Excerpt: Football, as Jimmy Greaves once said, is a funny old game. In fairness, Greavsie probably meant it's funny as in it's a game of two halves and anything can happen (insert your own cliché here), but he almost certainly didn't have FIFA 09 on the Wii at the time. If he had, he may have stayed in and drunk a bit less, but more importantly, he would have discovered that football can be many different kinds of fun when you grab its shirt tail, scythe it down mid-dribble, and...
Excerpt: When FIFA first appeared on the Wii last year, its simple control system and assortment of minigames offered an accessible but ultimately unrewarding football game. This year's update carries the All-Play subtitle to emphasise its accessibility, but with new control system, better online play, and a new eight-player mode, it ends up being a more robust package. The eight-player Footii mode is a faster, more cartoony take on the standard game.
Pros: Deep and rewarding standard game, New eight-player Footii matches are fast and more stylised, Much-improved online support, Great new control system and support for classic controllers
Cons: Minigames are derivative, Lacking Be a Pro mode from other platforms, Some occasional AI blunders
Conclusion: Overall FIFA 09 All-Play is a very solid FIFA game that doesn’t stretch its boundaries too far to go out of the ordinary, but makes a pretty fun game. The All-Play mode allows a new audience to come and play a soccer game which I am sure Nintendo is pretty happy about. The only thing holding the game back from being amazing is the graphics and the lack of difficulty especially in the Advanced-Play mode. It is easily the best soccer game to grace the Wii thus far.
Conclusion: I’ve never been this saddened by a game before. For EA’s fairly strong Fifa franchise to fall this low is beyond what I can fathom. The controls are poor and tremendously defective in both pointer and standard departments, The Footii mode is an uninspired mess of broken mini-games which aren’t fun and while casual controls are apparently in place, the concept of ‘All Play’ and casual seems to have gone right over their heads.
Pros: Online Leagues are cool, Manager mode is vast and demands applause, Good they implemented pointer controls..
Cons: Shame they don’t work at all, Very poor attention to detail, Casual elements are a waste
Excerpt: What a difference a year makes. Last year EA released FIFA 08, its first attempt at a football game on the Wii. We gave it 82% and warned that while it was fun, the yet-to-be-released Pro Evolution Soccer 08 (PES) would probably be better. Turns out it was, thanks to the innovative pointer-based controls that let you make pinpoint passes. EA had a lot of work to do in order to match PES: well, they've done it and then some.
Summary: La Wii n’échappe pas au raz-de-marée FIFA 09. S’il a convaincu son monde sur 360 et PS3, s’il a déçu sur PC et consoles portables, le jeu de foot d’EA Sports a tout de même gagné son pari : il monopolise toutes les attentions, laissant quelques miettes de couverture médiatique à son rival historique.