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  • Summary: Powered by the third generation of the EA SPORTS football engine, FIFA 09 features more than 250 core gameplay additions and enhancements that deliver the most responsive, intelligent and realistic action ever for the series. Enjoy turning defenders with more controlled dribbling and ball control, snapping off precision shots with improved first-time shooting mechanics and firing beautifully timed passes with greater accuracy, placing the ball exactly where you want it. With new player momentum physics the speed and weight of the player determines everything from the distance of a slide tackle and the power of a header to the severity of player collisions and the height of a player’s jump. Plus, players now behave according to their physical attributes with larger, stronger players dominating collisions, battles for control of the ball, and position in challenges for two player headers. FIFA 09 features new Custom Team Tactics that gives you all the tools to become a first-team coach. For the first time, go inside the game engine to customize the positioning and support play of your teammates and decide exactly how your team will play in any situation. Now you are the player, coach and manager! You have the power to adjust and customize tactical settings so CPU players and your team perform just like the real-world team plays or how you think it should play. Save your tactics and then make strategic decisions to exploit your opponent’s weaknesses, all on-the-fly. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. The beautiful game. That's what football is all about, and that's what FIFA is all about. With 30 fully licensed leagues, over 15000 players and a shed load of other features, FIFA 09 has really set the bar high and I fully expect them to dominate this genre for years to come.
  2. So, with the official license, stunning graphics, a whole host of online options, 7 player local matches and a lengthy single player campaign this is the ultimate football game.
  3. Just like Chelsea circa 2005, all that huge investment is really paying dividends and FIFA's stock just continues to rise.
  4. While you may not notice any dramatic changes immediately, the more you play FIFA 09 the more you notice that it is definitely a step up from last year's game.
  5. Without a doubt, FIFA '09 is the most fun soccer title I've ever played.
  6. FIFA Soccer 09 looks the best it ever has, the controls make it user friendly, and the improvements to player movement and animations make it the most realistic soccer game on the market.
  7. At its heart, FIFA showcases all the highlights of its past lives, with a few interesting tweaks. [Holiday 2008, p.83]

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  1. charliec
    Nov 1, 2008
    this game is the best representation of an actual game ive ever seen.

    those who claim pes 2009 looks more real are deluding themselves.

    i admit that pes 2009 is initially gratifying to play with its easy crosses and passing but it does not feel as real as fifa 09.

    Also the be a pro mode and online play of fifa outweighs all the other modes on pes.

    the only good thing i can see pes beating fifa this year is the create the player with a picture from ure actual camera (yes i kno it was in 08 as well but...).
  2. ChrisC
    Jan 17, 2009
    best football game in the series so far. much improved over FIFA 08, but it still has a few hiccups like a lack of certain weather effects promised(snow) and a rare glitch where late subs come on invisible. Online play is Perfect. The only downfall I can find is the other players, may they be bad captains in Be A Pro who kick you for no reason or people with slow connections giving terrible lag. As long as you avoid playing quick ranked matches you should not have a problem playing online, and there are many other better ways to get into a ranked than the quick one. Expand
  3. ColinD
    Feb 17, 2009
    I used to play FIFA on the PC. But since the time I started playing the game on the Playstation 3, I have to admit that FIFA 09 is a really great game. The controls are much better with FIFA 09 than with any of the earlier versions. I like the Be A Pro mode which lets you take your own player through a season and really improve your play. The graphics are also more improved compared to the previous versions. Expand
  4. BenR.
    Oct 25, 2008
    I last played a FIFA game for myself in 2005, so this one has clearly moved on graphically and in terms of how smart the computer is. I think the best thing is how you can't score easy goals anymore. You feel for your team when a golden play ends in the keepers hands and when you face tougher opposition it gets harder. My few complaints are there are a few bugs like passing back to the throw in taker and absent or generally annoying players on 10v10 BAP mode, but yeah. Near awesome game. Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2013
    El peor fifa junto al 08 con mucha diferencia de ps3, aunque hay que entender que eran los primeros de esta consola, la jugabilidad no es nada del otro mundo, el fifa 06 es mejor que este y eso que el otro es de ps2, aun así, gran juego...aunque a estas alturas es un poco absurdo jugarlo, solo para amantes de el mismo xDD bueno pues eso...por cierto... gráficos pésimos...hasta los de nintendo 64 son mejores :S Expand
  6. DanielF.
    Oct 11, 2008
    Good improvement to last edition, fully packed with every think you could want. However the gameplay still lets fifa down. If you want great addictive gamplay go for Pes, if that doesn't bother you and you want a game jam packed with everything else then fifa will do it for you. Expand
  7. PhlipS.
    Oct 6, 2008
    Thought this was going be the year for fifa going by the positive reviews on here, but got it home and was bored after 5 games as scored a lot of goals which looked the same. Does not match the depth and gameplay of PES 2009. Also only take into account PSM3's review as they are the only reliable source so far. Expand

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