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Scheduled release date:

October 13, 2009

So there I am about to leave the EA event that I had attended with my girlfriend (and note taker), when I remembered that I didn't check out the sports games, more specifically, FIFA '10. Last year's FIFA game was absolutely spectacular and I loved every minute of it. So to see that EA's gone and enhanced this much was truly a shock to me, and I had an absolute blast playing a match against the game's producer...

This was a match that had gone into two extras and finally ended with a shootout that I, narrowly, won. I had scored two goals in the first half of the game, but they were both answered in the second half. Worst of all, the goal that tied the game was done on the 90th minute. Needless to say, it was a riveting match, as we were quite evenly matched. But it was during this session that I was able to pick up on a number of changes and enhancements made to the gameplay, changes I found crucial.

First off, the game now performs automated player switching to the nearest ball carrier a lot more accurately than before. Where as sometimes in past FIFA games you'd be switched to a player behind the ball carrier, FIFA 10 now chooses wiser and more logically. Next, I noticed that the A.I. is more aggressive at intercepting passes that roll by right next to them. Again, where as in past FIFA games this was not the case, the A.I. frequently watched a ball roll right by, this time around that's been fixed. So now you've got A.I. controlled players that behave a lot more realistically - no more careless cocking about.

As far as speed goes, contrary to some online reports, I didn't notice any change to the game's speed. If it's there and I simply don't remember how FIFA 09 felt, it's not a radically different change, or even one that'll annoy you. To put it simply, this is not as slow as FIFA 08. Added to the control of the game is a feature called 360-degree control which, coupled with the L1 button and right analog will allow you to pull off an assortment of maneuvers with your ball carrier. And lastly, I noticed that indirect free kicks no longer stop the game, as the game employs a continuity that keeps the action going seamlessly - the player will simply stop the ball and kick it when needed.

Now, to cap this off with two additional bits, FIFA '10's producer told us a huge announcement for the online community is coming, but they can't reveal what it is quite yet. But he assured us that frequent FIFA playing online fans will be happy. Finally, I was also told that enhancement have been made to the manager mode too.

Mark your calendars to October 20th, 2009.

7/15/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (21 posts)

Chaps
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 12:21:55 AM
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Sounds like good news to me. I'm getting tired of FIFA 09

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OriginalSin
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 1:29:33 AM
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Sweet been holding of on getting any Fifa game for a while now. Think I will pick this one up once it gets released....

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TEG3SH
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 2:12:13 AM
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is manchester the best team ever ????
i hope so the last game i bought was winning 11 2008 and chelsea,milan,barcelona and madrid were the best teams
so i was pissed
glory glory man-utd
@ arnold is cristiano in man-utd or is he in real????

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Karosso
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 6:21:13 AM

The answer to that questions is... WTF They have always been the best team in the world :-)

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tlpn99
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 7:23:50 AM

If it is not released until October you would hope that the changes to teams are there as the transfer window does not close yet for some more weeks I am sure.

It can always be updated via an update off the store or something.

I would have thought Real Madrid or Barcalona were the best team in the world. When you play online everyone seems to go Real Madrid haha.

Be interesting to see how they made Man City in this game with thier numerous funds that they seem to have.

Cant wait to get this game now as I know my cousin cant either.

I found 09 easier than 08 for some reason maybe it just felt easier the controls or something.

Last edited by tlpn99 on 7/15/2009 7:24:10 AM

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www
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 4:38:56 AM
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But am tired of Rooney being on the cover,hell!

Fifa 09 is the fastest fifa yet and we're getting used to it so we don't seem to see it fast anymore. Go back to 08 and you'll see how slow it is,hope they keep the 09 speed.

Man i can't get enough of Fifa.Gimme Fifa anyday, i have never skipped any since i started buying it in 2002 ie. Fifa 2002 till 09.

Last edited by www on 7/15/2009 4:39:55 AM

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Karosso
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 6:37:55 AM

Been playing since FIFA 96 came out to the PSX and I believe the only one I ever skipped was the 2008 version.
Well, about Rooney on the cover so often, its better than seem Ronaldinho on the cover every year :-)

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tlpn99
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 7:26:27 AM

Does it really matter whose on the cover ? How often do you look at the cover lol.

Long as the game content inside is sound who cares? I know I dont :)

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Karosso
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 9:03:54 AM

Well if the player is as ugly as Ronaldinho, you might have a issue with it :p

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www
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 9:08:34 AM

tlpn,

It does matter, is it that difficult to get another player on the cover, it seems they've signed a 1000 year cover deal with Rooney, that sucks big time cause there are many other football stars all over the world.

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TEG3SH
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 7:32:51 AM
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seems like we have a fellow manc here go karosso
and glory glory man-utd
i hope they make valencia and owen good and they must make man-utd like in real life the best and strongest team ever

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0_o
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 8:01:52 AM
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October 13th or 20th?! and only 4 players online no be a pro online with 20 players?! anyway looks great!

@TEG3SH yes man utd are the best team ever... I just wonder what will happen when sir alex leaves! 0_o

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TEG3SH
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 9:17:39 AM
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if we dont bring mourinho we will be crushed i tell you
and u got me all freaky with that pic O_o.lol

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Alienange
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 2:42:49 PM
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What happened to your Dragon Age hands on?

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 5:27:07 PM
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That's coming later today or tomorrow. I see someone follows the Twitter. ;)

I'm off to the Activision event now. DJ Hero, Guitar Hero 5, Tony Hawk, Modern Warfare 2 and others hands-on

Last edited by ArnoldK PSXE on 7/15/2009 5:27:49 PM

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Alienange
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 9:33:15 PM

You better believe it.

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Frenchy17
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 5:36:15 PM
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So has Fifa finally caught up with the Winning Eleven/Pro Evolution series?

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Allelujah00
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 7:37:18 PM

Caught Up? Fifa 09 dominated PES 09, and Fifa 08 was better than PES 08. Before that PES did dominate but this gen is a whole nother story.

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tlpn99
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 6:43:16 PM
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@www ok point taken and I agree there are many other football stars all over the world. What I was saying was how many people go oooooooo its That Rooney on the cover must be a good game, lets buy it or else we will be behind etc.

Lets be honest how many people pay attention to box art ? Unless there was a girl on the front cover with her clevage hanging out does this make you buy the game ? If a box in a local game shop said Bioshock 2 or Uncharted 2 with no pic £39.99 would you try to buy it ? Of course you would ask is this genuine like any normal person would if it was then hey ho a great game is yours.

I have never paid attention to the front cover of a game albeit to check the title to make sure it was the current one etc. Although saying that I always ask at the counter do you have such and such a game without looking at the box or the front cover. Granted I may have looked at it previously in the times I have been in the shop.

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Allelujah00
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 7:36:03 PM
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Release date is October 2nd....

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Banky A
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 9:05:12 PM
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Tifa Soccer '7

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