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FIFA 10 review

AT A GLANCE
  • 360 degree dribbling is the best thing to happen in footie games in years
  • Beautiful looks, with amazing presentation and fluid animation
  • Slotting an elegant finesse shot past a goalie
  • Hull finishing above you in Manager Mode
  • Corners are really hard to score from
  • EA turning players into same-sized clones

FIFA’s other new headline-grabbing feature is its set-piece creator. Part of the new, extended arena mode (which now lets you play practice matches) it gives you the tools to create free-form free-kick routines by giving you control over all your players’ runs.

Above: The set-piece editor is like an ace puzzle game, where you have to outwit defenders

If we put the new features on the subs bench, the best part of the game remains the beautifully balanced build-up play. More refined than last year (especially chipped through balls), it’s easier to play a pass behind a defence and into space. As ever, shred a back four to pieces with an incisive through ball for a speedy front man to run onto, and you'll be in fist-punching paradise.

Crosses have also been sorted. Spongy last year, they’ve now got real zip about them, especially if you ping in deliveries with good passers like Welsh wizard Ryan Giggs. After playing with FIFA 09’s weak efforts, crosses now feel fierce, which makes flank play more dangerous and exciting.

Shooting has received less treatment. The biggest change? Have a pop from 25 yards and you’ll find shots are far less floaty than last year. There are loads of parameters that affect your shot - position of the player, angle etc. – in this physics-heavy (Oi! Wake up) system. And, just like real life, the power of shots are governed by how your man approaches the ball. Like this...


Above: Run onto the ball with players with high shooting stats and you'll often hit a piledriver

Scoring screamers is satisfying, but we also love to use the shot modifier to curl our efforts towards the onion bag. Want to really humiliate the keeper? Try a deft Nothing, though, can beat a deft dink or a looping lob. Like this...



With so many shot types at your disposal, this year’s one-on-ones with goalies always feel fresh.

Best. Commentary. Ever


Now, admittedly, this is going to sound weird. But the most immersive thing in FIFA 10 are the ramblings of an old English guy and a Scot who sounds like he smokes 60 a day. Between them Andy Gray and Martin Tyler (the commentators for the UK version of FIFA) enrich matches with their natural, incidental analysis. Even if they do love to slate our shooting skills.

It might not sound like much, but when we hear them make an incidental quip about how Man City are suddenly rolling in money, it always slaps a wide smile on our faces - and, rest assured, we ain’t fans of those pack of millionaire mercenaries. Insightful, and up-to-date, the spot-on commentary really is of a TV broadcast standard.

More Info

Release date: Oct 20 2009 - Wii, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, PSP (US)
Oct 02 2009 - Wii, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360
Oct 13 2009 - PC
Oct 02 2009 - PSP (UK)
Available Platforms: Wii, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, PSP
Published by: EA SPORTS
Developed by: EA Canada
Franchise: FIFA
ESRB Rating:
Everyone
PEGI Rating:
3+

9 comments

  • MassSaber - October 5, 2009 12:25 p.m.

    Football game good, buy it nuff sed
  • nunoband - September 30, 2009 3:44 a.m.

    I seriously cant wait to play the whole game. The Demo has actually for once got me psyched about this years FIFA where as before 08 and 09 I wanted but I wasn't as excited. I feel like a little kid again =D
  • JohnnyMaverik - September 28, 2009 11:33 p.m.

    finished* Sorry for the triple post but "finish the review" just sounded so rude... I coulden't leave it with-out pointing out it was a typo. *crawls away in shame*
  • JohnnyMaverik - September 28, 2009 11:32 p.m.

    Ok, finish the review, I've played the PES 2010 demo and it didn't impress me much, a bit more realistic and prettier than 09, but a fair amount less fun on the whole aswell. So I wasn't planning on buying a footy game this year, but after reading this I might just swallow my pride and go back to FIFA
  • JohnnyMaverik - September 28, 2009 11:23 p.m.

    "Why did u give halo odst a 7." Because thats what he thought it diserved dipshit... and he's probably bang on and all... Also how would that be like Infamous? Infamous was contraversial because It's a PS3 exclusive and people like to portray GR as a pro 360 site, which is unfair. ODST is a 360 exclusive, so infact it's nothing like Infamous...
  • Surafel - September 28, 2009 3:33 a.m.

    cupcakes
  • rekof - September 27, 2009 2:13 p.m.

    still love we/pes,..
  • TheDude - September 27, 2009 1:28 a.m.

    ...Surafel, this is the Fifa 10 page, why are you talking about ODST? Anyways game looks awesome, I've always loved Fifa AND Rooney. (He is the MAN!) Great review, Dave!
  • Surafel - September 26, 2009 3:01 p.m.

    Why did u give halo odst a 7. This is just like imfamous.

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