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...
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.
Excerpt: The FIFA series is one of EA Sports most well known and respected brands. EA has been churning out a FIFA football game each year for over 15 years! By the time you finish with the “latest” version there is already another on the shelves and it is often unclear what actually changes from year to year. “FIFA 09 All-Play” is the latest edition and the Wii version boasts some exclusive new features.