Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 56 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. An excellent game, fully capable of recreating the intense and engaging atmosphere of the World Cup, as well as improving on its predecessor in many ways. If you love football, and look forward to the ultimate gaming experience in that sense, this is surely the game for you.
  2. 91
    2010 FIFA World Cup is one of the best sporting simulations I've ever played.
  3. The only reason why we didn’t give our best vote to this game is because it is closely related to an event after which the title could lose part of its attractiveness (there are no league teams and there is no substantial change in the multiplayer mode). Other than this, the best just got better! FIFA World Cup 2010 is just a few inches from perfection.
  4. This is by far the most appealing football game this generation, as EA finally hit the nail on the head. Attack minded, dramatic, and a hell of a lot of fun, this title is the perfect warm-up for the summer's festival.
  5. This edition of FIFA, devoted to the upcoming world soccer championship is not a simple more of the same of the last FIFA, but it's almost a brand new game, blessed by a great visual revamping, and some good fixings to gameplay. It's the best soccer game so far, despite the obvious lack of club teams and some game modes, but it's impossible not to recognize the great work made by Electronic Arts.
  6. There's something about World Cup's appeal, though, that works on psychological levels. We all feel compelled to play it not because of a game mode we can play, or improved graphics we can see, but because there's something very special about the World Cup, and playing the official World Cup game taps into it.
  7. For some, 2010 FIFA World Cup might be viewed as nothing more than a stop-gap between the yearly series. In truth, there is a lot of enhanced content available here and at no-point will you feel like your being cheated out of your hard-earned cash.
  8. The true essence of the World Cup mixed with some interesting improvements in FIFA's gameplay. An amazing starter while waiting for FIFA 11.
  9. Out on the park it plays brilliantly, presentation wise it's a massive leap forward for all of EA's sports titles. [May 2010, p.96]
  10. To me it seems that EA have learned their lesson from past games and have went all out to provide a game that anyone watching the World Cup will be proud of and you know what? They have succeeded.
  11. Even if you've worn out the pitch in your copy of FIFA 10, there's no doubt this is the best virtual way to experience the action of the World Cup--before it even happens. [Jun 2010, p.75]
  12. Everyone who is addicted to soccer has to call FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 his own. The new features and the atmosphere of this game pull this genre to the next level.
  13. The game nailed the atmosphere and the intensity of the World Cup in a way that sports games have tried but never succeeded in doing.
  14. 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is FIFA 2010 on steroids.
  15. The best FIFA yet, but a post width shy of vital for solo players. [June 2010, p.94]
  16. A great buy for a football fan, provided he doesn't already own FIFA 10.
  17. 87
    This is a better game than FIFA 10 and while it'll inevitably be outstripped by FIFA 11 later this year it still stands as the best take on the sport that's currently available. It's also the perfect accompaniment to the summer of football that awaits.
  18. There are some great new additions to 2010 FIFA World Cup and, even though it doesn’t provide the same amount of depth or online options as FIFA 10, this is definitely a game worth having in your collection.
  19. 86
    It's the closest you can get to the action without a ticket and a trip to South Africa.
  20. The different online options and new penalty taking system are welcome, but aren't enough to let this title stand on its own two feet. [May 2010, p.98]
  21. Nowhere else in the game is that drama more prevalent than in the new penalty shot feature.
  22. This tournament-specific soccer game doesn't offer as much content as FIFA 10, but it does improve upon that game in a number of areas.
  23. 85
    2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is a great footie game. However it's more an update from the previous FIFA game than a whole new game.
  24. Of course, it’s impossible to avoid the fact that the omission of the myriad of domestic club sides and competitions that form the spine of normal FIFA titles will mean that interest in the game is sure to wane once the Soccer City stadium has emptied for the last time. But the fact that 2010 World Cup is better on the pitch than FIFA 10, combined with the diversity of its modes and its host of official content mean it’s the best piece of tournament merchandise you’ll buy this side of Brazil 2014.
  25. It may be only a slight improvement over FIFA 10, however it is hard to ignore the magic that an event like the World Cup can bring to the title.
  26. 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is the game that EA Sports should have been turning out, and it is the foundation upon which all future iterations of the franchise should be built.
  27. Best Game Moment: Smashing in a 30-yard screamer.
  28. 2010 FIFA World Cup is the confirmation of everything that was good in FIFA 10. The player likenesses are great, the atmosphere authentic and players move smoother than ever.
  29. 83
    All these tweaks and changes are nice, but it’s the new modes that provide most of the value here.
  30. 83
    The advent of things like Two Button controls for all of our mothers and fathers to play with is cool for the casual players, but the lack of customization for hardcore soccer fans is a real disappointment.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Oct 6, 2012
    8
    The game is fun, both in terms of presentation as well as the playful area. FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa is a first-class sportsThe game is fun, both in terms of presentation as well as the playful area. FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa is a first-class sports simulation. Stadium feeling of pure. Full Review »
  2. Oct 11, 2010
    10
    It is an awesome game has made as if you are in the world cup. The downside is that you can get through the tournament quite quickly. It is aIt is an awesome game has made as if you are in the world cup. The downside is that you can get through the tournament quite quickly. It is a really fun game to play. Full Review »
  3. Aug 18, 2010
    10
    This is the first FIFA game I have ever played, and I gotta say...EXCELLENT!! This is an obsessing game and love to play again and again!!This is the first FIFA game I have ever played, and I gotta say...EXCELLENT!! This is an obsessing game and love to play again and again!! Many teams to play for and many chances to win!! This game, for me, is the best sport game ever! Full Review »