I've never been a soccer fan, even when my parents had me play in AYSO soccer for 2 years while in elementary school. I hated it and never cared about soccer much in my whole life. However, I have a friend who was a professional soccer player in Malawi, and moved to California a few years ago. He would talk about soccer all the time, and even though he is too old now to play professionally, he coaches the very same AYSO team I played for, all those years ago, the Temple City Blue Knights. After the both of us constantly talking about soccer and bringing up so many memories, with the Blue Knights in particular, and learning more about the sport, I thought I would give soccer another chance and watch games on TV, and began to enjoy it much more than I used to. Then I decided to buy a cheap, older soccer game just to broaden my horizons and give it my best attempt. I'm usually excellent at all sports video games, able to score over 250 in football, 30 in baseball, 40 in hockey, 500 in basketball and 300 in rugby, not to mention coming in first in all racing games, easily. However, Fifa Soccer 10 is so bad that it makes my pathetic attempts to play in AYSO look even worse! This game is impossible to play, even on the easiest skill level chosen, all assists in place, and playing as the best 5-Star team vs the worst 1-star team. I would think that gaming skill and the simple task of pressing buttons would allow me to score, but that wasn't the case. The referees called me for penalties whenever I touched an opponent player, even if they didn't fall down, yet when the opposing team would literally trample over my players, there would be no penalty against them. Aiming the ball to pass or try to score was so frustrating, plus the fact that even at close range, a kick to the goal, simply tapping the button would shoot the ball upward and out of bounds over the goal. My goalie couldn't stop a ball if he was fat enough to block the whole thing, yet the opponent goalie could move faster than Speedy Gonzales. I liked the computer assisted player switch, which was very helpful, but it felt like once I hit the button to move the player, the computer knew exactly where I was headed, even from behind, and moved out of the way, and ran so fast that I couldn't catch up. One GREAT thing about the game, that prevents me from giving this game a 1-star rating was the player creator feature. This is something I DEMAND from all my sports games, and also a TEAM creator. The player appearance section was quite vast, especially face morphing, even allowing eyes to be unsymmetrical and a crooked nose, among other things. However, body size was limited, so I couldn't create Itsy-bitsy Bubba Boy, or the gigantic Steven Supertanker, who are some of my most loved created players on other sports games. But how often do you see really huge or tiny players in soccer? Never. So that wasn't really a problem. Most of the problems were with ball handling, which was difficult and frustrating at best. It may be that I'm just naturally awful at soccer, but I was never a good baseball or football player in real life either. Maybe there is another soccer game that makes ball handling easier. I'll get that one instead. I'm not one to quit or give up easily. It took 2 years of AYSO for me to want to quit on that, but I was only a frustrated kid. It can't be helped. I would suggest playing rugby. Both Rugby World Cup 2011 and Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge are good games. Check out my reviews on those games. And if anyone knows of a better soccer game than this, and knows my frustration on those points and has resolved them with a different game, let me know which one you would recommend.
No: I don’t recommend this product