Well, Now I’m Psyched: Fifa 10 Review?

We’re in between a few posts here at TSG. Anyone know where we can get a (hot) intern who can do research, fact checking, and maybe wash some jerseys and shorts? Just asking.

Just hold "Up," then press A twice and B thrice

Just hold "Up," then press A twice and B thrice

TSG commentor Chris in San Francisco (the same guy who tried to befriend Messi in Fog City) just sent us this video commercial of Fifa 10 below. I don’t know if I am more excited for the World Cup or to check out this video game now.

If you’ve got the game, please weigh in with some commentary. My biggest issue always?

As a child of Pitfall on Atari and two or three-button “paddles” (controllers that my brother “claimed” were always broken….I can hear him know, “My “B” button isn’t working, it’s stuck….we have to start over.”) and graphics that would have kids these days asking, “What’s wrong with your TV, man?,” I always feel they over-engineer these games a bit. What’s the use in having a double scissors move with Ronaldo if I have to press some combination of A, hold B, C, then “start twice” all in realtime just to make it work?

Anyway, if you’ve got the game, weigh in with the pros, cons and whose player ratings are off. A few notes on those player ratings:

• If they give Messi or Ronaldo “Jeremy Roenick” (and please tell me some of you know what I’m talking about) powers, then that’s lame.

• If Dimitar Berbatov’s shooting ability (or Brian Ching’s for that matter) is anything above a 55 on a 100-point system, then, yes, that’s lame too.

• And if Michael Owen doesn’t have a “durability” or “strength” rating of a 4 (again out of 100), well then that’s super, don’t buy the game lame. I would play England or Man U in ’10 just to be dribbling with Owen up the field and without contact here a crack followed by a John Madden-esque, “Oh no! There’s a man down.”

Back to the USMNT on TSG shortly, but first this word from folks we’re not sponsored by.


Upon reading the post, my brother and I had this exchange:

Mark: i can’ t believe you didn’t write about the fact that you went out and bought xbox just for fifa when i was visiting

Matt: nah
Mark: then i kicked you ass all weekend and you even donned a headset so i could kick your ass online
Matt: That categorically is not what happened
12:50 PM Mark: But then since i was kicking your ass so much you started “losing connection to the host”
Matt: And I do remember whupping your ass up in Colorado and you not talking to me
Mark: That may have happened.

22 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Will on 2009/10/21 at 1:18 PM

    Jeremy Roenick! I was only 8 years old, but when we played NHL 94, choosing the Blackhawks was practically cheating. An American bias like no other; every shot you took with him magically evaded the net-minder.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/10/21 at 1:32 PM

      Thanks will

      1 – I can tell you I wasn’t 8 when I played Jeremy Roenick — in fact, um yes, more than double that.

      2 – I remember that you could check Roenick with the Zamboni and he would still keep skating up/down the center of the ice with the puck.

      You know what — I’ll put together a column for player fifa ratings in the next month or so.


    • Posted by Mark T on 2009/10/21 at 1:51 PM

      Let’s just say I took a lot of shots in college as a result of my roommate refusing to play with anyone other than Roenick.


    • Posted by Matthew N on 2009/10/22 at 5:13 AM

      NHL 94 was probably one of the greatest games ever made (fun factor wise). I played that game well into 1997 or 1998. Unfortunately, I am unfamiliar with Jeremy Roenick since I hate the Blackhawks more than any other team in the sport. I was a Red Wings guy (at the time, now I love the MAPLE LEAFS!!!!). Having Yzerman, Ciccarelli, Federov, Coffey, and I would always trade for Ray Borque (his shot power was really high), so yeah I was pretty much invincible. Good memories.


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/10/22 at 5:21 AM

        Too funny the hockey / soccer crossover — Federov was sketchy in that game, but Dino had the best slapshot.

        And Niklas Lidstrom could check like no one’s business.

        Still the Octopi stink.


  2. Jus bought FIFA 10 for Xbox 360…now i have to buy the 360 hahahah


  3. Posted by Steve C. on 2009/10/21 at 1:56 PM

    A buddy of mine reviewed the game for their blog, including HD video from the game. Take a look, good stuff.


    Their blog is named The Sports Gamer…yep, it’s also a TSG. And you thought you were the only one…


  4. Posted by Matthew N on 2009/10/22 at 5:11 AM

    Well, I hope you guys are happy. You just convinced me to go out and buy FIFA 10 today LOL. Okay, I will admit I didn’t need much convincing. If anyone has a PS3, I’d love to play against you sometime online. I will be Liverpool, Columbus Crew, England, or the United States!!!


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/10/22 at 5:19 AM

      Welcome back Matthew…

      Mark and I are trying to figure this one out. If you get both of us online on FIFA ’10 there is a good chance that you will see this be the final month of TSG publishing more than 1 story a month.

      I remember one FIFA game you could create a player, if you can do that on this one than I’m creating Shin Guardian (from NY, NY) with agility like Fernando Torres, strength like Didier Drogba, free kicks like Gerrard, aerials like Peter Crouch, defense like Patrice Evra….then I’ll play you.


      • Posted by Matthew N on 2009/10/22 at 6:13 AM

        I read every day I just don’t always have time to comment.. In the process of applying to grad school, plus I work full time, go to college full time, and I have a part time internship. I do a lot of my reading from my phone as I wait at red lights and stuff:)


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/10/22 at 6:26 AM

          Mark and I were worried that you had become passionate about the WNBA. By the way, HOF nod coming shortly.


    • Posted by Andy on 2009/10/22 at 6:55 AM

      Yup, me too. Not been a sports gamer before, never been any good at them, but watching the videos over at the gamer site mentioned in the comments has me impressed. Was going to wait to buy it for my son for Christmas, but I better get it now and practice up (in secret of course!) so he does not totally obliterate me when I, uh, “give it to him” (he’s 9)!



    • Posted by Matthew N on 2009/10/22 at 3:38 PM

      I am happy to report I beat Everton 3-2 in my first match. Torres had a beautiful one on one breakaway… Kuyt put in a ball from about 22 yards out, and Aqualani played a beautiful set piece that Skrtel controlled with his chest and booted it past a hapless Tim Howard. This game is so sick. Last years was soooo hard to score on. 10/10 This is going to take up all my free time. I was going nuts just like it was a real game lol.


      • Posted by Kevin on 2009/10/25 at 5:51 PM

        I’m not gonna buy the game (for now) cuz all I have is a wii, (gay) but I played the demo at my friends house. I won my first match 2-0, and I’ll be the first to say 360 degree dribbling is sick (to go with the game) I haven’t played a game on fifa as realistic as that. I played one game of 09 aat a friends house and I agree too hard to score. Every game was like 0-0. on ’10 I almost thought it was too easy though were I was just failing to score although I got like 50 good chances.


  5. I’m leaving my wife and abandonning my kid for the week-end, just so I have more time to play FIFA 10. When you hit your 30s you really have to make time for what’s most important. Wonder how she’d feel if I brought my PS3 to Tahiti?


  6. Posted by Shane on 2009/10/22 at 9:35 AM

    Fifa 10 Delivers!! I will say some of the player ratings are over/under rated but that cant be fixed… One thing that will always be true is that you can take Ronaldo and run past anyone! Owen i think has an accurate rating, Berbatov is a little over rated… What makes 10 different than 9 is the reality! Much harder to pass/cross and finish/head the ball… But still real fun to play.. The virtual pro is awesome, specially if you take the time to make a face on EA.. Manager mode has taken a huge step, makeing the other teams AI better in a sense that they want to make their team better as well..

    That said, 9 out of 10 is my vote


    • Posted by Kevin on 2009/10/25 at 5:52 PM

      I thought crossing was easier. I’m mad that they took out lobed through balls though cuz that took away a very realistic part of the game.


  7. Posted by fropa98 on 2009/10/22 at 3:39 PM

    Do the Mexican fans throw stuff at the opponents’ injured players like they did in Reliant against Panama in the Gold Cup. Some a-hole even threw a black sombrero after the coach kicking incident late in the 2nd half.


  8. Posted by Wilson on 2009/10/23 at 12:42 PM

    I love FIFA and Fifa 10 is awesome, My friends and I have only done lounge mode


  9. Posted by Matthew N on 2009/10/27 at 4:28 AM

    Now that I’ve played the game obsessively for a week or so I have the following comments:

    1) Playing defence is wayyy too hard. I easily give up 5-6 goals a game on Professional difficulty (what the default is)

    2) The player switching on defence and passing on offense is terrible. Player switching hardly ever gives you the logical guy, often leaving you out of position since you were expecting to get the guy closest to the ball. Passing is poor. Players will pass the ball directly into defenders, including inside their own 18. Part of this obviously falls on me, but it isn’t all me. Also, passing deteriorates rapidly as players fatigue. By the end of the game, passing is damn near impossible with the less fit players.

    3) It is too easy to be dispossessed compared to how hard it is to do it to the computer. No matter what player you have, you can’t dribble through anyone. Maybe 10% of the time you can dribble past a single defender if you use a “skill” move, but even that is probably optimistic.

    4) The commentary sucks. I was really excited to see Martin Tyler and Andy Gray, but they’re awful. It seems like they have about 10 total one liners and they don’t even say the names of 90% of the players (Come on, they don’t even say the names of all the Liverpool starters for god’s sake).

    5) No tutorial for the manager mode. I have no clue how to manage a football team and I guess EA thinks we should learn on the fly. There aren’t any recommendations of what to do and as far as I know, you can’t ask the computer to do transfers for you. My main issue with this is that I think it could be explained in about 2 pages of text or a 5 minute tutorial, but I had to go to the net to get some basic manager strategy and I’m still pretty much learning as I go.

    Overall it is probably an 8/10, just because soccer games usually suck. Oh, and you can actually score in this one unlike FIFA last year (or maybe I’m just bad).


    • Posted by Kevin on 2009/11/06 at 6:22 PM

      A couple of things I wanted to point out. As for the manager mode comments, no manager doesn’t learn as they go. Really the only way to figure out how to manage a team in “Fifa” is to… manage one.

      I agree with the content in your parenthesis in the last sentence, and thats just from listening.😄 had to say it. You make it sound really hard, but its not really. (well atleast if you’ve played previous editions)


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