Graphics:
8.4
Gameplay:
9.0
Sound:
9.0
Control:
9.0
Replay Value:
9.5
Online Gameplay:
9.5
Overall Rating:
9.1
Publisher:
EA Sports
Developer:
EA Sports
Number Of Players:
1-8 (2-22 Online)
Genre:
Sports


Okay, I know that this is late and by all means FIFA madness is over. But, UEFA Champions League is currently under way, so that gives me a new window to tell you why FIFA '11 is brilliant. Chances are, if you're reading this now, you've played a FIFA game in the past or you are, at the very least, a fan of the sport. For this current iteration. FIFA makes some marked improvements over its predecessors, including the enhancement of Career game modes, enhanced online gameplay (11 vs. 11!), improved ball control, and refined goalkeeper AI making FIFA '11 an easy purchase.

I have spent a lot of time playing the game over the past month or so, and much of it has been with friends and family. My circle of friends, including my older brother, get highly competitive when it comes down to FIFA and tensions run very high. FIFA continues to provide the game with an experience unlike any other sports game can achieve. Whether its running down the field and cracking your opponent, executing the perfect play, a corner kick that leads to a header-goal, a long range goal beamed from a distance, or even the ever disappointing goal post smack (this is the point you'll find yourself cursing out your attacker), there is never a shortage of excitement with FIFA 11. Even the referees you choose determine the kind of game you'll have, as every ref has a different set of attributes that affect penalty-calling, or lack thereof.

Furthermore, when you aren't playing with a friend or online, the Career Mode has been changed to include Be A Pro and Manager Mode all under one area. In the revamped Career, you can be either a manager, player, or player-manager for up to 15 seasons. Numerous fixes and additions have been made to the mode, all for the better, and I'm sure FIFA fans will take a great liking to it. I do have some issues though, primarily with the A.I. No matter how you tweak the game settings, there are far too many instances when a non-player controlled teammate will simply watch as the ball rolls by, or does not read a more than obvious play as its about to happen. Unless you're in control at all times, which is simply impossible, your A.I. will give up way too many opportunities at making an interception or steal, and in critical situations, these kinds of drawbacks really hurt. I do like the passing system overall, but going back to the A.I., your players should not be calling for a center when there's two or three defenders around them. Lastly, Be A Goalkeeper is a solid addition, but can be a bit boring at times.

FIFA games have looked pretty decent for the past few years. There aren't a whole lot of changes to FIFA 11, none that are immediately noticeable, at least. Though that isn't a slight against the game, since the game engine is pretty smooth, and the overall look is polished. But, we are pretty far along this generation and it would've been nice to see some marked improvements made in graphics that go beyond just player celebrations. At least the framerate doesn't jerk anymore during cutscenes and match intros. Still, FIFA 11 is a decent looking that shouldn't offend anybody's senses.

Now we know that audio has always been a strong suit of the series, thanks largely to the commentary stylings of Martin Tyler and Andy Gray. FIFA 11 continues to employ the duo's delivery with a constant stream of broadcasting that contributes to the game's atmosphere. There is an internationally inspired soundtrack present, but it's mostly something you'll ignore, either way. What really sends the audio presentation over the top is the stadium crowd and how involved they get, because let's face it, that is a core aspect of watching football.

All in all, FIFA 11 delivers the goods. It's got the presentation down quite well, and the overall fluidity of the gameplay is unmatched. It's remained relatively the same visually, and the commentary continues to be strong, but it's the tension of every match that'll get you hooked for a long time to come. It does need some aspects of its A.I. fixed up in order to make non-controlled players more willing to pounce on the ball. Regardless, there's nothing better than FIFA 11 when it comes to footy on your console.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Ludicrous_Liam
10 years ago

Shorter review than usual…was looking to see how personality+ was, and if manager mode improved over fifa10's (yes i'm reviewing your review :D). Oh well.

nilos95
nilos95
10 years ago

Well, it is just in time!
Too bad Panathinaikos is playing with Barcelona next time….Oh well, I will beat Barcelona in Fifa 11! ūüėÄ

ABUrabad
ABUrabad
10 years ago

I actually care more about pro-evolution 2011 more than this FIFA despite the good reviews ,since iv been playing it for around 13 years starting with the Japanese version of the game ,thank you Arnold Katayev for the great review but still I cant accept it as an excuse for not reviewing PES 2011

ABUrabad
ABUrabad
10 years ago

for the A.I. , Graphics and the fluidity of the PES 2011 come in a much better presentation that that of FIFA

hellish_devil
hellish_devil
10 years ago

I also used to play PES and Winning Eleven, until 2008, then when I bought my PS3 and needed a soccer game, I played PES 2009 on my firend's console, and it felt as the PS2 PES but with better graphics. It didn't have the "next-gen" feel.

Then I bought FIFA 09, and God it was a soccerfest. It was so much better than PES, ans it was so cool how everything looked so real, and the players moved so naturally. It was the real soccer game to me.


Last edited by hellish_devil on 11/14/2010 1:25:06 PM

ABUrabad
ABUrabad
10 years ago

You need first to check out why do they keep giving pes 2011 lower reviews than of FIFA 2011
,The commentary team could do with a revamp, and the crowd chants are nowhere near as good as FIFA's, also The licences aren't as plentiful as FIFA but it makes them count beside these 2 points PES 2011 being more advanced than FIFA 2011
everyone can get a free copy for the option file online to get all real names for all teams back
the only thing I care about is the game-play which seems that of the PES 2011 is much more advanced

Naga
Naga
10 years ago

I'm getting fed up with Fifas menus.. everytime I search for a player it lags…. and lags until I find the right player…

PES.. menus are different and I think the latest for Master League is like PES 6 which is welcoming.

hellish_devil
hellish_devil
10 years ago

Seeing how this game is getting better reviews than PES 2011, I can only say that even in the soccer genre Japan is staying behind.

Shams
Shams
10 years ago

I haven't purchased a sports game. This maybe the one, though.

Superman915
Superman915
10 years ago

someone who has this: please tell me if you can play as a team from Peru (or any south american team besides Argentina and Brazil)

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
10 years ago

Chile

Superman915
Superman915
10 years ago

thats it?!?

Naga
Naga
10 years ago

Uraguay? Paraquay?

They would be decent teams

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
10 years ago

I think Uraguay & Paraquay are in FIFA 11 too, but i might be confusing them with The FIFA World Cup 2010…

Qwarktast1c
Qwarktast1c
10 years ago

I really wish peru had a better team

Superman915
Superman915
10 years ago

i do too. id love to play as my home country.

tlpn99
tlpn99
10 years ago

You can you can load in you own songs to listen to saves listening to the games music etc. Also you can download and install chants for your fave team save as a play list like the music and select it from in game.
Good review Arnold.

STAY3R
STAY3R
10 years ago

hey ben did you see the sly4 trailer?

Rings0fUranus
Rings0fUranus
10 years ago

This or Pro Evolution 2011? I cannae decide! What do's youse dudes think?

___________
___________
10 years ago

i was so impressed by this, its a MASSIVE leap over last years efforts.
the new animation system is really impressive, as close as you will ever get to actually watching real football.
the personality + mode was a really nice addition too, and i noticed they have tweaked the power shots too.
last years fifa if i tapped shoot depending on which player, and my speed a feather tap might be a shot to the moon and a full hold would be a kick along the ground it was impossible to anticipate what would happen.
this years is much better though, they have made it allot easier to keep the ball low instead of giving the moon a shiner!
i honestly cant see how there going to improve on this next year, it was nigh on perfect, only watching the real deal would give you a more realistic experience!

Ergi
Ergi
10 years ago

Great review, thanks

Fabi
Fabi
10 years ago

You had me at FIFA.

VISCA BARCA!!!

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