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FIFA Soccer 10 review

Slick mover packed with features

Pros

  • Clean and fast action
  • AI teammates make plenty of smart support runs
  • Impressive range of features

Cons

  • Shots and passes are heavily assisted
  • Lack of a second analogue stick is weird
  • Still has that pared-down PS2 feel

While the success of this year’s FIFA 10 on PS3 and 360 is built upon the technical bells and whistles of a still-sparkly next-gen engine, its PSP counterpart is still based on the same pile of code as the old PS2 games. Which, it turns out, is just fine for a satisfying, if pared down, game of handheld football.

So yes, it feels more robotic and shots and passes are heavily assisted (meaning you can score some outrageous screamers), and the lack of a second analogue stick is weird if you’re used to the touch controls on the DualShock. But the football is clean and fast, cutting past defenders is satisfying, and your AI teammates make plenty of smart support runs.

By far the most impressive aspect of the game is the range of features on offer – a full Manager mode, a season-long Be A Pro mode (complete with third-person camera) and a Practice mode along with all the usual cups and exhibitions. It’s exhaustive.

Oct 15, 2009

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Description

It takes the already winning formula of the series while successfully upping the arcadey factor on the Wii. A brilliant, championship-conquering football game.

Franchise nameFIFA
UK franchise nameFIFA
PlatformWii, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, PSP
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating3+
Alternative namesFIFA Soccer 10
Release date20 October 2009 (US), 2 October 2009 (UK)