It is nice that the game can really make
you feel like you are pulling off some amazing feats without ever
dropping into that “arcade like” sensation. This is accurate soccer or
football or whatever you want to call it.
The presentation overall is very good, with the gameplay of FIFA 10
infused with the flair of the World Cup. The crowds look authentic and
the views they give of the gameplay and the cheering is quite fitting
for a game about this world celebration, but the constant flip backs to
the opposing coach shaking his head get old after you’ve seen them a few
times. Win the world cup however, and you’ll be treated to a celebration
worthy of the title and something that other sports games could
definitely take a nod from.
Of course, the artificial intelligence leaves a little to be desired at
times. Sometimes, the other players take passes when you’d expect them
to and behave appropriately. Occasionally, you’ll be left with a few WTF
moments that seem all too typical in this sort of game. Let’s work on
that folks, these things can get better.
For some, the Captain your Country mode will add extra value and
interest. For others, the Story of Qualifying Mode will be where you get
your extra value. Here, you are placed into real life scenarios (ie:
France has given up two early goals against Romania. Can they overcome
this and win?). You get points upon reaching certain objectives such as
conceding no more goals and winning etc. It’s an interesting feature and
definitely adds value to the game.
Another point to mention is the online tournament mode. This mode
attempts (quite well) to recreate the conditions of the actual world cup
and allows fans of nations that didn’t make the qualifying rounds a
chance to re-write history even if it is just inside a bunch of EA
You’ll play with all 199 national teams and authentically kick around 10
stadiums as you attempt to reach the fireworks and the other thing I
found interesting about this game is the “Home & Away” tactics feature
where teams will change their play tactics depending on whether they are
home and away, something I don’t think has ever really been incorporated
into a video game but we all know is out there in the real world.
Even if you’re a fan or owner of FIFA 10 there is something more here
for you to enjoy and minor annoyances aside, this is a solid title that
will keep you kicking into the wee hours of the morning. Now, where’s my
- Syd Bolton
(July 16, 2010)
Syd Bolton surrounds himself in thousands of classic video games at the
Personal Computer Museum (http://www.pcmuseum.ca)
in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.