Excerpt: It’s October 2009 and, as expected, Electronic Arts allows us to play a new version in their appreciated FIFA franchise – a big surprise for both PC (since other EA Sports games don’t have a “for Windows” version) and Xbox 360 owners (since the game, as we’ll see, seems to beat PES this year).
Excerpt: Comparing FIFA 09 to last years update, as well as Euro 2008, you’ll now see that there’s a little referee running on the pitch, and even the men with the flags are visible. You may be prepared for me to say that these cosmetic fingernail sized improvements are FIFA 09’s only noteworthy differences over 08 and Euro 2008, although this is as far from the truth as that badly bungled shot of mine was from getting intimate with the net yesterday.
Conclusion: There’s still a bit of clean-up that could have been done before FIFA 09 went gold, but for the most part, it’s solid enough to where the small annoyances can be swept under the rug. One item that could stand some attention is the goaltender AI. It has been rewritten—mostly for the better. But with more keep logic has come more keep skill. The keepers all seem a bit too talented, no matter what their overall attribute ranking says.
Excerpt: Football fans are a loyal, optimistic bunch. Each year they pin their hopes on their team, praying that their support with finally pay off. Yet each season, early promise gives way to inevitable failure. The parallels with football games are uncanny; each year we hope and we’re told that this time we’ll get the title we deserve. In fact, FIFA 07 ‘s motto was “This is the season”; it wasn’t.
Excerpt: It’s difficult to put into words just how excited I was for FIFA 09; the stream of ‘Advance Skills’ videos and the painfully teasing 4 minute PSN and XBLA demos had me frothing at the mouth in anticipation. So after hours upon hours of play how does the game stack up against its ailing rival Winning Eleven/Pro Evolution Soccer? Read on to find out.
Conclusion: But ignoring any technical issues, the biggest problem with Ultimate Team is that it’s far too easy to manipulate and abuse. When it works, it’s great fun and, just like the stickers, will undoubtedly hook many people in – as long as they accept its shortfalls.
Excerpt: UK REVIEW--It's 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. UEFA Euro 2008 came six months later, further refining this ground work while expanding the features list with more unique game modes.
Pros: Realistic gameplay with plenty of depth, Be a Pro Online mode is great fun, Huge amount 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
Conclusion: Overveiw Gameplay = 8/10 Sound = 7/10 Graphics = 10/10 Lifespan = 7/10 I would give this game a Five star rating and would recomend this game to whatever football fan causal or hardcore gamer it doest matter, the only people I wouldnt recomend this to are people who try to 1000 gamerscore games as you will have a tough challenge getting the full gamerscore.