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FIFA 10 - FIFA 10

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell



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Naturally, being FIFA, this is one stunning looking game, too. It starts with the prosaic things like the menus, which are presented beautifully. Navigating the multitude of new game mode is exceptionally easy, with new features and modes helpfully labelled as such, just in case you thought EA just updated the data and kicked it out of the door. If one were being hyper-critical then this year's library of licensed music isn't as good as last year's, but that's a matter of taste anyway.

As for the in-game engine, it's as slick, smooth and detailed as ever - just a little bit better. Player likelinesses are excellent, while player animations continue to improve, particularly where ball control and general agility is concerned. Some excellent lighting effects give night and evening games a great sense of realism, as do the stadiums. Add in a smooth as silk frame rate and it becomes very hard to fault the presentation on any level.

FIFA puts in a fine sonic performance, too. I thoroughly enjoyed the surround sound presentation using the Sharkoon X-Tatic Digital headset, particularly the occasional shout of "man on" emanating from the sidelines. Martin Tyler and Andy Gray return for the commentary, which for the most part is very good indeed. Very rarely does it fall behind the action and every now and again, when Tyler makes a mistake, he'll correct himself. Sooner or later you will have heard their whole repertoire, but it's about as good as commentary on a football game has even been.

It's not all great, though, since this time around Tyler and Gray have been given licence to ad lib a little. Sometimes these off-the-cuff discussions work quite well, particularly when in reference to specific players. But there are some real clangers, such as how people in Manchester "really value clich├ęs" (or something to that effect), which are just bemusing. Oh, one other weird thing: Tyler pronounces "Phil Neville" with a sort of reverence totally unbecoming Neville's stature. It's very creepy.

When you're not in a match, enjoying or not enjoying (as the case may be) Tyler and Gray's wittering, there's a good chance you'll be in the Arena, practicing your skill moves and generally larking about. It's one of the areas that's seen new additions, in particular a new set-piece creation tool. This is an interesting idea, allowing you to create intricate routines for free-kicks and corners. Unfortunately you have to create routines for specific areas of the pitch, so unless you're patient enough to create something for all the likely places on the pitch you could have a free-kick, its use will be somewhat sporadic. Hardcore devotees might find some mileage here, particularly if they've exhausted all other options available to them, but ultimately there are far more interesting developments elsewhere.


October 13, 2009, 11:54 am

on what platform have you tested it?

heard about fifa on pc being not nearly as good as on xbox360 or ps3, can you confirm something like this?

Andy Vandervell

October 13, 2009, 1:17 pm

It was Xbox 360 (now added to the review). Unfortunately I can't personally confirm anything about the PC version, but I have heard similar things.


October 13, 2009, 1:30 pm

ok, thx.

would be nice if anyone could confirm and highlight some of the differences. tried FIFA10 on PC, decent but not really convincing...


October 13, 2009, 1:42 pm

Iv played the PC version and i have to admit it doesn't play as fluidly as the console versions. For some odd reason looks like they have given more priority to the console versions.


October 13, 2009, 2:13 pm


‘FIFA 10’ is on XB360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii and PC). As with last year’s FIFA, Xbox 360’s share is 2 percentage points more than PS3 as Microsoft’s format generates 48% of sales, PS3 46% with 6% on the remaining formats). The only version where it is not in the PAL charts is for the PC (xbox 1st, ps3 2nd, ps2 8th, wii 9th, psp 10th) the PC version is not in the top 40!

So in answer to your question hardly any are sold on the PC, compared to the consoles - so why should they spend a lot on developing the game for it


October 13, 2009, 2:17 pm

@graingerc: Well maybe if they spent a little more time making it playable, more people would buy it...

I know I basically gave up on FIFA 09 because it was next to unplayable on a PC. I now wouldn't consider buying this version on PC.


October 13, 2009, 2:41 pm

Im just waiting on the PES vs FIFA fanboy kick off...


October 13, 2009, 3:23 pm

The recent iterations of Fifa on the PC are never the same as the console versions. It's like NHL. They never update the PC version, just the player rosters and perhaps some menu interface tweaks, but it's the same game every year.

If Fifa on PC was anywhere good, people wouldn't mind, however those that don't have consoles know that PES is superior at least on PC. It runs smoothly and look graphically better than Fifa on the same hardware.


October 13, 2009, 4:31 pm

I wonder if you guys will be doing a review of Pro Evo 2010 in the comming weeks?


October 13, 2009, 6:29 pm

I'm a PES fanboy I'll admit it.

However due to some colleague persuasion and a ridiculous under £25 price I've brought this for the PS3

Now don't get me wrong I played 09 and it was better than the old Fifa's including 09 which was a vast improvement but this new one is fantastic!

Andy Vandervell

October 13, 2009, 8:58 pm

Wouldn't hold your breath on PES. Konami doesn't send us review code and we're only selectively reviewing games now.


October 14, 2009, 12:51 am

That's why i bought Fifa 10 on the PS3 after seeing that Fifa 09+10 on PC were abysmal compared to the console versions.

I was a Pro Evo guy up until Pro Evo 6, then after that i didn't like Pro Evo 08+09. I played Fifa 09 on my brothers PS3 and i liked it. I recently bought a PS3, played the Fifa and Pro Evo 10 demo and loved Fifa. Now im back to playing footie like i did with Pro Evo 6.


October 14, 2009, 1:22 am

I have this on Xbox 360. It's definatly the best football game I have played! I havent got my "Game Face" in yet as there is a problem with the upload software on easports website..hopefully they will sort that out soon.

Taking free kicks is a lot better on this version, it's not as hard to score from them!

Also, the 360 dribbling and skill moves are excellent! The players seem to run into space a lot better as well :)

On the multiplayer, there is no head to head match against friends like what is available in the offline mode.. ie 2vs2.. It would be good if it had that..They do have Be-a-pro but you only get the choice of controlling 1 player, although 1 of you can control "Any" player on the pitch (apart from player your friend is using).

I played the demo of PES and was not impressed..the Graphics looks like it was made for a last generation console! It has nothing on FIFA..

FIFA10 1 - PES 0


October 14, 2009, 8:34 pm

FIFA10 - PC is still last generation, the game engine is a good few years old. EA did say that FIFA10 will be next gen on PC but the backtracked (Not a big enough user base with supported hardware).... Fingers crossed for the next version?!

Fortunately PES09/10 is next gen ..


October 14, 2009, 9:51 pm

I got ten minutes on the full PES2010 in town last weekend, why they released such an inferior demo baffled me. In short PES fans will like it, more of the same, as an old PES fanboy I am afraid to say it cannot hold a candle to fifa 10 on the highest sets. Things that really irk with PES are the crazy running animations the "thud" of a pass amongst other little things that annoy me so much I didn't enjoy the game. Strangely I prefer PES rudimentary commentary to FIFA with the two muppets off sky. At least we have a choice in this genre.

Ben Smedley

October 27, 2009, 4:50 pm

fifa 10 is way betta then pes 10. The graphics on pes iz betta but tht iz all bout it. I qued up for bout 50 minz to get fifa 10 and bout 30 secs for pes lol tht jus tellz u tht pes iz kinda crap

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