FIFA 11 Updated Impressions

We don the gloves and take to the goals with a look at the new features in EA’s FIFA 11.

Ask any aspiring young footballer what he wants to be when he grows up, and you’re likely to get a similar sort of answer wherever you go: strikers. Everyone wants the glory of being the one to put the ball into the back of the net, but few want the pressure or responsibility of defending their own goal.

The team at EA must have heard differently, because at Gamescom 2010 the publisher announced that the upcoming version of FIFA 11 will add the ability to play full 11-players-per-side football online, as well as offline goalie management. Of course, no one wants to be standing around for 90 minutes waiting for their time to shine, and rather than be stuck watching everyone else have all the fun, players who pull on the gloves will be given a few new tools to keep things fresh and interesting.

The first is a real-time set of shot indicators, showing the optimal recommended standing position for your keeper, and a guide to the incoming trajectory of shots. While initially it may sound like a cheat sheet to easy mode, offensive players still have the ability to chip and curl the ball past the keeper, and there’s no indication of power until the ball leaves the attacker’s boot. Players steer the keeper around using the left stick like any other player, while keeping the ball out can be done with the right stick, or with a single button press in simplified mode.

The other new tool is called Call to Arms. It's a raised isometric view of the field when your side has the ball and is going on an offensive rampage. As the keeper, you will be able to call for players to pass and set up plays with single button presses superimposed over the players on and off the ball. It’s a nifty way to give the guy down the opposite end of the field a hand in the glory of scoring.

For the really adventurous, or the cocky, there’s even the option to play your keeper as part of the rest of the pack, leaving the box to run the ball yourself. It’s a risky move, because if you concede the ball, the opposition AI is smart enough to take a shot, even from its own half if they spy a chance at an unguarded net.

FIFA 10 promised an improved level of physicality to play, and while it managed to deliver as players jostled for possession, FIFA 11 takes it a step further with the chance to barge and hold players even if they don’t have the ball. A little bit of nudge in backplay may provide you with just the window you need to make a clean break from the player marking you.

FIFA 11 also adds learning AI to its laundry list of new features. Want some real competition from the CPU? Teach it your trick moves by recording samples of your brilliance on the pitch. and have the game analyse the performance for use in a future match. A new video tool also allows players to view, adjust, and edit their own highlights packages, saving them to the console’s hard drive for showing someone who missed out on seeing your performance live, or rubbing it in the face of your deflated opposition. The World Cup may be over for another four years, but plenty of people are still running a temperature with football fever. The raft of new features being built on the solid foundation of last year's game has us itching to pull on the studs and hit the grass when the game is released in late September this year.

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MPHOZAS
MPHOZAS

Wow 360° dribbling on psp hardware and dumass critics always said it was impossible, what a drag. Im no longer gonna take advise from reading gaming reviews its easier to experince something and then get to do the make it or break it thing for your own sake. Cant want to play fifa 11 on psp.

blue_bouba
blue_bouba

BASED on fifa11 website they brought lots of improvement in the psp console

blue_bouba
blue_bouba

MORE PSP FEATURES Enhanced AI Support on PSP Supporting runs have been improved to enable AI teammates to make more intelligent moves to open space with a greater sense of urgency, opening up more scoring opportunities and the ability to evade defenders. Plus, support players will position themselves to receive one-touch passes, creating additional options distributing the ball. PSP Intelligent Soccer Players are much more intelligent on attack and quick to counter attack, moving into scoring areas to create more opportunities on the ground and through the air. All-new Career Mode on PSP Choose to begin your campaign as a player, player/manager or manager as you lead your club through 15 seasons of club soccer. Plus, players compete for global supremacy in international competition every 4 years. Your success as a player or manager is ranked through the new FAME system. The better your performance the more FAME you receive and more prestigious offers will become available on your journey to become a football legend. Soccer IQ on PSP Think you know your soccer? Test your knowledge of real world soccer with our trivia mini-game.

blue_bouba
blue_bouba

FOR THE PSP OTHER FEATURES (MORE ACCURATE DESCRIPTION) Be The Goalkeeper on PSp Take control of the goalkeeper and command the game from the most important position on the pitch. Dive for shots, cut-off crosses and through balls into the box and prove yourself as your team’s number one 360° Dribbling on PSP True 360° dribbling system will provide finer dribbling control, enabling players to find space between defenders that previously was not possible. Complete Authenticity on PsP Over 30 officially licensed leagues, 500 licensed teams and more than 15,000 players Total Soccer Tracking on PSP You’ll be able to follow your progress through FIFA 11 with Total Soccer tracking system, evaluating how well you’ve done in completing the various challenges and game modes. You’ll have to explore the entire game and what it has to offer in order to be considered a Total Soccer Player. Challenge Mode on PSP Compete in various scenarios based Challenges to earn points that can be used to purchase items for your Pro and team in the virtual Fan Shop.

xshadowzz
xshadowzz

Stop bashing each other, they are both good games. Gosh, you're acting like little kids. Oh. wait...

greenberetknife
greenberetknife

will we be able to play with the gamecube controller?

globl
globl

pes sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....FIFA RULLZ...!

speed676
speed676

fifa sucks. PES is the best

MPHOZAS
MPHOZAS

I hope that this time round they also upgraded the psp graphics engine for psp, I must say that I enjoyed Fifa world cup 2010 on psp. Fifa rocks great games.

klashnacovAK47
klashnacovAK47

@FIFA SOCCER 11 It should never have been called soccer it is football FULLSTOP. The reason for it being called soccer is there is more NFL games coming out and the USA probaly being the biggest market for the upcoming EA football hmm i mean soccer 11 game.

Tarfang2
Tarfang2

@slimskelter i do use tooth paste but i dont whiten my teeth but some mornings i just cant be botherd some nights to

slimskelter
slimskelter

@Tarfang2 What do you care what we call our sports? I won't knock you for not using toothpaste.

vandeacon
vandeacon

the first game was called 'fifa international soccer'. not massively important -- you guys would probably get on in real life, so don't squabble on the internet.

Tarfang2
Tarfang2

@rickfights no misunderstanding the title was fifa soccer 11 which doesnt make sense im a brit football is the one with feet and no armour

rickfights
rickfights

@Tarfang2: you should seriously research the origins of whatever sport you call football (presumably one of those ones in which everyone carries a ball with their arms 99% of the time)

LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

@suberbard why come on this board to talk about PES? Why not go to PES's board.

LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

Wish they would let us create our own club for Career Mode.

Tarfang2
Tarfang2

the first part of the name is contradicting to the secound part fifa stands for summin to do with football while theve desiced to throw in the name reta*ds call football-soccer

Gamebit257
Gamebit257

suberbard is tottaly wrong,somethings that were introduced NOW at PES were being at FIFA ALOOONG TIME AGO!] FIFA RULEZZ!!!!!!!!!!

dladz
dladz

Well it's about time EA, i've been tracking this game for quite a while now, and it's shaping up to be quite the bohemoth it had set out to be, with last years sorry conversion out of the way and truly out of mind. I usually loved pes2011 and although i'll be having a go at it, i think fifa 11 will be on my xmas wish list this year, and if ea can keep their feet in next gen technology then i think next year will be the same, more of this please EA we love it. @superbard it's a game m8, no one's going to come around and smash your head in if you thought fifa was going to be better!! It's ok, put the hammer down and step away from the ledge. I have an idea!! Why don't you just buy both games!!??? My god i'm a genius, the war is over. Chill man.

AkTa87
AkTa87

suberbard: grow up fanboy. Game physics, engine, controllability and stuff like that make the difference and that`s where Fifa has been better recently. I personally don`t have a clue about any latest PES features, but I only play it online anyways and wouldn`t care about any offline features. I have played latest PES and Fifa and I can tell you Fifa is better by miles. I think PES was better back in days, but recently Fifa has been significantly better without question.

suberbard
suberbard

Lets Compare PES VS FIFA in New Features PES ALL FULLY LICENCED Uefa Champions League Uefa Europa League Uefa Super Cup Santander Copa Libertadores Da America Ligue 1 Eredivisie Serie A TIM FEATURES Stadium Editor League Creator Online Master League Better Graphics 1000 New Animations FIFA FULLY LICENCED Barclays Premier League FEATURES 11 vs 11 Online Matches Be A Goalkeeper Learning AI Replay Thats it so shut up PES is BETTER

JorgeChC
JorgeChC

I haven't got any new FIFA since 08. I'm glad that the visual simulation in manager mode is back. I don't know if it was on 09 or 10. Anyway, I'm going to be a goalkeeper. You could play all the positions on the other FIFAs since Be a Pro was introduced. The goalkeeper thing is exciting. And it will be a very requested position on 11 vs 11

MILAD13
MILAD13

ب7;تر از 2;ب4; شد7;؟

spyder_pk
spyder_pk

Its available online at Ozon.ru in Russia.. is it released yet?

X-Rocky-X
X-Rocky-X

1 thing that they should add.. u being the referee, that would be awesome.. always wanted that, like X for marking a fault, then B or A red or yellow or nothing.. then a rating at the end of the game.. i would like that.. but great game that FIFA 11 should be.. keep up the good work EA!

narcrodi1
narcrodi1

cant wait for this game too put in my ps3 ^^

irishdude199210
irishdude199210

@aka3az the thing about ref mistakes is u cud be well onside and he calls it offside u'll be furious. and imajine that happening alot. shirt pulling is fine, and i think they should throw in diving too

aka3az
aka3az

Looks really good. What they should do is shirt pulling and referee mistakes - that will make the game a little bit more realistic and more of a talking point in the half-time analysis! Can't wait

klashnacovAK47
klashnacovAK47

its alll gd til them cheating fu ckin smelly dieseased ridden HACKERS gets hold of a 100% pro and starts sharing thier files so you up against a team of fu ckin 11 100% HACKERS but i cant wait for 11

breadisgood
breadisgood

All I want is the ability to play against the cpu with your friends online and it's all good. Finally you can save videos to your hardrive - it really does seem like they just hold features back for later releases sometimes.

kamikaze_pigmy
kamikaze_pigmy

Looks great. Pro Evo will really have to pull something out the bag to trump FIFA this year.

jackelzx
jackelzx

I hope this goal keeper move will work, then fifa will be the full footballing package

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Also I ALWAYS play Centre/Right midfield. Whether on the game or playing for my college.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

FIFA is once again the king of football games.... bought 09, 10 and I ain't stopping now

uas-2001
uas-2001

Can't wait for this! @tmnbhat: Well they are upgrading the PC version so you shouldn't have too much to worry about

tmnbhat
tmnbhat

just hope they don't mess up with the PC version again....:(

Granpire
Granpire

I prefer defense, since I'm really good at stealing the ball, but I can't shoot very accurately. But I guess that doesn't apply to FIFA 11. :P Unless you customize a character with high defense skill. There's nothing like the real game... :D

AnelZukic
AnelZukic

a striker? when I ask myself it would be wing defender, or defensive midfielder, an offensive midfielder is the place I would go as farthest :) but can't wait for the game :D

Dan21278
Dan21278

The Goal keeper is the most important player on the pitch.