With the 2010 FIFA World Cup all wrapped up, it’s about time we return to our usual dose of football fever as we know it: The likes of Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Manchester playing in their own international leagues.
FIFA 11 is the 19th football video game made by EA Sports, and the second FIFA game developed this year, following the success of the FIFA World Cup 2010: South Africa game.
The game made several developments specifically catered to different consoles, including exclusive game modes for the Nintendo Wii and an improvised career mode for the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles.
For starters, the remarkable Next Gen Gameplay Engine, the very engine used for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, will now be used in the PC version.
PC gamers will also take pleasure in the new FIFA World feature, which allows players to customize their online avatar and compete with other PC player globally. There will be a FIFA leader board, indicating the best players online.
The Pro Passing, the Creation Centre, and Improved Celebrations feature are exclusive to the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles.
Pro Passing is a new passing system that relies entirely on the ability of the gamer itself and not the player the gamer is using.
The accuracy of each pass is determined on how the gamer will respond on game situations and players guarding you.
The Creation Centre on the other hand is a new web-based application that allows users to download and create players, team names, and football kits.
Celebrations are now more realistic and are manually executed by users, a big change from the traditional celebratory cut scenes. The more athletic players would even do a back flip with a single button.
The Wii console features an exclusive Street Football mode, where players can slug it out 5-on-5 or the traditional 11-man teams in an indoor or outdoor street arena.
The PSP console will have an add-on on its own: the 360 degree dribbling. This feature makes up for the portable console’s limited controls, enabling players to find space between defenders, a minor hurdle at last year’s FIFA game.
Also new for all platforms is the chance to play as the team’s goalkeeper, giving justice to a team that’s always had 11 players. Even AI goalkeepers are significantly improved, showing more urgency and accuracy in intercepting balls.
Last year’s “Be a Pro Mode” and “Manager Mode” have now been merged under Career Mode, giving you a chance to have a career as a player, manager, or both on a span of 15 seasons.
Over 30 football leagues and arenas – Liga BBVA, Major League Soccer, Serie A, and the Barclays Premiere League, to name a few – makes FIFA 11 a playground for hundreds of football teams all over the world.
The game in itself has enough features to keep you busy all the way to next year’s version. And with the resurging popularity of the sport in this country, we’re thinking FIFA 11 could now be an annual fixture among sports gamers.
WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO