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When World Cup and Euro games come out on the Playstation I always think it is interesting to see what difference there is with these games compared to the usual Fifa games. With this one I think that it is a step up from Fifa 10 and was happy that I purchased it. Some people don't like purchasing these types of games because they fee they quickly get outdated.
The price for this was £40 which I didn't expect it to be any cheaper if I was honest. Like expected once the World Cup finished this would drop in price quite a bit and it has. You could now get this for around the £20 mark which I think is an excellent price.
This is what I think this game excelled at, it is a lot better than Fifa 10 in my opinion. You get so much more interaction and more extra features which really improve the game. Before you go to play in a match you get a really big build up with both managers shaking hands before the game kicks off. If you play as England you will get to see Capello in his suit with his facial expression which never seems to change.
As I said this in my Fifa review the commentary does getvery repetitive but you don't expect anything else by now. I can't see a Fifa game coming out anytime soon which you don't think the commentator says the same thing over and over again. It is something that you just get used to so I wouldn't let this put you off purchasing the game.
What is also good about this is the players are extremelly lively to what you tell them to do. I know you expect this anyway but it is always nice to get the players to do what you want as soon as you ask them to do it. Obviously this is more the case when your controlling someone like Ronaldo over Heskey but you get the point.
For only £20 I would definatley recommend people to give this game a go. It offers more in terms of gameplay that Fifa 10 and I expect the next Fifa to be similar to this one. One more recommendation is when you play for England Heskey starts up front so change him before the start of the game so you dont waste a sub. You don't want that donkey in your team.
I love football games and they are the games i play mostly on my PS3 and Xbox 360, mainly the FIFA series.
I don't usually get any 'World cup games' or the 'Euro games' as i feel it will get outdates as soon as the tournaments over and so for only around 2 months of play, i would have to pay £40. Another problem is that when the world cup is over the price drops significantly and therefore you hardly get much back for trade-in.
However, this game actually changed my view on these type of games! I first played this on the demo in May, and absolutely loved it. On the demo, there was only two team - Spain and Italy, but that wasn't as problem as you could still see how improved the game had become.
I got a good deal for this in GAME. They offered this for £20 if i traded in FIFA 10, which is thought is worthy as FIFA 10 wasn't worth that much anymore either.
The gameplay on here is pure class. The visuals are stunning just like FIFA 10 was, but even better! One thing i love about this compared to FIFA 10 (and that was really great) is the net. When you score, you hear the net and watch it ripple like it would in real life. Small things that make this game the best. The managers are also a great addition. You get to see them every now and then when there is a stopage in play. For example Maradonna is in a tracksuit and has a beard which is pretty funny, whereas Fabio Capello is the oposite and wears a suit with glass.
I still didn't play the single player much. I never have and to be honest i don't think i will for a football game unless there is some new amazing mode. I just get bored quickly. However, once again the online is different! On Fifa 10, on ranked matches, you had a level and if you won/lose you went up and down the level, this was useful as it meant you played with someone in the same level as you and therefore gets competitive and fun. This time instead you have a league, there are 10 league's all together and you play 10 matches in the league. If you get 16 points you get promoted but if you get below 9 you get relegated. This is good so you play someone in the same league as you.
The sheer amount of teams is great aswell, there are loads! Even goes as far as Samoa and Pakistan!
The only downside, like most football games to be fair, is the commentary. This time the commentators are the ITV ones and it's a nice change for once. However, it still gets reptitive after 3-4 games like all FIFA games have.
Apart from that, great game, absolutely superb! People are still playing this online and so it's worth getting now despite the world cup being over as it is very cheap now
Definately recommend to all footy fans!
The offical game of the '2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa' packed with all of the licensed teams, kits and stadiums expected of a game in the Fifa franchise.
With a focus on the international football, club teams do not feature.
The core gameplay mechanics are virtually identical to Fifa 10, however, in my experience it feels tighter, more polished and more fun.
Shooting it still difficult from outside the box and passing could be criticised as too easy (although it is incredibly satisfying, especially with a top team such as Spain) but overall the game is accessible and enjoyable.
The penalty kick system has been overhauled, making it more difficult to score (thanks to the pressure system) but much more satisfying when you do hit the top corner (or indeed, produce an amazing diving save) helping to add a sense of occasion to proceedings.
However, some issues remain, most importantly, player switching when on the defensive. It seems that the game will often choose the second before you make a tackle to change to a player 5-10 metres away. This has the eventual effect of all of your defenders running away from the ball and a goal conceded.
There are a multitude of game modes to choose from including: Story of Qualifying (great fun, play the most infamous moments from the qualification campaign and the finals themselves), 2010 Fifa World Cup (exactly what it says, take any international team from qualification to lifting aloft the trophy), Captain Your Country (create a player and assume control of just him, putting an interesting spin on matches as you attempt to increase your score), online and practice.
Visuals in sports games are difficult. 2010 Fifa World Cup is no exception. As with its predecessors, players still don't quite look 'real' despite having all of the correct features. They could be best described as 'plastic' although certain marquee playes are definitely more life-like than obscure Costa Rican reserve players.
However, overall presentation is extremely slick and ensures the game remains playable at all times.
To tie in with the world cup theme, flags and fireworks are present (and although backgrounds of the stadiums look flat) they do add a sense of spectacle - the whole purpose of this game.
The menus use the usual EA music ideaology, featuring a multitude of new, trendy artists to pump you up before the big games.
Commentary is good, if a little repetitive (but certainly an improvement on previous titles) and, yes, a vuvuzela option is present, meaning those who enjoy the sound can activate whilst those who don't can simply turn it off, however, in my opinion, it is a good accompaniment to the usual crowd noise and chants.
This is a good game for anyone wishing to relive the spectacle of the world's greatest tournament, however, the lack of club teams and inevitable Fifa 11 (which no doubt will feature the major international teams) means it's more of a test for EA to refine their system and add new features as it takes the franchise to the future.
Having played Pro Evolution Soccer games for the past 9 years this was the first FIFA game I had played since 2000. I only purchased this game because it had all the official world cup glamour, I expected to play it for 6 weeks round the world cup and then go back to PES 2010. However I enjoyed this so much I am intending to buy the next FIFA game that comes out. The game play is very realistic, such so that it may not be suitable for people looking for an arcade type game with lots of dribbling and skills. This game concentrates a lot more on keeping possession (on the higher levels lose the ball to Spain and you may not see it again!). FIFA World Cup 2010 pulls of the world cup feeling very well, with real kits stadia and player likenesses all top notch this is great for creating the world cup atmosphere. That being said the longevity of this game is very short, now the world cup is over there is little desire to play this game.
I have always been a Fifa fan all my life and i'm sure that is not going to change. As soon as the game was able for preorder i ordered it. It came a day early which i was very pleased with.
The new features of this game is that you can play in a full online Fifa world cup tournament against players all over the world. You can also play with any country you can ever think of which is great.
This game in my opinion is better than Fifa 10 playing the game is a lot smoother than Fifa 10. The atmosphere inside the ground is much better with the highly criticised vuvuzelas. Maybe you could say they went a little too far with other camera shots inside the grounds of fans and the manager which seem to be shown very often which can be a bit annoying.
The penalty taking has changed it took me a couple of weeks to master how to take a penalty on the world cup game it is very hard you have to time it right then choose your direction.
The trophies on the Ps3 are a little hard to get for example one of them is to win the online world cup with a one star team that is nearly impossible i tried it and got to the quarter finals which i am very proud of . But to win it when people are playing as Spain, Germany, England that is very tough.
Although the world cup is now over i still recommend you to buy this game as now it looks to be nearly half price and is a great game.
I must admit this has been my first FIFA game since FIFA 08 as I am more of a Pro Evolution fan. I was happily surprised at how good game this is. With animations which can only be described as breathtaking the game does provide a very much authentic feel to a game of football with 360 degree passing and great freedom when shooting. Very polished indeed. It also as you would expect from an EA game provides a very authentic feel to the 2010 World Cup with all teams and stadiums present. Also the game has 50 stadiums and 198 national teams and you can choose any team and bring them to world cup glory. Online also plays a very solid game and I have yet to experience a problem with it. Having said all this I am a pro evo fan at heart. After around 20hours play I am somewhat bored of the game play, it has no character that makes me want to come back to it, unless PES. Maybe I am just bias but that is how I feel about the game. Still had great fun bringing my team Ireland to the world cup and world cup glory
2010 Fifa World Cup
Most people buying this game have inevitable already played a Fifa game. The controls are the same, and EA have always impressed with their great gameplay and playability. And if your playing with a friend you can hours of fun and enjoyment. The difficulty of the game can be tweaked: amateur, semi-pro, professional etc. so don't worry about getting frustrated. What is most important about the game is how its's not like all of the other Fifa games. This is something new from EA and to me it feels different.
Like all of the Fifa games, the look of it is amazing. However, as i said before, the game feels different. The crowd seems more alive and is more involved in the game. It really feels like your at a real world cup match. The graphics are really great.
The sound is truly terrific. The soundtrack, as always, has a wide range. What I found brilliant is the atmosphere created, you really think that this is a real world cup match.
Value for Money
Don't worry about spending too much on the game as it is great value for money.
FIFA World Cup games always capture great atmosphere of the great tournament. This years copy doesn't disappoint with amazing looking stadiums and players.
The gameplay has been improved from FIFA 10. The most noticeable improvement is the Goalkeepers with more dynamic dives and saves, especially in penalties where keepers will do anything to get a part of their body in the way. The outfield play is improved, with a slightly better passing system. However, the AI is still a problem. Computer opponents players don't show any variation so much so that you can predict the mistakes that they will make. On the hardest difficulty, the AI players always seem to have an edge in any aerial encounters.
Therefore this is a game to play with friends or online. My personal favourite is to get 1-3 friends and all play on the same team through a world cup, this brings the most drama and excitement from the game especially when you are responsible for missing that crucial penalty.
I was a little hesitant about buying this game after the previous World Cup installment which was a huge disappointment. Then there's also the question of if my home country England get knocked out, will I ever want to play it again? Yet it's safe to say that buying this game turned out to be a great choice!
Being an EA Sports/Fifa title, the game modes and match engine are similar to that of Fifa 10. Of course the main game mode is the World Cup itself. Here, you can play through the cup starting from either the Finals, Qualifying, or even playing through the friendly matches too. before starting the tournament, you'll be asked what Country you would like to play as. This is where the sheer depth and detail of the game is shown, allowing you to play as any one of 199 national teams.
There is also a welcome return of the Fifa 'Be A Pro' mode, this time called 'Captain Your Country'. This allows you to play through the full World Cup campaign as your virtual pro, a player designed by yourself. The aim being to help your country win the cup and your virtual pro to be your countries best player.
However, probably the most impressive part of the game is the online game modes. Here you can play through an online World Cup Finals tournament against real opponents. The normal Head to Head online matches against opponents ranked at around the same level as you has also been vastly improved, now playing for promotion and relegation through a 10 division system, and even entering you into a knockout cup at the end of each 10 game season.
The graphics on the game are also amazing. The detail of the players, managers and even fans will make you believe you're at the World Cup yourself (well, almost). Controls are more or less identical to Fifa 10 and are very easy to use. There is also a new penalty taking system in the game and a helpful tutorial is shown before the game to explain how these work.
So to sum up, Fifa World Cup 2010 is a roaring success. Grahpics and gameplay will not leave you disappointed, and with the depth of the game, you'll even find yourself coming back to play it after the World Cup is over, even if your country does do badly.
With every World Cup there is a World Cup game and South Africa is no different. There's usually not much difference from that year earlier FIFA instalment, but enough minor changes to encourage people to buy it - me being one of them, for just under £40.
The start up of the game is typical of EA, very professional and stylish looking with well laid out menus and graphics. The actual game itself following this blueprint.
The first noticeable difference when you kick-off for the first time is the improvement of the grass. Doesn't sound important, but I've always thought the grass in FIFA looks more like a big green carpet than perfectly manicured grass. It now looks a lot more like real grass with various marks spread all over it.
Surrounding the grass are superbly detailed stadiums, included are all the World Cup venues including Durban and Soccer City, as well as the home grounds for the major national teams when you're not playing in the World Cup, such as Wembley, Bernabeu, etc.
The players are also superbly detailed (the big names anyway), looking very much like their real life selves. Players such as Wayne Rooney, Xavi, Torres all look amazing, but once you go one of the smaller nations the resemblance is poor and difficult to make out who is who. Although you can't really blame them for not going through every team and perfecting every player, there are 199 teams after all.
Other changes to match day, out with the gameplay changes are the inclusion of manager reactions throughout the match. Again, only the big name managers from the major nations are included. These are quite good at first, but soon become annoying and just waste time, they can be turned off for offline play, but you're stuck with them when playing online.
Now onto the gameplay. There haven't been too many big changes. The game still plays pretty much the same as FIFA 10, but slightly more realistic. The way the players pass and shoot looks more natural, as do the much more acrobatic goalkeepers. The three main differences would have to be - there seems to be more movement from off-the-ball players, allowing putting together much better passing sequences. The second difference is the shooting. It now appears to be much easier to score, with long range efforts achievable, but not easy by any means. The third main change would have to be the superior crossing. Crosses can now be whipped into the danger area, where your striker is usually waiting to head home. This is good, because it allows you to mix things up a little bit more. For those of you who haven't played FIFA 10 the overall gameplay experience is excellent. The player physics and the way the game flows is extremely realistic.
Once you've finished getting to grips with the minor changes in the practice arena and in kick-off mode, you can dive into one of the proper game modes. The usual suspects are there:
Captain your country - take control of one player and try to guide the team to world cup glory.
World Cup - start from the qualifying stages and try to guide your team into the finals and then all the way to lifting the world cup. I like this since you start in the qualifiers and therefore have the chance to go any of the 199 teams, rather than just the teams who qualified for the finals.
Online World Cup - excellent addition to the game. You firstly choose which nation you want to represent (Scotland for me) and then start from the group stage of the World Cup using whichever team you want. In this game mode I prefer to go one of the smaller nations, the battle to scrape as many points together as you can is quite exciting.
Also, the lower rated team you go the more points you gain for the country you're representing. There is a ladder showing how many points and cups each nation as won.
Online Head-to-Head - choose your team and plays against people from around the world. This is where I spend most of my time when playing the game, largely down to the new ranking system which works as a league table.
You start off in Division 10 and then have 10 games to earn 16 points, which will get your promoted. You earn ranking points for getting promoted or for remaining in the same league. Getting relegated doesn't get you any points; it might even lose you some (fortunately I haven't been relegated yet so I'm not certain).
There is also a cup tournament at the end of each season which provides you with the chance to gain more ranking points.
Other less important game modes include training and penalty shoot-out.
Overall I would recommend this to everyone who was a fan of FIFA 10 and is looking forward to the World Cup. There are plenty of minor changes which make it worth buying and the new ranking system and online World Cup is excellent. It is a pretty solid game, with excellent graphics and excellent gameplay - you can even listen to the national anthems of all the teams and the background music increases the atmosphere of the game.
Now I dont usually feel the urge to buy the World cup or Euro fifa games , but luckily for me and Dooyoo , I had some extra cash to spend and thought why not.
Standard for the ps3 really, nice front cover with the World cup gleaming. On the back you have the marketing stuff , the screenshots and all that.
The instruction book provides all the basic info , as the more in depth controls and game mechanics you do pick up on after a while .
Well you haven't paid for the box , so what can you get up to.
Kick off - this is your standard quick match mode, opening it up will allow you to choose from the 199 teams in the game and face up against each other.
You have two options for finding your team , either scroll through the continents and then pick the team. Or you can move the arrow around a globe and select your country when you see it. Pressing the triangle allows you to hear the nations national anthem.
You can then pick the kit , this is usually 3 or 4 options as due to the time scale of the Qualification and finals the kit will change. Once the teams all dressed up , you have your match options
The pre-match options allow you to tweak the game and your team.
There are the different match types , either freindly, qualification , or any stage from the World cup finals. Of course if you choose the finals , the stadium is restricted to south africa. There are the weather options ,spanning sun, rain and snow. Night and day.
Then you can pick your stadium , these contain all the major national stadiums, i wont post all of them but the full list can be found on wikipedia.
Next is difficulty , Amateur being the easiest upto legendary , best to play around with these till you get one thats challenging but not impossible. Half length for the game duration , going from 4 mins up to 20.
Finally the team management , so you can put on your favorite players and change formations.
2010 World cup - Aiming for the big prize , start from the finals , qauification or full (includes freindlies). As well as choosing either real fixtures or fake depending on preference.
So I have picked England just for the example. the loading screen shows you all the groups so you know what your up against. Getting to the main HUB , the setup is done like the FIFA world cup website, complete with standings and world rankings , latest news , team status and the next match. Down the side is you bar with sqaud , training , tables and save.
Playing through the stages is very fun and you feel like you own world cup moments are occuring as you go, a little example is that i was struggling in qualifying , it cam down to the last game and i needed a 2-0 win over Andorra , however none of that would matter if Croatia beat Kazahkstan, who were bottom of the table.
Now you get updates in game about the other matches , the scores pop up under the time and score bar. So as im playing I manage to get 1-0 with 10 mins to go, suddenly the commentators mentions scores occuring in other games , I look up to see Kazahkstan have stole a late lead , however I lost concentration and conceded , It was then a frantic 5mins plus stoppage time , I pulled 1 more back and then in the 94th minute penalty , up steps rooney and secures Qualification. I was jumping around ecsattic, haha.
Captain your country - This is essentially a international version of Be a Pro , in which you create yourself or pick a player and lead them in the national team , to try and get into the world cup squad.
Story of Qualifying - A very exciting scenario mode , where you can play out challanges from big moments in the qualifying stage of the world cup. For example , coming back to beat france playing as ireland , after conceding a shocking and contriversial goal. All whilst the commentators talk about the event. Unlock enough points to get some challanges from the previous world cup. A note with this is that whilst the world cup is on , Dowloadable content will be available a few hours after matches to replay a big event and rewrite history. Best of all its free.
Online - Like fifa 10 you can challenge other players and see how you hold up, either competing in a online world cup , or just playing one-off matches. The quality of this is really dependant on your connection , so some may have better conditions than others.
Penalty shootout - Does what it says on the tin , practice and take part in a penalty shootout. Seeing as the penalty systems been re-worked to take into account composure and stress , ddoing a few practices is a must.
Training - Allows you to have a practice match from 5 a side to full 11 , practice and create set pieces , or just practice your skills
The gameplay is highly improved, players feel realistic to run with and the controls feel a lot tighter. Crossing and passing has been tweaked to allow you to really whip crosses in and you can actually score headers in the game , which was always extremely difficult in fifa 10.
Not only does the weather affect the ball and players e.g. rain makes the ball slippery , sunny in south africa can tire players quicker, snow makes ball bounce higher. But altitude is now a factor, draining your players energy extrememly quickly and making play very difficult.
Now not all players are the same, messi is quick and agile, if you sprint past a defender theres little chance of him catching up, wereas gerrard is strong and he can hold off 2 players trying to tackle him.
The colour and excitement of the World cup has been well created , Playing as england you have the fans singing the national anthem and england related songs whilst blowing trumpets, south american fans play on drums. You do feel the individuality of the countrys, but also the stadium itself with Vuvvuzellas and party streamers around the pitch. The fact that cutscenes of the crowd have been put in and the managers add to the excitement as you can see their reactions.
Around the stadium are fully licenced adboards for coke and a like , making it feel that bit more real. The sounds of the ball being kicked and player shouts are also spectacular , as well as the satisfying crack of the net when you score.
Commentators conversations are intresting to hear and they always seem to have something new to say.
Extrememly impressed with what the EA team have accomplished and I think that it is worth the price tag.
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The obligatory world cup FIFA game comes round again to offer fans the chance to play out the world cup in their own house. This is often criticised as a cash in from EA Sports as they only offer slightly improved gameplay with a new skin.
This years gameplay feels like a step up from Fifa 10 as the games feel more lifelike and goals seem to bring more satisfaction than in the yearly iteration. This is mainly down to the brilliant work EA has done with the atmosphere of this game. From the fans to the stadiums and the noises you'll hear, they all serve to pull you into the action and give you the closest thing to the world cup a game has ever offered.
Whether you can spend 35 pounds on another Fifa game is up to you, but this is the perefct compliment to the actual World Cup and will probably be the only way you'll see England lifting the trophy this summer.