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Xbox Live DOTW: Listen Up, Sports Fans! [Xbox 360 Games]

Jonathan Lester
DOTW, FIFA 10 Ultimate Mode, Football Genius, Madden NFL Arcade, Microsoft, Sensible World of Soccer, Soccer Ball, XBLA, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live Deal of the Week
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Xbox Live DOTW: Listen Up, Sports Fans! [Xbox 360 Games]

Even Microsoft and Major Nelson aren't immune to World Cup Fever... but it appears that this week's DOTW has been inspired by England's recent performance. Mediocre. Still, there are a couple of standout deals to be scored by hardcore sports fans!

FIFA 10's Ultimate Mode has now been reduced to 240 MSP, and it's actually quite a handy little gametype. Winning games nets you coins, which you'll need to acquire player contracts and acquire better stadiums. Ultimate mode mixes traditional footy sim gameplay with addictive online trading card mechanics and makes for a truly football experience. On the other hand, FIFA 10 is already exceptionally well-featured... so only the truly hardcore ought to spend even more money on an expansion.

Football Genius is a solid and unremarkable footy trivia game. You answer questions about football...and that's pretty much it. Football Genius doesn't really do anything special, but it's perfect for pre-match drinking sessions... or cutting out the ITV ads!

Sensible World of Soccer is probably the most attractive part of this week's deal roundup. It's a next-gen revival of the classic 90s Amiga franchise, with simple controls, deep career mode and attractive low-key graphics. Whilst it still plays exactly the same as its ancient predecessor, why bother fixing what ain't broke? It's still accessible, addictive and deceptively complex; and delivers a huge amount of content for its measly 400MSP price tag. Recommended.

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