2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Game Review
Am I really about to drop another $60 on a new FIFA game just six months after doing so on “FIFA 10?”
Well, the fact that I’m writing a review gives away my decision.
And it was a pretty good one.
The question has to be addressed, though.
It is a polished up version of “FIFA 10.” Gone, of course, is the manager mode and the slew of leagues in which you can play.
In their place is the ability to control 199 different teams for the World Cup, or take any one of them through qualification.
Captain Your Country – the World Cup cousin of the Be A Pro feature in the normal FIFA series – is back and offers another level of fun and interest.
The graphics are a bit cleaner than they were in “FIFA 10.” There are actual fans, and the ever-present vuvuzelas buzzing away in the stands in South Africa – when you make it there.
All of this alone might justify opening your wallet, but for me, the Story of Qualifying mode puts it over the top.
It’s a series of scenarios from all over the world in which you get a chance to re-live, or rewrite, history.
In Oceania, you, playing as new Zealand, have to overturn a 1-0 halftime lead for Vanuatu. In South America, you’ll get the chance to wipe away Bolivia’s 5-1 lead against 10-man Argentina in about 22 minutes (still working on that one).
I’ve had the game a week, and I’ve probably spent 10 or 15 hours just playing through scenarios.
Is $60 a lot of money? You bet.
But if you’re fired up about the World Cup, and a fan of the FIFA series, this one is a must-own.