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: 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: Fitbah’ as they say, is a game of two halves. Virtual games are no exception, the standard halves are those who PES and them that FIFA. Up until the last few years, everything was clearly in PES’s favour. But socks have been a-raising recently, and as such, the competition for the top spot has never been stronger. FIFA 09 is, in theory at least, just another update to the game that was FIFA 08 (see what they have done there?
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.
Excerpt: It's interesting times in the world of virtual footie. For years Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series has scored the winning goal in the gameplay stakes, and EA's FIFA franchise has lifted the trophy in the graphics stakes. And for years gamers have, on the whole, considered PES the superior game. But last year something happened. Something happened that was very interesting indeed. Overall, FIFA 2008 was a better game than PES 2008.