Demo Impressions: FIFA 10 and PES 2010
After a few hours with both the demos, lets just say we are impressed!
What a night. After going a full day without FIFA 09 a pleasant surprise in the form of two demos was waiting for me online. Both the FIFA 10 and PES 10 demos were up and waiting for me to check them out. And just like last year, Arsenal was not to be found on either of the demos.. Grrrr
Starting off with FIFA 10, it’s clear that the game has changed. The player’s physics and design had slightly changed to accommodate some other changes in the game. And one of those changes is the physical play. While speed dominated FIFA 09 with players like Walcott and Eto owning the scene, this year players like Ibra and Drogba are going to be more powerful than ever. In a game I was playing as Barca against Juve, Ibra was fed a thru pass by Henry with a defender close behind him. The defender was faster but Ibra managed to overpower him and push his way through to the goal.
Playing the FIFA 10 demo over and over again I noticed how the referees are way too strict this year. They will call almost every little foul; hopefully something will be done about this before the final release of the game.
The final thing I am going to mention about FIFA 10 is the passing game, both offensively and defensively. Passing the ball is going to need a little more effort and concentration this year because defenders will actually try their best to block your passes. Every time I attempted a quick thru pass to set a striker free, the defender extended his leg to block the pass. Impressive.
PES 10 too had its share of changes. The game is clearly easier to control. Shots are no longer too sensitive to the direction of the player and I managed to hit the back of the net a number of times per game.
Improved in the game is the players design. I started off the demo with a game as Spain Vs France. The first thing I noticed is the Arsenal players on the field. Sagna, Fabregas and Nasri looked simply perfect. Playing as Barca later, guys like Henry and Messi looked really impressive. Messi even comes with his own running style.
I am actually happy to say that both games managed to impress me. Both demos featured improved graphics and gameplay and each game concentrated on its own weaknesses and improved its strengths. Picking one game over the other is going to be really hard for me right now, and what I thought was a runaway win for FIFA 10 might be slightly harder than expected.
Look out for the review for both games as soon as they hit stores next month!