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=== The game ===
This is a football game which allows you to interact with all aspects of the game and then play in football games against other teams from around the world and in the Fifa series you can play as the official team names such as Manchester United or Newcastle United so if you like one of the major football teams from the UK you should find them available on this game.
=== The menu ===
The menu is laid out quite simply, there is a fair amount going on and from here you can select the different modes of game play and change the settings for your controller and the sound etc. The menu is laid out well and I find it easy to navigate through & even from my first time of playing this game I had no difficulty at all in finding anything or getting started on the actual playing of the games.
=== Game modes ===
There are several different game modes to play:
Quick Match: You can start playing a game without having to set up lots of different things and basically this is the option that I first selected when I begun to play this game. It was very simple to select a few teams and then get started with the game. Any settings chosen here are remembered by the game to allow quick match to be even quicker when you select it next.
Tournament Mode: Here you can compete in competitions. You will be able to find a wide variety here with everything from the English Premier League to the World Cup. If you do not want to play one of the competitions on offer then you could always just create your own, how brilliant!
Manager Mode: You can control your favourite team and basically make all of the decisions that a normal manager would make. You can work on improving your team along the way, change positions of players and numerous other things also. Transfers are available here and you can hopefully start off a bidding way for one of your players too.
Be A Pro Mode: I believe that this was one of the newest features of the game and it is fair to say that this is the one that I love the mode. You create your own player and then you have to try and rise up through the professional football player ranks before making it as a true star and playing in only the most premium of cups and matches. I love the Sims style aspect to this as you get to choose facial features, clothes and much more. There are literally hundreds of items of clothing to wear and there were some amazing boots on offer too. Naturally when I made a character it wore my surname on the back and I could even choose how I wanted my surname laid out which is just a touch too far possibly! It is amazing to be able to work up through the ranks, play in matches and much more and I have definitely spent more time playing this mode than any other which is perhaps why the previous Fifa games did not hold my attention for long periods of time.
=== Graphics / Sounds ===
I love the feel of the stadium when playing a game. I feel like the crowd is almost real, the grass on the pitch looks realistic and the majority of the characters look very realistic also. There are shadows when running along the pitch and overall there is so much about the graphics of this game that works incredibly well. I really feel like the game is being brought to life when playing this game and while it is obviously now a little out of date, thanks to 3 more Fifa games since, I am still blown away by just how fantastic computer games have become in the past few years.
There is a fantastic sound track to this game that offers a wide variety of different songs. I love the sounds from the commentator and the crowd also. The commentating is very good and keeps up with the game well, even if I am just running around like a total idiot! The sound that I love the most is hearing my name called out which is just amazing really considering it is not a name shared by a professional footballer. It's the little things in this game that really do make the difference for me!
=== Achievements ===
There are 58 achievements possible from this game for a total of 1250 points. These range from the simple (score from a penalty in a match) to the hard (reach legendary status for your club) and everything in between. The achievements are well laid out over the different modes to try and ensure that you play a little on each mode, as I have done. I found the majority of the achievements quite simple and while I have not unlocked all of the achievements on this game I have probably made about 600 points towards my gamer score from this game.
=== Overall opinion ===
I love everything about this game even though I have not been the biggest fan of football games in the past. All of the players are unique, you can customise the controls, the graphics and sounds are fantastic and there are lots of different game modes to keep me occupied for hours on end.
You have to be tactical to play this game and you can't just go hammering all the buttons in the hope that whichever player you are currently controlling will be able to pull off all of the tricks. I think this is what has drawn me in to the game more as you need to actually use your brain to play it rather than just button mash as I've been able to do with some of the previous football games that I have tried.
Each of the players is realistic, they move realistically, they look quite good and I have found that they work best in particular positions, like they would in real life.
I am giving this game a 5/5 as I have thoroughly enjoyed playing it, particularly as I paid just £1.50 from Gamestation a couple of months ago, and I have been able to play co-op against my husband who also picked up a copy at the same time so we could play against each other. I think that the price I paid was fantastic, especially considering how much fun I have got from playing this game, and I would firmly recommend this and any of the newer games in the Fifa series which I have also played, hence my reason for wanting to purchase this when I spotted it so cheaply.
Fifo 09 although outdated is still a brilliant game . This addition has improvements over the last, but is still not quite perfect- yet!
When you have got the game loaded you will find yourself in an arena area taking control of Ronaldinho at the centre circle with the ball facing a goalkeeper. This arena allows you to get used to the controls by doing various things, practicing tricks and trying shots. Quite a clever intro into the game really. Helpful if you want a quick mess about to pick up a few tricsk before heading into the game. You can choose the player for the arena in the options section. So if you can even have yourself if you create your own player!!
From here you can skip through to the main menu which gives you the different game modes as well as options for set up.
The game oprtions include:
Manager mode, gives you the option to select a team and can manage them for upto 12+ seasons. Good idea.
Be a pro, here you select a player or create your own. This is definately a good feature as you can make yourself! Thumbs up, unless of course you want to be a goalkeeper then your not aloud to do this, you must be an outfield player. This displeased me somewhat, as its the position i play!!! I would like to see this changed in future games.
Tournaments - Here you can compete in tournaments or create your own.
Such as the Fa cup etc. You can choose what teams play aswell.
Now onto the actual game play. The graphics are awesome, very good physics of the ball and player movements too. Even the goalkeepers act like real people. However the goalkeepers AI can still be a haphanded attempt to react or even act. Its seems such a let down they have come so far yet still have these niggles to moan about.
Commentry is also much better, being spot on with advancements in the game, although it still gets repetative. They did release a downlad pack with more comments but even so, these should be installed when you buy the game already!
There are loads of leagues too many to mention but in the english leagues it goes from the premiership down to the conference. So just a few teams, and thats not including the rest of the world.
Overall a brilliant football game which is accurate and looks great. Its fun to play be it 1 or 2 players. Be it cooperative or against and be it even online.
Fifa 09 is definately a football game to remember!
FIFA 09, I am not a fan.
The graphics are fantastic and it does have all the real players and kits, unlike PES.
I have always been a FIFA fan until now. On '09 I find it impossible to score from long range, and after months of play I don't think I have ever managed to score from a direct free-kick. Also I've noticed that even when shooting from about 12 yards out the ball often ends up in row Z. I've played football games for over a decade now and I'm pretty good, but I just can't figure this game out. What makes it more difficult is that there is no practice mode for you to master the games techniques. The age recommendation for this game 3+.
Because of these disadvantages I found the game play boring as even though I was winning matches, the goals I was scoring were all pretty much the same.
Another thing I didn't like was the menu. I have perfect eyesight but the writing on screen is to small and impossible to read unless you sit really close to the TV (my TV is LCD 32ins).
I didn't like this game but I'm clearly in the minority.
FIFA games have become the corner-stone of Football (or Soccer) games in the World, right now. With only this and Pro Evolution Soccer on the market as current Generation games, there is an element of competition between the two, as they battle for supremacy in the market. And officially, FIFA wins year in, year out with sales figures constantly improving year on year.
In 2006, with the launch of the new Generation of Consoles, EA Sports Canada decided it was time to change everything to take advantage of the High Definition graphics and further advanced CPU power offered up. And with the engines birth came problems. And even though it was an arguable change that made some players look even less realistic than the previous, football fans knew that there would be advancements year upon year. And FIFA 09 was the first of the franchises new engine that showed people that you could have a decently replicated game.
The graphics are excellent. The controls are nice and easy. The settings are quite in-depth which helps you to have complete control over the game, and the way it plays. Particularly, the game speed. Original settings have it as Normal, which doesnt replicate the beautiful game well for me. So putting that option to fast is definitely how football is, in my opinion.
The game itself, when I played it, was very, very buggy. Particularly in the debuting 'Be A Pro' Mode (in which you take over one player for games, rather than the whole team) there were major problems after a few seasons, as players retired and squad numbers were dished out. Other bugs were seen and reported on the FIFA Forum, but EA seemed against fixing them. Patches were produced for major issues, but with the Goalkeepers in particular, they refused to fix their blatant inability to produce some of the most basic saves expected.
All in all, the game itself has innovation with 'Be A Pro' which will continue throughout the franchises future presentations, as well as the continuation of the EURO 2008 invention of Celebrations that you control after scoring goals. But the AI can be frustrating.
Fifa 09 is definately the best football game to date although i suspect fifa 10 will be better than it. To start with i have to get the message across that all fifa games are better than pro evolution games!!
Anyway fifa 09 has great graphics and the best gameplay ive known. It has introduced the first adidas live season which i found really exciting and also a way of finding out how ur favourite players are doing in real life! This is when your players ratings are based on how they perform at the weekend. However this can be annoying if your team are going through a bad spell or something. I dont really have anything bad to say about fifa 09. The gameplay is the best it has ever been, the skills are better than they have ever been and much easyer to use in gameplay. Online gameplay is also better with not as much lag as before. The introduction of being able to do celebrations after scoring has made scoring a goal even sweeter especially online where you can wind up your oposition by doing annoying celebrstions. Would recommend this game if you are a big footy fan.
I have yoo yooed between Pro Evo and Fifa for about the last 5 years. However during those years I generally felt Pro Evo had the edge especially in terms of gameplay. However there can be no question that this version of Fifa has heralded in a new style of gameplay and player mobility which is muh improved. Where as on the other hand Pro Evo seems to have stood still and recycled its system of gameplay on the last two years without actually moving it on. Fifa's graphics and the fact that it holds the rights for team, country and player names has always given it something an advantage over Pro Evo but where Pro Evo has sat on its laurels, Fifa has clearly worked to improve now ticking all three boxes mentioned. Although Fifa 10 is coming out soon, if you can pick this title up cheaply it is still worthwhile playing and I have been playing it constantly since I bought it.
This is probably the best football game on the market, they have improved alot from Fifa 08. The Online has really improved aswell no lag that you can notice. This is a Game you should pick up if you love sport game or even if you casualy play Sports games.
I have played just about every edition of the FIFA series and it gets better every time. This one does have a couple of very minor problems but nothing worth moaning about. The frustration of scoring a fantastic goal then being given offside is just like the real thing. I can't wait for FIFA 10. I will be having it. FIFA 09 is fantastic though. Being able to play for your favourite team is great but put yourself in a team with 1 Star then play a tourney on Professional and see how much fun it is. You get a good sense of achievement when you knock out a good side. For example, I played for the Irish side Bohemians and knocked out Liverpool at Anfield in a Tournament at the Quarter Final Stage and was promptly rewarded with a tie against Barcelona. It makes for the excitement of the game. Just buy it and enjoy it.
I was originally a pro evo fan, and thought that the slow, unresponsive and sometimes sluggish fifa would never have been my thing. But, fifa 09 turnt me :S!
I have now pre-ordered the fifa 10, and can not wait for it too arrive at my door!
What turnt me into a die hard fifa fan?
Well, its fluidity isnt a bad place to start, the way it has advanced from Fifa 08 is remarkable! I know no longer feel that i cant pass the ball along my defence without a huge delay, and the off the ball movement now allows through balls to be a lot more effective than previously.
The shooting is also much more improved, with goals from outside the box not being frequent enough to be ridiculous, but you score enough to keep yourself satisfied!
Overall, in my opinion the best football game out there at the moment until the new fifa hopefully! :)! x
With Fifa 10 about to come out in the next few weeks i am without a doubt gonna miss this game, the online feature is brilliant and very entertaining i think i have played it every week since it has came out.
The only downside of the game is everyone being Man United or Barcelona in the online feature, fair enough there is obviously gonna be people that support them teams but the majority are not. Every 50-50 and every decision seems to go their way and Ronaldo and Messi are just stupidly good.
Hopefully in the next version they will rectify the running as it only seems to go in 4 directions.
I love the way they have added celebrations to the game and the graphics seem to get better every year.
I also bought PES for the first time and i seriously don't know what the fuss is about i played on it for about a week before i was fed up.
As nearly every reviewer on this site will tell you, when it comes to football video gaming experiences you are either a fifa fan or a PES fan. I fall into the first catogery.
I grew up playing Fifa on the megadrive back before it had full licences and player names where meer jokes of what peoples names where, so every year on the day fifa comes out I buy it, and pray that I can defend it in front of my PES worshipping mates.
This year's installment (Fifa 09 not 10 which is technically this years installment) made my task very simple indeed. The first thing you notice about Fifa is that it is visually very well done, you can tell who players are by looking at them and Wayne Rooney looks sufficiently enough like shrek for you to know its the real deal.
But we all know looks dont make a game, so what about gameplay? The gameplay is more fast paced than a real football match but this is probably to compensate for the fact you only really ever play 5 minute halfs, although the option is there to play 45min halfs if you want.
The control system is fantastic, with both the ability to bring the ball in close and control it with a little skill and precision or sprinting. Both situation are an accurate recreation, with sprinting making it more difficult to control the ball and obviously the close control allowing more control. The only downside is you can still only move in set directions so timing that brilliant break down the middle is akward and requires a little look.
Unfortunatly what hold the game back is the AI, the goal keepers are very static and stiffly animated, they also make some rediculouse choices and let in some rather stupid goals. The off ball AI is not much better, if you call for a one two your team-mate will pick the stupides route he can find, if there is not a sufficiently stupid enough route too run he will just not bother, how nice of him.
The game really shines when playing against your friend over xbox live, and is probably the main reason I still fifa when I get the chance, but along with online modes the game offers a 15 season manager mode, be-a-pro (control one player for one team) and a few other features I must be honest, I didn't use.
It is the best installment of Fifa so far and better than it's PES counterpart, however it could still be better.
There used to be a time when I wouldn't touch a FIFA game. In my opinion, the last good FIFA game was FIFA 99. After that, I was a PES man all the way. However, even PES seemed to suffer the 'FIFA curse' after a while, whereby the sequels were essentially stat updates and nothing more.
I guess after 10 years since the glory days of '99, FIFA have learnt their lesson. Easily one of the best football games I've played, it combines the easy, fluid controls of PES, with the realism and game play joy that made us all fall in love with the FIFA franchise in the first place.
The game offers you the usual, exhibition match, league and cup tournaments, as well as the manager mode from previous instalments. Also back is the Be a Pro mode, albeit hugely overhauled and more recently, the Ultimate Team mode downloadable content.
Exhibition mode is a simple affair, you pick two teams and play a game of football, either against the CPU or with a mate. The league and cup tournaments are also solid and with a wide choice (as you would expect with FIFA) but are sadly missing the UEFA competitions. It is also a shame that you have to create your own world cup, as that is not a default option.
For me, the manager mode is where the game truly excels, with your progress being measured by the boards confidence in you, as well as your own prestige rating. Win as many games as you can to keep the board happy, and lift those cups to increase your prestige. As your prestige increases, so does the chance you will lure better talent to your team. There is nothing like seeing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar pull on a Southend United shirt and bang home goal after goal during your first season in the Championship!
However, as novel as the Be a Pro mode is, I just found it to be a little tedious at times. Even on harder difficulties, it was too easy to carve apart the opposition, regardless of whether you opted for the striker or midfield option. Defending just isn't exciting enough, so doesn't really offer a real alternative.
The Ultimate Team expansion has its charms, the premise being that you buy and collect football stickers using points earned during games. This stickers then translate into players for your team, or other bonuses. It is a great idea, but something I just couldn't get into. Challenging other players online as impossible as they had already collected the best players, and playing against the computer teams is a slow way to increase your quality. I hope they bring back the idea for FIFA 2010, as with a bit of tweaking it could be a very solid gameplay mode.
The gameplay itself is exceptional. Players react realistically to tackles, jostles and bumps, and the control method is liquid. Passing is fluent and the skill moves that players can perform are extremely easy to learn. The game promotes fluid passing and good possession of the ball, and this makes for a very realistic game of computer football. Gone are the days of giving it to the fastest player on the team and running it into the net.
Dubious points to note, however, are that like Sensible Soccer, it is still sometimes possible to score from the half way line! I have the game for PS3, and whether it is different for the 360 or not, I couldn't say. The goal keepers can also be quite foolish, and will bowl the ball straight out to your attacking player. My final nag is that the ref will often blow the whistle for a foul, when allowing the advantage would have been a much better option.
All in all, this is by far the best football game to date, but what with technology progressing as far as it has, surely its time the little niggles were finally ironed out?
I am another one of those gamers that could not stand the Fifa franchise. It went pretty much downhill at Fifa 2001 or 2002, I couldn't play one whatsoever. But this year, after playing the demos, and being disappointed with Pro Evolution, I took the plunge and bought Fifa 09.
And I'm very happy I have. The game has taken a large leaf out of PES book this year. It is a lot faster this year, and a lot more tactical. It feels very realistic, you have to break down the opposition; pass backwards sometimes and wait for openings. In addition to this the ball and player physics are really realistic this year.
Tricks and skills are pretty fun in this game too, I'm not sure if it's a new system for Fifa. But now you must try to do combinations with the right thumb-stick; in the right direction of running. It's quite challenging, and I tend to forgot all the different combinations, but it does make it quite realistic, as skills shouldn't be too easy; especially online.
There are a couple of issues that don't go unnoticed though. Long shots, 25 yards+, are nearly impossible to score from, and the opportunity to have a shot without being closed down by a defender is very rare. There never seems to be any space opened up in this area of the pitch. I also think lob is unrealistically easy, and you concede from it a lot online, when in real life a good Cantona-esque lob comes along rarely.
As for game modes; there are several options:
*Manager Mode - This for me is where the game is lacking. I don't find it that captivating or realistic. This mode is where manage the team of your choice through a league campaign.
*Be a Pro - I really enjoyed this mode. Here you create a new football starting at age 18 and through 4 seasons advance through the reserve teams to first team squad and onwards to try and again World Cup glory.
*Cups - This is a self explanatory bit, you try and get cup glory with your choice team in a range of cups or custom cup. It's pretty fun but there isn't much replay value here.
*Online Variations - Online is where I have probably spent most hours on the game. Playing ranked one off matches with people, or playing 10vs10 (where each player controls one player on the pitch). There's also a Club option here where you can make a club with friends and compete against others using this 10vs10 model.
In conclusion this is a pretty good game, and it's nearly there. There are a few issues but compared to Fifa 08 it's come a long way.
Finally FIFA has got everything about the beautfil game right, never before has it been so smooth on the pitch and off, with georgous graphics and tried and improved physics, even my girlfriend was convinced i was watching football rather than playing it. In this iteration the controls stay the same, but the responsiveness is amazing, with split second reaction tims from the players on screen and the actions they perform dependent on the timing of your button press, for example - a header into goal, or a bicycle kick! For single player you have the classic manager mode with plenty of new features that just makes the whole experience better and also now, a new be-a-pro season mode, where you take a single player through the ranks to become a club and international legend. The multiplayer is considerable addictive, with online play remaining smooth and satisfying, coupled with the ability to upload your own team tactics and formations, it provides everyhing a simulation of the beautiful game needs and deserves. Wether your a football fan, or just a casual football game player.. this is the one for you.
Best footballing game around. The graphics are excellent and the gameplay gets more and more realistic every year. It is by far the best game available and I buy it every year without fail.
Manager mode is the best, and it is extremely well thought and works brilliantly. The game still has some monir faults though as every edition does have. Such as distance shooting is more or less impossible and you can only really score from within the box, or once in a blue moon outside. The referees on the game are very poor and give ridiculous decisions at times. Penalties are easy to win, simply by following the same techniques as before the opponent will always haul you down. Also, some players within the game are ridiculously good, such as Ronaldo, who is so fast and strong that playing against him is impossible. Othe players such as Evra and Cole are very fast aswel which although they are quick is real life nothing like fifa speeds.
Online game play is brilliant and very well thought out.
fifa 09 is one of the best football games you can play. improving on 08's fabulous gameplay it is now easier to move the ball around and play some really good football. with the trick system in place you can pull off some serious skills and help get yourself out of tight situations!
the graphics have been improved on to make the players look more lifelike. so if you though the graphics in fifa 08 were good your in for a big suprise with this one! also the be a pro game mode is still there. for anyone who didnt have fifa 08 it is where you control one player and conrtrol his every movement from running back to defend to calling for a pass or through ball!
another really good extra in fifa 09 is the real life updates. everyone knows about the player stats but if the player is on bad form in real life then his overall stats will go down in the game! this is a very good feature as you feel like you are playing the real premiership season the way you want to!!
i would give fifa 09 a 8/10 and it is definately an improvement on fifa 08!
Powered by the third generation of the EA Sports football engine, FIFA 09 features more than 250 core gameplay additions and enhancements that deliver the most responsive, intelligent and realistic action ever for the series. Enjoy turning defenders with more controlled dribbling and ball control, snapping off precision shots with improved first-time shooting mechanics and firing beautifully timed passes with greater accuracy, placing the ball exactly where you want it.