So another year and another FIFA. And every year we all get excited and think "surely they must have gotten it right this time".
Every thing would suggest that actually this year they have too! All the forums are buzzing with both FIFA and PES fans discussing the new BALL PHYSICS, how difficult it is to score and the new BE A PRO MODE that lets you take control of a single players career. You can even create your player. Sounds prety good.
Upon loading you are greeted with Ronaldinho with the ball and the camera is behind him. You can control the player and do little tricks and try to score against the goal keeper. pretty cool for a menu screen but havent we seen it before? Oh wait yes - in FIFA 07! I moved "RONNY" about and to be honest couldnt really feel much diffence in controls. i got bored after 30 secfonds and jumped in to the main game.
I fired up the manager mode - they have tons of teams from all over europe including the top four from england. I plumped for 2nd division side chesterfield created my manager and off we go.
|The main screen is identical to the previous version including transfer market, the experience point system etc. The currency system is finally real cash and not points so FIFA scores in that regard.
I look at my team and dont reconise a single player so jump straight into the match. First game of the season. Im greeted by some famous commentator (not motty) and the boring andy gray. The commentary is pretty good but i know its going to get boring and repettitive and i press A to skip to the kick off.
My team start with the ball and now im finally in control - now i can see what all the fuss is about. So what is it ike to play?
Its exactly the same as all the others. the ball physics have changed but its still stuck too players feet. You can change passing shooting etc to manual but it makes it impossible to even pass rthe ball.
When the oppposition have possession one player seems to keep the ball and turns around in circles 5 times beating your defender. I scored in my first match with my centre back 30 yards out after their keeper saved my first dozen point blank shots.
i lost my first match 5 - 3. Bear in mind its my first match and i score 3 goals.
Maybe its because ijm playing a low division team - i fired up the quick match - England vs Germany. Wow!
I see a pattern emerging here - its EXACTLY the same as lower league matches exept the p[layers run a bit faster. Oh well. All is not lost maybe the BE A PRO mode is the saviour?
BE A PRO - basically promises that you can create your own player and control only him ( yes im aware PES had the option to do this years ago) however you can control the life outside of the game like in that amazibng cheap PC game I cant remember what its called.
I was pretty excited by this - and loaded up the mode - I was greeted by the option - BE A PRO it then asked me to choose a team? Not to create a player. I could choose England or Man UTD or Burnley etc - any team i liked - so I went for england.
I choose ashley cole as he represents my position. The game kicks off and your treated to a crappy camera angle behind your player. Zoomed out really far - you cant see the ball and if you stray away from the player your marking a little red light lets you know - in the first half i touched the ball once. and i passed it. WOW amazing.
NO option to create a player, NO signing for a crappy team and working your way up - NOTHING. its just one game you play as that player.
RUBBISH - its totally flawed.
So thats it in a nutshell really. The game plays identically to every previous version of FIFA ever. The gameplay hasnt improved since 1995.