Great gameplay, game modes, and tremendous realism highlight this World Cup game. There are few, if any, disadvantages. There are some blown offside calls by refs (which seems pretty realistic after watching the actual World Cup). Also, some will find the players to be at times robotic as they move, but practice with the proper controls will cause this to be a very minor flaw. The timing may be an issue for some trying to feel the actual experience of the World Cup because you will only be able to play up to 20 minutes per half, which is well below the 45 minutes of the real Futbol half. Now that I have gone over the advantages and disadvantages , I will now go through the game modes and let you what I think of each.
2010 FIFA World Cup – This is where you will experience the battle to win the World Cup in South Africa. You can go through this mode with the qualifying round, or go straight to the tournament. When you enter the mode, you can then train your players in 1-on-1, set pieces, and practice matches to prepare them for their next match (this is a very helpful technique to beginners). Passing and smoothness between your team are big keys into finally winning that World Cup. It won’t be easy as the opposition is very tough unless you are on your game at all times.
Captain Your Country – In this mode you can either create a player or pick a player from a Country, and you will be that player throughout every match. To achieve your goal in this mode, you will need to play your position as the actual player would and show your skills, as this will impress the coach and move up your player’s ranks. This is a very fun mode and it really shows you how to play a certain position in the game.
Story of Qualifying and Finals – In these modes you will have to alter real-game situations to receive points for that event. For example, Denmark trails Portugal by one goal in the Qualifying match in the 87th minute, you will need to change history and score two goals in the remaining time to beat that objective. Beating each objective in the events will help you receive point rewards and will unlock events and a bonus level.
Penalty Shootout – This mode pretty much speaks for itself. This is a very effective mode if you are starting out playing the game and are having trouble with the penalty shots, because they can be some-what difficult for a beginner.
Training Ground – This is also a mode that will help a newcomer of the game. You can never get enough training in this game and it really does help you achieve a great passing and shooting team.
My 2010 FIFA World Cup – This is where you can personalize all your settings and edit any players or teams. You can manage your squad, and their formations in this mode. You will also be able to change any appearance or stats of any player. There are also a few tutorials that will help you out with the controlling your team and players.
Each game mode is either helpful or just extremely fun. You will really get the experience of playing in the World Cup. And for the price of $59.99, it’s well worth it to do so. Go grab a copy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa game. It may not have the greatest name in the world for a game, but it sure is one of the best all-around sports games of our time.
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars