I wanted to love this game because it does have some of features that i do like: you can play has a team from the lower division of the English soccer and work your way up. But the game play is unrealistic. It still plays like an arcade game and lacks the flow of Winning Eleven(now pro evolution). Pro evolution's graphics are not as nice, but the gameplay is realistic. For someone that loves to watch EPL, this game is a disappointment. It plays like MLS and not EPL. I was shocked when I saw this game got such high reviews, because i have been disappointed in the past. I gave it a try again and still feel the gameplay especially the flow is lacking. It is possible to build up your offense and move the ball around. Players attack you as soon as you have the ball and take it from you with ease. It is difficult to make moves to go around players and generate chances. Awful game. Also, the player AI on defense an with the goalie are lacking. They do not attempt to make any play on the ball at all. I will be returning this game right away. Great potential with the depth of leagues, but still lacks true soccer feel and the camera view is still inferior to pro evolution, which is still the best soccer series.
If play manager mode on this game be ready to be upset. The game freezes for no reason during the transfer period, the computer will sell your players without warning, and best of all at the end of my first season with inter-milan, I had a balance of over $40 million dollars and then when the second season started, I was at negitive $2 billon. The game play is great, but for someone who gets this game for manager mode, this game sucked!!!!
FIFA 10 server's have been turned off, it is no longer possible to get a platinum.
Besides EA's lack of concern for it's customer base, the physics, collision detections, camera angles, ball control, button layout... among other things need work.
There are two main types of game modes left be played;"Be a Pro" and "Manager". The manager mode puts you in complete control of a team, and gives you the opportunity to play with a team for 15 seasons (38 games a season) in a chance to be number one in the world. "Be a Pro" puts you behind an individual player (player generated, initially you could customize his face by pointlessly registering online with EA servers, which is now turned off and can't be accessed). You build up his skills by completing "Accomplishments". You can change out of this and play as the whole team if you desire.
You can slightly customize team tactics and save them as hot keys on the d-pad, but even after hours of futile tampering with the customization settings it seems that the presets that come in the game are about as dynamic as the tactics can be. Opponent teams will be amazingly aggressive in all attempts to take the ball, but fellow team mates will passively allow balls to walk by them, rarely will they run too a pass, and they fail to successfully pass in fluent motions on a consistent basis. They will not drop a pass unless you call for it behind them. The entire game is engineered around the most rudimentary strategy of running the ball down the side and very inaccurately crossing the ball into a small blurry mess of players rampantly swinging away. In the "Be a Pro" mode, while playing as an individual, a majority of the games (with evenly matched teams) you spend a majority of the time waiting for the computer to interact with you, which gets tiring. The collision detection will be cluttering up your rap sheet by the second season.
If you really love soccer, be careful playing this game if you have high blood pressure.