14 points, 2 votes
Polyphonic: I don’t understand socc… I mean, football. I’ve never played it; I never watch it apart from the World Cup and I have a shaky understanding of its rules. But I love sports video games, and when a good one comes along, I will play it until I puke.
Roberto Spiralli : Yet again, this is fucking terrible. The biggest problem is the movement of the players which is unnatural, clumsy and very axis-bound. Turning is sluggish and gives the feel of dragging oil tankers around the pitch. When I went to pass, what happened onscreen was frequently not quite what I intended. Tackling is very weird, partly automated and I couldn’t get the hang of it at all. I don’t know how they keep getting it so wrong, except for the fact that people keep buying this shit and it gets the same lazy ass decent reviews every time, so maybe the developers don’t even know that their product sucks.
Cozwyn: I never thought I’d say anything positive about FIFA in my life but this game is meaty and physical and deep and FUN!! The shooting is definitely the best bit; it feels crunchy and heavy compared to PES’ floaty and light kicks. The animation is, as ever, impeccable but there was some horrid slowdown during replays.
MPx4A: It is a disgrace that there is no training mode, but it is quite good that the soundtrack has Cut Copy and Gonzalez EA really appear to have brought their A-game with regards to the online possibilities in this; just as long as you have the means to play with people who will pass the ball in co-op games and not just pick Man United all the time, you’re likely to find a good match.
AleXTC: The level of detail in the gameplay and moves/combinations you can do is just great.
18 points, 2 votes
S1ocki: Okay, I borrowed this from work yesterday, played for a bit and was like “This is ooooookaaaaaaay…” and then all of the sudden it was two in the morning. Hey, imagine eating a calzone while playing Killzone!!!
JeffLevine: There are lots of great things about this game, not the least of which is the best graphics of any console multiplayer game so far. The multiplayer is particularly strong. I do feel that as you rank up and unlock over-powered abilities, the game gets worse. I had a lot of fun getting to the tipping point, though I still haven’t bothered finishing the single player campaign. If you’re a bit burned out on this kind of walking through gray worlds shooting dudes type game already, it probably won’t rock your world.
Forksclovetofu: When games look this realistic and take themselves this seriously, I tend to feel guilty playing them; they become more ultra-realistic murder simulators than recreation. Undeniably gorgeous and likely fun to play if I could get past the squickyness, but I just got a little turned off after only an hour of play. Back to Rittai Picross for me; at least it doesn’t make me question my humanity.
Cutty: I had to change the sensitivity and the control layout (too heavy and sluggish on both the X and Y axis and zoom/aim was mapped to the right thumbstick instead of L1; what were they thinking?) but besides that I’m into this for sure. The enemy AI is GREAT.
Skygreenleopard: My biggest frustration is that no one seems to use the squad feature well. Occasionally I’ll play with some clan dudes that roll together and take out everyone as they converge upon them, which is awesome. I vow never to use a headset, but working with a guy who has one makes me feel bad. Ninety percent of the time I’m working with people with better ranks and abilities than I have and they are WAY better at the game, yet they’d win that many more matches if they just covered my ass once and didn’t get me shotgunned in the back.
Polyphonic: Wii Sports Resort is way better than Wii Sports. I was pretty impressed.
Zappi: Surprisingly good; much more content than I was expecting.
EZ Snappin: Improved on the first Wii Sports in every way, making what could have been a tech demo into a captivating and challenging experience… as long as you skip biking and rowing.