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FIFA 09 Review for PS2

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The latest in the long running series which is promising a huge number of improvements.

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FIFA on PS2 is starting to show its age. but it still plays a good game of football.
FIFA on PS2 is starting to show its age. but it still plays a good game of football.

FIFA on PS2 is starting to show its age. but it still plays a good game of football.

With the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 now established as current consoles it's easy to forget that a lot of gamers still use their PS2 to play the latest video games. Given Sony's support for the platform and its steady sales it's no surprise to see FIFA on Sony's ageing console for the ninth time (not including mid-season releases). With fans eager for the game to offer something new yet again, and EA clearly focussing on modern consoles, is FIFA 09 on PS2 worth buying?

For long-time FIFA PS2 players there's good and bad news. The good news is that EA hasn't simply updated the player rosters and slapped a new name on the box. Numerous changes and enhancements have been made to last year's game and new game modes have been included. The bad news is that unless you played last year's game obsessively it'll be hard to notice many of these changes. This was always going to be the case considering how many FIFA games have been released on the PS2, but worth bearing in mind before you head to the local store, cash in hand.

Of the additions this year, the improved animations will be one of the easiest to spot. Over 500 new sequences of animation have been included in FIFA 09, giving the players a more realistic look on the pitch. This affects gameplay too, with character attributes really influencing gameplay. Quicker players can shift the ball faster, giving them the ability to edge past defenders, and bulkier players now use their strength to hold off smaller players, even knocking them to the ground. Skilled players can even hold up play like the very best strikers, shielding the ball while team mates catch up with play.

As has been the case for a number of years, tricks play an important part in advanced play, with four new skills being included in this year's game. You can get by without using them at all, but play against an expert and your defence will be torn apart. Although they don't look nearly as impressive as they do in the PS3/360 versions, it's still great to see Ronaldinho performing tricks in the middle of the pitch. The first touch control system returns too and is once again a great tool in your attacking arsenal.

Something that had been exclusive to the next-gen games is the Be a Pro camera. FIFA 09 includes this on PS2 for the first time, letting players see the action from a camera focussed on your single player. Combined with the season mode in which you can create your own professional player, Be A Pro is one of the main reasons to pick up FIFA 09 on PS2 if you already own last year's game.

The changes this year are good and the Be a Pro mode is a great addition

The changes this year are good and the Be a Pro mode is a great addition

Also new this year are simplified controls. Before you get hot and bothered over EA dumbing the game down, fear not - this is just an option for new players. The idea is that novices can start playing using a simplified two-button control system, learning more advanced controls as they progress. It's a good idea and similar to the approach EA is taking with its sports games on Wii, and should allow players of all experience levels to have a decent game together.

Manager mode returns almost in the same form it was last year, although you can now play in a number of friendly matches during pre-season. You've also got all the expected tournaments to play in, exhibition matches and Challenge mode. There's plenty to do as always, but lots of it will feel very similar to what you've been doing for the past few years. We haven't been able to check every team, but it also seems as though the deadline day transfers have made it in.

There's no question that FIFA on PS2 is starting to show its age. It looks good for a PS2 game and the new animations are excellent, but the frame rate isn't as smooth as we'd like it to be. It's also a big disappointment that online play is nowhere to be seen in FIFA 09 on PS2. We know the focus has shifted to modern consoles but the lack of online play seriously restricts multiplayer options. Still, EA has made an effort to improve a series that has been tweaked to death over the past decade, and produced a game that all FIFA fans will be pleased with. It might just be time to make the jump to a new console though.

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chafid a z

i am verry like the game
Posted 08:59 on 04 February 2009
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FIFA09 its a great game by the way i'm greek and FIFA09 includes greek teams and everyone knows that greece got the euro of 2004 any way fifa09 its the greatest game
Posted 19:22 on 03 January 2009
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how can you use the unlocked rewards. In my case a different ball. In game settings I select it and it still doesnt show up
Posted 06:54 on 31 December 2008
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Wan Firdaus

Forgot to mention,in ps3,the goalkeepers when diving to make a save,doesnt look similar at all,player boots,just like the colour they wear in real life.Want to know why fifa09 in ps2 sucks big time?Look at the media,ps2 using DVD format but ps3 use BluRay.The space is soo big,thats where the slick graphic,player body,skills resemblance were stored.In ps2,same copy paste player but with diff height,face and weight only.Fifa 09 PS3 rocks!
Posted 07:06 on 24 December 2008
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Wan Firdaus

In PS2 Ronaldo skill is 91,same as in PS3.But in ps3 its really realistic such as ronaldo taking a free kick.A more handsome like real life ronaldo than in the ps2(looks meaty and fat),player legs are sooo funny.I buy my ps3 just to play fifa09.Cheers.
Posted 06:59 on 24 December 2008
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it is a very good game
i liked it very much
Posted 14:41 on 20 December 2008
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I will send a message to every one to know that FIFA 09 ps2 doesn't have an online game, i bought it and I can't refund my money back from GAMESTOP shop, they said because the case being open. Dah...I had it only 15 minutes about time I got it and went home, I wish I can get my money back, because without online it's stinks.
Posted 04:11 on 15 December 2008
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hey Leon Tyla, the fifa 09 is easier than 08 it easy like 07 actually.........anyway do u know that the rating player are all the same or not...cause i know that in p.c ronaldo he is 91 so iwanna know that the rating are the same for ps2 and ps3
Posted 15:37 on 09 December 2008
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Can anyone please tell me if FIFA 09 is as hard as FIFA 08? Been playing FIFA since FIFA95 and have always been ok but FIFA 08 was just too difficult anyone?
Posted 12:04 on 09 December 2008
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Did the player rating are all the same.

ex: c.ronaldo he is 91 on P.C. game but i dont know his rating on ps3 and ps2....plz someone tell me THX
Posted 20:54 on 08 December 2008
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did the rating 4 ps2 and p.c are the same???

answer plz
Posted 20:48 on 08 December 2008
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I think that Fifa 09 is a brilliant game, the graphics obviously can't be as god as a next-gen, but they are good as they can get. Play is very realistic, even the refs don't go to their pockets straight away. The gameplay is great, and the animaters have done a really good job making the players actually react to sudden changes, or adjust to an awkward ball. I disagree with all you people who think it is rubbish, and it is very good. The only thing that I am disappointed about is no online play, but there is enough to keep you playing in there till FIFA 2011!!!
FIFA Rules!!!
Posted 13:23 on 07 December 2008
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I dont know about u guys but i feel that it is now easier 2 score goals, something similar to Fifa 07. I am afraid that this is the last fifa game 4 ps2.Anyway, i just hope that i have money to buy xbox or ps3!
Posted 01:42 on 03 December 2008
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good game

great game

well done e.a
Posted 05:46 on 23 November 2008
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Nice try, but easports should begin to act up to expectation on ps2.Put in referees, and begin to say the truth.
Posted 16:31 on 13 November 2008

Game Stats

Out of 10
FIFA 09 - No boxshot available.
  • Some decent changes to core gameplay
  • Plays a good game of football
  • No online play
  • PS2's showing its age
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Release Date: 01/01/2008
Platforms: PS2 , Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , Wii , DS , PSP
Developer: Electronic Arts
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Sports
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