Review: FIFA 11

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Review: FIFA 11

In FIFA 11, you kick a ball into a net.

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Yah. I wholeheartedly agree with the review. Clean design, nothing totally innovative however but enjoyable. If you have FIFA10 don't think you'll need the upgrade but its a nice to have.
 

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I'm poundering of getting it, though I always dislike games which are sold for 50?.
I liked fifa 10 though. (Played at friend's house)
Maybe buy this when it is a bargain.

I hope fast ^_^
 

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Good review, it is definately a superior game to FIFA 10, however I think its a game that shows its quality over time so for some people it needs to grow on them before they can truely appreciate how much better it is. Worth the full price though? That depends if you truely love football and want the most upto date game.
 

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It's interesting to get a yanks view on a Fifa game I can never tell if Americans like the series or not. Anyway has anyone noticed freezing during matches? I'm really hoping for a patch soon.
 

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I used to like the FIFA games, but I don't think I've played one since 04 or something... I may pick this one up. Should have a job soon, so money and stuff. And it sounds like they improved them. I've always liked that you can improve your teams, instead of having these static players, who never seem to get better at kicking the damn ball, even with all that practice.
Oh, and Tito? Red cards are bad.
 

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Yeah you lot should be banned from reviewing football games...

I keed! ;)

The one big step for this years Fifa was proper, and I mean proper, PC support. Previous incarnations have been an embarrassment. The PC version doesn't have personality pro but then - who really cares. In multiplayer I want to play against the other player, not against an overpaid primadonna and in single player I prefer to take a lower league team to greatness than just cling to the coattails of the 'big four'. Many "serious" football players stuck to Pro Evo for years with non-licensed players, this has always been secondary to gameplay for the real football fan.

When you have a good group of players to enjoy the game with it comes alive - they've restricted the PC version to max 10 players but the drop out rate for 20-a-side, presuming you could actually get enough people to stay long enough to kick off, was appalling so this is no bad thing at all.

I'm interested to know where the reviewer thinks the game is lacking to have it receive only a four star review. A few of the comments made in the article lead me to believe the author doesn't really care too much, or properly understand the game. Football is a team game so in all modes positional play and working into space is a big factor of the game. It's not always about being on the ball but about moving into a position to break the defence or create gaps. Fifa does this better than any other game in the past. Pro mode further accentuates this when you are locked to the individual player and have to be very careful to play that position effectively and not play it like a schoolboy continuously chasing the ball!

You also are not restricted to one position as such, this is a nice feature in that you play where the manager puts you. My preferred position is right midfielder but was selected for left midfield or central at times which was a real test of my ability to adjust.

Certainly when you look at the competition, which consists entirely of the stalled franchise that is Pro Evolution Soccer, it's blown it out of the water continuously over the past three years. I'm glad to be back on Fifa - and even more pleased to be able to play with my PC gaming pals.
 

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Um, a Macintosh version of FIFA 11 (it is mentioned in Platforms)? When did that happen? I know there is one for iOS devices, but iPhone, iPad and the lot are still kinda different from a Mac ;)
 

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What. Was that. At the end.
Never really got into Football games, despite being British, so this kind of thing isn't for me.
 

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While I do think this year's FIFA was better than last year's, for me it still has most of the same problems as before. Its play feels a bit one-dimensional, as you're basically using the same tactics as before to win... pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, one-on-one with the keeper. Long balls and crosses rarely work, dribbling is pointless unless you use the flick-it trick system (and even using that rarely works), and defending is a bit too over-powered. You'll only ever use one tactic to win games cos it's the only one that works.

Of course this is just my own opinion, and if that make me a so-called PES fanboy despite its plummet from grace, then so be it. But I did enjoy FIFA 10 and I do believe that some games only need tweaks instead of needless overhauls. My personal opinion however, is that FIFA 11 hasn't been tweaked enough.
 

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Or you just don't know how to play the game. Crosses do work, and I score off long through balls all the time, and I dribble all the time. Have you ever watched a real soccer game?
 

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Boemmel said:
Um, a Macintosh version of FIFA 11 (it is mentioned in Platforms)? When did that happen? I know there is one for iOS devices, but iPhone, iPad and the lot are still kinda different from a Mac ;)
Not convinced about a mac release but they've produced a quite spiffy online version [http://fifa-online.easports.com/web/guest/welcome] - nowhere near the quality of the full game but still was a nice game which filled the gap until the full PC release!

Brainplant said:
While I do think this year's FIFA was better than last year's, for me it still has most of the same problems as before. Its play feels a bit one-dimensional, as you're basically using the same tactics as before to win... pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, one-on-one with the keeper. Long balls and crosses rarely work, dribbling is pointless unless you use the flick-it trick system (and even using that rarely works), and defending is a bit too over-powered. You'll only ever use one tactic to win games cos it's the only one that works.

Of course this is just my own opinion, and if that make me a so-called PES fanboy despite its plummet from grace, then so be it. But I did enjoy FIFA 10 and I do believe that some games only need tweaks instead of needless overhauls. My personal opinion however, is that FIFA 11 hasn't been tweaked enough.
Interesting read about transitioning between Fifa 10 and 11:

http://www.ea.com/uk/football/news/playing-fifa-11-like-its-fifa-10-is-not-a-good-idea

"There?s much more skill involved, and so tons more satisfaction, in building an attack with clever movement, accurate passes and well timed-runs, than there is in just pressing the pass button four times in a row."
 

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I'm sorry, Greg, I completely misunderstood why you are the one to review this game.

It's pretty obvious that, well, you don't like soccer that much, which is okay, but I bet you that Fifa 11 is really really different in the hands of a football fan.

For me, it was as different as I could ever imagine it being - refined passing, controls, penalty system, Be A Goalkeeper.

Also, more red cards does not equal better.

Just saying.
 

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In my country, soccer is a HUGE thing, it's even an obsession here. Many people breathe, eat, crap and sleep soccer and despite that, I hate socce and sometimes I feel like an outcast because of that.

Anyways, good review, I may get it for the PC, but only if it supports the 360 pad, if not, then, it won't hurt if I pass this one out, as I've passed FIFA games since '98 and they all look the same to me, only with prettier graphics.
 

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junkmanuk said:
Boemmel said:
Um, a Macintosh version of FIFA 11 (it is mentioned in Platforms)? When did that happen? I know there is one for iOS devices, but iPhone, iPad and the lot are still kinda different from a Mac ;)
Not convinced about a mac release but they've produced a quite spiffy online version [http://fifa-online.easports.com/web/guest/welcome] - nowhere near the quality of the full game but still was a nice game which filled the gap until the full PC release!
Ooh, nice, I think I should check that out later :)

But what I meant was that maybe the review itself has a little error: At the very end where all the supported platforms are mentioned, one of the supported platforms given there is Mac, which, unless the Escapist reviewers know something we do not, is not a supported platform right now, as there is no Mac version of FIFA 11 as far as I know.

On the other hand, I know that EA is doing iOS releases of a lot of their games now and I think FIFA 11 for iPhone/iPad/iWhatever is actually already out as well, together with all the other versionsl. But then the supported platform should be iOS or iPhone and not Mac, because although they are all made by Apple, they are still a different platform :)
 

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SupahGamuh said:
In my country, soccer is a HUGE thing, it's even an obsession here. Many people breathe, eat, crap and sleep soccer and despite that, I hate socce and sometimes I feel like an outcast because of that.

Anyways, good review, I may get it for the PC, but only if it supports the 360 pad, if not, then, it won't hurt if I pass this one out, as I've passed FIFA games since '98 and they all look the same to me, only with prettier graphics.
soccer?, i thought that it was called that only in the USA.

on another point, i will try this, specially after trying PES 2011 and not liking it.
 

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gilthanan said:
Or you just don't know how to play the game. Crosses do work, and I score off long through balls all the time, and I dribble all the time. Have you ever watched a real soccer game?
*sigh* I was expecting this.

Yes I have seen a real soccer game, and I do know how to play FIFA. I've been playing soccer games since the Sensible Soccer days on the Amiga.

My complaint isn't that it's too hard. My complaint is that once you figure out the one tactic that works, it's p*ss-easy.
 

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It sounds like you think of controlling one player as the primary game mode and the entire team as a side-feature. You have it rather backwards I'm afraid.
 

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The best thing to do with Fifa 11 is to get 3 or 4 mates to all contribute to the price, then play it together. We did this for uni and it cost £7 each. It's already given us dozens of hours of fun.
 

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Brainplant said:
*sigh* I was expecting this.

Yes I have seen a real soccer game, and I do know how to play FIFA. I've been playing soccer games since the Sensible Soccer days on the Amiga.

My complaint isn't that it's too hard. My complaint is that once you figure out the one tactic that works, it's p*ss-easy.
Naah you just don't know how to play. Constantly passing won't work against a good player. You'll need good dribbling, passes, crosses, and through balls.
 

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JourneyThroughHell said:
I'm sorry, Greg, I completely misunderstood why you are the one to review this game.

It's pretty obvious that, well, you don't like soccer that much, which is okay, but I bet you that Fifa 11 is really really different in the hands of a football fan.

For me, it was as different as I could ever imagine it being - refined passing, controls, penalty system, Be A Goalkeeper.

Also, more red cards does not equal better.

Just saying.
Because the other football fan in the office is me, and I mean the American type :p
 

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John Funk said:
JourneyThroughHell said:
I'm sorry, Greg, I completely misunderstood why you are the one to review this game.

It's pretty obvious that, well, you don't like soccer that much, which is okay, but I bet you that Fifa 11 is really really different in the hands of a football fan.

For me, it was as different as I could ever imagine it being - refined passing, controls, penalty system, Be A Goalkeeper.

Also, more red cards does not equal better.

Just saying.
Because the other football fan in the office is me, and I mean the American type :p
Huh...
Well, that's a problem.

I have nothing against non-football fans (despite them obviously being WRONG) but I do think that a guy who reviews football games should actually like football, otherwise it'll be incredibly difficult for him to spot the differences and the gameplay aspects.

Also, sorry for constantly saying "football", I guess calling it "soccer" would actually be a far fairer option, but it's hard to switch.
 

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JourneyThroughHell said:
John Funk said:
JourneyThroughHell said:
I'm sorry, Greg, I completely misunderstood why you are the one to review this game.

It's pretty obvious that, well, you don't like soccer that much, which is okay, but I bet you that Fifa 11 is really really different in the hands of a football fan.

For me, it was as different as I could ever imagine it being - refined passing, controls, penalty system, Be A Goalkeeper.

Also, more red cards does not equal better.

Just saying.
Because the other football fan in the office is me, and I mean the American type :p
Huh...
Well, that's a problem.

I have nothing against non-football fans (despite them obviously being WRONG) but I do think that a guy who reviews football games should actually like football, otherwise it'll be incredibly difficult for him to spot the differences and the gameplay aspects.

Also, sorry for constantly saying "football", I guess calling it "soccer" would actually be a far fairer option, but it's hard to switch.
On the other hand, you could also consider it in the light that a person who doesn't like soccer might consider picking up the game, and shouldn't a review be equally valuable to them as well? You might argue that someone coming in who isn't a huge soccer fan might be more likely to judge a game on its own merits.

Tito likes sports games, and he volunteered. So he got it :)
 

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John Funk said:
On the other hand, you could also consider it in the light that a person who doesn't like soccer might consider picking up the game, and shouldn't a review be equally valuable to them as well? You might argue that someone coming in who isn't a huge soccer fan might be more likely to judge a game on its own merits.

Tito likes sports games, and he volunteered. So he got it :)
Yeah, I guess I see the possibilites but I just don't think that a person who is thinking of picking up his first soccer game should go by the reviews of people similar to him.

Example - as a person who knew literaly nothing about American football, I tried out the demos for Madden and Backbreaker. Guess which one I liked more and guess which is the acclaimed superior game?

But, hey, if Greg volunteered, I'm cool with that.

A non-fan perspective is valuable too, just not as valuable in eyes.
 

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fundayz said:
Naah you just don't know how to play. Constantly passing won't work against a good player. You'll need good dribbling, passes, crosses, and through balls.
*shrugs* It's worked for me so far.
 

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I play a lot of FIFA. I have a habit of taking a crap team and getting them promoted to the premiership. Last year it was Bournemouth, this year it's Southend United.

Then I play a player career as one or both of my sons so they can see themselves on the video game screen. They love it.

The extras added this year have been subtle but it plays smoothly and I always love EA's soundtrack choices for the FIFA games.

Edit - It also cracks me up when Brits get annoyed at Americans when the term "soccer" is used when the Brits are the ones who invented the word as slang for "Association Football" back in the 1800s.
 

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I like football. Great game, I'm not particularly good at it, but i do play every week or so at school. A ball to the face or balls just what keeps the happiness factor down a bit, but still...getting a goal is a great feeling....
I think i played FIFA 04 or 05 or something like that once, but i couldn't get the idea of the game and got bored quickly. I doubt I'd get bored with this.
 

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Greg Tito said:
I signed as a key player for the Norweigan Kongsvinger team and I'm currently leading them in scoring.
Psst, it's Norwegian not Norweigan :p

OT: Nice review although we all knew that ANY (insert sport here) (insert year here) will be very different from the one year older version.
 

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capacollo said:
Yah. I wholeheartedly agree with the review. Clean design, nothing totally innovative however but enjoyable. If you have FIFA10 don't think you'll need the upgrade but its a nice to have.
I respectfully disagree. I bought FIFA 10, having being thoroughly disappointed by FIFA 08 and it's sticky controls. However, FIFA 10 felt much of the same, and FIFA 11 in comparison to it's immediate predecessor feels like it's gliding in air. In short: FIFA 10 sucked. FIFA 11 much, much better.

MonsterZero74 said:
Edit - It also cracks me up when Brits get annoyed at Americans when the term "soccer" is used when the Brits are the ones who invented the word as slang for "Association Football" back in the 1800s.
It's not only the Brits....
 

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I'm a bit confused as to why you didn't mention the "be a goalkeeper" feature, which is one of the new big things for Fifa 2011.
 

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Fifa 11 is the perfect game to invite your mates round for a few beers and discuss what really matters..... Will Liverpool get a new owner soon enough to make an impact on the season? Have Newcastle got the man power to survive in the Premiership? And why can't Man Untd keep up with Chelsea this season?

It is the best social game I've ever played.
 

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Excludos said:
I'm a bit confused as to why you didn't mention the "be a goalkeeper" feature, which is one of the new big things for Fifa 2011.
Because he admitted he isnt 100% on the FIFA title.

Bought it three days ago and I find it hard to put it down!
 

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OK, so first off, Be a goalkeeper mode sucks bad. i played one match. you stand at the back doing nothing and waiting for your team to give away the ball. Some times it took so long to get the other team on the ball that i would encourage them to pass it until they got intercepted. I only once got properly called into action, and that was a penalty.

Speaking of which, the change to penalties was completely un-needed. Surely there's a better way of adding tension to the penalties than with a complicated mechanism which is never explained.

Buying players is really frustrating. Sure, some players would never leave their club (talking captains and long-term players), but thats not everyone. History itself has proven that rival clubs do exchange players, so having that as an excuse isn't good. Also, trying to build up a new young team for the only club in game from my country (New Zealand) is practically impossible. No one wants to leave, no matter how much i pay them, mainly because my club is such a small one.

The manager mode in general has been simplified too much in other areas. I don't get why they removed half the features. They made the experience more deep. Though the interfaces are a lot better.

As far as gameplay goes, its a bit frustrating at times, and the fact that strikers lurk around after the ball goes out is realistic, but it's annoying when you get caught out, but it is genuinely the best gameplay in a football game to date. The only thing keeping me from going back to FIFA10 is the gameplay.
 

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let's just forget all about multiplay and game menus and sleek design, when you and your buddy get gamepads on your hands for an exhibition, isn't gameplay in pes 2011 better?
 

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hahaha.. How on gods earth did you ever come to think of choosing Kongsvinger IL as your team? Its a tiny football team in a tiny city in a tiny country.. Its amusing to me seeing as i am Norwegian myself..

I want this game, but has so many other things to spend money on at the moment its sickening..
 

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John Funk said:
JourneyThroughHell said:
John Funk said:
JourneyThroughHell said:
I'm sorry, Greg, I completely misunderstood why you are the one to review this game.

It's pretty obvious that, well, you don't like soccer that much, which is okay, but I bet you that Fifa 11 is really really different in the hands of a football fan.

For me, it was as different as I could ever imagine it being - refined passing, controls, penalty system, Be A Goalkeeper.

Also, more red cards does not equal better.

Just saying.
Because the other football fan in the office is me, and I mean the American type :p
Huh...
Well, that's a problem.

I have nothing against non-football fans (despite them obviously being WRONG) but I do think that a guy who reviews football games should actually like football, otherwise it'll be incredibly difficult for him to spot the differences and the gameplay aspects.

Also, sorry for constantly saying "football", I guess calling it "soccer" would actually be a far fairer option, but it's hard to switch.
On the other hand, you could also consider it in the light that a person who doesn't like soccer might consider picking up the game, and shouldn't a review be equally valuable to them as well? You might argue that someone coming in who isn't a huge soccer fan might be more likely to judge a game on its own merits.

Tito likes sports games, and he volunteered. So he got it :)
I'll accept that, if you get Ben Croshaw to review the next Madden release ;)
 

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Short review: Its Fifa 10 but you can now play as the goal keeper.
If youre liek me and dont like football much, youll properly just play it for the achievments or when some friends are over.
 

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You know what would be really awesome/funny? Watching the Escapist review a game based on a sport they know absolutely nothing about [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_rules_football]. Sports games don't interest me in the slightest, but I would very much like to see that.
 

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Deathninja19 said:
It's interesting to get a yanks view on a Fifa game I can never tell if Americans like the series or not. Anyway has anyone noticed freezing during matches? I'm really hoping for a patch soon.
Yanks? Are you from the south or are you like some sort of english person that calls americans yankies from time to time? I'm just wondering cause being in the south yanks is usually a term applied to new yorkers or people living in the northern part of the country.

Oh uh the soccer game. It's a nice game I would never play it. or buy it. or watch it. But actually doing soccer like playing soccer for reals. I don't play it often cause people insist I play a game more becoming of my size(football).
 

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I love the sport to death. Die hard Soccer (real Football) fan. I love the Fifa series and buy it every year. I love the fact that in FIFA 11 you can play as the goalkeeper (that is the position I play in real life). My only negative thing about this was the team AI when playing as a goalkeeper, my strikers always just run straight into the other teams keeper and don't shoot or pass off. I wish they would fix this so it can be that much more enjoyable. overall i would give it an 8/10.
 

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Hehe this game is such good fun to play with friends.

Partially because its hilarious to watch the AI run into a wall time and time again and partially because it is a really fun game.

Also, try scoring with the goalie. The AI will not attempt to tackle you unless you get extremely close to you so you can nearly walk the entire field unopposed. Its a foolproof plan.
 

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tunderball said:
Fifa 11 is the perfect game to invite your mates round for a few beers and discuss what really matters..... Will Liverpool get a new owner soon enough to make an impact on the season? Have Newcastle got the man power to survive in the Premiership? And why can't Man Untd keep up with Chelsea this season?
Or how Arsenal always tries to walk it in

OT: Awesome review cant wait to get my hands on the game :D
 

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SupahGamuh said:
In my country, soccer is a HUGE thing, it's even an obsession here. Many people breathe, eat, crap and sleep soccer and despite that, I hate socce and sometimes I feel like an outcast because of that.
You probably shouldn't eat the same thing you crap, so maybe being an outcast is for the better.
 

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GOOOOooooOOOOOoooooooo bibliotecaaa!!!

I missed the joke!. why would anyone say "Library" at the end of a "GOAL" scream???

anywhay, i might buy this game,i liked the review and it looks fun enough
 

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OK, so first off, Be a goalkeeper mode sucks bad. i played one match. you stand at the back doing nothing and waiting for your team to give away the ball. Some times it took so long to get the other team on the ball that i would encourage them to pass it until they got intercepted. I only once got properly called into action, and that was a penalty.
Well, believe it or not, this is how goalkeeping works.

Also, which difficulty level?
Vainglory said:
Speaking of which, the change to penalties was completely un-needed. Surely there's a better way of adding tension to the penalties than with a complicated mechanism which is never explained.
This should help, somewhat.
 

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Oh for Gods sake. Can you please just call it Football? FOOT-BALL. FOOT. BALL. IT IS NOT FUCKING SOCCER.

If you just replaced every instance of 'soccer' with football, I'd say this is a very good review.
Sorry, I was raised in a place where everyone calls it soccer and has no respect for the sport.
 

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Oh for Gods sake. Can you please just call it Football? FOOT-BALL. FOOT. BALL. IT IS NOT FUCKING SOCCER.

If you just replaced every instance of 'soccer' with football, I'd say this is a very good review.
Sorry, I was raised in a place where everyone calls it soccer and has no respect for the sport.
Communist kickball! Say it right!
 

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Souplex said:
kman123 said:
Oh for Gods sake. Can you please just call it Football? FOOT-BALL. FOOT. BALL. IT IS NOT FUCKING SOCCER.

If you just replaced every instance of 'soccer' with football, I'd say this is a very good review.
Sorry, I was raised in a place where everyone calls it soccer and has no respect for the sport.
Communist kickball! Say it right!
Why communist? Coming from an ex-commie country myself, we fail at football pretty hard. If anything, it should be Royal Kickball.
 

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JourneyThroughHell said:
Souplex said:
kman123 said:
Oh for Gods sake. Can you please just call it Football? FOOT-BALL. FOOT. BALL. IT IS NOT FUCKING SOCCER.

If you just replaced every instance of 'soccer' with football, I'd say this is a very good review.
Sorry, I was raised in a place where everyone calls it soccer and has no respect for the sport.
Communist kickball! Say it right!
Why communist? Coming from an ex-commie country myself, we fail at football pretty hard. If anything, it should be Royal Kickball.
Or imperial kick ball
 

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JourneyThroughHell said:
Souplex said:
kman123 said:
Oh for Gods sake. Can you please just call it Football? FOOT-BALL. FOOT. BALL. IT IS NOT FUCKING SOCCER.

If you just replaced every instance of 'soccer' with football, I'd say this is a very good review.
Sorry, I was raised in a place where everyone calls it soccer and has no respect for the sport.
Communist kickball! Say it right!
Why communist? Coming from an ex-commie country myself, we fail at football pretty hard. If anything, it should be Royal Kickball.
All the modern communist countries love it though. Communist = Not American. Ergo, since America doesn't like it, it's communist.
 

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JourneyThroughHell said:
Vainglory said:
OK, so first off, Be a goalkeeper mode sucks bad. i played one match. you stand at the back doing nothing and waiting for your team to give away the ball. Some times it took so long to get the other team on the ball that i would encourage them to pass it until they got intercepted. I only once got properly called into action, and that was a penalty.
Well, believe it or not, this is how goalkeeping works.

Also, which difficulty level?
Vainglory said:
Speaking of which, the change to penalties was completely un-needed. Surely there's a better way of adding tension to the penalties than with a complicated mechanism which is never explained.
This should help, somewhat.
Yeah, i know how to do them, after i tried out a few in the arena. still didn't need to change.
 

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I'm glad that I'm not the only one obsessed with huge afros on my characters in FIFA games.

I'm quite happy with 09 but I might pick this up after new vegas.
 

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One thing that I forgot to mention in the review that really needs to be said: the soundtrack is actually pretty fucking awesome. The older games always had some real cringe-worthy pop songs, but I'd say i dig about 90% of the music in FIFA 11.

Even that semi-annoying song in the penalties tutorial that JourneyThroughHell posted really start to grow on me. It's such a weird sound.