Generally favorable reviews - based on 56 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
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  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. There's undeniable satisfaction in combining to undo a tough defence and seeing those points totals totting up, and in some respects this is the best mode in the game, because playing together towards a long-term goal heightens the fun and drama.
  5. Obviously 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is going to feel rather dated in just a couple of months, but this is by no means a cynical release by EA Sports. This evolution of EA's football gameplay engine is a most welcome one and deserves the chart success it is already enjoying.
  6. A quality game, but one lacking in longevity and incentive for those already invested. It would be difficult to justify a purchase for existing FIFA 10 owners.
  7. If you love soccer and can't wait to get your kicks in, 2010 FIFA World Cup will give you your money's worth. The online and offline competition, gameplay enhancements and presentation will make you feel like you're in an actual tournament, and Story of Qualifying will put your skills to the test.
  8. If you don’t already own FIFA 10, 2010 FIFA World Cup should help you ease into the World Cup spirits and is a must-buy for any sport fan.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is FIFA 2010 on steroids.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. The true essence of the World Cup mixed with some interesting improvements in FIFA's gameplay. An amazing starter while waiting for FIFA 11.
  15. 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.
  16. 88
    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. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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]
  23. AceGamez
    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.
  24. Best Game Moment: Smashing in a 30-yard screamer.
  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. Nowhere else in the game is that drama more prevalent than in the new penalty shot feature.
  27. 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.
  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
    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.
  30. 83
    All these tweaks and changes are nice, but it’s the new modes that provide most of the value here.
  31. 83
    This new part in the famous FIFA franchise is more than a simple rip-off of FIFA 10. The game has got a lot of modes and these are almost all nice to play. The gameplay is at most points great, but we aren’t a big fan of the referees (just like in real life) because they can do some strange things. Besides that the graphics could have been a lot better and that also counts for some voice-overs. But, if you liked FIFA 10, you will like this as well.
  32. A slightly cringe-worthy 'Two-Button Control' system will no doubt help to attract the uninitiated to 2010 FIFA World Cup, but this isn't just a game for 'prawn sandwich' footie fans (to quote the affable Roy Keane). It's a game that'll appeal just as much to hardened FIFA veterans who've just about squeezed everything they can out of FIFA 10 and need something to tide them over until FIFA 11.
  33. Even if you’re a fan or owner of FIFA 10 there is something more here for you to enjoy and minor annoyances aside, this is a solid title that will keep you kicking into the wee hours of the morning.
  34. 80
    2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa isn’t a bad game, but not worth it to be sold for full price. Its good gameplay is borrowed from Fifa 10 and it merely adds a new penalty system. It seems the developer relaxed a bit too much, knowing how good the gameplay from Fifa 10 was. Luckily, the exciting qualifying moments and a reformed Fifa 10-mode keep the fun in this world cup edition. Nevertheless, it should’ve been released as a cheaper expansion or a huge downloadable content pack.
  35. 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.
  36. 91
    2010 FIFA World Cup is one of the best sporting simulations I've ever played.
  37. It’s unfair to criticize the game too much for being just a Souped Up World Cup version of FIFA 10. It’s really more than that. Yes, you can make the argument that dropping 120 bucks for two similar soccer games in a six month stretch is asking a tad much, but when the actual World Cup starts play in June and you want to get in on the act you’re going to want a copy of this game—and EA Sports knows it.
  38. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    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]
  39. An excellent football game that even excels FIFA 10 in some ways. But in the end this is still a basic version of that game and together with a few rough edges it keeps the game from becoming truly fantastic.
  40. 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa tries to win a place by its own right within the football games.
  41. Although it can't shake the feel of just being FIFA 10.5, this is still the best FIFA game yet. An excellent warm-up for the World Cup this summer.
  42. PSM3 Magazine UK
    The best FIFA yet, but a post width shy of vital for solo players. [June 2010, p.94]
  43. Pelit (Finland)
    2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is an excellent football game, but one would expect for more than just a new penalty taking system and a couple of tweaks here and there. Authentic match atmosphere is not good enough reason to keep playing after the World Cup is taken to Finland in both main game modes. [June 2010]
  44. This game is an excellent segway for FIFA 2011 and World Cup fans who are anxiously awaiting the start of the real World Cup in South Africa can get some 'footy' satisfaction by picking this game up.
  45. If you don't own FIFA than this is a very good football game to test your skills against, but FIFA 10 owners shouldn't instantly dismiss it as it features just enough tweaks to make it worth a look.
  46. Some little issues, like players getting hurt during training, which you have no control over, and slight frame drops during the occasional replay, crop up from time to time, but don’t really ruin the overall experience.
  47. 2010 FIFA World Cup brings the vibe of the World Cup in your living room.
  48. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    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]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Nov 22, 2013
    this is the only football game i played and still play as this game did create the world cup atmosphere and had some very awesome celebrationsthis is the only football game i played and still play as this game did create the world cup atmosphere and had some very awesome celebrations and controls wasn't messed up. i'm not a huge fan of football or football games but this game has something special apart from other football games. i spend over a month playing with friends didn't enjoy the single player content much so an 8 is perfect from a non-football fan :D Full Review »
  2. Oct 6, 2012
    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 »
  3. Oct 11, 2010
    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 »