|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PC, PS2, PSP, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: EA Canada||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: EA Sports||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 20, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-20||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Luckily, playing with friends online is free. Whether you get a group of buddies together to create a virtual club or are just going head-to-head in ranked matches, FIFA 10's online component is extremely robust and polished. Not only are there all the gameplay options you'd expect, they all play great. Instances of lag are minimal, and getting matched up to players is a snap due to the massive community supporting the game.
If there was one complaint I could level at the game it's that it's a bit too complicated for novice gamers or soccer initiates. Navigating menus can often be cumbersome, managing teams takes real-world knowledge, and the glut of statistical information can often make you feel force-fed. That being said, all this detail makes this game so incredibly deep, core players will be treated to a truly multi-faceted simulation of their favorite sport. However, even to savvy players, the menu navigation can be trying. While layout continuity between years does make things easier, there is so much information and options to wade through you'll likely not experience the game to its fullest for quite some time.
In fact, at times there is so much information overload, it'll take your platform a few seconds just to render all of the data onscreen. Nowhere is this more prevalent and annoying than at the "Team Management" entry. Trying to get new players into the game is accompanied by a few second wait. What's worse, just trying to skip past it and get to the other squad management options will also delay your advance. While this is just a quibble, hopefully this can be changed through a software update, because it makes coaching options feel like a chore.
All in all, FIFA 10 is a fantastic game. It improves upon last year's version in several ways, making this the best soccer simulator to ever hit store shelves. Whether you bought the game or not last year, it's definitely time to upgrade. FIFA Soccer 10 will serve as the perfect league accompaniment, and it will help keep you tied over till the big dance down in South Africa next summer.
CCC Editor / News Director