2010 FIFA World Cup Review
The FIFA games have long been established as juggernauts of sports games, developing more realistic character models and perfecting the control system for years through trial and error. The development of these games, as well as fans commitment, has well and truly established this franchise, allowing EA Sports to release a title every year to critical acclaim and excellent reviews. The last title in the series, FIFA 10 received glowing reviews, which included a nine out of ten here at Gamebrit.
The latest game in the series takes us into the World Cup setting rather than football leagues to coincide with the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in South Africa this June.
For those new to FIFA games, the prospect of managing an 11-player team may seem daunting. However, the in-menu narrative guides players through all the different match types and how to play. There are several match types on offer.
‘Kick-Off’, can be found on most football titles. This match type allows you to have a one-off match with the computer, online or with a friend. There is also the actual tournament mode, which lets you decide which teams you want to play. Tournament mode also includes an incredible amount of interactivity when selecting teams and the pitch you want to play on. ‘Captain Your Country’ allows you to play as a created player or an established footballer as you rise the ranks to captain your team in the World Cup. The challenge mode called ‘Story Of Qualifying’ sees you trying to reach certain targets or goals in allotted times, or to a certain standard. There is also a penalty shoot out mode if you want to practice your technique or precision when scoring as well as a training mode for anyone looking to brush up on skills. Lastly, the scenario mode allows you to play out situations and games from previous world cups.
New players will want to try the ‘Kick-off’ mode first to test their level of skill and to also get to grips with the controls. After picking your team, you will be straight away thrown into a game. The immediate reaction is how clean and detailed the footballers look. Visually, this game is excellent and you’ll find yourself watching the replays of footballers scoring just through sheer intrigue of the visuals.
The control system is incredibly easy to use, yet versatile enough to adapt your own technique and style whilst playing. Despite the easy to use controls, you may find yourself struggling to win the matches, due to the level of skill needed to win requires persistence and practice. The computer characters are smart, and take the offensive if given the chance and take the defensive effectively if you advance towards the goal. They have real skills and aren’t just aimlessly running towards your player.
The online aspect of the game allows you to play in a league style system, where you gain points depending on wins and losses. Not only this, but you can play online with friends, which can be much more rewarding than playing against the game.
One of the other things that is surprising about this game is the quality of the soundtrack. With artists like Florence and the Machine, Basement Jaxx and Damian Marley contributing, it truly creates a vibrant atmosphere and fits in well with the multi-cultured theme of the game.
2010 FIFA World Cup has 199 out of the 204 national teams that actually took part in the qualifying process, making for a more realistic take on the proceedings. You also play the game in the genuine arenas that the real footballers will play in, come June. The level of detail and work gone into this game shows that this isn’t just a re-hash of FIFA 10 with national teams added. There are separate statistics, skills and weaknesses for each team.
Overall, there are no major flaws in this game and a fan of football games will definitely enjoy it. If you have never played a football game before, this is the perfect place to start. The nationality of the game makes it so you don’t have to be an expert in football to know what team to choose and the controls are easy to master in a few matches. Passion and emotion is what the world cup is about, and it seems that EA Canada know this just as much as anyone. Once again, they have successfully managed to make a game which is both a celebration of the sport and the event, whilst maintaining the high quality that the series has established itself as.