FIFA is something close to my heart. I own an Xbox 360 primarily for FIFA, so for me, EA Sports needs to get every single release perfect so that I can get the full enjoyment out of my console experience! Of course, I have fantastic titles such as Red Dead Redemption knocking about in my library, but I’m a massive fan of football and the passion takes over.
Here, take a look at this beautiful high definition picture of Real Madrid’s Kaka as he will be seen in the game:
After scrutinising this screenshot for a good few minutes, I came to the conclusion that there hasn’t been much of a visual improvement from FIFA 11 as of yet, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because FIFA 11 does actually have impressive graphics. However, it is still the early stages, so you never know what tweaks EA Sports may do in the time leading up to release, which is likely to be early October 2011.
When I see the first glimpse of a new game, it automatically sends my brain into drawing up a wish list. I’ve been summing up FIFA 11 for the past hour or so now, and my general conclusion is that it was a pretty awesome release, adding even more realism into the franchise, which seems to be dominating Pro Evolution Soccer more and more as the years peel off the calendar.
The attention to detail in FIFA 11 is greatly improved with notable focus on the football pitch detail, the player model detail, and the animations. I’m a real harsh judge when it comes to analysing the visual quality of a game, and FIFA 11 has escaped my harsh, critical hammer of judgment as I see the effort that was put into making the game look as gorgeous as possible; from the wrinkles in the jersey as the player moves, down to the wrinkles on the forehead of the players as their facial expressions change, it is awesome. This all excites me, because I am weird.
However, I’m still not satisfied, because I want more. So now I shall share my wish list with you all, where I won’t be asking for too much, honest!
First on my list, are off-the-pitch animations, as it’s something that the game lacks, and it’s definitely something that has been bugging me for the last few releases of FIFA. When the ball goes out of play, or there’s a cut scene showing a player walking on the side of the field, you can see that in the background you have motionless, cardboard cut-outs of the coach and the players sitting on the bench, not moving a muscle (muscles being quite important in football); I want movement! I would really like to see some animated player models when it comes to this, maybe if the players actually left the bench and ran along the touch line to warm up or if the manager walked around the technical area to shout out orders to the players on the field. I would have a massive smile on my face if EA Sports were to incorporate this into FIFA 12.
Second on my list is my issue with the crowd detail, or lack of it. In my honest and brutal opinion, the crowd visuals still stink, as they have done for a while. But in recent times, EA Sports has been able to make each individual member of the crowd look 3D… but just ‘look’ 3D, nothing more. For me, there isn’t enough variation in colours in the stadium, and it all looks a bit too plastic, which really distracts you from the realism that is evident in other key aspects of the game.