play, and addictive as all get out. When I saw FIFA Soccer 10 a few months ago, it played very well, and had some noticeable differences, but I wasn’t completely convinced that enough was going to be different about this year’s version to warrant a day one purchase. That was then.
Summary: FIFA 10 stands in a league of its own in terms of quality. A truly outstanding tribute to the beautiful game.
Pros: The 360 dribbling system. It gives you improved control over the ball and therefore allows you to be creative, The vast replay value afforded by some brilliant game modes and solid online options, Improvements on the pitch make for a more aggressive, challenging and flowing game of football
Cons: The dodgy goalkeepers that sometimes struggle to catch the ball
Excerpt: I’ve followed the evolution of football games since they came to home consoles in the early 90′s, titles that stick in my memory are Super Kick Off and of course, Sensible Soccer.
Pros: Beefed up AI makes the game ever more realistic., New features and additions all combine and morph into something great., The best footie experience you can have, short of rounding up a load of your mates and actually going outside.
Cons: A host of annoyances and bugs which if past years performance is to go by won’t be patched., Extremely difficult to get a game online with someone who doesn’t pick Real Madrid/Barcelona., With no real penalty by EA, online is plagued by quitters, both in Head to Head and Be A Pro., An over-riding sense that the whole product doesn’t quite add up to the sum of its parts.
Excerpt: Last years quality game firmly put FIFA back on top over their Konami rival, so what next? A tougher challenge and enough off the pitch enhancements to last you till well after the end of the season and beyond is what. The tougher challenge is made evident by smarter AI that closes you down mercilessly and some questionable refereeing. Last year’s problem of players constantly wondering offside has been fixed.