I've been into FIFA and other football (soccer) games every year they come out and I can definitively say that this is the best authentic football (soccer) gameplay of any game yet. It may be the best overall gameplay experience, especially in the sense of realism, that any sports game has ever produced. Absolutely awesome.
Frankly, the only thing that I didn't like about the game particularly is the only thing keeping it from a '10' rating, which is that I don't care for the big changes made to career/manager mode. I spent the large majority of the time in my FIFA history building a club year over year, and FIFA '11 doesn't make the experience nearly as fun, intuitive, nor rewarding as in the past. It is too overly focused on an individual player and also gives little to no choice in how they develop. Whereas before you get experience points for every player on the club to spend as you please, you now get attribute boosts based on specific challenges you do with your own player and no control over how the rest of the team improves. I don't know why they thought this was broken and in need of an overhaul, but it is my only real complaint and the only reason I'm not logging SERIOUS time into this game anymore.
With so many improvements touted by EA for this year's edition of FIFA, my friends and I were beyond excited for FIFA 11. We were particularly excited about the increased passing difficulty as we were tired of getting thrashed by impossible 180 degree turn, no-look, 40-yard passes... however while this was improved, there are a multitude of other problems (some seen in previous versions, some new) that continue to frustrate me beyond comprehension.
That being said, I will start by saying I am a huge football fan and the FIFA games by EA is the franchise I enjoy playing the most. I like the features in FIFA more than any other football game, and the graphics and player movements (although maybe a little slow) are very realistic and well-done. The celebrations in FIFA 11 are outstanding and the overall game play experience I really do love.
The biggest problems are the online issues and difficulties that you go through every time you try to play any online game modes. In the first couple weeks following the game's release, it was near impossible to get matched up with another team while playing as your virtual pro. Over time this has become less of a problem, however my club still routinely has problems finding and matching us up with another club to play, we sometimes spend 5+ minutes searching. Then when we do find a club and start a match, FAR too often someone playing ends up getting dropped from the match. The person is random every time and is not having any other internet connection-related issues.
Offsides is outrageously frustrating and is called almost automatically regardless if the ball ever makes it anywhere near the player who is offside. If a player attempts to pass the ball to an offsides player, but the defense intercepts the pass 10 yards or more before the ball ever makes it to the offsides player, most often play stops and offsides is called, even though this is clearly NOT offside since the offending player never received the ball.
FIFA soccer has pride it self for 2 years with its be a pro mode. I think its great and taking yourself online is awesome... but if you plan to hold it for 15 days, your online trial shall expire. Online is so much fun. Pro Ranked or Pro Clubs is exciting. Especially if you have a few friends who have it. Career mode is the same as before, nothing too different. The accomplishments and achievements are somewhat difficult. Some are super easy, some are down right impossible, unless you have someone who can help. Though, great game and worth while to grab.