I waited in anticipation for this latest release of FIFA (09), read the the reviews and thought at last they may have got it right, well what a disappointment. Still the same flaws as before. Where do I start there are so many, being a UEFA B coach I think I know a bit about football unfortunately EA have programmers who don't. Game play in Manager Mode is really bad like the previous editions. Commentary does not match what has happened and here is just one example "What a shot when a player has head the ball", but the real in game problems have never gone away.
Goals are still being awarded when shots just go slightly wide of the goal and if a cross comes in from the wings and hits the side netting, is that (Stuart Attwell) refereeing.
Offside seem to be hit and miss, scored several goals in only a few games into my season which even Rob Stiles would have definitely got the decision right for offside.
Scored a goal in one game then suddenly I have no players at kick off the opposition score and then my team reappears at kick off.
Still the computer player with the ball will run across from one side of the pitch to the other side without passing and then run the ball out for a throw in.
Great play by the computer it has broken down my defence it's one on one with my goalkeeper just outside the penalty area, my defence gives chase, it's down to my goalkeeper now, but hang on the computer player doesn't want to score instead he heads back towards my defenders (Pele or Best) comes to mind who could have gone round the entire opposition again. This is really a joke.
Goalkeeper kits clash with the opposition.
Transfers of players to computer teams, sold Berbatov (9) to Newcastle United made a profit (Great), two games later Berbatov is wearing the No (2) shirt, this is where the game falls down badly, any player sold that is not as good as the player wearing the same shirt No is always allocated No 2, if the player coming in is better then he takes his previous club shirt No and the player who was that No is then moved to shirt No that is next available.
But now there are added features which have come into this addition of FIFA, shielding of the ball, if you turn your back on the computer opposition players and not move, it takes an age for the computer to register that it has to go to your player.
In my opinion don't bother buying it