The beautiveful game? I don't think so.
-PrahaMonkey- wrote this review on .
For starters, the gameplay is absolutly atroshious. Controls fall under what I call "weighted". It takes a while for the player to actually respond to your control. Another thing I don't like is the fact that people are calling FIFA 09 "realistic". Nope. Does the fact that the ref have the eyesight to see a player that is about an inch or two off sides, make it real? Do you see the little group ups of players in one little spot in professional footbal? No. You would expect ot see that at a local pee-wee league. And your A.I. team mates...jeez. They will stand there like a brain dead zombie until you control them. If you pass a ball to someone, they won't run for it, they will sit there and wait for it to come to them. Add that with an A.I. that can very easily take the ball away from you, and your in for a very infurerating game.
Graphics and presentation wise, the game is also sub-par. While EA does capture the overall atmosphere of the crowd, the announcers sound like their asleep. If you will a champianship, they will sit there and non enthusiasticly commentate. "oh yes...they are the champains.....zZz....zZz....". Now a normal comentater would be going crazy. "THEY WIN, THE CHAMPIANSHIP IS THEIRS!!!". That's what makes the game of fotbal so beautiveful, the over all emotion felt not only by fans and players, but by the comentators as well. While the graphics do shape up well, and the overall sound is reletaivefully good, I just wish there was more there.
On the multiplayer side of things, it gets worse. Aside from the normal lag, the problems expereinced from the single player stand point, make appearences in multiplayer form as well. Especially if you are playing FIFA veterans, you will be on the verge of cursing the game and all thats involved with it. It's just no fun.
The additional game modes offer some good moments, the traditional manager mode, tournament mode, that is there from previous years. The Be a Pro Mode offered a good alternative, where you control a created player or an existing pro to control for a season. This offered good fun for a short peroid of time however, especially if it was mainly just you doing anything.
Bottom line, you can think what you want about this little review. I'm a fotbal player, I know how the game works, and FIFA 09 fires very little cylinders as far as gameplay comes. The beautiveful game will have to wait another year.