|System: X360, PS3, PC, Wii, PSP, PS2||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: Sept. 28, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-7 (local) 1-22 (online)||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The Career mode is new, which essentially combines Be A Pro and Manager (and Player Manager) to a fifteen-year career for your chosen path. Playing as a pro is as you expect, lots of game playing, though the option to switch between controlling the entire team and one player is a nice one to have. The manager options are quite extensive as you attempt to build your club into one to be feared. While the sheer amount of options and depth are to be commended, a novice or casual fan of the sport could easily feel its too much to process and get scared away. Im a sucker for soccer management simulations, thanks to my local BBS with the demo to 1994s One-Nil soccer sim, and I like the ability to get down and dirty with building my club for the future; I just fear that most casuals will be turned off by the complexity.
Keeping the energy flowing is a fantastic soundtrack with over thirty quality tracks of artists you may know and ones youll be glad youve discovered. Lincoln Park, We Are Scientists, and Scissor Sisters are just a sample of the variety available. But should you find nothing to your liking, you are in luck, as you can import any song youd like, provided you digitally have a copy of it, into the game to be used. Its things like these that makes me think that the addition of hard drives to this generations consoles was certainly worth it.
Online play, after inputting the code to access EAs controversial Online Pass system, of course, is nearly identical to last year, which is a good thing. Provided your internet connection is fast enough, you will receive little to no lag while getting your game on. The biggest change is that with the inclusion of the goalie as a playable position, you can now experience eleven-on-eleven gameplay online against your friends provided you have twenty-one other friends that is, otherwise against friends and strangers. Just to be clear.
All told, EAs newest entry into the FIFA series is another slam dunk. It may not have reinvented the wheel quite like FIFA 10 did, but it adds considerable and quality enhancements. FIFA 11 is more than a roster update or quick grab at money. That EA has brought even more authenticity to the gameplay, whether it from Personality Plus or the enhanced physicality, while adding in the goalkeeper play as well, makes this a game worth checking out. Its realistic depiction of the game of soccer may detract from the more casual fans experience, but FIFA 11 is so good it will just be a matter of time until that casual is won over anyway.
CCC Freelance Writer