Developers: EA Canada
I've got my FIFA 09 and I've been playing it over the weekend. There is so much in this game that it seems unfair to review it after playing it for just a couple of days. But you don't need to play for too long to understand the game-play, improvements and features. So I'll review the game-play aspects of FIFA 09 in this post.
In terms of presentation, FIFA has always been streets ahead of archrival PES, and that's still the case here. The most striking thing in its game-play is the pace of the game, which is noticeably faster than FIFA 08 and almost the same pace as Euro 2008. I can assure you that it is still in no way faster than the actual pace of the premiership or la liga. Serie A? Yes, it is pacier than the Serie A. The best new feature award should go to custom tactics. If you want to enjoy FIFA 09, you should unlearn your FIFA 08 wisdom and play FIFA 09 to its merit. The next key thing you'd see is the new animations. There are hundreds of new animations that the players perform and that weren't there in FIFA 08. Thanks to the new set of animations, the players' off the ball capabilities have improved tremendously. Defending is now a pleasure. FIFA 09, simply, is a must play game.