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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. 96
    FIFA 09 is more than just an update; its another huge leap forward for EA. It is the marzipan on a Battenberg, and the designer dress on a super model. How they're going to top this I don't know, so enjoy this near-perfection while you can. Yes, this is simply the best football game ever made.
  2. EA does it again with FIFA Soccer 09. I am amazed that there are still those who swear Pro Evolution is the best soccer game. FIFA Soccer 09 has everything Pro Evo has, plus the kitchen sink. FIFA is simply the best soccer game on any platform.
  3. A truly spectacular soccer title with exceptional player animations, ball handling and gameplay to boot. The AI will provide a significant challenge, but the implementation of one of the most advanced and complete online modes will mean that this game will truly last you a long time.
  4. Even if you've got every other version of FIFA ever released, I can still recommend FIFA 09; the tweaks and twists that have been applied to the heart of the game make this edition indispensable.
  5. The FIFA series has been stuck somewhere around Division Two for the last few years, but the 09 version is the best yet.
  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. This dripfeeding of improvements is starting to frustrate. [Dec 2008, p.106]

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  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Oct 19, 2014
    10
    Best fifa for me .

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  2. TroyW.
    Oct 6, 2008
    10
    As a FIFA fan I had high expectations for this one and I would have to say that it is the best by far of any I have played. The graphics are stunning and the new features including the collision system and ball control is great and makes for a more realistic experience. 10 out of 10 for sure. Expand
  3. NamT
    May 12, 2009
    9
    Fifa took Pro Evo
  4. Feb 24, 2011
    8
    Nice, this is the type of soccer game I can recommend, the graphics are alright, and at least they didn't add the curves while players are running but they have to run straight without losing any balance to the ball.
    I you compare it to FIFA 10, not really, even though FIFA promised that most players moralities would be even higher, but looks like, still the same thing. Anyway on FIfa 09 you don't get as much as bugs as FIFA 10.The bad thing though is the AI is a bit slow when you want to make slick passes, and it's really detailed as FIFA 10's graphics. Though for game speed it's simple and fast.
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  5. AdrainG.
    Nov 2, 2008
    7
    Fifa 09 is overall a good football game but there are some very anoying problems gameplay : there are some new modes to uniqe to this version of fifa such as the be a pro mode which is, to me, more fun to lay than the standard, birds eye view control everyone mode (especially online).there is also the option to download live daily updates of the teams of your choise which is an excellent feature for football heads. enjoyability: its fun for short periods of time single player but is far more fum playing online or against a buddy. presentation: the graphics are good and the trach list is ok but what i hate is the menue screen which is notoriously hard to navigate. Expand
  6. ApocalypseBrown
    Oct 8, 2008
    7
    I am a die hard Pro fan, but must admit this actually is a decent game. Good game in fact, only spoiled by broken AI and a funeral pace to the matches. Online features are excellent, especially the ten vs ten. But honestly that wares thin unless you have good players on your team, and even then the game descends into either chaos or a bore-fest. But the gameplay has improved a lot over fifa 08, and players seem a little more responsive. But ultimately the game just doesn't move fluidly enough to really get excited. Good game but still not an Evo killer, not yet anyway. Expand
  7. UliW.
    Oct 20, 2008
    3
    Rubbish! Graphics still suck, ball physics suck, speed sucks, this game generally sucks. But the stupid media believe this is a better game because it has official licenses and you got 10 vs 10, well has anyone one played 10 vs 10? It's crap, it seriously is. Players running towards the ball like lemmings off a cliff. As for this game being deeper that Pro, more like Mr Svennis couldn't hack the difficulty of pro and cried to fifa. The only things which are better here is the commentary and the be a pro section, that's it! Pro is men, fifa is for little boys (as that is all I hear online) or Americans thinking this is the super-bowl! Expand

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