Itís amazing that EA
Sportís soccer series, FIFA has been going since 1993 and
even though the rivalry between Namco Bandaiís Pro Evolution Soccer
has gotten more intense, this rivalry has ensured that both games
offer the game world something the best there is to offer. The
competition has also ensured that gamers continue getting some
impressive updated gameplay. Ladies
and gentlemen, I introduce you FIFA 2010!
The control system of
FIFA 10 has received a revolutionary makeover
that gives you total 360 control over your player and your shots
through the new 360 degrees dribbling system. This gives you more
control than ever and although takes a little getting use, it gives
you some brilliant control over the ball.
Match that with realistic ball mechanics and
FIFA 10 is as close to
us mere mortals will get to playing professional football. Featuring
a variety of different shots, FIFA 10 is quite a fast moving game
but best of all, the new control system makes it easier for new
players to pickup.
The realism of the game also relates to the
players, each with their pros and cons which assists in transcending
the game from arcade to simulation. Add in tutorial videos and EA
Sports ensures that this game surpasses all that has came before it
and these videos are excellent for honing your skills. AI has
received a new facelift, making players, especially opponents a
little more unpredictable.
The control system
on the XBox 360 is perfect, thanks to the new 360 degrees dribbling
system and add in just the right amount of force feedback and
whether your attempting to pass the ball to another player, curving
the ball as you kick it or attempting to kick that goal, the
fluidity of the title is unparalleled.
Also returning to
the series is "Be-A-Pro" that allows you to start as a humble club
player and eventually end up as an international star. As you design
your player from the ground you up, you can even upload your face
to the EA server to be on the player you created.
This is definitely
an interesting step that the franchise has taken and does allow for
increased longevity and playability of the title. This virtual
player can even be taken online to play a variety of matches and
even fight for a ranking in the world's top is definitely a great
aim for those lovers of soccer.
Thanks to the new
animations, seeing the new gameplay is quite evident as you attempt
to kick, pass and shoot the ball. Of course, the highlight is the
skilled dribbling mode in FIFA 2010 that by using the shoulders
buttons of the controller, it allows you to have tighter control
over the ball itself, especially when you are navigating across the
field and against opposition players.
EA have also revamped the Manager Mode in FIFA 10
with apparently over 50 improvements to the system. Although we
could not pinpoint all the changes, the Manager Mode is definitely
more than just an afterthought and is quite detailed compared to
previous versions and is almost like a standalone soccer manager
title. With Interactive Leagues, exhibitions and the like, there is
a considerable amount of customization and the more to indulge you.
Graphically, FIFA 10 has received some
slight graphical improvements,
although itís not that noticeable but even so, this is
easily the most visually impressive soccer game ever. Even the
players mimic their real-world counterparts and have a considerable
high amount of polygons and extraordinary texture details.
Player movement is
brilliant, thanks to the all-new animation technology that also
translates to dribbling the ball in the game. The
stadiums also look perfect as well and the overall menu system of
FIFA 10 and it really shows the power of next generation consoles perfectly.
The soundtrack of
FIFA 2010 definitely kicks some serious ass and add in the
commentary of Martin Tyler and Andy Gray, and this soccer game
sounds brilliant through a surround sound setup. Add in the sound of
the crowd and the various noises of kicking, passing and shooting a
soccer ball and EA have definitely ensured that this virtual soccer
game is a very pleasant sounding, more specifically impressive
sounding game. Play it loud ok!
At the end of the
sporting day, EA Sports have truly put their FIFA soccer series on
the next tier and the new 360 control system is definitely the best
change of this franchise in years. Giving tighter controls and more
flexibility, playing FIFA 2010 was a joy, especially with the
official players, clubs and like. Pro Evo Soccer will definitely
have a hard time beating this title.