FIFA 09 All-Play

FIFA 09 All-Play Review for Wii

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

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9Out of 10
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Some of the mini-games might not be for you, but you're sure to find something to enjoy.
Some of the mini-games might not be for you, but you're sure to find something to enjoy.

Some of the mini-games might not be for you, but you're sure to find something to enjoy.

The game doesn't look as good as versions on the PS3 and 360, but it can hardly be expected to. The players can look a little lumpy close up (or is that just John Terry's real face?) and little things like the way the net bulges after a goal are far from correct, but compared to other football titles on the Wii, it's as good as it gets.

A major difference from the previous Wii outing is the option to play in manager mode, an absolute staple of FIFA that was strangely absent from 08. EA have corrected their mistake though, and now you can take control of your favourite team, control every aspect of team affairs from sponsorship to substitutions, and take the tabloid flak when it all goes wrong. It means that FIFA on the Wii is finally on a more level playing field and has the guts to keep football mad gamers satisfied.

However, that would all be in vain if the previously suspect controls hadn't changed, but fortunately, they have. Or rather, they've decided to do a bit of an impression of bitter rival PES, long thought to be the gameplay superior to FIFA's license monster.

There are the All-Play controls, offering an easy to get to grips with system for beginners, but you sacrifice a lot of control for this, and the Advanced Play controls are where it's at.

Using just the Wii remote, all you have to do to dribble is point the remote and off you go, twisting and turning as you move it. There's none of the slightly weird PES line-drawing to make runs, and passing couldn't be easier, picking a player out with the remote and simply tapping A to get it there. You can even choose to add in the Nunchuck or play with a GameCube or classic controller, giving endless options to cover all bases.

One problem here is that the choice of lofted ball or daisy cutter pass seems rather arbitrary, and sometimes you end up with the wrong choice through no fault of your own.

Improved controls and better visuals make this well worth a look

Improved controls and better visuals make this well worth a look

Shooting also borrows from PES with a shake to shoot mechanism, but it's smoother and simpler than before, even if doesn't always feel totally under your control. Still, it's a satisfying way to score a goal, and when the shake motion is used for free kicks, it's a very effective way to play set pieces that can drag on other systems.

Defending, which was hit and miss on FIFA 08, is now fully controllable, and you can jockey the player on the ball rather than relying on the game to do it for you. Again, it's not perfect, and selecting the nearest player to the attacker isn't as quick as it could be, often losing you a couple of vital seconds.

Another minus point is the lack of the Be A Pro Mode available on other versions, where players can control one pro through his career, adding even more longevity. It seems that the Wii will have to wait yet another year to catch up with this bit, although EA has included the custom tactics system.

These are fairly minor points though, and overall, FIFA has done a lot of growing up on the Wii over the last year, something few would have thought possible. It would be easy to dismiss it with the cutesy Miis and two games in one approach, but in spite of this, FIFA has been given what it needed to draw in the first timers and the old hands, snatching the title of best football game on the Wii with a last minute flick of the remote. See, Jimmy was right. It really is a funny old game...

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I've got the FIFA 09 ALL PLAY on Wii and it's good but some of it is just stupid but 10/10
Posted 20:39 on 28 February 2009
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graham irvine

could anyone tell me how you change the game type for manager mode for example amateur to professional etc, its had me puzzled as ive only been able to play my seasons as a beginner
Posted 18:10 on 30 January 2009
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i think this game is pretty good, I'm playing it with the game cube controls. The problem i have with this game is that in manager mode competing against other teams (not online) it seems way too easy to score since when i played Villa Real i beat them 8-0. That shouldn't happen. So before i played another game i saw the game said it was set on beginner...does anyone know how to set it higher for better competition???
Also the thing i am most disappointed about with this game is that you can't create your own club and then manage it, like you can in Fifa 07 for game cube. :(
Posted 18:32 on 20 January 2009
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thankyou Kumar youve solved my problem :D:D
Posted 14:42 on 11 January 2009
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Posted 07:17 on 02 January 2009
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BEn dunn

is it good for first timers
Posted 17:29 on 30 December 2008
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is it possible to play co-op mode like on the pc?
Posted 05:34 on 28 December 2008
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How do you get 2 players to work guys??
Posted 16:46 on 26 December 2008
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yeah thankx, i found it and i was bouts to put it down, but is there a like int. comp?
Posted 04:36 on 22 November 2008
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This Game Rocks! If Anyone Doesnt Know What League International Teams Are, The League Is Called International.
Posted 19:39 on 18 November 2008
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i dunno im hving a hard choice between fifa 09 pes 08 and pes 09 for wii when it comes out in march
Posted 03:57 on 13 November 2008
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yes, manager Yes, manager mode
Posted 06:08 on 11 November 2008
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Is thier an actual season that you can go through as such. Can you make Transfers.
Posted 16:21 on 10 November 2008
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please tell me what leauge the national teams are under, i cant' find them
Posted 05:42 on 04 November 2008
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please tell me what leauge the national teams are under, i cant' find them
Posted 07:33 on 03 November 2008

Game Stats

FIFA 09 All-Play
Out of 10
FIFA 09 All-Play
  • Much more strength in depth
  • Great gameplay
  • Good control system
  • All Play features a bit unnecessary
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Release Date: 03/10/2008
Platforms: Wii , Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , DS , PS2 , PSP
Developer: Electronic Arts
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Sports
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 1,004 71
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