FIFA10 demo impressions

 I just came back from a pretty lengthy session of the FIFA10 demo, so I thought I should write up my thoughts on it.

I'm a pretty big FIFA fan, but I have not bought FIFA09. I've decided to buy a footy game every two years, so that the additions to those games aren't too small. With two years between both games, there are quite a few differences.

 Man United is not present in the demo, despite the fact that Rooney's face is
First off, the controls feel much, much tighter. Instead of being constrained to eight directions of dribbling when you're running with the ball at your feet, 360 degree dribbling is now present. It seems like a minor addition at first, but when you've played a couple of matches (of 3 minutes per half, which is acceptable for a demo) with this new freedom to movement, going back to the older versions feels quite a bit worse.

The ball physics have been cleaned up as well, and the result is a passing system that feels more real and quite a bit more responsive. Crosses and corners feel like they're more skill than luck now, which could not be said for 08. Free kicks are still difficult to take, but the keepers now seem prepared for a straight lob with the "long ball" button, an exploit that made scoring free kicks far too easy in previous installments. I tried it, and the keeper had no trouble simply picking up the ball. I've yet to actually score a free kick though, like in any footy game, scoring those requires some familiarity with their respective systems and rules. Free kicks are different in every game. I still feel that FIFA07 on the PS2 had the best system for free kicks and such.

 Some great new animations freshen up the gameplay
The new-and-improved passing system is a blessing, because the action on the pitch is much more oriented on passing. The right-stick commands for tricks have been streamlined, making it easier to do step-overs and such, but dribbling is difficult, very difficult here. The players' weight and size make a big difference now. I played most of my matches with Barça, so I tried to dribble quite a bit as Messi, naturally. It's very difficult. Not because Messi's not quick or good with tricks and such, because he is. It's just that he's absolutely tiny. I played against the stocky Bayern München defenders, and they had a real easy time taking the ball away from me simply by slightly leaning against me with their big bodies. I think that this is all for the better. Dribbling exploits like speed-running are now no longer possible, which should make for more realistic, and more fun matches online. 
 
There are a lot of nice new animations, and some new tricks too, though like in previous FIFA games, only two or three of the tricks here are actually useful in a match. There are less cutscenes, because of the inclusion of quick free kicks. When a card's being given, the game tends to simply leave the camera on the gameplay-perspective, much like PES does. It looks nice. The menus are still pretty much the same, which means they're still god-awful, but hey, it's not that big a deal.

I really like this demo. I think that most of the previous games' problems have been fixed--although new ones will quickly surface in this edition, of course. FIFA10 plays a great game of soccer, and if you like soccer games, like me, you should really check it out.
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Posted by Dudacles

 I just came back from a pretty lengthy session of the FIFA10 demo, so I thought I should write up my thoughts on it.

I'm a pretty big FIFA fan, but I have not bought FIFA09. I've decided to buy a footy game every two years, so that the additions to those games aren't too small. With two years between both games, there are quite a few differences.

 Man United is not present in the demo, despite the fact that Rooney's face is
First off, the controls feel much, much tighter. Instead of being constrained to eight directions of dribbling when you're running with the ball at your feet, 360 degree dribbling is now present. It seems like a minor addition at first, but when you've played a couple of matches (of 3 minutes per half, which is acceptable for a demo) with this new freedom to movement, going back to the older versions feels quite a bit worse.

The ball physics have been cleaned up as well, and the result is a passing system that feels more real and quite a bit more responsive. Crosses and corners feel like they're more skill than luck now, which could not be said for 08. Free kicks are still difficult to take, but the keepers now seem prepared for a straight lob with the "long ball" button, an exploit that made scoring free kicks far too easy in previous installments. I tried it, and the keeper had no trouble simply picking up the ball. I've yet to actually score a free kick though, like in any footy game, scoring those requires some familiarity with their respective systems and rules. Free kicks are different in every game. I still feel that FIFA07 on the PS2 had the best system for free kicks and such.

 Some great new animations freshen up the gameplay
The new-and-improved passing system is a blessing, because the action on the pitch is much more oriented on passing. The right-stick commands for tricks have been streamlined, making it easier to do step-overs and such, but dribbling is difficult, very difficult here. The players' weight and size make a big difference now. I played most of my matches with Barça, so I tried to dribble quite a bit as Messi, naturally. It's very difficult. Not because Messi's not quick or good with tricks and such, because he is. It's just that he's absolutely tiny. I played against the stocky Bayern München defenders, and they had a real easy time taking the ball away from me simply by slightly leaning against me with their big bodies. I think that this is all for the better. Dribbling exploits like speed-running are now no longer possible, which should make for more realistic, and more fun matches online. 
 
There are a lot of nice new animations, and some new tricks too, though like in previous FIFA games, only two or three of the tricks here are actually useful in a match. There are less cutscenes, because of the inclusion of quick free kicks. When a card's being given, the game tends to simply leave the camera on the gameplay-perspective, much like PES does. It looks nice. The menus are still pretty much the same, which means they're still god-awful, but hey, it's not that big a deal.

I really like this demo. I think that most of the previous games' problems have been fixed--although new ones will quickly surface in this edition, of course. FIFA10 plays a great game of soccer, and if you like soccer games, like me, you should really check it out.
Posted by Skye

I find Freekicks pretty easy, once you know what to do it's fine. Any easier would ruin it imo. The keepers are better this year but they still get chipped way too easily, maybe even more so than in 09.
Posted by EnchantedEcho

Sounds awesome, good write-up.
Downloading the demo now :)

Posted by copycatzen

I have never bougth a fifa game ever, ihave always been with pes (or winning eleven should i say)... but I just played the fifa demo on my PS3 and mannn... EA you got yourselves 60 bucks in your pocket..... I also hope that konami will put a demo for PES2010...
Posted by randiolo
@copycatzen: the pes demo has been up for 2 days now.
Posted by Dudacles
@randiolo said:
" @copycatzen: the pes demo has been up for 2 days now. "

For real? I gotta go check it out then.