Fifa 10 Impressions
It’s been nearly 3 weeks since FIFA 10 was released in Australia, by now I have have a decent amount of time to judge how this compares to last years edition. The game doesn’t play dramatically differently but provides subtle improvements to improve the reality of football. The most noticeable is that the dribbling has improved giving you more control to move in different directions when dribbling (marketed as 360 degrees dribbling). This provides further options of getting past options without using any skill moves. Other subtle changes are changes to crosses and corners which are now more dynamic along with more realistic bouncing/deflection of the ball.
The modes have expanded to include a revamped “Be a Pro Mode” which allows you to create a player and play him online (pro club championship), in manager mode, or in the virtual pro mode. The player’s stats increase as you accomplish different achievements, such as scoring a goal from outside the box with your weaker foot. This put into perspective the huge RPG nature that has been steadily increased with each new year.
I’ve spent the majority of my time online playing ranked matches with players all around the world and I’ve had probably 5% of games severely affected by lag. This isn’t as much of a problem with the game but the nature of trying to play a person in another country who might not have a good connection. There is an Australia specific leader board this time which was not present in previous versions.
Other than playing online I’ve been going through the manager mode. I decided to try something different this time and started with a League 1 team (Leeds United) and try to bring it up to the premiership. It is even harder to get the players you want but after you finish a season the transfer market is populated with a large amount of unknown high stat players who are more easy to purchase for the team, i.e. 1-2 million pounds for a young player with stats around 75-80.
Last thing I want to note is that I am a huge fan of the box art as a Everton fan.