Electronic Arts has released its newest addition to the FIFA franchise, FIFA World Cup. This installment is targeted towards the upcoming international soccer tournament that arrives every four years, known as World Cup. The host nation for 2010 is South Africa, in which FIFA World Cup features as the theme for the game.

FIFA World Cup offers 105 of the official international teams, and 10 stadiums and locations from South Africa to play on. There are 6 different game modes to play; Kick Off, FIFA World Cup, Penalty Shoot-Out, Captain Your Country, Local Multiplayer, and Training mode. With 4 levels of AI opponent difficulty settings, players of all skill levels can enjoy, including: Amateur, Semi-Pro, Professional, and World Class.

The first thing people want to know about are the controls. With the previous FIFA 10 [$6.99] game on the iPhone released last year, the main complaint was about the controls. I'm happy to say that the controls in FIFA World Cup are much improved. The learning curve has gone way down thankfully, to a new layout of buttons. Instead of A, B, and C buttons, there are now Pass, Shoot, and Skill buttons for more clear controls. There is also no more complicated "Slide from A to B and back to A to make a 1-2 pass". More natural controls are implemented like, holding longer or double tapping the button for a different desired action. Another new feature is that the player your facing will have a blue indicator above their head, notifying you that if you pass the ball, it will go to that player. It's an extremely nice addition, allowing you to have better precision on your passes. The indicator will turn red if a long pass is available to be made. And also, there are through-ball indicators placed on the ground in yellow to let you know a through-ball can be made and in what direction.

Where I expect people to spend most of their time is playing in the World Cup tournament. Here you can pick any of the teams, even if they haven't qualified for the real tournament, and lead them to victory. You can choose to play your way through the entire qualification stages and then progress to the finals, or start off at the finals in group play and make your way through the last few rounds of 32 teams in 8 groups to make it to the championship match. As you play through, you can see standings from each group, next matches, manage your team, player performance charts, and more.

Here is a video with some gameplay so you can see the new features:

Overall, the game plays great and is a good improvement over EA's first FIFA game, they have learned from their mistakes to provide a better soccer game for the iPhone. With the top-notch graphics, a well-balanced AI, and an enjoyable soccer experience, it's hard to pass this game up if you are a soccer fan waiting for the World Cup to start.

App Store Link: FIFA World Cup (U.S.), $6.99, FIFA World Cup (International Version)

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  • DannyV

    Meh, looks the same as FIFA 10. I'll just wait for X2 2010 that one looks amazing.

    • Noah

      Is there a difference between the teams? Stats? Player models? Or is one team just the same as another team, gameplay wise?

  • DannyV

    Meh, looks the same as FIFA 10. I'll just wait for X2 2010 that one looks amazing.

    • Noah

      Is there a difference between the teams? Stats? Player models? Or is one team just the same as another team, gameplay wise?

  • Bryan

    Oh boy, ANOTHER soccer game. NHL, please and thanks.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Yeah really.

      • k

        pity for the American sports which no one gives a shxt about

  • Bryan

    Oh boy, ANOTHER soccer game. NHL, please and thanks.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Yeah really.

      • k

        pity for the American sports which no one gives a shxt about

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    I see they still haven't bothered to fix the looping crowd noise bug. Still has all the same commentary as before, which I assume still plays at inappropriate times (e.g. ball slowly rolls in, keeper casually picks it up, and the announcer exclaims "WONDERFUL SAVE!"…yeah, not so much).

    Looks like a relatively minor makeover of the same basic game. I liked FIFA 10, but I expect more of an improvement than this before I'll drop another 10 bucks on it.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      …Or $7, as the case may be.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    I see they still haven't bothered to fix the looping crowd noise bug. Still has all the same commentary as before, which I assume still plays at inappropriate times (e.g. ball slowly rolls in, keeper casually picks it up, and the announcer exclaims "WONDERFUL SAVE!"…yeah, not so much).

    Looks like a relatively minor makeover of the same basic game. I liked FIFA 10, but I expect more of an improvement than this before I'll drop another 10 bucks on it.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      …Or $7, as the case may be.

  • Johnny

    That's EA, they keep rehashing the same stuff year in year out. I guess if people keep buying it, they will keep making it...

  • Johnny

    That's EA, they keep rehashing the same stuff year in year out. I guess if people keep buying it, they will keep making it...

  • tronboy

    Not paying full price on an EA Game until they release ME

    • SiDCrAzY

      Until they release YOU? Oh noes, they have you captive somewhere!?!? :(

      • Rosh

        Epic lol :D

  • tronboy

    Not paying full price on an EA Game until they release ME

    • SiDCrAzY

      Until they release YOU? Oh noes, they have you captive somewhere!?!? :(

      • Rosh

        Epic lol :D

  • samthelion

    Didn't buy any FIFA game until now (I'm sticking with X2 2009), but I'll give this one a shot just to celebrate the world cup. The review seems promising.

  • samthelion

    Didn't buy any FIFA game until now (I'm sticking with X2 2009), but I'll give this one a shot just to celebrate the world cup. The review seems promising.

  • Rosh

    Now all it needs is a floating joystick.

  • Rosh

    Now all it needs is a floating joystick.

  • SicMX

    Yep, definitely gonna wait for X2 2010

  • SicMX

    Yep, definitely gonna wait for X2 2010

  • Waggers

    Doesn't look that good from the video. Player movement looks like it's restricted to 8-way, and it doesn't look as fluid as X2. Not convinced...

    • http://www.cooldude.com hi

      actually the graphics on xbox 360 are very realistic. but yes, those pictures suck. probably PC or something.

  • Waggers

    Doesn't look that good from the video. Player movement looks like it's restricted to 8-way, and it doesn't look as fluid as X2. Not convinced...

    • http://www.cooldude.com hi

      actually the graphics on xbox 360 are very realistic. but yes, those pictures suck. probably PC or something.

  • Quickmix

    I like it. :)

  • Quickmix

    I like it. :)

  • Wigger

    Does it have better keeper AI than X2 has? From the X2 2010 promo it seems its still the same as in 2009. If this ones better Ill give it a go..

    • http://www.cooldude.com hi

      yes, i own it and the goalie saves are pretty intense. although it does depend on the skill of the goalie. some of them cant catch a beech ball.

  • Wigger

    Does it have better keeper AI than X2 has? From the X2 2010 promo it seems its still the same as in 2009. If this ones better Ill give it a go..

    • http://www.cooldude.com hi

      yes, i own it and the goalie saves are pretty intense. although it does depend on the skill of the goalie. some of them cant catch a beech ball.

  • Kevin

    No buzzing horns = not interested.

  • Kevin

    No buzzing horns = not interested.

  • Moggy Lloyd

    I think I'll probably give this a miss, based on how it looks in the gameplay video. It seems the ball is practically glued to the players' feet and that it spends the vast majority of time being passed around on the ground with players having loads of space around them virtually unchallenged. The graphics and presentation look superb but the gameplay and the actual football playing looks quite primitive and unrealistic.

    • http://www.cooldude.com hi

      like i said before, xbox 360 has some pretty amazing graphics.

  • Moggy Lloyd

    I think I'll probably give this a miss, based on how it looks in the gameplay video. It seems the ball is practically glued to the players' feet and that it spends the vast majority of time being passed around on the ground with players having loads of space around them virtually unchallenged. The graphics and presentation look superb but the gameplay and the actual football playing looks quite primitive and unrealistic.

    • http://www.cooldude.com hi

      like i said before, xbox 360 has some pretty amazing graphics.

  • SDG

    Pass on it. Trust me. AI is awful still and the controls are not improved at all. Your own team defenders still run right past the striker. No new improvements at all. I'm definitely waiting for X2 2010.

  • SDG

    Pass on it. Trust me. AI is awful still and the controls are not improved at all. Your own team defenders still run right past the striker. No new improvements at all. I'm definitely waiting for X2 2010.

  • cricketfan

    does anyone know what the song in the menue is?

  • cricketfan

    does anyone know what the song in the menue is?

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