Having played versions of the FIFA games which aim to be a real simulation of professional football, it's immediately obvious how different this is and it's not really aiming to be anything like those.
This is all about fun and control - you seem to have a lot more control of the ball and as many people have said, the play is weighted in favour of attacking football, tricks and flicks , where you have to go past your opponent. So defending for a nil-nil is just waste of time and some tournaments give you extra points for things like "nutmegs". The idea is to get past your opponent through skill and trickery.
There are lots of ways to play and endlessly varying types of "court" - anything but a proper pitch! Footsol and Five-a-Sides are the main order of the day and this allows you to see what's going on - when it's 2 against 2, you can really hone the ways to beat another player.
The main way to progress is through the "World Tour" - where you can create and save a player to act as your captain, who then picks up the talent on the way. Everything is customisable and apart from the look of your player, you can even design your team's badge and kit. I liked the way you can pick tournaments from all over the world and even start playing tournaments in your home town - I played a team from Brighton in my local park.
You can of course choose all the well-known teams in the Premiership with big name stars, as well as international teams. I managed to pit Messi against himself when matching up Barcelona against Argentina.
Like most PS3 games, you have the facility to link up online and play games with others and share your stats. The whole package has a lot to explore and it is a good way to experience the fun side of football. What often annoys me about other football games is that you get lost amongst the 22 players and this avoids that problem and you are much more involved all the time. Defending is not that well covered - but at least you don't lose players to red cards and yellow cards, which is another thing that can spoil simulation games.
The aim is no doubt to distil all the best elements from football and make these fit into a game that combines team play, but puts you more in the middle of everything. It does get hard to pull off the tricks and beat teams as you go on - but without this challenge it would probably be too easy and lose interest that way. You do build up skills and can acquire better players, so with careful management you can progress.
All in all a good addition to the FIFA range and well worth trying.
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i got this game based on other reviews and magazine reviews, the game is so slow and sluggish and the graphics only look half finished in most of the levels didn't like this very much at all to be honest just found it boring and tiring most of the time.