Lewis Denby used
to play left back. In the changing room. Arf arf.
keep this short, mainly because there's not an awful lot to
say. It's the new FIFA game, and we've become
long accustomed to what this means. It's a flashy,
well-presented and reasonably well-crafted football sim,
which differs very little from the series' previous
offerings, but which still hits the mark in all the right
Big changes are thin on the ground. Player
animations are greatly improved, particularly where
collision modelling is concerned, giving the game a more
credible feel. The engine seems to function in a
rather similar way, albeit with the mandatory graphical
overhaul, which adds some nice, shiny sweat to the players'
foreheads among other things. And the commentary seems
to make more sense in given situations, which is certainly
Other than that, it's the usual affair: updated squads,
kits, leagues and sponsors, and not a whole lot more.
If that's the reason you buy FIFA every year, that
should be as good a reason as any to add the latest version
to your collection.
The thing about FIFA of late is that it gets an awful
lot right, but seems to mess it up with shoddy opponent
AI. When in possession, few sports titles feel as
solid and genuine as this one, but the minute the other team
gets the ball, it tends to go to pot. The computer
plays a game that's far too regimented and direct, and much
too focused on specific skill moves. The slow-burning,
patient passing it so positively encourages becomes lost in
a high-speed charge for your goal, and it can at times
involve mere frantic button-bashing in order to regain possession.
an awful lot to say..."
The polish of the PC version takes a bit of a nosedive the
minute you try to reassign key-bindings on certain
controllers. Even if your pad is listed among those
fully supported by FIFA 09, you may still find
yourself completely unable to assign anything at all
to 'keeper charge', for example. There's a
community-created patch to fix it, but come on.
Perhaps EA focused too heavily on the new mouse/keyboard
control option, but then you wouldn't know it, horribly
unintuitive and broken as it is.
FIFA 09 is indeed the beautiful game at times.
But it's the beautiful game tarnished by AI that's been
taking tactical advice from the local pub team.
Against other humans, it's predictably lovely, if
disappointingly unchanged from last year.
DEVELOPER: EA Sports
PUBLISHER: Electronic Arts
FORMAT: PC (reviewed) / XBox360 /PS3
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