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Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell



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Those more interesting developments include the new Virtual Pro feature. This is, in essence, Be A Pro (which still exists), but released beyond the confines of Be A Pro: Seasons and given far more depth. Your Pro, who can also have your own likeness through a neat picture Game Face upload system on FIFA 10's website, can feature in any match in any part of the game, including online. And, though you assign your player to a club when you create him, you can take him to whichever club you're playing with in each game mode.

EA has also done away with the old collect and distribute points approach to player development, introducing Accomplishments instead. Accomplishments comprise numerous small deeds, such as scoring with your weak foot, scoring in consecutive games or keeping clean sheets, each of which have a reward for the corresponding skill. Accomplishments are split into categories in the same manner as player stats and the variety is quite impressive.

Initially I wondered whether this system would develop attributes fast enough, but in fact it's perfectly balanced. It's particularly effective because a player's physical development is governed first by the physical attributes of your player - a tall player will be slower and better at jumping, a small one faster and more skilful - but also on how many games you've played and the number of man of the match awards. As such, unlike before, you can't just pour points into the acceleration and sprint speed attributes for an easy advantage. It forces you to seriously develop your player and also encourages experimentation, since many of the accomplishments can be tricky and some are even secret.

This new system helps enhance the Be A Pro: Seasons mode, as well, which despite being very fun still feels as though it has potential to be unlocked. Hopefully in FIFA 11 it will receive a little more attention.

Instead it's the Manager Mode that has seen most of the development. EA has improved the transfer system, making it more realistic and essentially more difficult, while also eliminating some of the more ridiculous transfers that used to occur. Player fatigue is also better managed, while an Assistant Manager mode can take over the intricacies if you just want to get on and play. It's still no Football Manager, it shouldn't be anyway, but if you're intent on taking your team from the depths of the league to the Premiership, the Manager Mode does the job well.

This improved Manager Mode is joined by the well tested and unchanged online modes and Live Season (no longer sponsored by Adidas) to complete a truly daunting package. There are still plenty of little things that could be improved, but FIFA 10 sets a standard as peerless as PS2-era PES, making it comfortably the best FIFA ever and more than likely the best football game ever made, too.


FIFA 09 already had a very robust game engine and a great selection of game modes and FIFA 10 builds very well on its success. 360-dribbling is the standout new feature, but Virtual Pro runs it very close and the improved Manager Mode is no less welcome. Konami has some work to do, because FIFA just got even better.

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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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