Can't wait for FIFA 12? Well you can pick up it's predecessor for under twelve quid if you head over to Bee. com sharpish. FIFA 11 is solid, but all too often descends into a midfield scrap fest, no matter who you're playing as. That said, it boasts a hell of a lot of content, feels more sturdy than ever before and the AI is a lot more aggressive. This is a damn fine price for one of the best football games ever (though I personally still prefer FIFA 10). If it was me, though, I'd hold out for just a few more weeks.
FIFA 11 plays a good game of football, even if it does have a tendency to become something of a scrap-fest in the middle of the park. Nonetheless, you can finally pick up the game for under £15 on PS3. True, it's a Platinum Edition, so you get that garish yellow background around the box, but then again it's FIFA 11...for under £15, saving you a quid or so on the next price. Don't worry, you won't need the manual, the game's extensive tutorials can get you started in no time.
Well, surprise, surprise! LA Noire's jumped straight in at Number 1 in this week's UK Games Charts and my guess is that it'll stay in the top three for at least the next couple of weeks. Rockstar's Detective saga is jam packed full of content and I had a wicked time investigating away and busting criminals over the weekend! That's not to say it's a perfect game by any means, there are a couple of areas that could do with a bit of polish, but it's wonderful to see the story unfold before your eyes.Click here to see who made the Top Ten this week!
It’s all change with the price on this one, with HMV now offering the cheapest price for PS3 owners, but is there any reason for you to part from your money for the latest outing in the long-running football series? Well there are a few good reasons to answer “yes” this time with new features such as Personality+ which attempts to makes each player unique on the pitch, refined passing and jostling systems to get you into the action and, for the first time in FIFA games, the chance to play as a goalkeeper both online and in the career mode. That said, yearly purchases for mainly the same content can be a drag, so at under £20 this might be the excuse you were looking for. Thanks to joeeeallover @ Hot UK Deals!
I can't comment on the quality of Fifa 11 on Wii, where I'm probably safe in assuming there's something of a graphical downgrade and a complete controller haul compared to its next-gen consoles. However, we're seeing a lot developers harness the Wiimote for more than mere gimmickry, with rival PES in particular boasting an original way to utilize it. And at £7.99, you can't really go wrong with a fully-featured big-budget title.
There's often not much to choose between sports titles, such is the annual nature of the genre, but there were a few surprises in 2010 to be found. First of all, the fight between PES and FIFA proved to be much closer than that in 2008 and 2009, with Konami implementing some brilliant new features and EA reminding everyone that football is a contact sport. It's difficult to mention sports games in the past twelve months too without acknowledging motion control. Both PS Move and Kinect enjoyed popular sports collections upon release, putting a slightly new spin on things and creating new possibilities for the fitness game niche in the process.
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Fifa 11 dominated the charts this Christmas, despite stiff competition from the likes of AC Brotherhood and Black Ops. Like all chart toppers, it's hovered at a pretty lofty price point. Until now. Play have slashed the cost for Fifa 11 to just £17.99 on the 360 and PS3, which is a cracking price on both platforms. It helps that it's a fantastic game, too, combining pitch-perfect controls and mechanics with lifelike animation and stunning visuals. Matt's review should suffice, but if you need more convincing, let it be known I willingly overlooked an Arsenal game on ITV to finish a thrilling Champions League final on Fifa. Wow. It feels amazing to finally admit that.
Another year, another FIFA game. Is there any reason for you to part your money for the latest outing in the series? Well there are a few good reasons to answer “yes” with new features such as Personality+ which attempts to makes each player unique on the pitch, refined passing and jostling systems to get you into the action and, for the first time in FIFA games, the chance to play as a goalkeeper both online and in the career mode. That said, yearly purchases for mainly the same content can be a drag, so at £20 this might be the excuse, or the last minute Christmas gift, you were looking for. Thanks to Ed Sprite360 @ Hot UK Deals!
I'm sure I don't need to explain what the FIFA series is all about. Despite miserably falling from grace a few years ago, EA's definitive footy sim is back on top and providing football action that's as accessible or deep as you want it to be. Polished gameplay, new goalkeeping mechanics and a raft of tweaks have ensured that FIFA 11 is truly in the Premier League. All idiotic footy metaphors aside, it's an excellent game that deserves your attention at this price.
With sales naturally declining, Game have finally relinquished their grip on Fifa 11's price, cutting it down to £24.99. That's a cracking price, especially if you'd overlooked it on release or plumped for PES 11 instead. I recently sold my copy of Fifa 11, largely due to how crap Arsenal are playing at the moment. Don't try to understand why reasoning. It often makes little to no sense. It was a bad choice which I now regret, as Fifa 11 is a fantastic game, without doubt the best footy game thus far. The passing system is smooth and sublime, the speed and weight of each player realistic and appropriate, and each shot never resembles the last, adding a tactile sense of realism to proceedings. Grab this deal while you can!
Another cracking deal from Zavvi's eBay outlet here, bundling a copy of Fifa 11 with the brand new Xbox 360 4GB console, all for just £134.99. I paid almost £300 for my 360, way back when, so it's painful for me to see it so cheap, but for you folks, it's probably an oasis in a desert of high-prices. Don't let the eBay tag frighten you, it's just Zavvi advertising elsewhere. It's reliable. Like the new 360, whose years spent on the virtual treadmill have resulted in a slimmer design, and is thus less likely to suffer a sudden seizure and die. Fifa 11, while, is great. It's so good, in fact, me and my mates forfeited the Arsenal match the other day to replicate the game on Fifa instead. Heresy, you say? Well, blame EA.
Another eBay deal of the week here, and again it's from the Zavvi outlet, offering a limited number of Xbox 360 4GBs, bundled with Fifa 11, for just £134.99. It's a great price, as Fifa 11's strong grasp on the charts will mean its price will remain pretty high for a while, as EA look to scoop in as much profit as possible. The 4GB 360 is Microsoft's mass-market model, but the removal of a hard-drive in favour of flash memory does mean its incapable of running games like Halo Reach, or installing large amounts of data like films or games. But if you're just looking to purchase a 360 and a game for a relative or something familial like that, then this is a pretty good deal. The new 360's work well with Kinect, too, as the sensor doesn't require an extra power cable, instead plugging straight into the sleek, lacquered console's on-board port.
Don't feel like hiking to a supermarket to take advantage of the sub-£30 prices? ShopTo has you covered. Matt's full review and Felix's recent comparison article should fill you in on the details, but suffice to say that FIFA 11 delivers more of the shiny, responsive footy that EA fans know and love. Up-to-date teams and a comprehensive creation suite provide extra bang for your buck. Is it better than PES? That's not for me to say. But currently, this is one of the cheapest ways of getting FIFA 11 delivered to your door.
To the layman, football might appear to be just a sport. It's twenty two men in shorts and shirts, chasing and kicking a spherical object, as tens of thousands of red-faced fans cheer and bellow in unison. It is, I imagine, quite baffling to watch with no interest or investment. However, to the fan, a true fan, whose devotion runs so deep it wouldn't be surprising if he bled the same colours inked into his team's kit, football is important. Football is religion. Football is life.
Which is why the ongoing tug-of-customer-war between Fifa and Pro Evolution Soccer is such an interesting battle. Fifa 11 released last Friday, and its impact was so great, it earned a colossal £28 million in the UK alone, and even prompted waves of criminal activity, with police responding to reports of thugs lurking outside the likes of Tesco and Asda, in the hope of robbing Fifa shoppers.
PES 2011 releases this coming Friday, and while I doubt it'll elicit a similar reaction, its reception, both critically and commercially, will finally determine a victor, for this year, at least. But who do the spoils belong to? Is Fifa the quintessential football experience, after years of playing second-fiddle to PES' dominance? Or has Konami's so-called overhaul robbed Fifa of the crown?
My first football game was Fifa 98'. My love-affair with the beautiful game was in its nascent stages, as was videogames grasp on the rules of not only football, but physics. In 98', you could run the length of the pitch, unchallenged, and send an automated shot into the net. Or, and this was my personal favourite, score a half-way line goal with such ease it rendered Beckham's fifty yard chip against Wimbledon in 95 a mere tap-in.
It would be a while before I picked up my next football game, when I committed a heretical act, and purchased Pro Evo 4. Oh. My. God. It was like the real thing! I could pass the ball around like Arsenal, score a poachers tap-in just like Ruud Van, and defend as watertight as Man Utd's former rearguard. It was something else. I was a card-carrying PES fan, safe in the knowledge that I'd be set for life. At least, when football games were concerned!Click here to see how more recent iterations have fared with Felix...
Another year, another FIFA game. Is there any reason for you to part your money for the latest outing in the series? Well there are a few good reasons to answer “yes” with new features such as Personality+ which attempts to makes each player unique on the pitch, refined passing and jostling systems to get you into the action and, for the first time in FIFA games, the chance to play as a goalkeeper both online and in the career mode. That said, yearly purchases for mainly the same content can be a drag, so at £30 this might be the excuse you were looking for. Thanks to Ed Winchester @ Hot UK Deals!
Platforms: PC | PS3 | X360 | Wii | NDS | PSP
Developer: EA Canada
Publisher: EA Sports
Right, first of all let's get one thing straight. Let's dispel all talk of realism here. FIFA has never particularly been the franchise for that. Where it has succeeded in recent years is selling The Beautiful Game at it's most beautiful: capturing the epic nature of the biggest matches, making you feel like a footballing superstar by thumping in a goal from 35 yards, bringing stadia to life the world over and making passers-by think that there's a Saturday match on the box rather than a video game.
But FIFA 10 wasn't perfect. Thankfully, neither was PES 2010 either, but there was still some ground to be made. For starters, it was far too easy, the keepers still erred on the side of occasional idiocy and, whilst the game boasted excellent motion capture and 360 movement, passing felt a bit robotic, there were too many clear lines through the opposition defence and lobbing made chipped goals plentiful.
That said, it was still an absolute cracker of a game, one with a distinct personality and arguably the finest football game we'd ever seen...though there were a fair few arguments there. A lot of work's gone into tweaking things for FIFA 11 and, whilst there aren't too many wholesale changes to the formula there've been a number of additions fuelled by fan feedback that make FIFA 11 an enticing proposition.
Beyond Good & Evil is the very definition of a cult classic; garnering overwhelming critical acclaim and abjectly miserable sales figures. However, a shiny HD version has now been confirmed for both Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network.
There's no firm release date beyond 'next year,' but this revamp will apparently boast 1080p visuals, new character models, impressive texturing, a fully remastered soundtrack, leaderboards (for some reason) and naturally a bevy of achievements or trophies. In case you didn't know
It's about time. Listen folks, just buy the damn thing this time around!
The March launch window for the 3DS came as surprise to many Nintendo fans, since their consoles tend to coincide with the holiday season. However, Ninty president Satoru Iwata has told a panel of industry analysts that they had originally hoped for a 2010 release. Apparently supply problems have scuppered the planned schedule, thus forcing head office to push back the release date into next year.
We specialise in online delivery deals here, but as many of you may remember from (and took advantage of) last year, the major supermarket chains tend to compete over who can offer the lowest launch prices for the FIFA series. FIFA 11 will be hitting store shelves tomorrow- and as you might expect, the supermarkets are going berzerk.
As I like to say: this is half news, half deal and all awesome. Why not grab a copy with your next grocery run? Naturally, we'll be bringing you a review of FIFA 11 asap. [via VG247 and tips]
Minecraft has proven to be a massive Indie hit, allowing players to construct pretty much anything in the sandbox environment. Naturally we've seen many a Mario level and geeky homage make a welcome appearance... but user theinternetftw has constructed a 16-bit Arithetic Logic Engine that will soon be capable of running actual code. This is astounding, folks- partly because it's a working virtual...physical...computer... within a computer, and partly due to the fact that it's the size of a small town.
Oh and to all you naysayers who are about to cry "why should we care," the creator has been offered a job based solely on the project. The system works, folks- and I just hope that the same is true of the Xbox Live Indie Marketplace and LittleBigPlanet community.
I'll be venturing out from the safety of my news desk to hit the Eurogamer Expo this weekend. Hopefully I'll see some of you there! And give y'all a free T Shirt.
This is a Deal of the Day offer so you'll have to be quick. Considering you can expect to pay £200 for this console alone everywhere else this is a bargain. It's a great time to be a 360 owner too thanks to the recent release of Halo Reach and with Kinect coming soon. Not to mention the other exclusive titles like Gears of War, Crackdown, Mass Effect, Forza and Fable 2. As for FIFA 11, well if the recent demo is anything to go by, it may just be the best yet, especially when you compare it to the demo for PES 2011. This is ideal for late adopters or for an early bit of Christmas shopping. Thanks to maxruddock12 at HotUkDeals for the find.
Not only is this entry from The Hut the cheapest price you'll find at the moment for FIFA 11, but you'll be able to snag yourself a free polo shirt, and twenty quid's worth of vouchers in the process too. It's shaping up to be a pretty good game with full 11-a-side online play (yes, you can now be a goalie), all the presentation and pizazz you'd expect from a frontline EA Sports title and lots of nifty little tweaks and gameplay additions like 360 degree jostling, Personality Plus and vastly improved AI. We'll have a review for you very soon, but footie fans would do well to strike whilst the iron is hot. Thanks to markpomeroy at HUKD
I've always enjoyed footie games. I never subscribed to the school of thought that you had to own either FIFA or PES, instead I've generally tried to get both iterations each generation (waiting for bargain bucket prices in some cases) as both have always had different things to offer. However, it would be remiss of me to suggest that both have always been peerless sports sims.
The turn of the millennium saw FIFA slide slowly into a slump that was only resurrected with an overhaul for FIFA 08 that has since then seen copious amounts of polishing and refinement to match a fall from grace for the PES series which peaked at 5 before losing the plot a bit. I was astounded by FIFA 10, from the dribbling to the wealth of game modes to its excellent online support and 10 vs. 10 potential.
But it wasn't perfect.
Enter FIFA 11. Running with the tagline 'We Are 11', it boasts a number of refinements, not least the ability to finally pit 11 players against 11 others. That's right, user controlled keepers are coming, and I can't freaking wait! How well it'll work remains to be seen (watch this space for a further appraisal if we manage to snaffle some more time with it later in the week) but, with three levels of computer-assistance from hand-holding to nada, it could be quite a mouth watering prospect.
Manager Mode is out, a 15 season Career Mode is in, and yes you can even spend that time between the sticks should you wish. Other refinements include the ability to import your own song library into the soundtrack the ability to save replays locally, a fully functional creation centre rather than the borked one we have at the moment and a host of gameplay refinements and presentational polish to make matches even more exciting.