reviews\ Nov 9, 2009 at 7:00 pm

FIFA Soccer 10 - WII - Review

Sometimes you just have to play a sports game for the pure joy of it and forget about the realistic side of the sport. The FIFA 10 release for the Wii combines some pure arcade elements wrapped around some of the more exciting elements of the sport to give up a game that will certainly not seat itself in the real world, but will provide enjoyment nonetheless.

When GameZone saw the game over the summer, it was treated to a fast-paced contest that knew when to go into slow motion to highlight great shots or great saves. There was the Wii-mote waggling at key moments to drives some of the action, but the game – in spite of the 11-versus-11 games – had a very arcade feel. When it comes to this particular SKU of the FIFA video-game license that is a very good thing.

FIFA Soccer 10 on the Wii may seem barebones when it comes to the modes of play offered. Hit the Pitch is the Wii version of instant play, and Battle for Glory passes as the season mode. There is also a tournament mode for those who wish to battle through a league championship series. The game also sports a plethora of teams and leagues, so those looking for action as their favorite team from the English Premiere leagues, or the Bundesliga should have no problem.

Many of the changes implemented in this game were the direct result of fan input. Player movement has been improved dramatically and the control reaction time has been tightened up markedly. There are three ways to control the game: You can use the Wii-mote alone, in concert with the nunchuk or in the classic controller setting (basically you eliminate the advantages of the Wii controllers and go with a more stock control set). While classic is fine, the nunchuk addition provides greater control range over the players and action.

As with any game from EA Sports that allows players to work through a season, there is the opportunity to improve your team’s abilities and actually become more skilled in set areas. When you begin a match, you are asked to pick three areas for improvement. As you play through a match, if you complete the tasks associated with those areas you will receive stat boosters. Failure to complete the tasks means that the stats in the chosen areas decrease. Points can also be earned to open new booster packs for stat improvements in key areas. While this may sound a bit convoluted, it actually is rather intuitive and works nicely in the context of the game.

Another area where improvements have been made is in the multiplayer. The online experience has received attention and two-versus-two gameplay has been added to the mix. And that means that two people on one console can play online against two people on another console. That should make for some robust gaming sessions and first-rate online games.

The game also sports a new visual style, which borders on a more arcade-like look. And the crowds get much more into the game, reacting to action much more.

While the game does not have the depth of the other consoles, it is not a bad title and the gameplay is decent. FIFA Soccer 10 is not what every FIFA fan will want – especially those craving more realism in their game – but it does provide a nice bit of entertainment in the world of soccer and might actually have a broader appeal among those seeking a fun way of enjoying the sport with friends.

Review Scoring Details for FIFA Soccer 10

Gameplay: 7.5
The game controls well but the lack of gaming modes may be of some consternation to those seeking a more robust experience.  

Graphics: 8.0
The game sports a more arcade-like visual style, going with the slow-motion animation for hot shots, but it all works well together and provides an entertaining visual experience.

Sound: 7.0
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray are superb as the commentators, but the musical score is lacking.

Difficulty: Medium

Concept: 7.0
A lot of improvements have been made to the Wii portion of the franchise, but the overall game options, in terms of playable modes, seems a little bit on the skimpy side.

Multiplayer: 7.5
Decent same-console action and online play is fine as well.

Overall: 7.2
It would have been nice to have more modes of play, but what is offered here is an improved over previous Wii iterations. Still, for a nice arcade-like take on the FIFA franchise, this Wii version does a nice job.


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