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FIFA 11 by EA SPORTS™ Review

By , on September 30, 2010


FIFA 11 by EA SPORTS™
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Slick detailed 3D visuals with high-def Retina support.
  • Alternate touch-screen controls for passing and advanced plays.
  • Huge variety of International teams and leagues.

CONS

  • Choppy close-up camera frame-rate.
  • A-B-C buttons for advanced controls (this isn't 1994 anymore).

VERDICT

EA Sports seems to have opted for FIFA 11 to act as a sort of short arcade stop-gap for players after a game when not playing the console version, however the missing features make this feel like a hollow shell instead of a triple-A title.


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Today is a day held sacred by many gamers around the world for today is the day that the new FIFA title from EA Sports hits shelves (virtual or otherwise) and flies directly in to the nearest console or electronic device near them. Yes, FIFA 11 has hit the App Store.

Wrapping your head around the game's controls is going to be the first big hurdle for anyone jumping in to FIFA 11 as the days of simple pass, kick and tackle are quickly being replaced by advanced maneuvers that give you a lot of control of how your players move. Two control systems are available, with a basic system that utilizes three buttons that vary depending on the ball's current state of play; and an advanced system that can perform all the basic functions while allowing players to use features like calling in a second defender for pressure.

Anyone who has picked up a recent EA Sports title will be familiar with the slick visual upgrades that accompany this new release and the added detail in the environments are great to see, especially close up. However it's not what's in the game that hurts this release, it's what's not in it that seems confusing. Multiplayer is 'upcoming'; team management features have been stripped back; and no solo career mode has made it in either.

While FIFA 11 shouldn't have to pack every feature from the console title in the App Store release, it makes it a harder purchase to justify when older releases pack more value. A solid football title for FIFA fans, but not a shining star.

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Comments

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FalloutNewVegas 3 years, 11 months ago

Yes the console ones are quite good, my mate invited me to his house and few months ago and though I was reluctant on playing fifa(a soccer game and....well...I'm a gamer...that isn't really into sport games) but I found it to be quite fun but I still didn't buy it on the console on the fact that...its soccer.... The ones on itouch/iphone kind of tone down the controls too make it feel more friendly for begginers, but it just feels too noobish and I don't get that...feeling I get playing the console.

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FalloutNewVegas 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm not really into Fifa...I have Fifa 10 but its nothing great. Might check this out depending on my mood >.>

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andrew 3 years, 11 months ago

If you're not super keen I'd say you're better off not buying this one straight away :) The console version is simply amazing and this is quite disappointing by comaprison.