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FIFA 10 to me was the best EA sports soccer/football game released - however World Cup 2010 brought something each and everyone of us hadn't really seen before. It was able to capture virtually every aspect of real life soccer and managed to keep me entertained even after the World Cup itself had ended.
The usual be a pro, single player, multiplayer and different challenges to unlock harder goals - it really was at the point it came out the most impressive representative of a soccer game yet - I like the option of being able to skip leading up stages as they can be a little tedious in completing and fairly easy - the game controls take a little getting used to and the added celebrations were done very well by everyone at EA.
It surpasses the old tackling system in that it is a lot more 'real', winning the more is made more difficult and running straight into the ball can lead to it being knocked further ahead or out of play (different to suddenly controlling the ball in previous games).
An improvement was made referee wise, the decisions are made in a more lenient style which I prefer - it can become quite annoying when a free kick is given for a legitimate tackle - however EA has improved on this and almost perfected it.
For the average soccer game I'd recommend this, the price has been lowered and it will remain the 'latest' World Cup game until the 2014 release. For some country v country playing, this game is priced quite well and a blast to pick up and play with some mates.
World Cup 2010 may have passed but this installment from EA is way ahead of FIFA 10 by far. Although limited to only international teams (considering it is an international tournament), the gameplay has been eradicating of the flaws from the previous FIFA version.
EA had received many complaints about FIFA 2010; how the 'keepers had no intelligence, the shooting was not right and the fouling system was frustratingly horrible. The company obviously took them on board and made a great game which so far is the best one yet - however, at the time of writing, it is only a few days before FIFA 11 comes out and I believe that game improves on the World Cup - and so you can see from the first game the differences that EA have made to FIFA.
Firstly, the shooting mechanisms have been re-worked, and some of the shots are a lot more realistic for example, putting a lot of power will obviously show the player blasting it, whilst putting little power means the player taps it or lightly hits the ball. Whilst the attacking side of the game has been improved, the defending has as well. Goalkeepers have a lot more intelligence now which was a surprising disappointment in the club version of the game. 'Keepers can have incredible games where they will save you many times, something which was rare to see in FIFA games of the past.
The referees seem to be a little more lenient when it comes to fouling players. The times I used to shout at my TV when the referee gave a foul on a perfectly good tackle - and the World Cup game shows that this problem has almost disappeared. When I say almost, it hasn't completely gone but it has been reduced dramatically therefore allowing the games to be more free-flowing.
I would recommend this game as it is becoming cheaper now due to FIFA 11's imminent release as it is still a fun game to play with mates or by yourself. South Africa 2010 may have ended back in July, but the gameplay will continue just a while longer.
This game is gives physical presence to both the players and the referee. Its not usual to see the players fighting for control of the ball or just obstructing each other in a FIFA game but it in this version all this is made possible! When the players come into contact with each other or with the ball, the results are always unbelievably realistic. Likewise I have noticed that players who have fallen and are on the floor you simply just can't go through them. The referee will also try to get it out of your way but like in real matches he will also get hit by the ball from time to time (I know its annoying when you are attacking and suddenly you lose possession of the ball because of the clumsy referee!). Another interesting feature of this addicting game is that when the referee books one of your players for a particular challenge, automatically on your screen a slow-motion replay will appear to proof to you that the decision made by the referee is legitimate.
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Bought this rather soon after it came out so i have had plenty of time to play and get used to it, EA Sports were always going to bring out a game for the 2010 Worlc cup hosted by South Africa, iwasnt sure how it would end up or if it would be rushed, if the game play would be better than Fifa10 however i am happy to say that this game is definety worthy of buying for any football game fan. it has the usual offline quick games as well as 'be a pro' where yiu can create a player and bring him to world cup legendary status. another bonus offline offers is the challenges, these come from qualifying and are of all levels, you open up new challenges as you complete them.
Online is a whole new ball game with online world cup which gives you the chance to play 3 games to see if you can qualify for the WC.
the game play overall is good and there is some fantastic new goal celebrations.
My son got this as a birthday present just before the World Cup istelf. He has an XBox 360 so this is the version I have reviewed. I was a bit dubious as to what difference ther would be to this game from the FIFA 2010 game but there are a few tweaks to the gameplay to keep it interesting.
It is now much harder to chip the goalkeeper in this version of the game and it is horrendously difficult to score from a penalty now. It is worth brininging someone down in the box rather than leting them shoot.
The graphics have been improved although they are so good already I'm not sure how much of a selling point this is. The part where the managers shake hands before the game is awesome as they are so lifelike.
The game offers numerous options from friendlies to a whole World Cup qualifying campaign so there is plenty to keep the gamer interested, which is essential as FIFA 2011 can only be a couple of months from realising.
One drawback is the time it takes for the games to load and it doesn't seem possible to skip the line ups and formations screens. Very frustrating when all you want to do is get the game underway.
To sum up - it is a good game and as it was received as a gift, worth having. However, I'd suggest waiting for FIFA 2011 rather than purchasing this.
If you love football, then you will love this. If you are lucky enough to have a large flat tv screen, then the detailed graphics really do shine. The best thing in my opinions is that it hosts all of the stadia used in the current world cup. The detail in each really do bring this game to life. As you would expect all the big football stars like the Ronald's and Kaka's as well as the big teams have been have been created with such accuracy and detail, every player looks like their real life comparison. The better thing in my opinion is that EA sports have clearly put in the effort into the smaller teams and players most of us had not heard off. The only problem as all x box games is the price. At over £30. However if you like football games i would buy this and avoid the fifa club series. Because they are mostly carbon copies, the epic surroundings of South Africa mean that this game like the world cup is a one off.
If your wanting an amazing football game, with incredible gameplay, buy this! FIFA World Cup South Africa has all the features of Fifa 2010, but fixed and made better!
On your own, FIFA World Cup: SA is rather fun, you can play through the world cup from qualifying stages and friendlies all the way to the finals, even using the real fixtures! You can import your be a pro from Fifa 2010 or simply create a new one.
Online I must say is extremely competitive. Players are able to play as a team through the group stages and onto the knock-outs. If that is a little too tough then you can simply play a 1v1 ranked match.
The only down sides to this game are that you cannot play a season (obviously) and game modes are dead ended, only takes a few hours to finish.
I am extremely satisfied with the gameplay however, as I have not seen many bugs at the moment. My biggest fear was the goalkeeper, they are stupid on Fifa 2010, whilst on here they are amazing. Players movements are a lot more realistic and smooth. Commentators make more sense and don't scream "he's hit the post!" when the balls not even in play.
The graphics, I must say, players do actually look like them instead of cartoon versions like Fifa 2010's does. The games celebrations are better, there are more of them than before. You even get to see your manager in cut scenes and the crowd singing and chanting!
Id recommend buying this game if Fifa 2010 doesn't live up to your gameplay expectations. But it's game modes aren't the most entertaining.
If you like fifa 10 then this is a must for you. It has all the international teams possible from teams that have never qualified for the world cup before to teams such as Brazil so you will never not get bored of the teams.
There are several game modes to play with my favorite being the online fifa world cup which lets you play the tournament online against other people in order to gain points for your county. The last time i checked mexico were the best country at playing fifa :(
Also there is some cool new celebrations in there which i have to say are much much better than fifa 10. There is a new penalty system as well which makes it much harder for you to score penalties depending on what stage you are in the tournament.
Other modes include be a pro in the form of captain your country and the single player world cup where you can either just play the finals or do all the qualification and friendly's.
If you want to have an idea what fifa 11 will be like i would highly recommend this.
This game is more of the same stuff as Fifa 10. There are a few small improvements the most obvious of which is the in game commentary which is much much imrpoved from its predecessor. The animations are very slick and the visuals in general are smooth with no frame rate issues at all. You get the usual levels of realism that we have come to expect from FIFA in its current state and the feel of teh game over all is very good, just as in FIFA 10.
There are a efew disappointments however the worst of which is the very limited online play which can make things pretty frustrating. Loading times can be a right pain and some of them are pretty ridiculous. The usual issue of online lag and people disconnecting is still there which I found very annoying with Fifa 10. Its more of the same thing, simlar visuals, slightly less content and a bit of a cash in but good fun all the same.
What is surprising is how good 2010 FIFA World Cup has turned out to be. While some spin-off titles from major sporting events in the past have felt lacklustre and lightweight, EA's latest football sim seems to have been created to outlast the tournament it's tied to. 2010 FIFA World Cup has been designed to satisfy a large spectrum of players (and potential players) ranging from fans of the recent FIFA football video games, right the way through to non-gamers who'd like to join in the fun.
Above all, it quashes any questions about its legitimacy as a separate release in its own right. There are many gamers who have argued that this game could have - and should have - been offered as DLC for FIFA 10. The reason it hasn't is because it's just too big. When one looks at the size of its content, the idea that 2010 FIFA World Cup could ever have been a download is quite frankly ludicrous. There's also no way DLC could have replicated the experience that this game provides. Aside from the stadiums - both from the friendlies, qualifying stages and tournament in South Africa - the region specific audience soundtracks, the multitude of commentators, there are 199 teams available to choose from and they all make for a fantastic gaming experience.
Would also like to state that the glitches which were in Fifa 10 have been fixed. For example goal keepers do not come charging off their line.
This can almost be used as a demo for FIFA 11 due to the short gap between this and the release date.
Here you can either jump straight to the cup itself or go through all the qualifying rounds. To keep things slightly fresher you can play with random groups if you've had enough of the past years groups.
Here you pick your team and try to win the World Cup, almost every team is available so you can recreate history by leading Germany, Holland, Spain etc to South Africa or rewrite history by managing to get Wales to beat someone other than an old bit of Russia.
Captain Your Country
This is where you create your own player or if you have FIFA 10 and bothered with be a Pro you can import your player from there. Once created you start off as a B international and as the title suggests work your way up to leading your country out at the World Cup. You improve you player by meeting set goals such as scoring on your debut, making a number of tackles in a match etc. A new feature added to this and the World Cup mode is a better use of form, so the better you play the higher your attributes are. I was never a fan of this type of mode on FIFA 10 due to the thick as mince teammates but here they are light years away in ability making this a fun mode to get stuck into.
Story of the World Cup
This mode really didn't do a lot for me, basically you just into the action of a qualifying game at an important moment such as Denmark losing to Sweden with 10 minutes to go or trying to get Ireland to the finals after Henrys Basketball magic.
With this being an EA game stuck between FIFA 10 and 11 it's easy to think it's just going to be cash in with just FIFA 10 with World Cup logos everywhere, no chance.
The game seems a bit slower than FIFA 10 meaning you can build your moves through midfield without the over aggressive defenders of the past version (referring to FIFA 10) giving it a real simulation feel. Also gone is the balloon like feel of shooting we had which is replaced by much meatier thud when you hit a 30 yarder, this is also enhanced by the altitude factor added where games played in places like Bolivia affect ball swerve and even the fitness of players not used to it, for example a game between Wales and Bolivia in Bolivia will show the ball making drastic changes of direction and the Welsh wheezing like 80 a day smokers while the Bolivians are as fresh as a daisy.
Goalkeepers seem to have had a lot of attention paid to them and now they make World Class saves and have a lot less brain freeze moments as they used to, obviously this is all relative so while the likes of Buffon are hard to beat the lad in net for San Marino may as well take a chair out with him.
The AI in general is the best I've seen in a Football game, poorer teams put up more fight at home than away . This is to do with the AI managers now altering their tactics so if you do manage to concede a goal to a lesser Nation you can expect them to "park the bus "for the rest of the match.
Graphics and Sound
In a word, amazing. Starting from the walk onto the pitch and lining up for the anthem, which is played, the level of detail here is fantastic. Ok not all the players are spot-on likenesses it doesn't detract at all and adds to the big event atmosphere. During the match the players move with a great fluidity and I've not noticed any clipping or any slowdown even during a mad scramble in the 6 yard box.
The sound is pretty average with a few menu tracks that are forgettable and terrible commentary from Andy Townsend (I switched to Italian instead).
In closing I have to say this is the best Football game I've ever played, sadly there are things that stop it being an essential purchase. First off its a World Cup 2010 game so that will lose its appeal just after the cup in my opinion and FIFA 11 will only be a few months away so the high price could stop some being able to buy what is pretty much the main version of the game.