LIKE Rafael Benitez’s Liverpool side, FIFA games have always
tended to be something of an anti-climax. And just like the Reds, this
game might finally be delivering some of its undoubted promise.
Thankfully the old days of sluggish gameplay and repetitive action
are long gone as FIFA lays down the marker for the forthcoming release
of Pro Evolution Soccer’s 2009 edition.
As you’d expect from one of the FIFA games, the graphic
element of the game is on the money and oozes class, but it’s
always been the gameplay that’s been the problem. Has this been
solved? Well, yes and no is probably the real answer.
Gone is the absolute inability to catch a team on the break and
goalkeepers with lead gloves, but the crossing system still feels
Similarly, breaking down a defence often relies too heavily on the
trickery of an individual, meaning the dexterity of your fingers can
often be the difference between winning and losing. Give me the chance
to go route one anyday.
But don’t let this take away from a game which offers a lot to
a lot of people.
The be a pro mode works nicely for those looking for a new
challenge (you play as one player on the park), while the online options
look meaty to say the least.
Judging FIFA against past versions you can only be impressed as EA
continually manage to iron out some of the problems.
But the real test of this game’s championship credentials will
be when its traditional rival, Pro Evo, appears on the market too.
Let battle commence!
coming this week
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (PS3/X360/PS2/ PC/PSP) Bioshock (PS3)
Saints Row 2 (X360/PS3) X3: Terran Conflict (PC) Wonderworld Amusement
Park (Wii) Golden Axe (PS3/X360) Rise of the Argonauts (PS3/ X360/PC)
Wii Music (Wii) Hail To The Chimp (PS3/ X360) Exit (DS) Boogie Superstar