The constant progression of annual sport titles has another advantage besides the games getting more and more realistic every year. It creates moments where the players go nuts—suddenly, our ordinary game turns itself into Dragon Ball Z or Super Smash TV. We selected below a few of these from the last few years' FIFA…
They're sick of waiting. And now some are crossing over to the other side.
At FIFA's awards gala, Gerard Pique, FC Barcelona teammate of Lionel Messi, outed the Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 - and 2009 and 2010 - cover athlete as a secret admirer of the competing title. Via FIFA Interactive World Cup's Twitter.
EA Sports today said its FIFA franchise broke the 100 million barrier, in terms of lifetime sales, making it the top-selling sports game of any type worldwide. FIFA joins gaming staples like Mario and Pokémon in the nine-digit club.
Peter Moore, the president of EA Sports, predicts a future in which the standout FIFA series transitions from annual disc-based releases to a more persistent online game.
Playing FIFA 11 in a pool in a stretch Hummer driving through LA? Hell of a home-console advantage for the Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash, sure. But is that really cause for Landon Donovan to call him a bleeping bleep?
This is the third FIFA game since September 2009. It's the 19th game in the FIFA series. You'd be forgiven for looking at FIFA 11 and thinking "I am getting bored with this".
FIFA 11's demo went live on both consoles' download services today, providing you with six top-flight international clubs and a range of difficulty settings to get a feel for this year's edition.
In American football, this type of motion is called "strafing." In association football, it's jockeying. This two minute tutorial gives you another good look at the soccer sim's gameplay while educating you on the finer points of advanced defense.
New to this year's edition of EA Sports' FIFA will be the opportunity to play as a goalkeeper in the game's career mode or in online team play. This tutorial gives the basics of the position's entirely new control set.
These crowns were everywhere during Gamescom, including EA's FIFA 11 booth.
Any get-together with my grad-school friends always involves a gantlet of getting my ass kicked at beer pong, then darts, bowling, pool, and finally rock-paper-scissors. All for chugs. It's definitely a competitive multiplayer experience, one with no ragequitting.
Online team play was 5-on-5 in FIFA 08, then 10-vs.-10 for a couple of years. This year the game will support true 11-vs.-11 matches - that means you finally get to play as the goalkeeper.
Sure, I called it. Then again, any eight-year-old watching him bang home the winner in stoppage time of the U.S.-Algeria match could tell you Landon Donovan would be making his third appearance on the cover of EA Sports' FIFA series.
Not wanting to neglect the Wii version of its international seller, EA Sports Canada built a five-on-five street soccer mode into this year's edition, with venues ranging from indoor (with Andrés Iniesta, pictured), to the streets of Brazil and France.
This year FIFA 11 strives to make its players, especially its superstars, more identifiable not only by their physical appearance, but also by their style of play. To that end, "Personality+" has been built in to EA Sports' top seller.