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I was unexpectedly given this as a Christmas gift a few years ago. It had been ages since i'd had a football game for a video game consule, and this was because i'd become disillusioned with the same thing every year - just slightly upgraded - especially from the Fifa franchise.
I was therefore very pleasantly surprised by Fifa 09 - All Play. Maybe it was the use of the Wii controllers, or perhaps it was just the novelty of having a football game for the first time in years - either way I really enjoyed (and still do enjoy) this game.
The basic features are all there - friendlies, tournaments, leagues. All the world's top leagues, as well as a decent selection of international teams are playable. The graphics in this main part of the game are surprisingly good, and the gameplay quite addicitive. It's nice the way you can use the Wii controller for greater accuracy and precision.
What's also nice is the extra features. There is an additional 8 v 8 'Mii' mode where you can play in a team of rather cartoony looking Miis, which include your own plus a selection of famous faces from a variety of international teams.
There is also a manager mode. Although clearly no where near as in depth and realistic as Football Manager for the PC, it is nonetheless a welcome addition to what is a jam packed game full of little features and fun aspects that you would never expect. It should also be noted that it's possible to play online against other people - which is yet another great element.
Overall Fifa 09 All-play really impressed me with it's refreshing take on the old, often boring football genre. The mix of the Wii's unique controls, online ability, willingness to not take things too seriously, while also it's ability to deliver good quality gaming - all combined to make me very grateful to the person who purchased this for me. While it's surely superseeded now by Fifa 10, and soon Fifa 11, it is definitely a good buy if you can pick it up at a reduced price!
So I bought this with high hopes, being a) a football game, and b) for the wii, and therefore not just a standard "push circle to shoot,X to pass" game.
At the start I was satisfied, and liked the manager mode, where you could guide your team through a full season (league, cup,etc.), and sign/ sell players. There are also occasional press conferences where you have to answer resulting in improved/damaged team or fans morale.
The Wii-play itself was a bit hit and miss. It was difficult to get in to at the start, and I never managed to really master it properly, up to the point where I got bored and sold the game to cut my losses. While on one hand you could play some great passes, it wasn't clear how to do things like win headers or shoot with any variation in power or direction.
The graphics were nowhere near the quality of other football games on other consoles, though this is could be down to the console rather than the game. The difficulty levels were also too easy or too hard, with games in amateur setting usually ending in 3 or 4-0 wins, and games in the next setting up being impossible to score in.
While it has potential, on the wii at least it was a complete let down.
Well I bought this for Computer Exchange Gaming for just under £19 second-hand, and even though I'm not entirely into football this just struck a cord with me when I was first playing it. The motions you using the wii remote such as swinging to slide tackle, they are realistic, and the players,stadiums,kits all look real. and the graphics aren't that bad compared to fifa 08 on the wii which I had reviewed as slightly grainy at times. This is a good advance forward for the fifa series, then we get to the controls. Now I would seriosuly getting a Official nintendo wii controller for this as certain things cannot be done without it. With the wii remote you can use two different options, firstly you can choose all play mode. Now this Wii remote mode will help you pick out passes to people and help you actually play the game. Aswell as that mode there is advanced play mode, which is where you use there remote and the concept is that you point where you want to go, I recommend using the Nintendo wii nunchuk as this mode is really hard to point where you want to go and at the same time pick out passes/cross etc. The Concept in itself would be good if you could use certain things that are in the ps3 version, such as chip shots, kick ups. You get the idea, but the online play is where the game lacks, if you have a Nintendo Wii controller, you are fine. But if you have a nintendo Wii remote the time it takes to send the action you want to do from the remote to the online game is terrible, often it disconnects and it could take anything up to 3 seconds+. So online is not recommedable. But there is one other mode, the newly introduced football party, where players can play against friends in they're living rooms at things such as table football and football matches as mii's of the real life football players and it is very entertaining until you get to the skill level of 999 and then you can't do anymore.
Challenges are also rather fun to do but then again after you've done them all nothing to do.
so It could give you entertainment for roughly 3 months before you are bored with it, but you may want it as the things are fun to do while it lasts.
Having been a big fan of the Fifa Series since time began when I got my Wii I thought it was only fair that I tried it out on there! It really was fantastic as I will explain in a minute and I really was glad I got it. What I loved most about it was because of the Wii remote the gameplay is different and it provides more fun I found that on other consoles as you feel more involved whilst playing! The game like on previous editions and on other consoles has the same interface and many of the different game modes are the same also.
What I loved about Fifa 'All play' is that it is more styled towards family fin where there is allowance for different levels of ability. The game is well suited to family fun and allows people that arn't the greatest of football fans to still have a good time. The graphics are impressive also which really helps to enrrich the gameplay. COnsidering that the game is just £15 on Amazon I really do think that this is a great buy and I would thoughrally recommend it! I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!
Fifa 2009 for the Nintendo Wii has had a significant improvement over last year's version of the game. It now features a carrer mode, which was not available before, and a new gameplay system.
Fifa is the same as last year's version in many ways, it has the same reasonable Wii graphics and also the same gameplay controls with the Wii remote, and in this regard it is very similar. The two major improvements are the addition of a career mode, and the new optional gameplay system. There are other minor additions like the new Be A Pro mode, which is good fun.
The career mode is something that I have been waiting for from Wii Fifa for a year now. It is as you will find on previous games, you gain a manager in a five season period, choose a team, and then take them to the top, buying new players to make a dream squad on the way, it is good fun and certainly adds alot of length to the game, it takes away previous boundaries.
The new control system is designed for players who do not have enough nunchuks for everyone playing, and is entitled All-Play. In the mode, players only control the shots, passes and tackles, while leaving the running up to the computer. It is designed really for party modes and players who do not really care too much, it's good fun for a bit.
The Be A Pro mode is entertaining, but I am afraid it does not yet compare very well with the opposition in the Xbox 360 and PS3, for you cannot create your own player, instead you just choose a current player and use them, there is room for improvement here, and I would like to see some.
Overall, this game is far better than last year's attempt, and has finally made Fifa playable on the Wii. I do not think that it is as good as the other two console versions, but with the hardware it has been provided with, I think it does quite well and impresses, a good game for the Wii.
Fifa 09 is a good game improved from last years version. The main thing about it is the rewarding standard game which offers brilliant graphics and gameplay. The new 8v8 match is a brilliant mini game that allows you yourself to feature in the game as a mii. Also there is much improved online play, although I have had problems with people dropping out in the middle of a match. I've only had one full one so far. However some of the minigames I have found are a bit rubbish especially the Keppie uppie one. One thing that I of surely many has noticed is missing the Be a Pro mode that I really enjoyed playing on the PS2 version of the game. Also something that spoils the fun and challenge of the game is some stupid blunders the opposition makes. I've had their defenders heading my corners in for me and even more strange their keeper coming to the half way line, giving the ball to me and then strolling back to his goal as I race past him and tap the ball into the net. But it still is a good game, just missing a few features. 79%.
Fifa 09 for the Wii is a very enjoyable family game. I purchased this game a fair while ago now, and yet it still continues to be one of our favourite games. There are 3 different types of controls which makes it even more user freindly. Simply play with just the wii remote for basic controls, play with a nunchuck with automatically guided passes, or select the advanced passing setting, which allows you to make that killer pass exactly where and when you want it.
The Graphics on this game are what to be expected from the Nintendo Wii and Fifa. Each player is instantly recognisable to the football fanatic.
Each player has its own characteristics and own skills. For example Walcott, Wright-Phillips, Lennon are all very fast but not the best finishers. Eduardo gets a chance on goal 9 times out of 10 he will score. Another addition that makes it realistic is the correct foot scoring rate. For example you a more likely to score with Van Persie if you put the ball on his left foot than with his right.
One slightly annoying part of this game is the commentary. The amount of times that the phrase 'i'm not sure if he can continue' is said after YOU make the tackle, this becomes irritable but you can put up with this due to very good gameplay.
When I saw that FIFA 2009 one of my personal favourite games was being released for the Nintendo Wii I thought it was a must have.
I wasn't and am not in anyway disappointed with my purchase of this game as a find it a hugely hilarious game to be played either on single player or when the friends are round, there are the traditional manager and single player modes but there is also fun new games such as table football and football juggling previously found on the psp version of the game.
I have always loved the FIFA games as I am a huge football fan and the gameplay the Wii dishes out is like no other. The use of the Wii remote and nunchuck make the game extremely amusing as you have to flick the Wii remote to shoot and the nunchuck in order to move players and pick passes between the members of your team.
If you have a Wii and your a football fan this is a game o would highly reccommend as it is brilliantfun.
Fifa 09 well what can I say, you either love it or hate it, in the last few years fifa has had a battle with pro evolution soccer for that no1 football game slot, but this year in my opinion fifa wins it outright.
With all the usual game modes, tournaments, manager mode, friendly, career mode, and exclusive to the wii the fun match mode(all players are in cartoon form).
With fifa on the wii the gameplay is slightly different with the sensor feature there is beginner where you use nunchuck and controller or you can play advance. which I cant say much about because I am not that advance yet, which is a good thing as it means its a game you have got to work hard at to be good.
Thank you for looking hope this helps, email if you have any questions i am always happy to help
When the first FIFA game was released on the Wii there were some questions regarding the use of the Wiimote. The controls, while simple, did not give gamers the feel that they were really 'part of the game'. This year, they have improved the system, but it does take some getting used to. Regardless if you use All Play's easier control system which assists in the player movements and passing set-ups, it will take most people a few matches before they get fully accustomed to the specific controls. The motions are relatively reliable, but there will be times when you might be surprised at what your team is doing on the pitch. I have played many soccer games in my day, and I was not afraid to go through the tutorials for both All Play and Advanced Controls in order to get used to the gesture system.
As stated previously, it does take a bit of time to get used to the controls. I noticed that the game is a bit more difficult when playing defense, as you may often miss simple tackles or accidentally have your character perform a slide tackle when you didn't want him to. When playing on the advanced controls, the addition of IR control for passing can also pose a problem at first. If you have a shaky hand or don't target the screen properly, you might end up giving the ball away or passing in the wrong direction. It does take some getting used to, but once you get into a rhythm, you can really take advantage of proper through passes and lobs. Thankfully there is support for both the GameCube and Classic controllers for those who want to play their matches as they would have past editions.
Since this is All Play, the main selling point for the game is its Footii Play feature. The party games from last year's edition are back, so those who had fun playing Boot it, Juggling or Table Football will be happy again. The newest edition and by far the best part of Footii Play is the inclusion of the 8v8 mode.
Graphics and Sound
FIFA All Play while a good looking game on the Wii, certainly looks a lot like a PS2 port. While not necessarily bad, most will feel that this is something the game really needs to improve upon in the future. Players do look a lot like their real counterparts and the stadium designs are good, but you will crave for just a little bit more detail. This also causes the game to suffer the same problems as the 128-bit era games as player animations are some-what canned. You encounter situations were players seem to 'move on rails', leaving you to watch animations follow through regardless of the situation.
The graphics in the Footii Play mini-games, especially in the 8v8 mode, have a very cartoon-like feel to them, but it actually works in the game's favour. The colors and the animations are much more appealing and the art-style works for the audience this game is trying to appeal. You will laugh at how funny certain players look in Footii Play, especially England and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.
The commentary in the Wii version is not as strong as you would find on the 360 or PS3, but Clive Tyldesley does do a fair job replacing Martin Tyler. There is no commentary in any of the Footii Games but the music is quite catchy. You will probably hum along after a while, but like most midi tunes, eventually it will get to you. The game's in-game music is exactly the same as all other versions, and still viewed in my eye's as one of the best and most varied soundtracks available.
There might not be a Be A Pro mode in FIFA All Play but the inclusion of a full featured Manager Mode is still a viable replacement. Some might have loved to have been able to take your Mii and transform them into a SuperStar and it's most certainly something you can see them doing in the future.
The online features are quite identical with all the other versions including the Interactive Leagues feature which has been around for a few years now. There might not be a large amount of people playing online all the time, but thankfully the lag problems from FIFA 08 have been improved. The game also has plenty of bonus items for you to unlock. As you complete seasons in Manager Mode, win Tournaments or complete games in Challenge Mode and you will be able to unlock plenty of third kits, soccer balls and stadiums. Regardless if you're playing alone or with friends, there is something for everyone.
FIFA 09 All Play is incredibly fun to play. Even though the Footii Play mode only added one more game-type, thankfully 8v8 is the best addition and should be a focus for future editions. Other than the omission of National Teams in the regular modes, having only 9 countries to choose from in 8v8 and a bit of a learning curve with the control system, this is a solid sports title for the Wii and should be played by all soccer fans.
If you are wondering if this is worth buying if you already own Fifa 08 or Pro Evo, the answer is maybe, or maybe not....
Basically, in terms of control Fifa has taken the best parts of the Pro Evo control system ( the point to pass system) and implemented it in a Fifa engine which works well most of the time. My problem with this control system is that although overall it can work well, it's pretty hard to get used to, and i fact I think I prefer the more traditional method ! Which lets you focus more on scoring and playing and less on how you do it ( if that makes any sense ?)
Graphics wise, it's no better or worse, that last year's Fifa or Pro Evo (so it looks okay - but then again you didn't buy the wii for the looks did you ?). Sounds wise it's pretty good, although the commentary does repeat itself pretty quickly.
Overall, if you must play Fifa game with the point system buy this, but I prefer it the old fashioned way !
As usual you now what to expect from this title, but some of the changes on the wii are very welcome and help to make it a better game. For one, the passing for the advance mode has been made to be point and click driven, which is good for making a player run into space and pick up a perfectly placed through ball. The inclusion of a career mode in this addition is also a welcome return, as it was sadly missed in the last pouting as it become too online driven and forgot thpose who just want to enjoy a more varied footballing experience. But as with the last it is the multiplayer and online areas that will tak up most of your time as they are the bread and butter of such games and allow anyone to just pick up and play angainst friends and strangers in a good old game of football.
After picking this game up at Christmas I was surprised at the least to see the differences between 09 and 08, the all-play feature has the whole family the playing the game unlike fifa 08, also the point and play controls also add a bit of difficulty for gamers who want to play the game properly, manager mode is again good, and graphics have improved as well.
The Online mode is very smooth as well, good connections and very enjoyable interactive leagues mean this game has a very long lifespan.
The 8-8 mii game is another new feature that is very good for the young gamer, my six year old sister picked up the remote and dived straight into the game, enjoying herself and finding the mii look a likes of Ronaldinho, Cech and co very funny.
The new create a formation is brilliant as it means you can create a formation that you can adapt to a team of your choice.
Overall this is a solid game and I would highly recommend to families and sports fans alike.
After trashing EA's previous football offering on the Wii in my previous review (Fifa 08), it was with some scepticism that I picked up Fifa 09 - this time given a rebrand under EA's new 'All Play' line up. Having played Pro Evolution 2008 on the Wii, with its innovative and revolutionary point-and-click controls, I was interested to see that Fifa 09 had incorporated the Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (PES) style of controls into its gameplay. This, coupled with the fact that Career mode had now been included for the first time on the Wii, meant that Fifa 09 was worth a look.
Firstly, the controls. After the success of Pro Evolution 2008, and the atrocity that was Fifa 08 on the Wii, EA thankfully decided that it was time for a rethink. The best way I can describe the control system is a Pro Evolution-lite system. Players can opt to use the Gamecube controller, but for me this new control system is best played on the Wii Remote and Nunchuk combination. Although the point and click elements are there, there is no ability to point at players and move them and allow them to make runs as on PES 2008. At first, this drove me mad, as I felt that by not being able to select players to make runs, EA had totally missed the point of this new style of controls. However, the control system - even though not letting the player have total control over the game - strangely works well. Passes are made by pointing and clicking at players, allowing for fluid, one-touch passing football. Despite having played the game to death I can't put my finger on why the controls work so well, given that you don't have as much freedom over movement as in PES 2008 but, hey, after Fifa 08 I'm not moaning. For players not comfortable with the controls, Fifa 09 lets you opt for a simpler control system without the pointing and clicking.
Even the shooting and the free kicks on Fifa 09 are handled well. Power shots are available by shaking the nunchuk, whilst a precision shot is achieved by waving the Wii Remote. The accuracy of a shot is determined by timing as well as selecting a direction using the nunchuk, and this works incredibly well, giving (and I never thought I'd ever say this) Fifa the edge over PES. Free kicks are done well, too. Players can pick the bend on the ball, as well as the power and placement. Free kicks on Fifa 09 are the best-handled free kicks on any football game I've played. Well done EA for actually thinking about the control system this time.
Fifa 09's strength is in its longevity. For the first time on Wii there is a Career mode, allowing a player to take control of any league club in England, France, Germany and other major footballing nations over a number of seasons. This replaces the one season offering on Fifa 08. Players can manage the finances of their chosen club, buy, sell and loan players, select team sponsors and scout for players. Again this gives Fifa the edge over PES which, although innovative, suffered from a lack of a Career mode.
Fifa 09 also boasts more family-orientated mini-games. Table football and a keep-up challenge are additions that extend the shelf life of the game. A big deal was made of the new 8 on 8 Footii Match. This allows players to take control one of a select few international teams, styled with Mii-like players. Even though the Footii match only features one-off friendlies, it is a good feature best played with a friend. It is more suitable for younger players, meaning that Fifa 09 is suitable for all the family.
A major downside to Fifa 09 is its Online mode. Fifa 09's online play is let down by its frustrating inability to let the player complete a full match. Too often I've been online and had my game disconnected, both when I've been losing (when it didn't bother me so much) and when I've been hammering another player (which is gutting). Online play isn't really recommended and is a frustrating affair, and I know from reading forums that I'm not alone in suffering frustrating online experiences on Fifa 09. This is something EA clearly needs to sort out next time.
The only other negative point I'd make about Fifa 09 is that the controls, whilst working well, do need refining. For the majority of gameplay I don't have any complaints about the controls. However there are little niggles, such as when I'm unable to send a player on a run that will open up the opposition's defence, or when the cursor (which you use to pass to teammates) seems to lag and end up on the opposite side of the screen to which I'm pointing. This only happens rarely but is annoying when it does happen. However, given EA's effort and rethink (basically stealing PES 2008's controls) I don't want to emphasise these points too strongly.
To conclude, Fifa 09 is a very strong effort by EA. It has implemented the innovative controls offered by PES 2008 and blended it with a newly-added Career mode, 8 on 8 Footii match and mini games. Fifa 09 is a great football game for the older gamer, whilst also providing entertaining and easy-to-pick up mini games for the younger player - which I guess was the idea behind the 'All Play' rebrand. Although the Online play lets it down slightly, Fifa 09 is highly recommended and means that the new Pro Evolution Soccer (PES 2009) will have to think hard if it wants to improve on this title.
FIFA 09 All-Play is balanced for gamers of any ability to enjoy fun, football action. Choose to play the style that best suits your skills from advanced controls for experienced players to new EA SPORTS. All-Play that enables novice players to focus on fun using simplified controls with AI assistance. EA SPORTS All-Play makes it easier and less intimidating for new players to play at their own level of ability. One gesture and one button press performs all the actions and increases your success rate on shots, free kicks and rebounds. Trouble deciding who to pass the ball to? Let the CPU point you in the right direction with on-screen pass indicators and one-button actions. Panic over picking the corner? Dont worry, just blast away to find the back of the net with instant shots on goal. Its that easy! Plus, the game provides feedback and stats to track your progress.