EA Mobile recently released FIFA 10 for the iPhone, a piece of news that sent an uproar throughout the iPhone gaming world. Of course, being a sports fan myself, I was hoping they would somewhat redeem themselves with this title. The graphics looked good, and the controls looked like they could work. Little did I know that FIFA 10 is just the name and not the game.
Graphics: I thought the graphics for FIFA were acceptable, and it seems to be on par with X2 Soccer and Real Soccer 2010. While some can argue that one looks better than the other, I couldn’t really tell the difference between all these games. EA did a great job with the grass, and the overall look was pretty solid.
AI: FIFA 10’s AI is probably a lot more responsive than Real Soccer’s. If you’re looking for a nice AI, FIFA 10 has the better one. I found the players to be a lot more responsive to the ball, and you wouldn’t have those moments when the goalie would just stand in front of the ball. While the AI is still a far off from other soccer games, it’s a good sign that we’re slowly getting there.
Expensive: $9.99 for FIFA? No thank you. Offering almost nothing different than Real Soccer, FIFA is just a game with the name. Price it at $9.99 and thousands upon thousands will purchase it only to find out it’s not worth it at all. Sure Real Soccer has some licensing problems with names and leagues, but the $2.99 difference between these games is enough to think “Why is FIFA so expensive?”
Controls: This was probably the most frustrating part of FIFA, and EA really was lazy when it came to controls. Since when was “B” shoot and “A” pass? This has to be EA’s fault for not thinking the controls through, and with no invert controls option, the average gamer will be frustrated by these controls. I’m sure some may get used to it and find them to be nice, but the learning curve is just way too much.
When controls like these go into a soccer game, it makes me feel like EA just slapped this game together. I cannot believe they swapped the controls, which clearly shows that the testers for this game were really not paying attention. I’m sure EA will push out an update that inverts the controls, but for now, these controls suck.
Nothing New: Atleast Madden 10 brought something new to the table. FIFA brings absolutely nothing new to the iPhone soccer genre, and every feature available in FIFA is available in Real Soccer. The “Be A Pro” mode is available as “Enter the Legend” in Real Soccer, and other than that, everything seems to be the same. Sure, you can say Real Soccer is a total copy of FIFA, but that copy seems to be a lot better executed than the original.
FIFA 10 was quite a disappointment for me, and it’s 1-2 for EA Sports right now. Their first sports game, Tiger Woods, was extremely well done but it’s been pretty much dwonhill from there. FIFA 10 is not worth the asking price at all, and if you already own Real Soccer, it’s best to stay that way. It’s worth a look for those that want some real leagues and a slightly better AI, but otherwise, stay clear.