I've got to be honest with you, there's not a huge amount of point in buying this game if you already own FIFA 10. The two games play nearly exactly the same way. Aside from the odd tweak to the physics engine, improved grass textures and player faces and marginally easier setpieces, all of the differences here are pretty much cosmetic. That said, if anyone knows how to really get the most out of a licence, it's EA, and everything here is peppered with slick, glossy, and undeniably glorious, presentation.
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Let's not beat about the bush. This is really only a title that's worth investing in if your either an avid footie/FIFA fan or simply forgot to buy FIFA 10. This game's lack of variety is the thing that most hampers it if you fall into the latter category not to mention the price. Sure, the fanfares are louder and the menus are slicker and the reflection of reality is well supported, but it's really just the international part of FIFA 10 with a few bells and whistles.
As with its predecessor, World Cup is an excellent game to play and, although I know Neil will disagree with me, is based on an engine that has delivered arguably the best virtual representation of the Beautiful Game to date. However, it also shares its faults. The irritating, bug-ridden commentary is still there. Goalkeepers occasionally have such severe lapses of concentration that it's as if they've received news that a relative has died just as there's a long shot on target.
There is no doubt whatsoever that this is a fine game and, as the hype builds up towards the first kick of the tournament, the excited will no doubt sell a lot of copies of this title, and perhaps rightly so. But after the party's done, expect to see this filling up bargain bins everywhere. Gotta be honest, I'd probably just buy FIFA 10 for half the price.