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Fifa 09 is a brilliant football game for the DS. Probably the best football game out ever for the DS! It is so addictive first of all, and when I say addictive, I mean addictive! Every time I'm bored with anything to do on my day off I will always go to play my DS, no doubt about that. And usually the first game I will insert will be Fifa 09. Although the graphics aren't great, there better than all other Fifa games and PES games, which means it is the best game for the DS football wise again! The game is simply awesome. There are options from Manager Mode which you need to win matches and earn prestige points to make your manager's rating go up as well as your team's ratings. In manager mode you can chose from the regular teams for instance Man U, Chelsea, Portsmouth Etc. Then there's the normal league where you will need to win matches and stay at the top of the table to win the whole league. Winning is really hard on pro difficulty. Even amateur is quite hard for newbies, but once you get the hang of the game you probably will get to world class and professional mode! You can buy and remove players from your Team Hub. Some players are free because they were either kicked out or new and just signed up. You can also buy players from other teams. I already bought all the people that play for Man U right now, and will try to do the same for the other teams. Depending on your matches will decide how much money you get to spend on players, its usually Half to 1 million a match.
Overall its a great football game for the DS which all DS owners should have, as well as major football fans. 4 stars!
I reckon Fifa 09 is the best football game money can buy for the Nintendo DS. New features including 'Be A Pro' top off the game. The only downside of the game is the graphics, which is not too suprising for the DS. To be honest they look just like the Fifa 06 graphics on the DS. The latest games consoles like the Play Station 3 and the Xbox 360 have immense graphics, but the DS is just a small hand held games console, and cannot be expected of as much as the likes of the PS3 and the 360.
A very good feature of Fifa 09 is the ability to create players and a team, which you can play with on Manager Mode, Be A Pro, Tournaments and Training. New skills have been added for the new game, but the amount you can do is still limited.
The controls are very simple really, just like any other game on the DS. A highpoint of the game is the interactivity of the touch screen during the game. You use the stylus to shoot from short-range free kicks and penalties, and you can use the stylus to dive with the keeper when you are facing penalties - this is very good fun and it gives you a challenge. There is also Wi-Fi connection on the game, enabling you to interact with players from all over the world.
To summarise, it is a very good game, but there are a few creases which need to be ironed out.
Fifa 09 is a football game for the Nintendo DS. The DS might not seem the best console to play football on, but I was surprised how easy it was to pick up, and how many options were available, even though of course it can never rival the Fifa games for the larger consoles.
In terms of the game play, there are certainly lots of different options. There are 140 attacking and 40 defending options, apparently totalling 50,000 combinations, allowing you to try nearly every possible set of tactics that you could think of.
There are numerous different leagues to play in, including the top four UK divisions, as well as leagues from Germany, Spain and Italy. A good number of players' names have also been included, although there is a limit to these, so some players are missing.
You can choose whether to enter a tournament, just play a friendly game against another side, or you can play as a certain player across a number of seasons. This latter option, the Be a Pro selection, I found to be the best way of playing the game as I only had to concentrate on playing in the role of one player. Others might prefer to play as the whole team, which does require a better ability in the game, something not suited to me, but it was a positive thing to have the various different options available.
There are also a number of different difficulty levels to suit your experience in the game and to help get you into the game. I'm not one of the those players who is naturally good at any game, so I found the difficulty levels to be pitched just right, but that probably means that many players found it just a bit too easy to play.
With the graphics, they're clearly not going to be as good as the game for the PS games console, but I found them to be more than adequate to play the game, given the limitations of the DS.
Playing the game isn't too bad, controlling a single player takes a lot of experience to get right, but isn't too difficult to pick up. I found it a game that you could get into straight away however, without feeling it was just too difficult to play. I did struggle with getting the set pieces right however, to me they were much less intuitive.
One issue that I did find however is that there is a problem that players can get sent off too easily, which sounds becomes frustrating. It's especially frustrating that the computer's players rarely seem to get booked or sent off, but this is overall a relatively minor flaw in the game.
The game is currently available from Amazon for just over thirteen pounds, against its original recommended retail price of twenty pounds. The game is rated for 3+, so is suitable for both younger and older children.
In conclusion, I found the game very enjoyable to play and one of those games that you pick up for a short while and enjoy playing. This game will fail if compared to similar games for the PS3 for example, but such comparisons wouldn't be fair given the technology. Overall, a reasonable game, so four stars out of five, just needs some polishing to make better. There will no doubt be a Fifa '10 so we can see if those improvements have been made!
When I got this as a birthday gift I was hoping it was going to be every bit as much enjoyable as all the other versions on different consoles , I was addictied to the PSP version and after opening up this little gem and poppong it in my DS I was in love once again, true I found the graphics were not as good but for the system that it is on this is to be expected I found the main menu very easy to use and after starting the manager mode I ended up doing half a season in a day.
I loved the fact that after a few weeks you could train your players as well as unlocking more features along the way to increase trainging etc, when playing the game itself it is fantastic that just by using the touch screen you can change the tatics as you play to press the ball, counter attack, use the wing play more etc I would only reccomend using this part of the game when the ball is out of play or when pausing the game as if you do it when the game is going on you can make many mistakes not that i did that of course lol. At the start of the sesason you take over a team for five years and you have set targets you have to reach and achieve to stay in charge if they are not achieved you may get the boot so you have to be on your A game to achieve enough points to make the board reconsider.
On the main menu screen there is also that old faves tournament mode, quick match etc and you can also play another person with a DS link so why not beat your friends as well. I say if you have not got this game in your collection get out there now and buy!!
Ive been playing on Fifa for years now, usually on my big screen TV on the Playstation, so when I got my DS and Fifa 09, I was a little bit dubious as to whether or not it would be as good. I have to say that immediatly I was impressed.
With only a little screen to watch you feel as if you are a bit more of a part of the action, and the commentry through the speakers is loud enough and doesnt repeat the same set of phrases like previous games have done. The actual gameplay is very good, the graphics are very detailed for such a small pitch and you can clearly make out who your players are and where you might be wanting to pass the ball.
The screen at the bottom gives you a birdeye view of the whole pitch to show you who is where and although I dont find myself ever really looking at this, I can see why some people might want to use it.
There are lots of different game modes, and so far I havent used them all. In manager mode you are given five years to reach certain goals which get harder every year. I am Newcastle and even with an average team on quite a hard game setting I find it very easy to win and complete the tasks. My advice might be to start off as a worse team for a better game experience.
During manager mode you can transfer players, and it took me a while to work out that you cant actually sell your players. You can only use them as a make-weight in a transfer for another player, so dont do what I did and create a huge team where you never play most of them.
Another mode is 'Be a pro' whereby you take on the role of an individual player and you only control this player for the length of the game. I had never played a game like this before so was quite intrigued, and initially it was so difficult to get used to as I wanted to do everything, yet had to realise that I had to control my player as he should be playing. As you play each game your player earns point in which you use to build up his stats to make him a better player. This took a while to get used to but now I find it very interesting and gives a very different gaming experience.
The last type of game which I have played is simply using the wireless multiplayer, which wasnt successful in the slightest. As you rely on the game being instant and no delays in actions, I foudn it almost impossible to play a proper game against somebody. I have tried many times in many different places yet never have I played a game in what seems like real speed, and results in me getting frustrated as you just cant play how you would like. This has to be one criticism of the game, along with one more.
As you are playing and you get more involvedin the game you find yourself gripping the console harder. This results in the corner of the console digging into the palm of your hand and over time this really hurts! there isnt really a way around it as the way you control the buttons you have to grip the console in this way.
Overall I am very happy with the game and find it much better than I thought I would. The graphics are impressive and the gameplay very good. There are a few bad points but I wouldnt let this put me off buying the next version when it comes out. For around £15 I think its a bargain.
Step onto the pitch and play professional football your way in FIFA 09. Experience the most authentic football simulation EA Sports has delivered as you live the fantasy of playing as a professional player and customise the game to suit your style and ability.