I wanted to share some videos I made in the FIFA 10 demo, to show off how fluid the game is and how much better it feels than FIFA 08. I had never messed with EA Sports Football World, but they have a very competent system in place for uploading videos and snapshots of matches you play on the Xbox 360. The still pictures are terribly low quality and not worth viewing, and the same could be argued of the flash videos it creates, but they’re much better than taking off-screen video of the game.
The first video I present is Thierry Henry perfectly executing a chip over the keeper’s head in a one-sided match against Chicago:
The second is Frank Lampard showing off against a helpless keeper in the arena:
The third is a nice sequence of plays from Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba, resulting in an easy goal against Juventus:
I love that the through ball works now; in fact, passing in general is just far more successful than in previous games. And aerial passes are much refined, no longer just high, arcing lobs. I look forward to actually being able to play fluid soccer.
Finally, the pièce de résistance. I was frustrated that I could not sub an outfield player into the goalkeeper position during a game, but I later realized that the game would allow for the swap before a match began. So I put Michael Ballack as keeper and moved Petr Cech into the central attacking midfielder role in place of Lampard. What followed was astonishing, and also allowed me to play with the video editing functions built into the game’s replay viewer to switch between camera angles for maximum effect:
Yes, that was Cech (complete in protective helmet) getting the assist, and, yes, Anelka certainly had a handball on the play that went unpunished. Cech’s rating as a 26/100 for a midfield player is probably a bit generous. For those curious, you can also force the keeper to take any free kick from the on-the-fly selection menu, so in an earlier game I let Cech rip one into the stands from 20 yards out. It’s nice to have the freedom to make foolish decisions.
EA requires that the following disclaimer be placed on sites sharing videos of the game, and I don’t want any trouble, so I’ll do it.
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