No messing. FIFA 11 is totally going to redefine player authenticity

EA has released the first details for FIFA 11. The buzzword this time around is 'player authenticity', which EA is promising to reinvent with the help of an all new and undoubtedly miraculous system called 'Personality+'.

Above: Arsenal's Arshavin looking authentic in the PS3 version of FIFA 11

What's it do? It only uses a mega-database of player stats for every player to make the pretend players be even more like the real players that they're supposed to be.

This is how the FIFA 11's executive producer, Kaz Makita, is talking it up: "Personality+ is the evolution of individual distinctiveness that sees a footballer's abilities on the pitch mirrored authentically in our game, creating individual personalities in FIFA 11."

So Kaka will be a passing wizard, Iniesta a master of close control and Wayne Rooney will be unsurpassable when it comes to eloquently telling the referee to f*ck off. I doubt the last one will be a feature, but if EA is aiming for authentic, a potty-mouthed Rooney is surely a key ingredient.

Above: Rooney in the 360 version. Probably thinking about telling someone to f*ck off

Oh, and thanks to a new Pro Passing system, the elegant art of ball transference is also going to be better and more authentic.

FIFA 11 will be released on every console that is relevant (that *still* includes PS2) later this year.

And talking of football, let’s not forget that the WORLD CUP STARTS TOMORROW. Anyone got predictions for the ENGLAND USA game? I've got money on it being 1-1 with lots of probing but not much penetration at either end.

June 10, 2010


  • GRwarrior - June 11, 2010 9:39 a.m.

    Aussies for WC
  • MassSaber - June 10, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    England have a nasty habit of letting us (the English that is) down I have a horrible feeling we'll lose 2-1 and the winning goal will a be apenalty or set piece cos someone went and got carded. As for FIFA 11 I wouldn't expect too much change this is EA Sports after all
  • rxb - June 10, 2010 7:16 p.m.

    I'll play the demo, get some practice, then try and beat my friends. Looks and sounds good though.
  • IHateMakingUserIDs - June 10, 2010 6:39 p.m.

    England 2 USA Nil. 3 lions ftw.
  • miasma - June 10, 2010 6:07 p.m.

    England to win, America to not give a Sh1t.
  • Shrimpandwhitewine - June 10, 2010 5:09 p.m.

    Let's go USA, 2-1 favoring the States. Personality looks great btw - Classic player Zidane great at headbutts?
  • Anonymous93 - June 10, 2010 2:31 p.m.

    @ JohnnyMaverick IRELAND!IRELAND!IRE... Wait what? He did what with his hand? Well then. (gets out shotgun and walks to the airport without saying another word)
  • JohnnyMaverik - June 10, 2010 2:07 p.m.

    @ Games_Radar_DaveMeikleham SCOTLAND! SCOT.... oh no wait -_-
  • DonaghK - June 10, 2010 1:23 p.m.

    Tee hee. You said penetration. Also, I'm not sure if I can be arsed buying Fifa 11. Fifa 10 is as good as it gets in my opinion, sticking with it.
  • breener96 - June 10, 2010 1:07 p.m.

    Ah, I've given up on FIFA myself. It just feels too similar every year to its predecessor. And I'd say the match'll be 3-1 to England, but I *want* it to be 3-1 to USA.
  • Games_Radar_DaveMeikleham - June 10, 2010 1:01 p.m.

    USA! USA! USA!
  • totojimbob - June 10, 2010 12:44 p.m.

    @db1331 Sure, there are a lot of people over here in the States that don't really care. But there are also loads of us that go crazy over our 'soccer.' Sure, mainstream US "kind of cares" in the manner that IsaacFenix describes, but that is not the whole story. The football fan population in America is expanding quickly, and frenzying while it's at it.
  • IsaacFenix - June 10, 2010 12:26 p.m.

    @db1331 That's not true. If the U.S. beats England everyone in the U.S. will care, until the next day.
  • vinicusg.t.guedes - June 10, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    In my opinion England wins 2-1. Still USA will qualify in 2nd place and face Germany on the second phase of the tournament. As a brazilian I obviously expect my country's team to win the WC :) About the game...maybe more realistic players could finally grab my attention. generally I don't see any need to get a soccer game when the demos with 6 teams are basically the same game for free.
  • db1331 - June 10, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    I can't predict the score of the England vs. USA game, but I can predict that nobody in the USA will give a fuck.
  • Benjamin333 - June 10, 2010 noon

    Good article, Matt. Though I don't understand 'personality' in sports games. Surely we, and not the ai, determines personality when we pick up the controller. Kaka is only as good at passing as I am. That's why I never really bother with substitutions. It's never really the player's fault, it's mine.

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