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Why 2010 FIFA World Cup is the best football game yet

Near 200 national teams. All the stadiums, carnival atmosphere and glamour of the world’s biggest sporting event. A refined, sexier version of the most sophisticated footie engine ever. Yup, it’s safe to say EA’s latest World Cup game is shaping up to be pretty tasty. We got hands-on with the game recently and can confidently state its set to become this generation’s finest footie title yet. Read on to find out why.


It's got 199 international sides


Just let that sink in for a minute. That’s every team that took part in the qualifying rounds for the World Cup. By comparison FIFA 10 had 41.

Oh sure, you can recreate international tournaments in the last game. But with such a paltry selection, it’s hardly going to be an authentic World Cup experience. Hell, according to FIFA 10 most of Africa doesn’t exist. Thankfully, that’s something the new title rectifies with all the big African nations like Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo in the mixer.


The presentation is incredible


EA say it wants to recreate the carnival atmosphere of the world’s most popular sporting tournament. And with pre-match confetti, full 3D crowds for all the teams (which includes supporters with face paint, hats and banners) and all 10 stadia that’ll be used in South Africa, the game’s atmosphere is easily more authentic than FIFA 10.

Commentary is also up to the series’ usual high standards. As hateful as grating ITV commentator Clive Tyldesley normally is, paired with Andy Townsend in the UK version, the pair’s banter is winningly believable.

Above: Amazingly, Tyldesley (on the left) and his mate aren't as annoying as they look in 2010 FIFA World Cup

They even provide insight into each side’s manager, which is handy because the gaffers of all the biggest nations feature in the game’s cutscenes. We see two impressively rendered coaches before one of our matches as England’s Fabio Capello (who’s as scary and stern as ever) and Spain’s Vicente del Bosque shake hands.

9 comments

  • blazingfire11 - August 27, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    in here fifa 2010 worldcup game and fifa 2010 worldcup games costs 1.6Pounds(after converting it from my currency to pounds that is)
  • TheBoz - February 22, 2010 7:35 p.m.

    Having FIFA 10 I can not see myself buying another footie game for a good few years, of course unless I see one in the bargain buckets for a couple of quid but no more. It is a good series and every game you see advancements which is only a good thing, but I really do think the world cup should be included in the normal annual games. Also how can they legally call a title the year after it is sold in. FIFA 10 out in 09, FIFA 11 out in 10. It is like selling a magazine middle of March and saying it is the April edition.
  • Dengar13 - February 16, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    rossio9, not all American's think this way so please don't take it to heart. There are a lot of us who enjoy football (soccer) and appreciate it. I do agree with the above posters as this should be DLC and not cost as much as a new game would. At least some African nations are represented this time around.
  • rossio9 - February 13, 2010 2:44 p.m.

    no one wants an americans opinion on football not soccer as u cnt play it
  • nik41507 - February 11, 2010 12:58 a.m.

    This is a soccer game Here in America, football is a game where your foot is never used. And we call the game with only your foot soccer
  • Tomsta666 - February 10, 2010 4:44 p.m.

    I approve of this guys comment ^^^ I was just going to say the same, If it's not cut price = no buy.
  • AndyGiff93 - February 9, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    If this comes out for £25 I will buy it. It would be a crime to sell it for £40. It'll probably end up being £35 How much are the World Cup games usually?
  • mattuk - February 9, 2010 9:40 p.m.

    I've never understood why games journalists don't criticise developers for milking a franchise for all its worth. FIFA 10 for how good it is, is still flawed, the game modes are shallow and could easily be improved, yet EA is being praised for making another full price game, to be released less than 6 months after the last version. The little fixes in Fifa World Cup should be part of free DLC for Fifa 10. It's this kind of sucking up to dev's that makes me think that games journalist can't be taken seriously and arent prepared to ask tough questions that real journalists would.
  • crumbdunky - February 9, 2010 9:56 a.m.

    Sadly, the plain fact of the matter is we'll have Fifa 11 later this year which will be better still AND international football is SHIT.Hopefully Shingo can sort it out, too, so I won't have to play dirty Fifa again this autumn!

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