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96 (Oct 10, 2008)
FIFA 09 is more than just an update; its another huge leap forward for EA. It is the marzipan on a Battenberg, and the designer dress on a super model. How they're going to top this I don't know, so enjoy this near-perfection while you can. Yes, this is simply the best football game ever made. Do you like football games?
MS Xbox World (Oct 21, 2008)
If you are desperately seeking football pursuits both offline and online, FIFA 09 ticks all the right boxes. No longer is FIFA considered an exclusively glossy presentational tour-de-force, but can also relish in a flowing sensation that will be incredibly hard to contest.
Console Monster (Oct 07, 2008)
The beautiful game. That's what football is all about, and that's what FIFA is all about. With 30 fully licensed leagues, over 15000 players and a shed load of other features, FIFA 09 has really set the bar high. EA Sports, it's in the game. Next Up.... Konami.
TeamXbox (Oct 10, 2008)
EA Canada was smart, as it used the one-per-four-year UEFA Championship to test market the features and gameplay that would ultimately go gold for the boxed copy of FIFA 09. The development team also listened to fan feedback via e-mails and forums, then tweaked from there; that’s something that EA Sports titles didn’t seem to do too often just a few years back. The result? A game for the soccer die-hards and for the general gamer looking for that breath of fresh air within the sports genre. There’s room for improvement, of course, but it’s easy recommending FIFA 09 to pretty much anyone—even those that normally summon only John Madden when they’re ready for some “football.”
90 (Dec 12, 2008)
EA has really stepped it up this year. They have finally brought the full Soccer experience to the next-gen arena. The A.I. is challenging, there’s plenty of different modes of play, and it is just plain fun by yourself or with friends. If you are a footy lover like me, or just a World Cup fan, if you’ve been looking for a way to get your Soccer fix this is the game for you. In my opinion, I think with this game EA has surpassed what Konami’s Pro Evo has to offer and I think EA can be crowned the new king of the world’s game.
GameSpy (Oct 14, 2008)
FIFA 09 is jam-packed with new content, from clan-based player support to real-world stat updates. Although it feels more like an incremental update than a revolutionary overhaul, EA doesn't need to reinvent the wheel so much as smooth out its edges. Be a Pro has finally been mostly realized, through both an expansive season mode and 10-on-10 multiplayer matches. Custom tactics are a cool new approach to gameplay that let you adapt your club around your style. Gameplay and camera angles have been refined from last year's title, and for once, all of the hyperbole about more animations adds up to something you can tangibly see within your first few matches. FIFA 09 is again the champ, for another year in a row. If it keeps performing like this, will EA add a star above the logo?
90 (Oct 02, 2008)
FIFA 09 est un titre d'exception qui s'appuie sur le jeu en ligne le plus complet qu'ait proposé une simulation sportive à ce jour. Développé par des connaisseurs, pour des connaisseurs, il tient ce réalisme qui lui colle au cuir de son gameplay inépuisable. A n'en pas douter, nous tenons là la nouvelle référence du genre sur PS3 et Xbox 360.
90 (Oct 06, 2008)
Die Wachablösung im Fußballgenre steht kurz bevor. Auch wenn ich zu PES 09 bisher nur Eindrücke aus der Demo und der Vorschau-Version sammeln konnte, ist für mich bereits klar, dass Konami in diesem Jahr klar ins Hintertreffen gerät. FIFA 09 spielt sich phasenweise einfach fantastisch und mit etwas mehr Übung bin ich sicher, auch endlich vernünftige Flanken schlagen zu können. Schwer enttäuscht bin ich lediglich vom Mehrspielermodus, denn ich möchte FIFA 09 nun mal am liebsten an einer Konsole gegen Freunde zocken und da sind mir ständige Freundschaftsspiele zu langweilig - das löst PES derzeit noch besser. Davon abgesehen kommt ihr als Fußballfan um FIFA 09 nicht herum, wohl gemeint die NextGen-Versionen, denn die PC-Fassung hinkt hier immer noch meilenweit hinterher. Die endgültige Meisterschaftsentscheidung fällt dann aber in Kürze beim Test von PES 09.
Thunderbolt Games (Oct 06, 2008)
FIFA 09 feels like a game that’s been three or four years in a the making and yet it seems so familiar, since we’ve been able to see the progress EA have made over the last few seasons. Its refined gameplay is at the heart of a title brimming with confidence and its multiple modes will keep you playing for months. For years, FIFA has been seen as a vain but ultimately shallow reproduction of ‘the beautiful game’, but such assertions are now entirely invalid. A resurgent EA Sports has finally delivered the game we’ve been waiting for; this is the season.
Gamestyle (Oct 12, 2008)
Even with such niggles, FIFA 09 is the closest a football game has ever come to scoring the magical score of 10. An impressive variety of modes, great online play and plenty of touches make this a football fans dream. It’s going to be interesting to see what they do with the next one, after all, where do you go from here?
IGN UK (Sep 26, 2008)
FIFA 09 returns to the pitch full of swagger, and it does its very best to deliver on EA Sport’s promise of creating the definitive football title. An exacting game on the pitch and an overwhelmingly comprehensive one off of it, it’s still got a number of minor niggles that blight the play. But when the package is so vast and offers so much, it’s hard not to be impressed. Is it better than PES? It’s certainly different, and which game you go for this season ultimately depends on what you want from your annual dose of football.
Game Captain (Oct 09, 2008)
Ich kann FIFA 09 noch nicht als Sieger des Fußballwettstreits zwischen EA und Konami erklären, aber die Japaner werden es in diesem Jahr schwer haben. Die 09-Version ist die beste, die ich je im Laufwerk hatte, hier stimmt zwar nicht alles, aber verdammt viel. Das umfangreiche Online-Gedaddel, der Be-A-Pro-Modus im Offline-Betrieb oder auch das deutlich verbesserte und realistische Gameplay sprechen hier eine deutliche Sprache. Kurzum: Es macht wieder Spaß, mit EA auf den Rasen zu gehen. Selbst diejenigen, die sich im Laufe der vergangenen Jahre von der FIFA-Serie aus verständlichen Gründen abgewandt haben, sollten dem Titel in diesem Jahr eine Chance geben. Denn EA verleiht seinem virtuellen Fußball endlich wieder spielerische Klasse – und dafür hat sich der Titel auch einen Award verdient.
IGN (Oct 14, 2008)
FIFA Soccer 09 is the tightest playing football on the market and has definitely raised the bar for what Pro Evolution Soccer will need to accomplish to retake the crown this year. While the Be A Pro mode is lacking in my opinion, soccer diehards are going to love the authenticity. The real star of the show is the on-the- field action. Animations look great, players behave properly and the AI has been tuned since last year’s effort. While not perfect, FIFA 09 should be a permanent fixture in anyone sports library.
85 (Oct 01, 2008)
Wer hätte das gedacht? Das ist der erste Gold-Award, den FIFA bei uns seit Jahren einheimst. Und den haben sich die 360- und PS3-Entwickler redlich verdient. Ich mag die fast schon artistischen Dribblings und ich liebe diese Schlenzer: Wenn ich den Ball mit dem Innenrist elegant in den rechten Winkel zirkle, kommt Freude auf - denn dafür brauche ich zig Versuche. Es ist gerade dieses Gefühl, dass man den Fußball wieder neu meistern muss, dass man sich Chancen und Situationen erarbeiten muss, das mich immer wieder an den Bildschirm lockt. Wenn man seinen Gegner einmal mit einem Rainbow-Flick düpiert hat, dann noch erfolgreich flankt und wuchtig ins Netz köpft, macht dieses Spiel mit seinen grandiosen Fangesängen einfach Spaß. Warum dann kein Platin für PS3 und Xbox 360? Weil der Spielaufbau immer noch einen Tick zu zäh ist.
games xtreme (Nov 03, 2008)
FIFA 09 has made great strides forward and is possibly the most complete football game I've played since picking up Pro Evo 4, it's a lot of fun and will have me coming back to it until FIFA 2010 rears its head next year!
XboxAchievements (Oct 15, 2008)
A very pleasant surprise and one that finally appeals to football fans of any ability. This game is simple to pick up and play but offers enough depth for veterans to still find something new. With plenty to do both on and offline it’s a real turnaround for a series that has had its share of criticism down the years.
1UP (Oct 14, 2008)
09 isn't without a few foibles, of course. It continues the series' tradition of inept goalie A.I., which?while making for some unintentionally hilarious moments?is much more frustrating than it sounds on paper. Nothing's fun about painstakingly setting up your defensive strategy, only to be foiled by a keeper who won't move off his line. Also, while more fluid than 08, 09 doesn't quite reach the level of bing-bang-boom that a real-life soccer game has. Nevertheless, 09 is the best soccer game on the market?and fans that were put off by 08's flaws should surely give it a look.