Review: FIFA 11

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OK, so first off, Be a goalkeeper mode sucks bad. i played one match. you stand at the back doing nothing and waiting for your team to give away the ball. Some times it took so long to get the other team on the ball that i would encourage them to pass it until they got intercepted. I only once got properly called into action, and that was a penalty.

Speaking of which, the change to penalties was completely un-needed. Surely there's a better way of adding tension to the penalties than with a complicated mechanism which is never explained.

Buying players is really frustrating. Sure, some players would never leave their club (talking captains and long-term players), but thats not everyone. History itself has proven that rival clubs do exchange players, so having that as an excuse isn't good. Also, trying to build up a new young team for the only club in game from my country (New Zealand) is practically impossible. No one wants to leave, no matter how much i pay them, mainly because my club is such a small one.

The manager mode in general has been simplified too much in other areas. I don't get why they removed half the features. They made the experience more deep. Though the interfaces are a lot better.

As far as gameplay goes, its a bit frustrating at times, and the fact that strikers lurk around after the ball goes out is realistic, but it's annoying when you get caught out, but it is genuinely the best gameplay in a football game to date. The only thing keeping me from going back to FIFA10 is the gameplay.

let's just forget all about multiplay and game menus and sleek design, when you and your buddy get gamepads on your hands for an exhibition, isn't gameplay in pes 2011 better?

hahaha.. How on gods earth did you ever come to think of choosing Kongsvinger IL as your team? Its a tiny football team in a tiny city in a tiny country.. Its amusing to me seeing as i am Norwegian myself..

I want this game, but has so many other things to spend money on at the moment its sickening..

John Funk:

JourneyThroughHell:

John Funk:

JourneyThroughHell:
I'm sorry, Greg, I completely misunderstood why you are the one to review this game.

It's pretty obvious that, well, you don't like soccer that much, which is okay, but I bet you that Fifa 11 is really really different in the hands of a football fan.

For me, it was as different as I could ever imagine it being - refined passing, controls, penalty system, Be A Goalkeeper.

Also, more red cards does not equal better.

Just saying.

Because the other football fan in the office is me, and I mean the American type :P

Huh...
Well, that's a problem.

I have nothing against non-football fans (despite them obviously being WRONG) but I do think that a guy who reviews football games should actually like football, otherwise it'll be incredibly difficult for him to spot the differences and the gameplay aspects.

Also, sorry for constantly saying "football", I guess calling it "soccer" would actually be a far fairer option, but it's hard to switch.

On the other hand, you could also consider it in the light that a person who doesn't like soccer might consider picking up the game, and shouldn't a review be equally valuable to them as well? You might argue that someone coming in who isn't a huge soccer fan might be more likely to judge a game on its own merits.

Tito likes sports games, and he volunteered. So he got it :)

I'll accept that, if you get Ben Croshaw to review the next Madden release ;)

Short review: Its Fifa 10 but you can now play as the goal keeper.
If youre liek me and dont like football much, youll properly just play it for the achievments or when some friends are over.

You know what would be really awesome/funny? Watching the Escapist review a game based on a sport they know absolutely nothing about. Sports games don't interest me in the slightest, but I would very much like to see that.

Deathninja19:
It's interesting to get a yanks view on a Fifa game I can never tell if Americans like the series or not. Anyway has anyone noticed freezing during matches? I'm really hoping for a patch soon.

Yanks? Are you from the south or are you like some sort of english person that calls americans yankies from time to time? I'm just wondering cause being in the south yanks is usually a term applied to new yorkers or people living in the northern part of the country.

Oh uh the soccer game. It's a nice game I would never play it. or buy it. or watch it. But actually doing soccer like playing soccer for reals. I don't play it often cause people insist I play a game more becoming of my size(football).

I love the sport to death. Die hard Soccer (real Football) fan. I love the Fifa series and buy it every year. I love the fact that in FIFA 11 you can play as the goalkeeper (that is the position I play in real life). My only negative thing about this was the team AI when playing as a goalkeeper, my strikers always just run straight into the other teams keeper and don't shoot or pass off. I wish they would fix this so it can be that much more enjoyable. overall i would give it an 8/10.

Hehe this game is such good fun to play with friends.

Partially because its hilarious to watch the AI run into a wall time and time again and partially because it is a really fun game.

Also, try scoring with the goalie. The AI will not attempt to tackle you unless you get extremely close to you so you can nearly walk the entire field unopposed. Its a foolproof plan.

Greg Tito:
Soccer, or football, or whatever you call it...

The term you were looking for is "Communist Kickball".

tunderball:
Fifa 11 is the perfect game to invite your mates round for a few beers and discuss what really matters..... Will Liverpool get a new owner soon enough to make an impact on the season? Have Newcastle got the man power to survive in the Premiership? And why can't Man Untd keep up with Chelsea this season?

Or how Arsenal always tries to walk it in

OT: Awesome review cant wait to get my hands on the game :D

SupahGamuh:
In my country, soccer is a HUGE thing, it's even an obsession here. Many people breathe, eat, crap and sleep soccer and despite that, I hate socce and sometimes I feel like an outcast because of that.

You probably shouldn't eat the same thing you crap, so maybe being an outcast is for the better.

GOOOOooooOOOOOoooooooo bibliotecaaa!!!

I missed the joke!. why would anyone say "Library" at the end of a "GOAL" scream???

anywhay, i might buy this game,i liked the review and it looks fun enough

Vainglory:
OK, so first off, Be a goalkeeper mode sucks bad. i played one match. you stand at the back doing nothing and waiting for your team to give away the ball. Some times it took so long to get the other team on the ball that i would encourage them to pass it until they got intercepted. I only once got properly called into action, and that was a penalty.

Well, believe it or not, this is how goalkeeping works.

Also, which difficulty level?

Vainglory:

Speaking of which, the change to penalties was completely un-needed. Surely there's a better way of adding tension to the penalties than with a complicated mechanism which is never explained.

This should help, somewhat.

Oh for Gods sake. Can you please just call it Football? FOOT-BALL. FOOT. BALL. IT IS NOT FUCKING SOCCER.

If you just replaced every instance of 'soccer' with football, I'd say this is a very good review.
Sorry, I was raised in a place where everyone calls it soccer and has no respect for the sport.

kman123:
Oh for Gods sake. Can you please just call it Football? FOOT-BALL. FOOT. BALL. IT IS NOT FUCKING SOCCER.

If you just replaced every instance of 'soccer' with football, I'd say this is a very good review.
Sorry, I was raised in a place where everyone calls it soccer and has no respect for the sport.

Communist kickball! Say it right!

Souplex:

kman123:
Oh for Gods sake. Can you please just call it Football? FOOT-BALL. FOOT. BALL. IT IS NOT FUCKING SOCCER.

If you just replaced every instance of 'soccer' with football, I'd say this is a very good review.
Sorry, I was raised in a place where everyone calls it soccer and has no respect for the sport.

Communist kickball! Say it right!

Why communist? Coming from an ex-commie country myself, we fail at football pretty hard. If anything, it should be Royal Kickball.

JourneyThroughHell:

Souplex:

kman123:
Oh for Gods sake. Can you please just call it Football? FOOT-BALL. FOOT. BALL. IT IS NOT FUCKING SOCCER.

If you just replaced every instance of 'soccer' with football, I'd say this is a very good review.
Sorry, I was raised in a place where everyone calls it soccer and has no respect for the sport.

Communist kickball! Say it right!

Why communist? Coming from an ex-commie country myself, we fail at football pretty hard. If anything, it should be Royal Kickball.

Or imperial kick ball

JourneyThroughHell:

Souplex:

kman123:
Oh for Gods sake. Can you please just call it Football? FOOT-BALL. FOOT. BALL. IT IS NOT FUCKING SOCCER.

If you just replaced every instance of 'soccer' with football, I'd say this is a very good review.
Sorry, I was raised in a place where everyone calls it soccer and has no respect for the sport.

Communist kickball! Say it right!

Why communist? Coming from an ex-commie country myself, we fail at football pretty hard. If anything, it should be Royal Kickball.

All the modern communist countries love it though. Communist = Not American. Ergo, since America doesn't like it, it's communist.

JourneyThroughHell:

Vainglory:
OK, so first off, Be a goalkeeper mode sucks bad. i played one match. you stand at the back doing nothing and waiting for your team to give away the ball. Some times it took so long to get the other team on the ball that i would encourage them to pass it until they got intercepted. I only once got properly called into action, and that was a penalty.

Well, believe it or not, this is how goalkeeping works.

Also, which difficulty level?

Vainglory:

Speaking of which, the change to penalties was completely un-needed. Surely there's a better way of adding tension to the penalties than with a complicated mechanism which is never explained.

This should help, somewhat.

Yeah, i know how to do them, after i tried out a few in the arena. still didn't need to change.

I'm glad that I'm not the only one obsessed with huge afros on my characters in FIFA games.

I'm quite happy with 09 but I might pick this up after new vegas.

One thing that I forgot to mention in the review that really needs to be said: the soundtrack is actually pretty fucking awesome. The older games always had some real cringe-worthy pop songs, but I'd say i dig about 90% of the music in FIFA 11.

Even that semi-annoying song in the penalties tutorial that JourneyThroughHell posted really start to grow on me. It's such a weird sound.

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