The FIFA series has improved over the last several years. Globally, it is bigger than Madden. It is a personal favorite, a midnight purchase. With each new version there is adjustment. Each year, the forums are filled with praise and complaints. Once the game starts flying off the shelves in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, the message boards are going to catch fire.
FIFA 11 has improved ball physics, different AI tactics, and better representation of star player’s skills and attributes with Personality +. Here’s what keeps this game from getting a clean sheet: tackles, fouls, cards, and penalties. As always, this game has potential but it also needs a patch to live up to the critic’s scores, and to give us our money’s worth.
As players, we have to adapt. In real life, we would have to adapt to wind, cold, heat, rain, and other physical factors. We can’t expect perfection from a video game. We have to develop a different touch on the controls. We have to rethink our tactics. Most of us have to learn the game to play it well.
This game is not far from being excellent. It is worth a purchase, since the guys at EA Vancouver must be checking bug threads, and considering our feedback. If this game had been delayed like NBA Elite 11, or cancelled like the NCAA Basketball franchise, my fall and winter months would be different. I would miss FIFA. But I am not giving up on David Rutter’s crew to match the hype with performance.