Well I must admit, since 2009 I was a PES player but when PES 2010 was released I converted to the FIFA brand and I haven't gone back yet. Every year EA sports seem to make the game play even more realistic and FIFA 12 is no exception. I only play FIFA for their online game play. Don't get me wrong, playing against the CPU is fun however, becomes too predictable after a while. You can still play the usual head to head, team play and virtual pro as in FIFA 11. The only difference if that they have added a season mode which is great. You start in div 10 and play around 12 games in a season. You play different people who are in the same league and are a similar level to you. You aim is to get to x amount points within 12 games to get promoted. You also need to reach a minimum threshold of points to stay in that division or you get relegated. This makes playing online more fun that you could need 3 points from the last game to get promoted or 1 point to avoid relegation. In this mode, you pick you team and tactics before it searches for an opponent and you only play teams that is a similar star level to yours (most of the time people are Real Madrid if you choose a 5 star team). You can't play with guests in this mode however you can on the normal head to head games. Overall, I believe it's much an improvement the game play has a few minor tweaks but easy to pick up and play straight from FIFA 11.
In my opinion this is the best football game that has ever been made and i have had hours of fun playing this game and starting my own career, playing with my own player under my own name and being challenged by some of the best online players in the world at the game.
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The gameplay is very realistic and a lot of the time i look at a football game on the t.v. and think, i've done that exact thing on FIFA, just shows how good it has been made and how much time has gone in to making every aspect of the gameplay as close to real like as possible.
have added a couple new things to FIFA 11, one of which making it so that you can play as the goalkeeper, this is good however if you are too good of a team you obviously don't get to do much in a game and it can get boring if you dont see much of the ball. This year presents more of a challenge with penalties and free kicks, which used to be easy to take however with the new addition to penalty taking you have to really concentrate to put that ball in the back of the net.
The career is very good and detailed, you can be the manager, be one player, or be a player manager. When choosing to be a manager you can be any club you want on the game, you can start off as a small team in the lower leagues and work your way up, or start off as one of the bigger teams and conquer Europe. At the end of each season you will get offers to move to a new club or stay at the same one, doing well in a season will get you offers from better clubs.
The players role in the career is different, you play as one player in any team you like, you can either be your own created player or a chosen player from any club. From there you are able to start to play a season of football in the players, or even goalkeepers shoes. The same as the managers career mode, the better you do in each season will determine which clubs will want to sign you.
The player manager career is a mixture of the two i just talked about.
I've had many people walk in on me playing FIFA that didn't even realise i was playing the game, just thought i was watching the t.v. This says it all about the graphics they have added more detail on the graphics this year with the fact that players used to run through the net when they celebrated they have changed it this year so that does not happen, it's all these little improvements that make this the best football game in history.
There are various different online game modes one of which being the quick ranked or unranked matches as to where you are able to get into a match situation with another online player right away, or you can browse through the online lobbies to find the best game for you.
There are many online tournaments available as to where you can get many online players all playing in a football tournament and the winner of that tournament gets EA gamer points for bragging rights.
Another feature they have online is the team play feature this allows a group of online players to play as one player each in a team and have 22 different online players playing in one match, this in general doesn't work though because of connection issues with some players.
You can easily invite any of your friends to a game to challenge people you know.
There is only one fault that i know in the game and that is where you go to play the game and the music is still playing in the background when you are in the match, this is only a minor fault as it won't affect the game you are playing.
You are able to create your own player on FIFA 11 and play him in any team of your choice, you can customise the appearance and the attributes of the player. As you play matches with him you will earn accomplishments so that your player can improve.
The rating of your player will rise as you play more matches and score more goals, keep clean sheets etc.
You are also able to unlock new attributes for your pro as you go along.
You are able to purchase different seasons from the Playstation store and play them as it does in real life, you get real life injuries and forms of players and can only play as far as they have in the real season.
Overall i believe with what i have just talked about this will give you hours of fun and is great value for money.
I love football games, and have been playing the Fifa series since Fifa 97, which seems really old fashioned now. I'd love to play it again, but I think my Megadrive was sold ages ago. This is not the most recent version of the Fifa series, because Fifa 12 has just been released. However, I want to review this one, which I've been playing for a year now before I buy the latest edition.
Basically, this is the same game as all the other Fifas, but it looks better, has more players and teams and loads of options to change the little details, such as to make your own team or players, or edit information about real players in the game. I don't think the gameplay has changed that much since perhaps four or five years ago, but there are some small things like the way the players show their strength in challenges, which is better now, and the goalkeepers are more intelligent and realistic than before.
I really like the fact that you can play as any team in the football league, from Arsenal and Manchester United to the likes of Barnet or Port Vale. This is a great feature in my opinion, and it's one which you don't have in games like Pro Evolution Soccer, which is the main rival of this series. Most of the players look really realistic, although there are some players who look a bit weird, especially in the lower leagues. Also, all the of the real kits are in the game, which makes it very believable to play.
There are also foreign leagues, like the Spanish La Liga with clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona, and these are also very detailed and realistic. There are also international teams and major competitions, so you can play the World Cup, European Championships etc.
Some of the extra features in this game icnlude personality plus, which makes the players play more like their real selves, and 360 dribbling, which gives you more control. Also, Fifa theatre lets you save goals and highlights from matches to watch again later.
There is also an Ultimate Team option that lets you play against your friends online, although I haven't used this, so I can't comment on whether it is effective or not.
Overall, I think this is the best football game you can buy, and also, it's only £12 online now because of the new game coming out. This is a bargain price if you want to pay less, because you'll get a great game even if it's not the latest - I can't wait for Fifa 12!
In preparation to Fifa 12 coming out, I got this game to brush up on my Fifa playing skills. This game is absolutely fantastic, great graphics, great gameplay, great soundtrack.
There are several game modes available for this game, quick match, tournament, be a pro.... the list is endless to keep you amused. Each game mode is addictive as the other with different challenges.
New to online gaming, I thought i would give this a go online. With worries that there may be a bit of lag during gameplay, my fears were rapidly quashed. The only issue, which would be my fault entirely was that because I got the game late in the year was that everyones skill levels online is a lot better than mine. When trying to find a match that is fair with someone the same as me the network struggled - this meaning that I was playing someone of higher calibre. This isnt too bad once you have had a bit of practice.
All in all this is a must for any football fan, yet another great fifa game in a long list.
For Years I have been a fan of the Pro Evolution Soccer Series, having been given my first of the series in 2001. However, since 2009 I have increasingly been drawn to playing Fifa, as the Pro Evolution Soccer series, although good, has started to be caught up by Fifa. The following review is my opinion of Fifa 2011 on the PS3, the third Fifa game that I have owned.
The first thing that is great about the Fifa games in general is that they have all the official licences for the teams, (all team names and players are true to life) unlike Pro Evolution Soccer (who can only get the rights for a few teams). Although this may not seem important, to real enthusiasts like myself it makes a real difference in the gaming experience, as it is more true to life. Similarly, the Fifa Series, from 2009 onwards has become far better at presentation, the menus feel slick, as does both the gameplay and the match scenarios (which again are better than Pro Evolution Soccer). Another thing that I feel is good in Fifa 2011 is the commentary and the added analysis during the game. Indeed, the commentary is far smoother flowing than Pro Evolution Soccer (team names are mentioned more frequently) and more true to life. In much the same manner analysis comes up during the match as to possession stats and ground covered by an individual player, something that I see frequently during a television broadcast of a live match, again something real to life.
As compared to the previous incarnation of Fifa (2010), a lot of positive changes have been made. First of all more thought has been given to include more than one player in the initial playable one on one scenario (known as the Fifa Arena), as one now plays as the goalkeeper and one as the attacker (rather than player v computer as it used to be). Similarly, gameplay seems more true to real life (more thought now has to be given to pass selection and it is not so easy to hit perfect crosses), and as such the game is harder and more satisfying when perfected.
Having said that however, there are still some areas that I feel Fifa has yet to improve. First of all, graphically players aren't perfect, although better than the days of Fifa 2009, players can still look like clones of each other, whilst some players do not resemble their real life counterparts at all. In the same manner, cut scenes (when substitutions are made, analysis of players) still aren't good enough, as they are all the same as each other (each sub routine mirrors the last perfectly), again something not true to real life.
To summarise, Fifa has improved drastically in the last couple of years, both in gameplay and presentation (this is where its strengths lie), making it a far smoother product. Having said this however, I feel that it still lags some way behind Pro Evolution Soccer in terms of graphics, an area that I feel needs to be improved. Another area that I feel needs to be improved is match scenarios, such as subs and analysis, which are too similar to each other, something that does not mirror real life. I bought this game for a fiver, just befor the next incarnation is due to come out, so cannot comment on the opening price of £50. Similarly I have only played Fifa 11 on Ps3 and so cannot comment on the Xbox 360 or Wii versions. In all I feel that I would definately recommend this to a friend.
Fifa is probably the best footballing game out on all platforms at the moment and Fifa11 is no disapointment, the brilliant graphics emphasise the gameplay that is the best I have ever played. Usually Fifa is not the best for consistency but the last 3 Fifa`s have been to a phenomanal standard and I believe the upcoming Fifa12 will be the best yet.
Fifa 11 Ultimate Team is a brilliant take on how to create a team you want and how to maintain it. It has brilliant and easy to understand tutorials which display all information and makes Ultimate Team a easy game to understand and play. Another great like I have is the graphics, the realistic looks on all the world class players such as Messi,Ronaldo and Iniesta is crazy and you can hardly tell they are animated. The online is better and connection is hardly ever lost as in Fifa10 is use to always lose connection.
I am very fond of this game and honestly in a unbiased way cannot pick many faults, but if I had to be petty after you play the game for a while it does begin to load a lot slower and the menu`s becoem less easier to scroll, but that happens with many games.
Briliant Game and dont have second thoughts when you buy this, you should not be disapointed.
As a big Fan of the Pro Evolution Soccer series for many years, I often had long arguments with fanatic FIFA players saying that they were playing an inferior game. This all changed when I became disillusioned with the game play on PRO 10. I decided to take the big step and switch to the FIFA franchise. I can quite honestly say that I have never looked back. This game offers it all. Competitive game play, excellent online game modes, Become a legend where you create and develop your own player and the ability to play your friends online. Ultimate team is something totally different where you build your own team by collecting player cards. People who collect or collected football stickers will love this game mode.
The only real issue I have with the game is that on `Become a legend` mode there is no way to be called up to the national team, which I feel is a big goal to aim for in the PRO series.
If you want a fast paced, graphically superior game then pro is the game for you. Or if you want realism and tougher game play then FIFA is by far the better product.
As you may have noticed from some of my early reviews, i'm a great gaming fan and love games.. especially football ones! I guess my love for football in real life and the fact that i'll never be good enough to be a professional footballer gives me the drive and determination to become a great player of Fifa.. Ok, maybe i'm taking it too far..
Fifa 11 is a great game, as is most of the preivous Fifa's. I used to be a Pro-Evo fan up until Fifa 2008 when i bought my PS3. Fifa 2008 was amazing, truly world class compared to Pro0Evo that year and ever since then in my opinion Fifa has just got better whereas it seems as though the Pro Evo series is in decline.
The graphics on Fifa 11 are truly phenominal. If you play the game in full HD you will see little features that help the game look and feel better such as the wet grass splashing when the ball bounces or a player slides and also the way the net ripples. Now that i'm talking about the nets i may aswell mention that you can change the nets to your own liking when you are playing offline as you can make them tighter, looser, short or far back depending on what you feel like. This is great as sometimes i use this feature to make the nets look like those from the 80's or whatever and play with teams like Brazil as they were great in those days.. (Yes.. England were only great once that one year we all know).
The game is full of many teams from numerous countries around the world. It has most professional leagues too. For example it has every English team from the Premiership right down to League 2, and in Italy Serie A and Serie B etc. All these teams and players are fully licsenced which is one thing that cant be disputed between Fifa and Pro Evo as Pro Evo doesn't have this luxury.
Little features make this game worthy and better than previous versions with things like handballs and the ball hitting the ref. Things like this makes it more realistic, and it also is quite funny if your playing your mates and they're on the attack but the ref gets in the way and ruins it all!
There are many game modes for both offline and Online play. For offline there is exhibition, league mode, manager mode and also ultimate team. For Online there is Ranked, Unranked, and Ultimate team.
Exhibition mode is just a simple pick up, choose your team and play mode where you don't have to change anything if you don't want to. There are many stadiums to choose from, and also you can choose the weather conditions, length of each half and even what colour ball you would like to use. These options are available in most game modes apart from the Online ones.
League mode is great when playing with mates. This mode allows you to create a league with as many teams as you want and as many games as you want. This is great when playing with mates as you can have a tournament and after a certain amount of games between each other you can see who the best player overall is. I like this alot as it makes playing Fifa with mates more competitive as things like goal difference come in to play after a few games.
Manager mode is a mode which is basically what it says in the title.. be a manager. You can manage any team you want, and you can even be a Player/Manager so you can play and at the same time manage the team fully. In this mode you buy and sell players and keep control of the club in many of it's aspects. You can get sacked if you do badly and at the start of the season you have a certain task to fulfil to please the Chairman such as win the league or if you manage a mid-table club then they may ask you to try and finish in the top half or something. It's good if you like to play on your own all the time but i never play it as i get extremely bored playing against the computer and would rather play mates or randomers online.
Ultimate team is something which is very popular now on fifa games. You start with a squad of players with low ratings and try and win games. Winning games gives you points to buy more players and you can also gain money by selling players. You choose whether to play Online or Offline etc so it gets quite interesting. You can also buy packs of cards which cost real money. Gold packs cost the most but these have good players in or good bonus cards such as free contracts and the bronze packs have the lowest rated cards. If your lucky you may get someone really good in the Gold packs and you can either keep them or sell them for alot of money to buy a few mid-rated players. The transfer system online is great as you set the price of selling your players and people bid for them within a number of seconds. Another thing about ultimate team is the kits and badges. You get these in packs and so you can choose what badge or kit to use. For example at the moment i have a Weder Bremen badge (German team) and a Leeds United home kit with a Roma away kit. Stats liketeam chemistry also come in to play and it's increased if you have players from the same nationality etc.
Ranked and Unranked matches are what are played online for one-on-one head to heads. Ranked matches results are recorded. Ranked matches have a level system where you gain points at the end of each match or lose points if you lose. These points go towards improving your level and once you've reached the end of your level you go up to the next one. However, these levels determine who you play as in Ranked matches you only play people within your level, or you can choose to play people within 5 levels etc if you don't mind. I play people in my level or higher as i want a challenge. Unranked matches are just simple head to head matches where the results are not recorded and you don't get any points towards your level.
The commentary aspect of this game, like all Fifa's really, are a letdown. At first they sound great with commentators like Andy Gray and Martin Tyler of Sky sports.. Well Andy gray is not part of Sky anymore because of his words against women but that is another matter. They sound great and are a good part of the game, but thats only for the first 2-3 games and after a few games they get extremely competitve and sometimes you do something on the game and you just know what they're gonna say! To be honest this is a problem with all Fifa's, but at the end of the day this not much they can do about it as they have to put a certain amount of data for the commentary on the disc and as it's not a real live person then obviously eventually they will run out of new things to say.
Another slight downside, although only occasionaly, is EA servers. I have this game on my PS3 at the moment, and did have it on my Xbox 360 (sold the xbox version though but still play my xbox), and on both consoles every once in a while the EA servers wouldn't connect. Most of the time the solution was to restart the console which although quite annoying is not the end of the world. However, on some occasions the servers would be down until i checked later on in the evening. But this shouldn't turn you off buying as it happened quite rarely to be honest.
There aren't really much improvement that this game needs on the next version that i can think of, but i say this everytime and EA always bring something extra each time so they most probably have something new to add for Fifa 12. One thing that they can definately improve on though is the refereeing in the box. No matter how hard you try, it is literally imposible to get sent off in the box, despite it being the easiest position to do so in real life. On the game you can commit like 2-3 red card offences in one instance and still only get a yellow card or sometimes even nothing! For example you could be defending in your own box and you could take out a player from behind through (red card offence), when he's one on one with the keeper (red card offence for stopping a goal scoring oppurtunity) and be the last man (another red card offence!!). It's definately not a problem just on my disc or anything as it happens with all my friends and have seen complaints of this online so Ea new to definately sort that out.
Overall, superb game which if your a football fan you will never, and i mean NEVER get bored of as long as you play it online as every match is different from the last. There are only a few tiny problems which happens in every game and the good points destroy the bad points totally.
100% reccomend to all footy fans out there and you can pick it up quite cheap now for around £15-£20 in most places. You still have four months to play this as Fifa 12 won't be out until October so you still will be spending your money worthfully.
As the headline suggests, I love this game. Tehre's only one reason why this game is the most popular football game of the year. Superb graphics, realistic ball control and movement, vast library of players and it is the only football game that has the official licences for the top leagues in the world (England, Italy, Spain etc.) It should be the only football game that you consider to buy.
The controls are very easy to pick up and use but can be configured to your own liking if you prefer. The matches, control, movement, feel and style are the most realistic that I have ever seen in a video game.
There are plenty of game modes to choose from but this game really comes alive when playing multiplayer online, or even better when playing multiplayer with your friends on the same console. Even though I generally play single player mode on a regular basis I never get bored of this game.
With different difficulty levels you can really challenge yourself and see how good you can become developing and homing your skills so when you do play multiplayer you can really give your friends a good hiding.
Some of the likenesses of the players leave something to be desired but that's not an integral part to the game. There are only one are two downsides to this game in my opinion. When searching for players you are limited to 50 results which can be limiting, also trying to view some of your team details such as a players amount of goals for the whole season cannot be found with ease. You have to look at how they are performing in each league/cup/tournament and tally them up.
These aside this game is pheonominal. Being able to upload your game face onto a player you create from scratch is great fun, so in essence you can put yourself in your favourite team.
This is a must buy for any true football fan!
This game is excellent if you want to chill with your mates and play some simple football, there are different ranges of level difficulties that you can select so if you play against the computer you can set it easier but when you play against mates you put it on the hardest setting and you can get some realistic keeper saves making the game more challenging and exciting.
There are alot of different things which have been added from fifa 10, the main one for me would be the "be a pro" this gives you the chance to play as yourself in a team and now you are able to play any position on the field.
The graphics on this game are decent/playable and the different skills and shot types are varied giving you plenty of chances and making each game different so you dont get bored really easy.
You can now make the personalitys of the players more realistic so you look and can act like your favorite players, this gives it a nice edge which then plays a part where you can see the strong gameplay and how the size and speed of a player effects how well they will play and how well overall your team will do.
This is the best FIFA game to date, and a definite improvment on last year. With every franchise game there will inevitably be large parts of the game that will be recycled from the year before, but I feel FIFA 11 has done enough to warrent handing over another £40 to EA.
The main improvements from FIFA 10 are there is an improved Career Mode (Be A Pro & Manager mode together), improvements in the passing game (Pro Passing), and online Creation Centre and the option to play as a goalkeeper in all game modes.
The gameplay looks and feels more realistic than ever and the Pro Passing does make moving the ball more skillfull and rewarding as you have more control over direction and power. Goalkeepers have improved and you can no longer chip the keeper from 18 yards whenever through on goal as in FIFA 10. Deflections and tackles also seem more life-like and the game has a polished feel. The Ultimate team is the same as previous games, as is most of the commentary and celebrations.
The career mode is an improvement, though does still need further improvements. The career mode runs for 15 seasons, but transfers between teams are unrealistic and you find that after 8 years or so, most teams still have the same players as 30-35 year olds. This means that most teams just get worse after about 7 seasons, without improving their squad. What is good about transfers is that unlike previous FIFA games you have to negatiate with the club and player separately and this provides more realalism when improving your team. The career mode has all the stats and info you would need, except the ability to see your players stats from all competitions combined which I would like to see in future.
Online play is as solid as ever with a range of competetive and cooperative modes with the main addition being that you can play as the goal keeper, meaning full 11 vs 11 action is possible.
FIFA 11 is the best in the series to date, the the career more is much improved. Saying that, I still feel the best way to enjoy the game is to get some friends together and go head to head.
I have been a fan of Fifa ever since it's been on the PS3, before this I must confess to being a PES fan, however it's the online gaming that I have always been addicted to. I find it enthralling trying to get one over on anyone who thinks they can beat.
However when you play the manager mode things can become absolutely ridiculous, where is the realism in anyone wanting to buy Wes Brown, let alone for £10 million. Yet I find if you just do player mode, where you just play as your virtual pro player, the team your at will never buy anyone even if they need to. There are huge advancements they could make in these areas, in the manager mode they should really look at the football manager games on the PC, a game that nearly always feels realistic even though your playing the computer. Whilst your virtual pro should be able to be on the subs bench and brought on by the manager, or subbed by the manager if your tired or just playing badly.
I feel like I've just been pointing out the weakness of fifa 11, it's still easily the best football game out there, hugely entertaing and addictive. But I do believe that there has been some laziness on the makers part probably due to the lack of competition and there are many parts they can improve on, especially the one player modes.
Fifa 11 is part of a huge franchise owned by EA (electronic arts.) The game is a footballing game obviously fitting into the sports genre. It is available on many platforms; the ps3, xbox 360, wii, pc, psp, ps2, moblie and the nintendo ds the game can be plyed online or offline depending on your platform however this review is focussed upon the ps3 version.
The technological part of the game such as the graphics and gameplay is fantastics, I play the game using a a official playstation 3 HDMI cable so this may alter the graphics slighty so i would definately reccommend buying a decent HDMI cable. The gameplay however is not improvable which doesnt affect anything as the gameplay is amazing, i have been a consumer of the product for around 6 years and the gameplay fifa 11 offers is extraordinary.
The content of the game i also think is fantastic because it offers many gamemodes both offline and online;
- kick off (offline)
- career mode (offline)
- tournament mode (offline)
- ultimate team (offline/online)
- head to head matches (online)
The kick off game mode is a straight forward friendly against the computer or a friend.
The career mode is split into 3 sub game modes which enamble to play as a player, a player manager or a manager all are different and offer a variety of experiences.
Tournament mode lets you create or play in an exsisting tournament against computers or your friends as a chosen team.
Ultimate team is a mode in which you play matches to earn currency and buy packs of players, much like a trading card game.
Head to head matches are matches against other players online in which you can play ranked matches to earn rank or unranked matches which are like kick off matches only against online opponents.
This game is a top release in the ea franchise and i would reccommend to anybody who enjoys watching or playing football as you get a very real footballing experience when playing.
FIFA 11 follows a continuing trend for EA sports in their domination over fellow rival Konami. The gameplay feels unbelievably real and is much smoother than in past releases. They also have a huge advantage to all the official gaming rights, sponsors, and real kits that they possess, which just adds to the quality of the gameplay feeling even more like real life. I particularly liked the online ranked matches and also feel that this run much more smoothly than in recent years. I also particularly enjoyed the virtual pro side of the game, due to how in depth it went, in terms of gameplay. Another great aspect was having to be part of a pro club, and play with other gamers from around the world on the same team. There is no better feeling than scoring online when you are actually playing as yourself in pro club mode. If I was to have any criticism of FIFA 11 for the PS3, then it would have to be that the trophy glitches was actually quite annoying. Especially when you have played for several hours to win that particular trophy, and then it does not pop up. I would also like to see improved weather conditions play a bigger part in the game, ie heavy rain in second half that causes puddles, or heavy snow that piles up in the second half, even though the game started out sunny in both scenarios. Otherwise great game that will see EA continue to improve year after year, in my opinion Konami is now very far behind them in the main football game for consoles, based on this fine specimen of a game, that I am now the proud owner of a PS3 platinum trophy for.
It's the age old problem for games manufacturers. Either make a brand new game for the masses and hope they like it or finely tune/rehash a popular game for guaranteed massive sales. In recent years to be fair EA have changed FIFA quite a bit and made it into the best football game out there, stealing Konami's crown as it's Pro Evolution Soccer game degenerates into multiplayer farce. However, there is the case in point. Many changes have been made recently but not in this version of the game. All it is, is FIFA 10 with mild graphical and menu changes with updated player info which I don't think warrants £30-40 of people's money. It's multiplayer has it's problems too. I found it easy to connect with random people yet almost impossible to challenge my friend to an online match. The lag can be terrible at times and player matching therefore could be a lot better.
Having said all that, it's not a bad game and if you'd never played a previous version of it then you would love it as there is not much more you can do with a football game than they've done here. The warning is for people who have FIFA 10 as you really need to ask yourself whether you need to pay out more money essentially for a game you already own.