FIFA 11 Reader Review
For many people FIFA 11 will be the best football game ever made. EA has, after all, played it safe this year, leaving the core gameplay unchanged since last year’s critically acclaimed effort. Instead, they focused on eliminating the ping-pong passing through introducing a context-sensitive passing system in the form of pro-passing as well as adding that little extra personality to the big stars of the world game. Both of these are undoubtedly good additions, but are they enough?
Yes, they are. Sort of. This iteration, while not perfect, is deeper and flows more like a real football game. The players move fluidly, perhaps a little too fluidly. Turning a player in circles doesn’t feel very natural, more like ice-skating than running. And the tackling, which is good animation wise, feels too magnetic and boring. There are far too many tackles per game, and it’s simply too easy to take the ball off a player. The result is that the game is more punishing than ever, and that long stretches of position are nearly impossible. The ball physics have improved beautifully. The ball is heavier, travels slower through the air and is more subject to spin than last year. This is the most evident in set-pieces, where the action has been slowed down. Corners are now more chaotic, and better reflect the beautiful game.
Passing, while improved, does have some quirks. Short passes are sometimes underpowered, and at other times long passes are intercepted by your own players before they can reach the target.
Graphics wise, little has changed. The presentation is still very polished, and the player’s faces are even more recognisable than last year. The actual ‘look’ of the game is still too ‘plastic’ for me, partly because the lighting is miles behind PES. On the pitch, players and the green look too cartoonish, too hyper-real compared to photo-realistic rendition of PES. The effect is nauseous, and far from realistic, at least for me.
By removing ping-pong passing and slowing down the action, this year’s FIFA is more refined, but also less fun. I suggest you compare both titles and make up your own mind. I for one will start packing my bags back to PES land.