Better than the last FIFA installment in every way. The Virtual Pro is the best create-a-player mode in any sports game, EA or otherwise. You can use this player online in the 10 v 10 Pro Match, in the Be A Pro: Seasons mode, in the Arena/Loading Screen, and even in the standard Franchise mode. The achievements make the player better, based on which position he plays. If you constantly play striker, his shooting will improve based on his accomplishments; playmaker will result in passing accomplishments which in turn improve your passing further. Best part of the game by far.
Smooth gameplay gives you the "OOOH" moments that you usually get only from watching real soccer matches. Gameplay is smoother and more realistic than previous editions, minus headers inside the box. I find it still ridiculously tough to score off a cross with a header, or a corner kick.
Creating set pieces is lots of fun and anytime I get a set piece within 30 yards of the goal, my brilliant plays almost always guarantee me a goal. :)
Initially, FIFA 10 seems to be a refreshing new take. 360 dribbling, they've tried to scale down the "Ronaldo-effect" where people could just put Ronaldo on top and make blind passes forward and charge through the defense.
So you start out in manager mode. Not only has this mode failed to evolve, it's taken 6 steps backwards. Zero interaction except choosing sponsors at season start. It's riddled and filled with bugs that will mess up your starting 11. "Well this was DULL!" you say and move on to online play.
Here you'll discover the insane button lag, because real people will pounce on mistakes harder than AI and make you notice better. Even with a perfect connection you're going to experience button lag, even though the rest of the game is running perfectly smooth, especially on defense. Tell you player 10 minutes in advance to clear the incoming cross with a first-time header and he will still chest it down and after a couple of trapping touches try to clear it. By that time, Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo, or Rooney has already tackled you and scored. Trust me, this happens all the time. The same thing happens on the opposite side. Ask your player to shot the ball after trapping down a perfect cross, and he'll run the ball straight into the goalie like a blind goat.
The best indicator of this button delay is if you try to do manual celebrations with the finishing moves (L1+R3 for example). The delay is unreal! Insert this into a real game setting, and get VERY frustrated. It's also in stark contrast to FIFA 09, which was lightning fast in that aspect.
As if that wasn't enough, ALL players are top heavy and sluggish when maneuvering, and will easily run the ball out of bounds when you're trying to curve a run simply because they can't turn fast enough. Ridiculous! These are soccer pros, but still move like a 7-yr old ADHD boy with wool socks on a hardwood floor.
This is by far enough to ruin online-play, which is the point of the game. I'm so disappointed...