by William Thompson
reviewed on NDS
Of course, football fans will be asking whether they can play as their favourite team or player. And the answer is yes – probably. The game has been licensed with all the major Leagues over the world, so it’s a sure bet that your favourite team is playable. Everyone from the English Premier League to the German Bundesliga, and even the Australian A League have been included. And of course, players playing in those leagues have also been included. So if you want to help David Beckham retain his spot in the English squad, or help Archie Thompson force his way into the Australian team, then you can do so.
As well as being able to play as their favourite player or club, how the game controls is another major aspect of a football game. And in this regard, I can safely say that the controls are pretty standard for football games and as such are simple to master. Passing and shooting are simply a matter of pressing the A and B buttons on the controller, whilst when defending, a press of the buttons will result in a standard or slide tackle. The D-pad works smoothly for the most part, enabling good control over the player’s direction. The stylus is also used at various stages when selecting tactics or changing players on and off the bench.
The referee has blown his whistle
Although the music in the game is lively and can get you in the mood to play, the overall audio experience is not one of the game’s stronger suits. The sound effects are good, both pretty standard for football games, with the typical referee whistles, crowd chanting and cheering when goals are scored. But where the game lets us down, is the commentary. The commentary is not at all crisp to listen to, and the fact that the sound bites are limited means that the commentary becomes repetitious at quite an early stage.
Visually, the game is fairly standard too. And, unfortunately, being a DS game this means that the players and the ball in particular are much smaller than with other console versions. This is not much of a problem though. There are times when there are minor jumper clashes, and this can be annoying. There was one game I played where one team was wearing light grey whilst the away team was wearing white strip. I could hardly tell which players were mine and which were my opponent's. These, of course, were the default strips and could have been rectified by changing the strips at the start of the game. I guess I should have checked first. The stadiums and the pitches are done well and bring the feel of the game to the DS.
And they’ve scored a goal
With football being such a popular sport around the world, and with limited competition in football games on the DS (only the PES series), EA could have just rested on their laurels and have brought out the same game as last year. But they know that the PES series is around, so they must keep trying to improve. And FIFA 10 certainly does that. Although the visuals and audio could still use some further enhancing on the DS, the game is still fun to play, and with all the modes available, will have portable football fans playing until next year’s release.
Be A Pro - where you can star for your club and country
Commentary is limited and becomes repetitious very quickly