Preview: FIFA 11 - The best football game ever?

Pass and move

It's an aspect of football games that is tweaked and changed every year and quite frankly we're sick of typing - 'the build up play is slicker' or 'passes really feel more weighted than ever' - but in FIFA11 it's noteworthy once again, so bear with us. One of the biggest complaints of FIFA fans is the ability of 'ping-pong passing' games, where you could string together impossible numbers of passes with anyone on the pitch, but with each player having a more realistic ability to do this, the pinginess has been squashed. Passes can and will go wrong if you don't play it with enough power or direction.

Above: There's far more variety to the crossing than ever before in FIFA. This is a good thing.

You can play the ball into space with X ,if you like, and then control another player to try and beat your opponent in a foot race to get it. The crossing has been tuned too. We race down the flank with Tottenham's Aaron Lennon and get to the corner of the 18 yard box. We scream at the stringy Peter Crouch, as he runs to the near post instead of the far one, but intelligently as we hit the cross it sort of chips onto his forehead and he buries it past a flailing goalkeeper. He doesn't even break stride.

One-two passes are far more intuitive in FIFA11 too. Play the ball from a winger to a midfielder, for example, and they'll continue their run without you having to force them into it.

Players with more personality

We'll let this video paint the picture of the carefully crafted individualism of the players...

Celebrate good times

You're still able to perform the running man, the robot and all the rest of the ridiculous goal celebrations as before, but as a little treat, EA have offered up something else too. Once you've smashed the ball in, you're given a few seconds to leg it down the pitch as your team-mates try to grab you and hold you like a returning loved one.

Above: "Just hold me, Dave. Just hold me"

July 22nd 2010


  • lilwillski - December 8, 2014 12:10 p.m.

    As a FIFA 15 player on PS4 I still enjoy FIFA 11 more than any other FIFA since. This game is the best FIFA to play on PS3.
  • thetruthv2 - August 28, 2010 1:47 p.m.

    And more stadiums from the lower leagues.
  • thetruthv2 - August 28, 2010 1:45 p.m.

    It would be v nice if they have taken out the ratty goals. Cross hits the bar then the striker. WHATEVER.
  • rut4000 - July 24, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    Have they sorted the heading out, cause on fifa10 more often than not the heading would glance gently off the head of the attacker, meaning it trickled slowly and painfully out. Just wondering if there was any feedback about this?
  • zer0hvk - July 23, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    I used to be a fan of soccer games when I was a kid, I used to play International Superstar Soccer and the like, mostly because it was fun, and I could play it on my own or with my friends. Now I only play FIFA games with my friends, mostly because it's the most arcade-ish of the two most important ones (PES & FIFA, to me, at least), PES has become an increasingly complex soccer game, which probably makes up for it if you master the skills of playing it, but, FIFA, even though it's still not very user-friendly, it's a bit more "pick-up-and-play". I'm looking forward to play this with my friends, thanks for the preview, awesome work!! :)
  • IIBrownieII - July 23, 2010 9:55 a.m.

    Nice preview Nath bought FIFA last year but could never get into it as much as I wud have liked, which resulted in me gettin thrashed at my mates all the time. So I'll make sure I give it a good crack this year. Use to love pes but now it's just fallen to far behind.
  • rockstarsean - July 23, 2010 9:04 a.m.

    Very Excite!!!
  • boourns - July 23, 2010 8:58 a.m.

    Every year I get a wee FIFA boner around this time, its like waiting for the season to start.

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