Soccer fans and gamers alike need no introduction to EA’s FIFA series, especially with this past Fall’s incredible FIFA 10. We’ll admit we were slightly worried about the latest installment, 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ($57), being a cheap cash-in attempt considering its timing to FIFA 10. But the reviews (and our hands-on time with it) have proven otherwise. It provides an immersive and addicting experience where gamers can take any of the tournaments 199 teams all the way from qualification to the title match.
They always say the devil’s in the details, and this 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is no exception. Every team’s national anthem is included, and the crowd’s behavior is about as realistic as we’ve ever seen. Confetti, streamers, and fireworks rain down from the stands in response to what’s happening in the game, providing a palpable sense that the emotions of millions hang on your next button mash. Stadium altitude also effects the fatigue level players experience, and even the flight of the ball. Needless to say we’ll be passing the time until the first kickoff taking under dog team U.S.A all the way, if anything just to see the rumored fantastic final cut scene worthy of any team that wins one of the greatest athletic achievements on earth.