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Soccer - it’s the most popular sport in the world (but not here in the US). With great sports come great games. Or sort of great games. FIFA Soccer 11 (for the Wii) gives fans of the sport a whole lot to cheer for.
In this game, you get several tournaments to compete in - from the World Cup to the MLS to several in the English leagues.
You also get a rags to riches mode where you bring up a player from the five on five street soccer and make your way to the big time eleven on eleven stadium soccer.
You get the standard quick play for street soccer and stadium soccer.
And you get to play the a street game or stadium game online - something missing from many Wii sports games.
But when you get through all these options, how is the actual gameplay? It depends on which mode you pick: Street or Stadium.
The Street soccer is smaller and gives powerups which increases the scoring. This is for those of uslooking for an arcade style of playing. But if you want to play in a tournament, you can’t do it here.
The Stadium, on the other hand is for the purists of the sport; you get eleven on eleven play on the vast field - and scoring is much, much lower. It gets so low that through 15 games, I gave up 12 goals and scored 7 (and that’s with two 2-0 games and with the max 5 minutes per half). Most of the time was spent running up and down the field trying to set up an attack (or preventing the other team from attacking). The lack of offense made the game dull and boring for me - I was hoping to get some more goals than a little over 1 per match.
FIFA Soccer 11 is the game to pick up - if you are a hardcore fan of the sport. But there’s very little here to get those of us who are not fans of the sport to jump on board. RENT IT.
Maybe this title is a 8 or 9 if it's the only soccer game you have played. But after playing FIFA 11 for the PS3 (or XBOX360), it obvious the difference in hardware. I have FIFA 11 for the PS3 but figured I would rent it for the Wii for my kids. Even they were disgusted. I know this review should be about how the game performs and not how it compares to other consoles. But it feels like a PS1 game.