Why 2010 FIFA World Cup is the best football game yet

It's better than FIFA 10 on the pitch

Alright, so this is a bit of an obvious one. Naturally, a game built on a more robust engine of last year’s title means World Cup is technically more impressive than its predecessor.

The key here is evolution, not revolution. Seeing as FIFA 10 already plays the most balanced, addictive game of footie you can find, sweeping changes just aren’t necessary. That said, the small tweaks that have been made are welcome. Players now feel weightier, while build up play is also a little quicker, so it’s now easier to play a tight passing game as you ping the ball about.

Chip shots are less effective too, while keepers no longer charge off their line like demented Kamikaze pilots every time a player enters their box. It’s all pretty subtle stuff, but the alterations, although minor, are definitely welcome.

The graphics are mega polished

Aside from the fact all the players look like they’re emotionally deadened zombies, FIFA 10 is a real looker. The World Cup game easily has it beat, though.

For starters player likenesses are loads better. When we go through the England line-up it’s a relief to see a digital Rio Ferdinand finally look like his commanding real life counterpart, rather than some potato-headed lump. Everyone’s favourite slightly rubbish, lanky striker Peter Crouch is also loads better, and finally looks y’know, human. Likenesses for less high profile players is still patchy, mind. The entire Scotland squad seem to have come off the generic face 101 production line.

Richer textures also mean all the pitches have a more realistic, weathered look. Even from the default tele cam, which makes all the players appear as tiny Subbuteo men, the extra detail strikes your attention. In comparison, FIFA 10’s fields now look like a bunch of carpets with some green paint on them.

The game hits stores in April. And with the World Cup in June, this looks set to be the only title that’ll satisfy that inevitable three week footie itch you’ll get this summer. Make sure you check back over the coming months for more coverage of 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Feb 09, 2009


  • 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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