What’s better than one person doing a review? A whole community! FIFA 11 has been out for a while now, and we’d like to know what you think. Did you pick it up? Already played it, or even just the demo? We need your thoughts below!
I have to say that FIFA 11 has grown on me - and it's the good kind of growth. Like a growth spurt or an awesome beard (as opposed to a giant boil on the side of your nose). Soccer games (and by soccer games I mean PES and FIFA) seem destined to succumb to constant pull of sim versus arcade, or speed versus a more deliberate game.
FIFA 11 definitely ekes itself towards the slower paced, sim side of things, and at first I had problems with that. Plenty of fans didn't approve of the fast paced ping-pong passing of FIFA 10, but I was a fan, especially since most of my FIFA time was spent alongside less experienced players as a more casual thing. FIFA 10 was instantly accessible, with a big enough skill cap to separate the Rooneys from the um... Scott McDonalds.
FIFA 11 seemed to grind to a halt in endless midfield scuffles and lacked the end to end goal fests that its predecessor allowed for. Sure, I loved the new animations and the added physicality of the challenges, but my passes seemed to go astray too easily, dribbling was unrewarding, referees were too stingy.
Turns out I was just a massive noob.
Because the more I played, the more I got a feel for FIFA 11's balance. Passing soon became intuitive and, as a result of the increased precision required, infinitely more rewarding. Goals had to be earned, and if you thought your move through instead of just spamming the pass button, you would get the chances you deserved.
So now I'm pretty much in love with FIFA 11. But enough about me - what do you guys think? Did you prefer the faster paced FIFA 10, or are you planning to migrate back to PES with Pro Evolution Soccer 2011? Let me know in the comments section below