Currently due for release in the United States on the 2nd of October, EA Sports' upcoming FIFA10 looks like it could be the soccer video game to beat in 2009. The new edition of the popular soccer franchise boasts everything that made the previous versions of FIFA worth playing. According to EA, the U.S. is the game's second largest market behind only the United Kingdom.
Among the enhancements in 10 (thanks in part to player feedback) is a load-free full-featured practice mode where players can customize their training sessions. Other new features include a wide-frame 45-degree camera angle, a HUD for player and ball location, realistic player growth, and more than fifteen tweaks to the manager mode. FIFA10 will also feature a lack of online play.
The demo that EA Sports gave the media at E3 showed a number of the improvements that have already been implemented into the game. Probably the most impressive thing is the naturally realistic look of the game. Many of the athletic movements that the soccer players perform over the course of the game look to be authentically duplicated in digital form.
FIFA10 also promises to feature an extensive roster and assortment of teams. Soccer franchises ranging from those of Europe (ie: Manchester United and Real Madrid), those in the States (ie: DC United and San José Earthquakes), as well as those in Latin America (ie: Team Mexico). For those soccer fans who are curious as to who soccer superstar David Beckham will be playing for, he is currently on the Los Angeles Galaxy. However, should he be loaned to his other team (A.C. Milan) before the game goes gold, his on-game team will switch to show the change.
Currently, FIFA is the top-selling soccer video game in the United States and (according to EA) controls 87% of the market. The next closest competitor is Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer title. Says Electronic Arts' Sam Cooper: "We keep an eye on them."
FIFA10 is due for an October 2009 release for the PS3 and Xbox 360 with versions for the Wii, DS, PSP, and PC to come out shortly thereafter.
The game is rated "E for Everyone" by the ESRB.