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  • Summary: Powered by a game engine built exclusively for Nintendo DS that operates at 60 frames per second, FIFA Soccer 09 delivers more responsive, intelligent and realistic physical action. Double the frame rate enables players to move more fluidly around the pitch, react more intelligently to the action and creates a much faster paced game. Players make more intelligent runs, deliver crisp, beautifully placed passes and snap off precision shots. From the moment you step onto the pitch, FIFA Soccer 09 challenges you to think and react like a real player through the popular feature innovation Be A Pro – now debuting on Nintendo DS. Gamers can play over multiple seasons and the mode features the unique Be A Pro camera that tracks your player, re-creating the excitement and rush of racing in on goal. In Be A Pro you choose a professional player or create your own player and then develop his skills in the outfield position of your choice until he becomes a national legend. Every match performance is evaluated in real-time with in-game feedback and a final rating. For the first time play with up to three friends all playing fixed to single players on your favorite club or go head-to-head with a single cart and local multiplayer . [Electronic Arts] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. FIFA Soccer 09 is a must-have for sports fans. The simplified touch screen control system ensures that everyone will be up and running in no time with plenty of moves at their fingertips. Don't pass on this one.
  2. Football fans rejoice! FIFA 09 is EA’s best footy outing so far and with more modes than ever before there is plenty for DS football fans to get their teeth into here. FIFA shoots! FIFA scores!
  3. Most likely the best football game on the handheld, it's like a miniature package of the other versions.
  4. 80
    I've said it before and I'll say it again: if you want the true soccer experience take it to the consoles and the big screen. But for on-the-go play the Nintendo DS version of FIFA Soccer is still a great diversion even with its limited capabilities.
  5. It's been a long hard road but DS owners finally have a football game that they can be proud of – FIFA 09 is this season's most improved player.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. JoseG
    Jan 4, 2009
    10
    This game is way better than the PC version. The only thing that sucks is you can't update your players, but that is okay.
  2. LukeM.
    Oct 17, 2008
    10
    Best Game Ever!!!!
  3. AzoM
    Dec 2, 2008
    9
    i don't why this game has a 5.3 rating by users! i am a big fan of both the FIFA and PES franchises, and until now, really, there hasn't been a single decent game for the DS from both. but i was pleasantly surprised by FIFA 09 for DS. I got it as a gift from friends, and at first, i said to myself that this will suck, but i found out that this was the best soccer game on a handheld ever; it's so fun and enjoyable to play that i haven't put my DS down since i got this game. i enjoyed it more than PC versions of last years FIFA and PES. i loved the intuitive control system with the stylus. it gets big points (not for the graphics) but for the gameplay, and that's what matters the most for sports games; not to mention, the sound was really good as well. thumbs up to FIFA and i hope the next installation for DS is even better and more fun. Expand
  4. PaulK
    Jan 2, 2009
    4
    Pretty bad to be honest. I was hoping for a big improvement on 08 but unfortunatley I was let down. Defending a corner is pointless, as your men on the post stand there and do nothing. Slide tackling is a waste of time as you get sent off for nearly every tackle. Strangely, the computer doesnt. When your keeper saves a shot he pushes it out to the opposing striker EVERY time. You can never select the player closest to the ball when chasing it. I could go on, but I'm getting annoyed. Expand
  5. VinP
    Apr 21, 2009
    2
    PROS: Lots of real leagues with real teams and real players, on-field gameplay is great, trainings are challenging yet passable, sound is great. CONS: manager mode is too buggy to play: stats aren't given to correct players, your lineup gets changed after every match, training mode is inaccessible when it says it should be, simulated games are just a coin-flip no matter how much more dominant one team is, etc... THOUGHTS: Maybe EAsports got 2nd-rate intern programmers to code this game then decided not to test it before selling it. BOTTOMLINE: Don't buy it if you want to play through manager mode because you'll be too frustrated and distracted to enjoy the game. Expand
  6. JohnathanS
    Oct 25, 2008
    1
    I tested this game at EA - how in the world did it get the reviews it did?? This game is terrible! The graphics are horrid, there are numerous bugs (and obviously no patch), the gameplay is horrendous. Do not buy this game, get FIFA for 360, ps3, or even ps2! Expand
  7. MSmith
    Oct 25, 2008
    0
    I can't believe I wasted money on this game...I thought the DS was better than this but I was wrong. I'm glad I switched and got the PSP one, which isn't great but it is leaps and bounds ahead of this. The DS is not made for a sports simulation title. Expand

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