posted by chackmol (WICHITA FALLS, TX) Dec 10, 2010
Member since Aug 2010
This game was very frustrating for me to play. Even my 10 year old quickly tired of it because of the lack of control and overly complicated play. I'm not a huge gamer and won't dedicate every spare minute to learning a game like this inside out, so you should know this up front. I think for an avid gamer, this is probably a great game, but for an occasional player, it's just toooo much to learn and frankly just irritates the heck out of me. If you're not willing to spend what could be hours trying to master every concept of the game, it's just not worth the time. Getting shots off and on goal drives you crazy. Should also come with some kind of soccer glossary as I have no idea what half of the terms mean. This game is obviously made for the Rabid Soccer Fan (football if you're not from the US).
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.