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FIFA Soccer '10 Review

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Graphics:

 

8.4

Gameplay:

 

9.2

Sound:

 

9.0

Control:

 

9.0

Replay Value:

 

9.3

Online Gameplay:

 

9.0

Overall Rating:       9.0

Soccer (hereafter referred to as football) is the world's biggest sport. And FIFA is probably Electronic Arts' biggest franchise. As the years go on, the series manages to accumulate a bigger and bigger release with every new iteration. This year is no different, as the hype surrounding FIFA 10 was bordering on epic levels. Sure, maybe you didn't get a whiff of that hype here in the 'States, but outside of this loopy country where carrying a ball with your hands is called football, the masses have been jumping for joy. In fact, as of this moment (10/24/09), over 40 million matches of FIFA 10 have been played. That is absolutely f-ing nuts. I first got to sample FIFA 10 back in July, and I found it incredible. Now, with a copy spinning inside my PS3, I can go into a bit more detail on why it's so damn good.

First of all, FIFA 10 does an even better job at capturing the sensation of tension. When you miss a shot, you'll ache, and when you score your celebrations can be every bit as silly as the ones on TV. The game manages to convey that sense of immersion like no other sports gaming franchise has. To add to that immersion is the Be A Pro mode, which has been enhanced thanks to an addition called "Virtual Pro". Virtual Pro is a mode that allows you to create your Pro player and use him across a number of different game modes, including standard exhibition Be A Pro match, Be A Pro Seasons, Pro Club Championship (Online) and more.

The Pro creator process is a detailed interface that allows you to edit your players standard information, his appearance, physical attributes, and accessories. Now, it must be said that you can only edit the face of your pro, albeit with a ton of detail, when altering his appearance. Oddly enough, adjusting the player's weight and height makes not even the slightest visual difference, except for altering his stats. Perhaps it's an undiscovered glitch, but if you'd like to have your pro looking a little more full, you can change the body type from "lean" to "average". Now, as you control your Pro, you will achieve accomplishments, and you don't necessarily unlock them only during a match, but even during the mini-game you can pick up a number of accomplishments.

Of course, though, it's when you actually play one of the game's Pro-related modes that you realize why fans love these modes so much - it's a lot more engaging than playing a standard match where you control the entire team. Odd, isn't it? It's more fun to play when you're in *less* control. Hah. But, as you imagine, the reason for that is simply because you feel more involved, because your focus is on your player, and the only control you have over the team is suggesting passes or shots (which, by the way, you'll be rewarded or penalized for - depending on if the call was a good or bad). You can view your accomplishments, skills, stats, and edit your footballer in the Virtual Pro menu, and through this menu you can also upload your own face to FIFA 10 and slap it on your player.

As far as game modes go, you've got Live Season 2.0, which not only tracks real world match-ups, but also allows you to play them by recreating or rewriting them. The FIFA Interactive World Cup (online mode) has returned with some revisions, including leveled teams, and random opponents. Pro Club Championship, as mentioned before, is the online mode you can take your Virtual Pro through alongside a club full of other VPs created by others. Last for game modes, the Manager Mode has seen an extensive revision, boasting 50 new improvements, many of which were called for by the fans.

But perhaps the most critical aspect here is the revised dribbling controls, and the game's all new 360-degree dribbling. This new feature helps when it comes down to troublesome situations where you find yourself surrounded by a flock of defensemen waiting to pounce on you. You can finesse your way through the defense by using the right analog stick in conjunction with the L2 button, granting you superb control over dribbling, allowing you to overcome and get past the defense or even trick the goalie before swiping the ball away last second, and then kicking it in. 360-degree dribbling also ensures that collision detection is setup fairly, so the chances of you losing a ball when the defender didn't even do a proper job of taking it from you has become very slim, as I've noticed.

Moreover, 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. Additionally, 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, the game isn't faster or slower. In fact, you can tailor speed to your liking. You can use set it to a slower speed, a normal speed, and a faster speed. Choices are always awesome! Also, 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. Simply put, FIFA 10 is a colossal game, with a bevy of features and options that I can go on for days about. There is simply so much crammed into the game that I find it almost amazing we're getting such massive updates yearly, as opposed to every other year. Trust me, guys, this is the best playing football game you've ever laid your hands on.

Now, while the gameplay has received a mountain of enhancements, the graphics have largely remained the same. The game boasts largely the same visuals as FIFA 09, which isn't a bad thing, considering that FIFA 09 was a very good looking game. Player details are superb, physiques are modeled accurately (with the exception of a select few), animation is nice, stadium detail is on-point, and the grass looks good. Now, I did notice there to be a framerate issue during the automated instant replays and during the post-match replays. On the other hand, the framerate problem disappears when you're accessing the instant replay yourself. Odd. Don't worry though, the framerate is never bothersome during actual gameplay.

Moving on, commentary in FIFA 10 is still provided by our good pals Andy Gray and Martin Tyler. Commentary continues to be precise, oddly life-like, and very well done overall. We're not quite sure how the guys behind FIFA do it, but their commentary dialogue tends to be the most diverse, and doesn't repeat itself as much as other sports games do (with the exception of Sony's incredible MLB games). Also, a soundtrack consisting of a mix of songs, across a range of genres and languages can be heard during the menus. The songs are nothing to complain about, but nothing great, either.

FIFA 10 has been available in Europe since the beginning of October, so chances are, the European guys have already secured their copies and are loving every second. Meanwhile for us Yanks, we just got our game a few days ago, and here I am telling you that it is the best damn football game ever made. Normally, I tell people to buy sports games every other year, but not in the case of FIFA 10. FIFA 09 was a great game last year, but EA managed to really go overboard and add a ton of new features and enhancements, giving every fan of last year's game a full blown reason to own this all new one.

10/25/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (28 posts)

Scarecrow
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 8:33:21 PM
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Wow!
I've heard nothing but great things 'bout this game!

And here I am someone who doesn't like European Football at all.

But who knows, this one might be interesting

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www
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 9:07:45 PM

Yes its sad when you don't know anything about EU football but as long as you know how football is played, you could give it a try, its epic!

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Metal Head
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 8:46:59 PM
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Fifa's gameplay is very accessible to anyone that has never play football. Online has always triumph over Pro Evolution all the time. I like PES more but playing online is frustrating.

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www
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 9:09:20 PM

FIFA 10 for the win, PES still feels arcady, the Menu System single-handedly puts me off.

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Naga
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 8:48:27 PM
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Still wished they bothered with custom soundtracks. But its still a nice upgrade from Fifa 09

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Wage SLAVES
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 4:37:01 AM

Sweet the Extremist!!!

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Cholo Gamer
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 9:02:20 PM
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yup I agree with that graphics score there not great but the game itself is great

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www
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 9:11:55 PM
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9.0, good! I've been playing this game like a lot. The best FIFA yet. Everything feels authentic.

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KingRed
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 9:45:17 PM
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I will be getting this dame at some point. Demo was hella fun.

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Qubex
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 10:23:43 PM
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You guys know I am quite picky generally, especially looking at the games technical merits. Whilst the game is no doubt polished (well the demo at least anyway); I feel it still suffers the multi-plat blues in some regard.

For example, while waiting for the game to start you can watch the camera pan across the stadium generally giving panoramic views of your surroundings. I noticed a "cutting" delay between camera angles which looks badly done; "bitty" if you will.

The game play is ok; fun I guess when playing with others. If you really are a football fan it should fulfill all your needs.

I am impressed on how they have upped the character modelling; but animations can generally have a stop/start feel to them. I feel the "blending" tech is not there yet. Unchartered 2 does motion blending beautifully. In fact EA should study the Nathan Drake tech and then implement it into sports titles; ND got it nailed. Imagine "Fifa 10" using the Unchartered 2 engine... quiver at the thought... quality would be superb.

Still have issues with the crowds too; the developers do try to add "randomness" to their reaction patterns, but it still not good enough.

"Dirt" and "DIrt 2" also suffered this, so did the crowds in "GT Prologue"... monochromatic behavioral patterns that don't look very good.

I notice every detail, it makes the difference between a superb game and a good game. That difference can be stark sometimes... From what I have played of the game I think this game deserves an 8.2!

Too harsh?

Q!

"i am home"


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Goten
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 10:36:53 PM
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Playing on the ps3, rather than like 09 on 360 last year, Ive noticed a couple graphical glitches and the odd (very minor) frame rate issues and it sometimes seems a little sluggier than 09. Wondering if this is a console problem rather than a game problem itself, but it doesnt matter, the game itself is still immense!

Im not sure whether I prefer the actual gameplay over 09, at first I felt the balance a little off but Im starting to notice it less and less. My only complaint is the amount of people quitting online. Its ridiculous! I actually havent finished a head to head yet, so im stuck at skill level 1 because I cant beat anyone. Thoroughly annoying and never had that problem on 360, maybe bad rep is a decent deterrent.

Other than that, a typically high standard FIFA that I was expecting, yet another good job EA!

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Charger7302
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 10:48:40 PM
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Putting the game aside, it's really great to see EA turn around so much. They have released many great games this gen. Makes you wish that EA was still the biggest publisher instead of Activision.

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LimitedVertigo
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 10:49:49 PM
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I'm sure it's a great game for those that enjoy soccer/football. I strongly dislike soccer so I've been unable to get into it.

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Geobaldi
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 1:03:07 AM
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I'll stick with the Football Manager series. You feel much more satisfaction when you succeed with those games. Though the learning curve is pretty steap.

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___________
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 1:22:41 AM
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one thing i would like to see changed is the shooting sensitivity.
honestly i run up to the box tap circle with a feather and the ball knocks the moon out.
i loved the old style where you could not do power shots, shoot was shoot it did not matter if you pressed or held it down.
otherwise its a really fun game to play when friends come over.

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Qubex
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 2:15:30 AM

Agree, that shooting mechanic was not easy for me either. Took away from the fluidic game play that should have been. But I had the same frustrations for the NBL and NFL games. Depending on how you want to play it, it can be difficult; even controlling the players... maybe I am not used to these sports titles; who knows... just found them difficult to get into them; even as a novice...

Q!

"i am home"

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dlte
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 7:47:18 PM

do you mean NBA?

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Qubex
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 10:46:35 PM

Yes, I did :)

Q!

"i am home"

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Kempy21
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 4:29:21 AM
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its football not soccer

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Geobaldi
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 5:26:59 AM

Not in Canada and the US. You can call it wogball too but that's not a name that will make you many football friends :)

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Cavan
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 5:48:04 AM
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i had fifa. traded it in for pes2010, they allow you to do so much more with the editing and the downloading of option files, i already have the one so i get all the correct kits and badges etc, but i also downloaded team chants so you have the proper crowd chants, as in when liverpool walk out at a home match, the fans are chanting you'l never walk alone, makes all the difference!

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SaintX
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 6:27:14 AM

Hey, where did you got your option file from?

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N a S a H
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 9:55:58 AM
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Fifa games are epic :) PES were better a few years ago when they came out, but Fifa's been on top for the last few years.

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convergecrew
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 2:15:24 PM

I still think PES is a better game of football. FIFA does everything else better though.

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Frenchy17
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 11:41:51 AM
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I have been playing FIFA since the Sega Genesis days but the last 6 or 7 years I have been a Winning Eleven/Pro Evolution fan. But I decided to take the plunge a try this year's Fifa. I am really enjoying this year's game and I love the be a pro mode. The only things I do not much like are the shooting mechanics and the fact that the pitch seems small and somewhat crowded. I have tried the Pro Evolution demo and it seems bigger and spaced out more properly in my opinion. I think both are excellent titles and I am sure I will end up playing both.

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Cavan
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 3:34:33 PM
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saint x

http://winningelevenblog.com/

they do the option file for all the kits etc, then in the blog section there is a link to download all the chants, theres quite a few self help guides so should be easy enough tho give me a message if u need any help, makes all the diff to pes

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SaintX
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 9:46:33 PM

Thank you very much! I've always been a PES fan, but what I have heard or seen so far from Fifa 10 is insane. I am really tempted to buy it now. I've got a few fans who was PES fans recently just switched to Fifa. I guess I will have to play PES 2010 first to see how the game goes.

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Cavan
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 3:44:03 PM
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also ben, if you or arnold do a review of PES 2010, download the option file, it gives the game all the license's that konami cant get because EA pays for exclusivity (if thats a word lol)

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