|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: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The same story rings true with the audio. While the voice acting is great from the announcers, and most of the broadcasting pretty accurately simulates what it's like to listen to a soccer match, there's nothing here we haven't seen before. It's mostly the same old dialogue that's repeated just a little bit too much so that it's noticeable once in a while. The track list is pretty vast, but it seems to be catering mostly to European gamers, although occasionally you'll hear a reggae song or some Latin American pop.
The gameplay is what truly matters, though, and FIFA still delivers with some of the most complete gaming options available for any sports game. The fantastic Be a Pro mode has returned from the last game, which places you in the shoes of a single player for the entire season. You play games as only that player, and you level up by playing well, winning games, and completing goals in each match.
The only issue with this mode is that matches can get somewhat boring. When you're only allowed to control a single player, you're really forced to choose between your own fun and your team's well-being. You can call for the ball all the time and take control, but your team is likely to suffer. And conversely, if you stay in position and let your teammates handle the ball most of the time, then you're going to have a downright awful time. It's possible to find an agreeable medium, but it would have been nice for EA to have addressed this in the new version.
There are also multiplayer options via ad-hoc and wireless connections, although we had trouble even connecting to EA's server much less finding a lag-free match.
The fact is, FIFA 10 just plays way too much like FIFA 09. And when you consider that last year we said that FIFA 09 was way too much like FIFA 08, you start to realize that this series has been doing nothing but lateral motion for the better part of three years. Since then, there have been no significant steps forward for the series, and we're hoping that the next iteration will be a better effort. Still though, it's worth noting that if you haven't played either of the last two iterations, this is a great soccer simulation, and it's worth a place in your library.
CCC Freelance Writer