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Review: 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa - Xbox 360

by Steven Williamson on 29 April 2010, 11:02 4.6

Tags: Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), Xbox 360, Sports

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Igniting World Cup passions

What is it about?
Whenever the Euro Championship or World Cup takes over our summer EA Sports always releases an updated, tweaked version of its main annual game, so this year sees the gameplay mechanics in FIFA 10 being overhauled, the menu system jazzed up, and the game modes and teams amended to reflect this summer’s major sporting event.

There’s a huge roster of teams, 199 in all, and a comprehensive set of offline and online game modes, including Captain Your Country -- where you choose one player in the team and control him throughout your World Cup Campaign -- and there's offline and multiplayer versions of the World Cup that take you through the qualifying stages right through to the final.

New features include home and away strategies for every nation, situational tactics in-game, and altitude effects that fatigue players faster and even impact the flight of the ball.

In many ways, 2010 FIFA World Cup is also a good indication of the changes EA is making for its next game in the series, in this case FIFA 2011. But is it just an update and does it warrant it's full game price tag? Let's take a look.

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