Review: FIFA 11 (PS3)

By Wayne Webb

I often struggle with the latest edition of a sports title. Mostly because the last one was good, and the next one is pretty much the same thing. There are minor differences, and updated details – but in most cases people who are already sold on the game eagerly await the annual release of this type of genre. 

FIFA 11 does have some other nice features in the latest version of the FIFA franchise. The animations around ball handling are smoother and more detailed in places – adding a new level of realism to the game. There are a few options available for control, ranging from full control to a minimalist two-button version. The teams are up to date and the teams and stats all reflect what’s happening in reality – except of course for Wayne Rooney’s hair, which has had surgical help to magically re-sprout in real life since this game was made.

I do wonder why anyone would pay full price for it if they have paid for a previous version, which is just as good. I’ve never been a fan of the solo player game of video soccer; it’s just not that engaging if you’re not a football fan.

The appeal for this has always been in multiplayer, not online but in the room with you. FIFA 11 allows you to play up to seven players on screen, but I never got past four in the lunch room at work – mostly because who has seven controllers? Definitely BYO controller if you plan a big game. It’s loud, boisterous and fun as you go head to head against your friends, and occasionally against the person you’re supposed to be co-operating with.

If you’re a fan and you don’t mind the price, then you’ll probably have it before this review is published. If you’re a first timer then this is a slightly better version than before and therefore a good place to start.

Pros: Another solid effort, improved animations, great multiplayer.
Cons: More of the same.

4.5 out of 5 Shacks

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