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2010 FIFA World Cup: South Africa

Released on 30 April 2010

Rating: 3+ (PEGI)

4.0 out of 5 (37 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Celebrate the single largest sporting event on the planet with the only official and exclusively licensed videogame for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Experience all the emotion and passion of the world's fiercest national rivalries as you live the dream of competing against fans from around the world for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Take on the challenge of leading your home nation from qualification right through to a virtual re-creation of the FIFA World Cup Final and feel what it is like to score the goal that lifts a nation.

For the first time ever, play out the 2010 FIFA World Cup in a full and authentic online tournament mode. Carry the hopes and dreams of your favourite nation into battle against fans from rival countries. Compete under the same conditions your real-world heroes will face in South Africa, from the group stage through the knockout rounds to the chance to be crowned 2010 FIFA World Cup champion. For fans of nations that failed to qualify for South Africa this is the chance to replay and re-write history. Plus, earn individual and team points to prove your nation is the best in Battle Of The Nations.

Spectacularly presented in true-to-life detail, 2010 FIFA World Cup: South Africa features all 199 national teams that took part in qualification, all 10 officially licensed stadiums to be used in South Africa and stadiums from each qualifying region. Everything fans love about the World Cup comes to life in stunning detail, including confetti cannons, streamers, and fireworks - just like the official tournament. Plus, supporters who follow their heroes to South Africa will be in the stands waving their country's flag, holding giant banners and cheering in their native language.

2010 FIFA World Cup: South Africa features a more sophisticated, faster-paced and responsive version of the EA Sports football engine that drives the award-winning FIFA 10. Gameplay innovations capture the journey from qualification to the final tournament with home and away strategies for every nation, situational tactics in-game, and altitude affects that fatigue players faster and even impact the flight of the ball.


  • Win the 2010 FIFA World Cup: Compete as one of 199 teams from qualification right through to a virtual reproduction of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final. Play in any of the 10 official stadiums that come to life with the pageantry and festivity of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup Online: The first-ever full and authentic 2010 FIFA World Cup online tournament. Compete as your favourite country against rivals in the group stage through the knockout rounds to be crowned 2010 FIFA World Cup champion. Navigate the Globe to locate top countries and opponents among all 199 participating nations.
  • Spectacular Presentation: The 2010 FIFA World Cup comes to life in spectacular fashion with all the emotion and pageantry of the official tournament, including all 10 official licensed stadiums. Experience confetti cannons, streamers, giant banners, seat cards, flags and fireworks as if you were in South Africa.
  • Battle Of The Nations: Represent your country in the 2010 FIFA World Cup online tournament against your rivals to win global supremacy. Earn individual and team points and prove your nation is the best. Every performance is rated, recorded and uploaded and your ratings all count towards player and nation leaderboards.
  • Home & Away Tactics: CPU mimics international football by creating strategic, defensive formations for weaker teams playing away from home. Plus, weaker teams raise their level of play on their home pitch.
  • Altitude Effects: Less air resistance at altitude means the ball travels faster and further. Plus, player will noticeably fatigue faster and their stamina challenged while playing in cities at higher elevations versus sea level.
  • Authentic Stadiums: Compete in all 10 official stadiums of 2010 FIFA World Cup.

customer Reviews

 Average rating (37 reviews)

 improves FIFA 10 in some areas but worsens in others

| | See all DanyJr's reviews (3)

The Good
* No more cheap chipping
* No more goalie out.
* Less ping-pong passing
* Graphics, sound and overall presentation
* Penalties
* More variety in scoring

The Bad
* Ping-pong passing still exists
* Virtually no one plays a 3 or lower star team online
* Manual player selection (right analogue stick) doesn't seem to always work
* Goalkeeper bugs (pass back bug and other annoying bugs such as letting easy goals in)

The Ugly
* Defensive play is far worse than FIFA 10. In every match you get 1on1 with GK dozens of times. This is not realistic.
* Referee is an absolute joke, 1 out of 3 times you charge your goalie out the ref shows the penalty spot no matter how clean your tackle or catch is. Same applies to sliding tackles from defenders. Worse is when you're show red cards for that as well!

Verdict: Overall, a good game, but not worth the full price imo unless you are a die-hard fan. I would stick with FIFA 10 until FIFA 11 comes out.

 Worth the wait!!

| | See all symfoniix's reviews (1)

There is an obvious improvement in this game from fifa 10, in both gameplay and graphics. The captain your country feature is one of the best new additions. If this game is only a preview of fifa 11, i cant wait to see what EA are going to do next. 10/10

 Almost perfect

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This is a dramatic improvement from previous run of the mill tournament games such as FIFA World Cup 06 and Euro 2008, it only improves slightly on FIFA 10, but it was enough of an improvement to buy it because for me personally, I wasn't a fan of the changes to FIFA 10 from FIFA 09.
The best thing about this game is the options available such as Online FIFA World Cup mode which allows you to play as your favourite nation against others online, resulting in an overall table depending on how successful fans are of each country (at the moment Mexico top it by a long way, somehow). This gives you a sense of pride in playing your home country against another players home country online, making victory all the more sweeter if you're English and beat a German player.

Graphics are generally the same, and play has been slightly changed, only slightly, to make life easier for beginners - which is a good call by EA as they clearly knew that casual gamers would be buying this for the World Cup hype.

Penalties have changed whereas you can hesitate as you run up to the ball, confusing the goalkeeper, but this has generally been made too difficult, it's a lot harder to score a penalty than previous FIFA's.
The only gripe I have is in reference to the non existant Online co-op - unfortunatley it's only 2-player vs. - it would have been SO much better if a 4-player co-op etc could have been incorporated, whereas 2 mates online could play England, and 2 other mates online could play Germany - for example.

Overall though, quality game, it'll keep you going until FIFA 11, sure the price could of been a tenner of at least, but the game in it's own right is packed full of options for it not to run stale.

 Good treat for summer!

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Good follow on from where fifa 10 left off, some nice opening scenes, great football licence- just missing out on having the official world cup song on it which would have made the menu screens better to surf through. Overall a good fill in slot before fifa 11 is released. Plus you can make England a much better team than they really are!

 Football's Coming Home! (Not Literally...)

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Well, I'm new to the Xbox, but something I'm not new to... Football games. There is one weird sound I can use to describe football games...

Meh..

But that isn't the case this time, this is the one truly absorbing Football game out there, the one that makes you cheer when you score, and moan when you conceed.

Graphics: 91%

Gameplay: 90%

Lifespan: 80%

It's a good game, honestly, just try it and love it...

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Rating3+ (PEGI)
Players1-20