Conclusion: Football games are slowly reaching a plateau with non-pitch improvements, but there’s no doubt that this year’s FIFA is the best yet. To many it’ll still seem ludicrous that sports games are worth the purchase every year, but for anyone who’s ever kicked a football in their life, this is the definitive choice.
Excerpt: FIFA 11. It's FIFA 10, but better. After playing this year's version of EA's blockbuster football sim, that's the best I could come up with for an opening. It's true, though. FIFA 10 was by far the best football game I'd ever played, and this latest iteration is that game with a smattering of new features, tweaked and refined where needed. As such, you can probably stop reading now if you want.
Summary: FIFA 11 reinvents player authenticity – on and off the ball – for every player and at every position on the pitch with Personality+, an all-new feature that sees individual abilities reflected in game, enabling clear differentiation for every player.
Excerpt: FIFA Soccer 10 was far and away the most critically acclaimed and best selling sports game last year. It featured some great gameplay improvements, added great new content, and delivered it all with stylish presentation worthy of the sport it depicts. Fast forward a year and FIFA Soccer 11 builds on the rock solid legacy of its predecessor.
Summary: FIFA 11 personalizes the soccer (football) genre like never before with the new Personality Plus feature and Pro Passing. While it lacks any major overhauls like we've seen in years past, it's still a worthy follow-up to last year's installment.
Pros: The greater authenticity with Personality Plus, The fact this is the most physical FIFA to date, User ability strongly emphasized
Cons: The same old visual hiccups, The lack of new game modes, The fact Pro Passing doesn�t always work well
Excerpt: Okay, I know that this is late and by all means FIFA madness is over. But, UEFA Champions League is currently under way, so that gives me a new window to tell you why FIFA '11 is brilliant. Chances are, if you're reading this now, you've played a FIFA game in the past or you are, at the very least, a fan of the sport. For this current iteration.
Excerpt: FIFA 11, like all EA Sports titles, released a little early. 2010 is just about to hit its midlife crisis and next year’s title is already available, making everything with a 10 in it obsolete. And is it just me or do they release them earlier and earlier every time. Soon we will see FIFA 14 in 2012.
Summary: Football games in general have a one year shelf life as gamers will always buy the latest release to make the game as realistic as possible. With this in mind the efforts in making the " FIFA 11 " experience as polished as possible is nothing short of staggering.