FIFA 11 Review

By on September 26, 2010

Another great FIFA title. Must buy.

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It has finally arrived, FIFA 11 is in our hands and we are ready to play some footy already! The wait has been easier this year thanks to the World Cup videogame trying (and successfully) to empty our wallets even further during the hot summer, but the real deal only comes once every year. The new FIFA is here and ready to dominate once again. For the last few years, FIFA did not just make better football games; they simply conquered the genre and left the competition struggling to keep up. Both PES and FIFA are offering some interesting new features this year however, and both demos managed to impress to a certain level. After playing FIFA 11 for a while now, we are glad to report that the series has now reached a new level of excellence.

From the first sight, it is important to sit down and take note of how awesome the graphics is. Not wanting to sound too shallow and starting off with the graphics, but zooming in on some players while playing the game was just too impressive to ignore. Pausing the game and taking a look at some players, take Clichy from Arsenal as an example, you will struggle to find any differences with a real life picture. That’s next generation for you right there. The players also seem to react with what is going on the field right now too. So Clichy will now smile when Arsenal score a goal, look upset when we concede and look absolutely disgusted when going down 3-0 at home to WBA. Playing sports games for well over 15 years now, I always thought a player running around like a zombie was very silly. When you hit a last second shot or score a game winning goal, the least you expect is a smile!

Graphics aside, the game is as solid as ever. The passing seems to have been completely redone and will really catch your eye from the get go. The way the pass comes out depends on the run of the play. So you will no longer just randomly press X or A to get the ball from one player to another, you now have to watch the game and know when to pass and who are you passing to. Players now will even outrun the pass if it was too weak. So if Arshavin is running pointlessly on the wing and Fabregas feeds him a pass that is a bit late or weak, Arshavin will now actually struggle receiving the pass and might even just leave it to run out for a throw in. Stuff like that will surely frustrate many gamers out there, but you have to respect the level of realism the developers are tying to enforce here.

One of the interesting new features this year is the play as the goal keeper mode or what Arsenal fans like to call the “Oh no not him again” mode. Playing as a keeper, I was left a bit bored at times during the game however; watching your team dominate position will mean nearly no balls coming your way. The most interesting matches I played as a GK were the ones where I played as a half a star team against a top club. You will concede a few funny ones here and there, but the experience is pretty cool and fresh. I found the ability to play as the keeper to be more fun when playing against some friends. With things getting pretty messy, it is always entertaining to poke fun at the latest mistake Almunia have done, this time it’s only in FIFA 11 however.

Another thing that you will notice on the field is the way players interact. When a player runs into another player now, they will actually collide. In older FIFA games, the players would simply slide off each other. Now however, they will push each other off trying to create some space. This will be noticeable during corners where players will be pushing and shoving trying to gain ground, just like in real life. This also means headers will be won by the stronger and taller players.

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The Scorecard
The old proven Gameplay is still there, with a few improvements here and there.
A fantastic job done here. The players and stadiums look amazing.
Fantastic sound track and the sound effects are pretty solid.
FIFA is a full year game; you can keep playing this for a year or even two if you want.
You can now save highlights to your hard disk! About time!
Another fantastic entry to what is slowly becoming a legendary sports series.


I love my Sports games. Throw me on an Island with the newest FIFA, Football Manager and NBA 2K and i will live forever. Follow me on Twitter (@RabieA11) for updates or on the PSN and XBL (Rabie1).

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  • peter

    what's the mean reason you prefer xbox360?

  • William

    Played the demo, you don't mention FIFA's major flaw, same as in FIFA10:
    In defense, and quite unlike PES, the AI does not select the player closest to the ball if you press LB. A player someway further the line is selected, very unpredictable. This silly fact ruins the game! Player switching is the most important and most commonly used aspect of the whole game.

    • Ben

      hey William, you just use the right stick to pick the player you precisely want…

    • socrack

      here's how you fix that, use the right stick for player switching. example: cross coming in, 2 of your players are around, one above another is under, the above player has the best shot at trapping it, using the lb would end up giving you the player under, so push the right stick up to select the one above, and pushing the left or down on the stick (assuming the ball is going from right to left) selects the player under.

  • Rabie Hassoun

    Not really William, i never had that problem in any FIFA games! Did u try messing around with the control manual settings? I always seem to have just the player i need selected. But keep in mind, you are controlling human players, so one mistake every other game has to exist! Still this is a top game either way.

    @peter: prefer the 360 because of the online features really. Only use my PS3 cause i like the controller :)

    • William

      yup control manual settings in fifa10, but no solution there. Player switching looks like an independent phenomenon.
      Flicking the right stick is
      a. sometimes ok, on other occasions has a rather unpredictable outcome I noticed.
      b. quite difficult as it requires coordination between left and right stick and often some buttons as well to manage defensive play
      c. time consuming. Suppose you give a shot at goal, ball ricochets back into play and you want to try a rebound. First you have to look for the player under your control and often it happens I miss the rebound like that.
      Why does PES do it right where FIFA has it wrong?
      Do they do that deliberately? Is it just to be different?

      • Robin

        I think you are exaggerating a little bit. It is not that bad, I've never had problems with the LB button to switch players, maybe you have the bar of auto switching full or something?

        • William

          nope on the contrary, auto switch 100 % off. Otherwise it's even worse.
          It's not a bad game really. Except for some features.

  • Nick Rego

    See THIS is why I never take the sports games ;) Great write-up Rabie!

  • Zerevo Satis

    footie haha FIFA 11 will be released today! ??? I'm playing the game 2days now since Sunday.
    im a pes fan but i really find this fifa 11 amazing specially the online.
    but i have a problem!! did any one had a error saying that his redeem code is not correct or already used ?cause im entering the redeem code in the back of the game but its not working.if any one had the same issue let me know thx.

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