If you were shocked by Spain's victory in the recent World Cup - I was personally rooting for Chile - and would like to rectify that result on the virtual stage, then why not pick up 2010 Fifa World Cup from The Hut, available on the Wii, 360 and PS3 for just £14.93.
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Essentially, 2010 Fifa World Cup is Fifa 10, with a slight coat of polish, both visually and in the mechanics, and an all-national affair instead of a roster of clubs to pick from. Special attention has been given to the pre-match fanfare, as hundreds of virtual spectators wave flags and blow trumpets, their faces painted in the colours of their respective nation. Swarms of multicoloured confetti fills the air, as both teams stride onto the pitch in dramatic fashion.
I still find it strange to consider Fifa as the best football game available now. I was always a Pro Evo man, told people if you really wanted to play a football game, it was here. Fifa was the arcade. Then, in 2008, EA's radical overhaul resulted in such a leap in quality it left Pro Evo in Fifa's wake, coughing up dust. Konami's emphasis on bit-by-bit iteration was failing to assuage any doubts, and the throne was rightly passed to Fifa.
History lesson aside, 2010 Fifa World Cup is a good stopgap between the real releases. It's ironed out the kinks of Fifa 10, resulting in a general sense of 'smoothness' to play. Gone are the 98' days of of curling the ball in from the halfway-line. Now, you'll have to co-ordinate your attack, use your attackers to exploit the other team's weaknesses, and have an ever-watchful eye over your defensive line.