EA Games FIFA 09
Is this the best FIFA instalment yet?
- Graphics, improved AI, smoother game play, ball physics, Be a Pro mode, Adidas Live Season
- Issues with advantage rule, manager mode numbering system, Adidas Live Season requires payment for more than one league
FIFA 09 isn’t perfect, but it remains the best football game around. The improvements to gameplay, ball physics and AI combine to produce a rewarding experience and the new game modes are excellent and provide hours of fun.
Price$ 99.95 (AUD)
Another year passes and another FIFA is upon us. For football fanatics, this means hours upon end refining the skills they’ve developed over the past 12 months mastering FIFA 08. But a new version of this popular football franchise brings new challenges as well as more hours of fun. In this regard EA has certainly hit the right note with FIFA 09.
EA Sports has been busy on the football front of late. In addition to the launch of FIFA 08, it has also launched UEFA Euro 2008 to coincide with Europe’s premier tournament. With FIFA 09 the third football game to be launched in a little over a year, the changes in this version are mainly tweaks rather than groundbreaking new innovations, but this isn’t a bad thing.
The biggest improvement on the previous edition is the skill and lifelikeness of the AI. Getting the ball off the computer is as difficult as ever, but it’s also much more realistic. Where at times you used to sit back and scream at the computer in FIFA 08 for of its displays of stupidity, the new AI is particularly fluid — from pushing up to activate the offside trap to adjusting tactics mid-match, the AI is the best it's ever been in the FIFA series.
Gameplay speed has significantly increased from the previous edition. You can now adjust match speed (slow, normal and fast), which is excellent for multiplayer matches. The entire game seems smoother and much more natural — from runs to tackles to jockeying, the game has a silky feel and flows much better than we’ve previously experienced.
General gameplay is much more difficult. If you’re not passing the ball around the field in an effective and efficient manner, you’ll struggle in this game. Of course, you can definitely vary your tactics. For old schoolers, hitting a precise long ball out to the wings and cutting in towards goal is achievable, but it certainly takes some time to get right. The same applies for a short passing game — FIFA 09 really forces you to think while you’re playing and this is an excellent attribute if you’re right into these games (like we are!).
Ball physics are also excellent. It now seems like the ball has its own brain, rather than feeling like it was stuck to the player’s feet in previous editions. In FIFA 09, the ball will take different directions and move realistically when it hits a player or comes off the post, just to use two examples.
With all the pros in gameplay and AI, there are, as always, some downsides. As good as the AI is, there are still some annoying errors. The most common one is goalkeepers who run to punch a ball that's flying well wide of the goal. This was also evident in the last edition. It still hasn’t been corrected and it is extremely frustrating. The biggest issue in FIFA 09, though, is the advantage rule. You can be in the centre of the pitch just outside the box, dribbling with the ball and advancing towards goal and suddenly the referee will bring you back for a free kick. Also one-on-ones are very difficult to score, probably too difficult. You hit that perfect through ball and get one-on-one and the goalkeeper more often than not makes a ridiculously good save.
The game modes remain largely the same, though the main new feature is Be a Pro: Seasons. This builds on FIFA 08’s Be a Pro by enabling you to control a single real-life player or your own custom character instead of a whole side. In addition to trying to win games, you need to fulfil certain criteria, including a set number of passes, tackles or goals (depending on your position) to gain experience points and move up in the elite footballing world. Playing as your own created player is great, but it’s a little too easy — after a few games in the Sydney FC first team we were quickly on our way to the Serie A, a little unrealistic. Be a Pro can also be played online, with up to 20 people joining one game. A lobby system allows you to pick your position and the first in, best dressed system allows selection of the captaincy to control game options and match tactics.
Adidas Live Season is another new feature and this enables real world stats to be sent to the game on a weekly basis. This means if your player is performing well in real life his stats will rise, but if he is performing poorly or out injured, the stats will drop. You get one free Adidas Live Season access code, but the rest will cost extra and the system expires in May 2009 — the end of the current European football season.
Manager mode remains a great feature, but an issue that we can’t believe EA have missed is the numbering system — when you purchase a player in manager mode you are unable to assign him a squad number. Lionel Messi running around on the right wing wearing number two is highly annoying and frustrating.
Join the newsletter!
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Apple iPhone X
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
cloudandco Smart Cane
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Toys for Boys
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Bose SoundLink Micro
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Xbox One X
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 LG 65E7T Ultra HD OLED TV review: The South Korean thoroughbred is still first past the post
- 2 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 3 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 4 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 5 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
Latest News Articles
- Australian Game Developers March On, Generating $118.5M In Spite of Limited Recognition and Support
- Overwatch League draws millions of eyes in first week
- CES 2018: Everything Announced By MadCatz
- CES 2018: Everything Announced By Razer
- CES 2018: Everything Announced By HyperX
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- JBL Link 10 review: Full, in-depth review
- Samsung Gear Sport review: A worthy contender
- OPPO Load Up A73 Smartphone With Flagship Features
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTPenetration TesterNSW
- TPChange ManagerACT
- FTProgram ManagerACT
- CCIncident/Service ManagerNSW
- FTNatural/ADABAS ProgrammerOther
- CCLean Six Sigma Process Improvement SpecialistNSW
- CCMachine Learning SpecialistACT
- FTLearning & Development CoordinatorOther
- TPSenior Applications Project ManagerACT
- CCGenesys ConsultantACT
- TPBusiness Intelligence (BI) Analyst ProgrammerQLD
- CCNetwork Technical Specialist L3 x 2 ? Large Telco ? 6 month contract initiallyNSW
- CCFunctional Business AnalystNSW
- CCUnix System AdministratorNSW
- FTMurex DeveloperVIC
- FTData AnalystOther
- FTIT Field TechnicianNSW
- FTVarious DevelopersACT
- FTEmail Production SpecialistOther
- FTFrontend DeveloperOther
- FTTechnical Lead | .Net | FintechOther
- CCSix Sigma Process Improvement Consultant (Black Belt) - Sydney - TelcoNSW
- CCSAP Fiori + UI5 ArchitectVIC
- FTCyber Security ArchitectOther
- FTIT Systems AnalystOther