FIFA 10 review

  • 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

The ugly side of the beautiful game

Sadly there’s always a dark underbelly to our beloved ball-blasting sport. Here, it comes in the form of a strange fault in the game’s cut scenes that shrinks players – regardless of height – down to the same size.

Granted, the incredible shrinking man syndrome isn’t a massive deal. What annoys us more are the bugs in, the otherwise excellent, Manager Mode (essentially FIFA’s career mode). From our time with the game, the league tables are all wrong. None more so than our current season, where we trail to a rampant Bolton Wanderers, who sit pretty at the top of the Premier League after 20 games.

Really, though, these are minor quibbles in an otherwise title-winning campaign for FIFA 10. With comprehensive licensing covering most major and minor European, American and Mexican leagues and incredibly purdy looks, this is the most realistic representation of football you’ll find. Well, short of actually going outside and scuffing up your shins with other folk.

Even if you hate sports title, there’s so much to admire in the game’s presentation. Whether it’s the stadium announcer reeling off the starting 11s pre-game or little details like when players clench their stomachs after they get up from an injury; the whole package has been put together with an exhaustive eye for detail.

Just like Darren Fletcher for Man United, FIFA 10 should be the first name on your team sheet/shopping list this season.

Just for you, Metacritic

FIFA 10 adding new dynamic dribbling to its already refined passing game is like adding Ronaldo to Chelsea. It makes a winning formula that much better. A brilliant, championship-conquering football game.

FIFA 09? Hells yes. Faster, more fluid and with more incisive crossing and shooting, this is a big step up. Players and teams also feel more individual than FIFA 09. And the new Virtual Pro mode expands on Be a Pro, letting you play with your created player in all of the game’s modes. If last year was a Europa League finalist, FIFA 10 is a Champions League winner.

href="" target="_blank">PES 2009? Yup. But they’re very different games. PES’ arcade-addled action is all speed, Mardaona-style dribbling and excitement – usually built on the mad keepers palming everything into their own net. While last year’s PES is still brilliant fun in multi-player, it infuriates us in single-player, thanks to A.I. that always cheats. FIFA 10 also plays much more like actual football, and rewards those who play with a knowledge of the sport.

PES 2010? Right now? Based on our fairly-extensive hands-on with preview code, we say yes. Currently, PES 2010 feels much weightier than it’s predecessor, with more focus on player momentum. Unfortunately, the physics behind this new system feel unrefined at the moment. Its 360° dribbling isn’t in the same league as FIFA’s, either, and feels more like 16 directional movement to us. We love PES, though, and there’s still time to fix these problems, so hopefully it’ll be a close title race when Konami's game is released.

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:
PEGI Rating:


  • 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.

  • 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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