With Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer series snapping at its heels with ever more voracity, suddenly it’s FIFA that’s got something to prove. The answer for this year’s edition is a new emphasis on attacking play, with a suite of new tackling, dribbling and shielding controls. Naturally, it’s got all the new stats for the 05/06 season, but with the new create-a-player option you can change the facts to fit you. Also new is a 15 year career manager mode to prove your footballing skills don’t end when you’re off the pitch.
Most exciting moment:
Winning the treble after 15 years of hard graft in the all new career mode.
Since you ask:
According to cover star Wayne Rooney, the FIFA series is popular with many other premiership players, especially when travelling together for away matches.
The bottom line:
The best FIFA game, if not the best football game, ever.
I have to say that I was expecting a lot from this new FIFA and was a little let down when I first played it. It took me a few games to get the hang of the new style and noticed straight away that the game has a few really annoying faults.
The graphics haven't changed much with regards to player likenesess and the commentary is a little annoying to start with but you soon get used to Andy Gray sounding like a chipmunk.
The transfer's on the game are not up to date as the game was finished a week before the close of the transfer window. This isn't much of a problem as you can update the teams yourself, though a little annoying when you just want to pick up and play.
I also found that there are a lot of players missing from the game which is very suprising as I've never had this problem before.
Some of the missing players are well know too.
Being an Everton fan they where the first team I wanted to update.
Ferrari from Roma, Van Der Meyde from Inter and Nuno Valente from Porto where the only changes I needed to make.
Ferrari is the only one in the game!
Valente is a Portugal international player and is actually in the international side on FIFA 06 but he cannot be found in the Porto side!
First things first. Gameplay has changed a lot since Fifa 2005. You now need to look for space to pass the ball instead of running through all the defenders in search for a rocket shot on goal. It's amazingly hard to get past even one player, and even on amatuer mode it's still not really easy. The idea is good, but the opponent’s defenders never seem to move a lot, with can get frustrating. Also, it's very rare to even see one of your own players making a run. By the time you press L1 to make one of your players run, and you're about to make a pass, AGH! You've just been tackled and now they go on in search for a goal. Another thing is that when trying to tackle an opposing player, it can be hard and again frustrating. They seem to just spin around at some speed, showing their back to you when you try to make a tackle, and then they some how run around you. Passing can be frustrating as well, as normally the ball ends up straight at the opponents’ player. And when you do get used to these things, and can go on with the game, it gets to easy.
Goal keepers. Used to be easy to beat, but now it's the opposite. They are very good now, and the easiest way you seem to be able to beat them is with headers. just play a chipped through ball to a winger, sprint up the wing making sure the defender doesn't catch you, and cross it in, hoping that one of your players finds it with their head.Read more ›
gameplay has been vastly improved so that running straight through the defence is no longer possible attacks must be well thought out and planned
the carrer mode is allso improved with managers haveing to take on more tasks such as contratct renewels and scoutin.
the international squad selections has had one major upgrade you can no pick any english player to play for queen and country rather than just those on the bench(like in previouse fifa games)
all this + a better soundtrack and the lisenceing means that pro evo has a long way to go before it will ever be as good as this