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Going backwards again,
This review is from: FIFA 11 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)It's not exactly brain surgery is it? FIFA 09 saw EA move in the right direction again after suffering a pummelling at the hands of PES for a few years. FIFA 10 was a tweaked improvement on that... and now this?
I heard an interview with the main guy from EA sports who stated it is very difficult to churn out 5 star games year in, year out. I agree with him, but you know when you're going in the right direction and also when you are going backwards.
First and foremost video games are about having fun. FIFA 11 delivers far more frustration than fun from what I have experienced. First off, there's the bugs. I have mostly experienced these in career mode. Sometimes a fixture is moved a day or two before it was originally scheduled in the calendar, you will still be prompted to play the game even though your updated calendar shows no fixtures for say 7 days. This leads to the game crashing. As does playing Aston Villa away in mid April apparently.
Secondly... Gameplay. Wow, where to start. Realistic? I think not! I like to have an attacking line up with plenty of pace (Lennon, Krasic, Agbonlahor & Lavezzi). In real matches these players can ghost centre halves and full backs with ease, however the bright sparks at EA have decided that whatever speedsters can do, big strapping muscle clad bruisers can do better. Yes you can get past them...eventually. Watching Aaron Lennon slowly getting the better of Ryan Nelsen in a foot race for a through ball whilst they appear to be involved in the worlds longest and slowest shoulder barge is frankly laughable. Assisted passing & crossing are a hinderance rather than assistance and the sluggish movement and slow reaction times are an annoyance given FIFA's previous two offerings.
Hang on, there's more. Fatigue/ energy is a factor in any sport and football is no different. Rooney, Torres, Tevez & Bale will occasionally need a breather after playing 10-15 games in a row given their energetic approach in real life matches. In FIFA 11 I am forced to have two backups for every position (apart from GK) as my players are too tired after two matches in a week. Diddums! Rooney can only play 1 in 3 games (providing my team is still vying for all 3 domestic cups and a EU cup) and after every match he plays I get an email from my coach saying that Rooney needs a rest. Now I have definitely seen him play 90 mins on a Saturday in the prem and then also a full game in the champs league the following Tuesday/Wednesday without any problems, and he then gives another 110% the following Saturday/Sunday. In FIFA 11 you need to give your (attacking) players a full 2-3 games rest after playing them for a full 90 in game minutes. It's ridiculous and far from realistic, and one of the main reasons I am going to return this game and go back to FIFA 09/10.
A few small plusses are the cracking soundtrack and more realistic transfer system including wages and transfer fees. Better fiscal rewards are dished out for meeting the board's season objectives. Shame they did away with the scouting system, bad move EA. The off pitch experience of FIFA 11 is pretty good, but that is not the important part. It's all about the gameplay, and having fun!