The latest instalment of the FIFA series is here and it certainly does not disappoint. From 1993, EA Sports have delivered us a new version of the game every year and it just gets more enjoyable each time. For the sixth year in a row, the England front-man, Wayne Rooney stars on the cover of the game, this time, alongside Brazilian International Kaka. FIFA 11 has been released on every present console possible, even the iPhone.
Career Mode replaces Manager Mode this year. In this mode you are able to play a career as a Manager, a Player or a new feature as a Player Manager. Other new features include an improved passing system, improved player likeliness, the ability to play as a Goalkeeper for the first time, and various other tweaks and additions. The English commentary is provided, for the third time, by the duo of Martin Tyler and Andy Gray. Quite possibly the last time Andy Gray will be heard on our games consoles, due to recent incidents in the news.
The all-new Goalkeeper mode is nothing like that has been done before. For the first time, it allows the user to take full control of their teams goalkeeper. Filled with hard work and responsibility, the goalkeeping task is by no means an easy one. Perfecting the timing for the dives and when to run out to collect the ball are just some of the jobs that are needed to be successful when being the goalkeeper.
Improved player likeliness is a big thing in this years FIFA. Some of the players resemblances are uncanny. For example, Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is less hardworking and puts less effort into his responsibilities than his striking partner Wayne Rooney.
Another new part of FIFA 11 is the ability for the player to create his or her own club. This is done online and they are able to invite their friends to join their team. Stadiums, kits and badges can be chosen for the rest of the online world to see. Players can either just control their own player or take control of the rest of the squad. FIFA 11 has become the first football game that lets 11 players play against 11 other players online.
There are a few new in-game alterations, which make the game more enjoyable and closer to real life. Sometimes in FIFA 10, when you eagerly skipped through the replays of fouls, you would not know if a player had received a yellow or red card. In FIFA 11, it tells you afterwards if there have been any bookings. Also in FIFA 10, if you skipped through the cut scene of the substitutes coming on, you would be left wondering which positions have been replenished. Again in FIFA 11, it tells you afterwards, in the corner, which player has made way for another.
Creation Centre is yet another new part of FIFA 11. This allows people to create their own players and teams, using the EA Sports website. Once this is done, they can download them straight from their console. The downside to this is that the players faces cannot be adjusted very much and there are only a few basic faces to use.
Custom music and chants can be added into your game this year. The chants give each match even more realism than before. The chants can be set for numerous different things, for example, when you score a goal, the home crowd could start bellowing out with admiration for your star player.
Although loyal Pro Evo fans will probably choose to go for their beloved game, FIFA fans will be delighted with the level of improvement from last years game.