Prior to buying Fifa 10 the last Fifa game i had played was Fifa 08 for the Playstation 2, which i thoroughly enjoyed. Having purchased a PS3 i looked forward to buying the new Fifa 10. I downloaded the demo for the game from the Playstation Store and felt the game was very good and eagerly awaited it's release.
However after now owning the game for almost a week, i can quite confidently say that i am appalled at how poor quality it is, due to the number of bugs and faults.
To score goals is frustratingly hard. All keepers on the game now suddenly seem to have the goal keeping skills of Buffon and this is only on semi-pro difficulty (the second difficulty level), saving shot after shot.
Shots also hit the woodwork in every single match, making what should be an ocassional dramatic moment into an improbable absurdity. These issues take a lot of the enjoyment out of playing the game.
Players get injured in every other game you play, especially in manager mode. However the only injury my players constantly get is whiplash and they are out for one game only.
Playing as Tottenham on manager mode, the striker Roman Pavlyuchenko scored altogether at least 6 or 7 goals, with at least a hat trick in one match. Yet the player statistics show him as only scoring 2 for some reason and it is never updated.
The referees are stupid. Giving out free kicks for every single tackle and constantly getting in the way of the ball. That isn't to mention the assistant manager on manager mode, who is laughable. Placing players out of position and assigning players who have low fatigue.
There are no events for manager mode that come up like on the old ps2 version, e.g. players unavailable due to international friendlies, different decisions you have to make regarding players etc. It's all very shallow and there is nothing to it.
There is a ton of other things that i could write about. I am not the only one experiencing these issues.
A visit to the EA Fifa 10 website should illustrate that i am not the only one, with many users discussing the same problems. One user on the EA website in particular has compiled a list of 50 bugs, many of which i've encountered myself.
I am also unable to connect to play with my friend online and the EA server reliability is very poor.
The one good thing i can thing of is that the graphics are pretty good. However this is far outweighed by the bad quality of the overall gameplay.
My advice is to save your money and do not buy this game. I am very disappointed and annoyed. I feel foolish for believing the hype spouted by EA about this game, which is infact a complete disgrace. I will not be buying Fifa 11.