2010 FIFA World Cup: South Africa for the Xbox 360 is an incredible soccer game. First off the presentation is amazing. It really captures the celebratory nature of the World Cup. The pre-game presentation is there, the fan energy is present (though it could use some more vuvuzela to be true to the game) and everything seems spot on. The game's menus and loading screens are also some of the best I've seen in any video game. It's hard to explain, but they are just incredibly eye pleasing while capturing the feel of the World Cup. This is also true of the music in the game.
The gameplay is incredibly smooth and responsive. It's easy to get used to for amateurs (especially with its two-button mode) and the game gets more exciting and challenging (strategy wise) as you increase the difficulty.
Playing in the World Cup final is exciting and the reaction upon winning the World Cup is well worth it.
You can choose to play a full World Cup experience, starting in 2008 with plenty of qualifying and friendly matches, or you can jump right into the tournament with any of the teams that qualified this year. You can also customize the tournament to your liking if you don't want to play the actual 2010 tournament.
There's also the 'captain your team mode' aka 'be a pro' which adds more challenge to the game after (or before) you win the World Cup.
posted by Pykenstein (FORT SMITH, AR) Aug 10, 2010
Member since Aug 2010
Having grown up an American my story is typical: soccer was always a sport that those sissy Europeans played because they were too scared to play REAL football. MAN was I wrong!
I must admit that I'm a bit of an EA fanboy but I've grown bored with Tiger Woods, Madden, and the other major American sports titles they produce, so I gave FIFA:WCSA a shot.
My experience with soccer of any kind prior to this was the one year I played goalie because I was the fat kid when I was 5. I had no idea who any of the players were. I hadn't so much as heard a whisper of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Miroslav Klose. My childhood was spent idolizing steroid-users and selfish baseball players.
There's no need to go into the technical aspects, mainly because it's all over my head and I have no idea WHY it's pretty, but WOW it's pretty. The gameplay LOOKS difficult because of the amount of skill moves available but if you can learn a decent set of 5 or 6 good moves you will do just fine on any difficulty.
Captain Your Country is amazing in both ease of use and enjoyability. There's a certain feeling of inclusion and a connection to the player you choose to be due to the competition of gaining the captain's armband.
The best aspect for me was the multiplayer. My wife and 6-year-old son are both very novice level gamers. EA's Two-Button Controls option very nearly eliminates the learning curve and allowed my wife to become comfortable with the game and learn the nuances until she was ready to step up to classic controls. My son feels like he is actually involved because pressing A will make the best available pass and pressing B will result in a shot that rarely misses the target.
I loved this game so much that I literally watched every single game of the World Cup and I am now obsessed with Manchester United and Wayne Rooney. This game is fun, easy to play, and isn't so technical that those unfamiliar with soccer will feel overwhelmed. And Clive Tildsley is the man!