FIFA 10 Gives Modern Warfare 2 A Run For Its Money

While Modern Warfare 2 emerged as 2009's biggest-selling game globally, in Europe, it was a close-run thing, Activision's blockbuster shooter only just edging out EA's FIFA 10.

Granted, this information comes from... Electronic Arts, the game's developers, but seeing as they get access to complete, accurate sales figures (something the general public does not when it comes to the European market), in this instance we'll take their word for it.

In an interview with MCV, EA's Jens Uwe Intat - an early front-runner for games industry name of the year - said that not only was FIFA "neck and neck" with Modern Warfare 2 in terms of European sales, but that EA now controls "75% of the football space" on the continent.

If he just means FIFA vs Pro Evo, that's an impressive number. If he means FIFA vs Pro Evo vs Football Manager vs Champ Manager, it's super impressive.

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    Doesn’t surprise me, I think a lot of people underestimate how popular football is over there, I lived in Europe for a year in 2006 and football for them is not just a game it’s a lifestyle, people had conversations about their teams and players for hours while drinking. It was culture shock for me because I’ve never been too much of a fan, that being said they had no idea how i could be such a fan of cricket and rugby. Plus FIFA 10 is just an awesome game.

    FIFA 10 still feels like a childs game. Better than FIFA used to be, but am still flummoxed when everyone talks of it as the best football game ever.

    I rekon FIFA10 has less online troubles (lag, iwnet, hacks)

    When you look at football games from a purists perspective you will see that it comes horrifically close to the perfect simulation.

    Player skills are top notch, and gruesomely hard to pull off in the heat of the moment. A childs game it is not, my 9yo brother cant compete tactically with the AI on Semi Pro, and comes up short in Professional where Ive been able to kill it.

    Its a game rich in tactics and skill and the simulation of play is amazing. Perhaps you would be a little less perplexed if you understood the game technically?

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