Video Game of the Week – FIFA Soccer 11
Every so often,
video game franchises that have been around for a long time make a huge
leap forward. That was the case last year for the FIFA Soccer series, when FIFA Soccer 10
arrived and transformed both the design and gameplay. While this year’s
version isn’t quite as revolutionary as its predecessor, it still
improves where it can, making sure that it doesn’t do anything to
disrupt a winning formula.
FIFA Soccer has always been about delivering the most realistic experience possible. Last year, EA added 360-degree Controls for smoother running and passing. This year, they have added Personality+,
which increases the authenticity by differentiating players based on
their individual skills. It’s uncanny to see how the game captures the
unique on- and off-the-ball characteristics of players like Manchester
United’s Wayne Rooney or Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta.
Other new features include 360-degree Fight for Possession, which makes the game far more physical, and Pro Passing, which puts a premium on pass accuracy and rewards the more skilled player. A series of clever customization tools in the Creation Center
allow you to control the match environment, even setting up crowd
chants for each team or playing tracks from your own music library.
The My Live Season
premium online service available to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners
has also been improved, and now includes updates from all the major
real-world soccer leagues, including the English Premier League, the
German Bundesliga, and the Italian Serie A.
FIFA Soccer 11
includes dozens of tutorials showing players how they can pass, tackle
and shoot depending on which game system you play. Perhaps the only
drawback for complete beginners is the lack of a tactical overview of
the game of soccer itself. But even without this, FIFA Soccer 11 is very easy to pick-up, with step-by-step screens leading you to an appropriate set-up and skill level.
With steady progress and the occasional huge leap forward, FIFA Soccer has become one of the premier video game franchises in the world. FIFA Soccer 11 does nothing to harm that well-merited status.
FIFA Soccer 11 is rated “E” for everyone. Check out the ESRB video game ratings and content descriptors at ESRB.org
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii, Sony PSP Nintendo DS,
Genre: Sports simulation
RRP: $29.95 - $59.99
Release Date: September 28, 2010; October 4, 2010 (Wii)
ESRB Rating: “E” for everyone