FIFA 10

A free downloadable version of the popular FIFA soccer game

7.2

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  • Category Sport
  • Program license Trial version
  • Works under: Windows XP / Windows 8.1 / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows Vista
  • Program available in English
  • Program by Eagames

Full dribbling control and a managerial overhaul.

FIFA 2010 is the 17th version of the game from EA Sports and the first to be released after the seminal FIFA 2009 which won over 20 international gaming awards. From a graphics point of view, FIFA 2010 isn't that much different, but there were some significant changes that made it worth gamers shelling out on a new programme.

New Features to FIFA 2010

The main changes came "under the hood" of the game, meaning that the controls feel very different to any other version of FIFA previously, and laid the bedrock for a lot of the current gameplay in recent years. Features that were introduced for the first time in FIFA 2010 include:

• 360 degree dribbling - amazingly, in all previous versions of FIFA, you could only make your player run in one of the eight orthogonal directions. The introduction of 360 degree dribbling allows players to make all sorts of interesting runs, truly exploiting holes in the defence or moving past opponents on the wings more easily.

• Player animation - for the first time, the graphics engine driving the game was of high enough quality for the game designers to accurately portray dozens of well known footballers. A close look at Wayne Rooney or Ronaldinho, for example, will show their distinctive features in more detail.

• Intelligent team-mates - one of the biggest complaints from gamers about the previous editions was a lack of intelligent play from team-mates who didn't make appropriate moves or track obvious runs from opposition forwards. They act much more naturally and you can set their mindsets ahead of the game to be more offensive or defensive as the game requires.

• Improved managerial game - whilst there is little difference in the feel of the manager mode, you can switch on the Total Football Experience, where you'll get updates on player activity around the world as well as much more realistic scorelines based on the strength of each team and their likely rotations based on fatigue and opposition ratings.

• Players are "ambitious" - in the managerial game, all players now have a hidden ambition rating. This will dictate how hard they will play in key games, how likely they are to want to move to a bigger club and how likely you are to attract them lower down the leagues. They'll also look at the make up of your team, so if you've already got a well established goalkeeper or a large number of strikers, players with a high ambition rating are less likely to join.

Pros

  • 360 dribbling makes it easier to make goal scoring chances
  • More realistic scorelines in manager mode
  • Recognisable player faces in bigger teams

Cons

  • Not different enough to FIFA 2009 to be worth buying outright
  • Still hard to score from long range
  • Smaller number of international teams than in previous editions
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