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FIFA Online (Hands-On)

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“He cannot kick with his left foot, he cannot head a ball, he cannot tackle and he doesn’t score many goals. Apart from that he’s all right.” I would have to agree with George Best if he was describing my footballing skills, but FIFA Online is set to change that with a free-to-play FIFA football game for the PC, packing a new simple control system that can even make me look more like Lionel Messi than Terry Hurlock.

I have always liked the FIFA games, going all the way back to the SEGA Megadrive days, but it doesn’t mean I have ever been that good at them. FIFA Online is trying to grab the PC football market here, with a game that is quick and easy to get into but tougher to master. It is free-to-play but will use micro-transactions to buy various upgrades and other items, both practical and cosmetic.
FIFA Online is using a tweaked version of the FIFA 10 console engine, allowing a large degree of scaling so that you, whether you have a low end laptop or a high spec gaming PC, can try your hand at winning the league, world cup, or just beating your mates. It borrows the visuals and cut-scenes from the console FIFA 10 games, so you get that familiar EA FIFA game feeling from the kick off. It has the sound effects, commentary and similar music to FIFA 10.

Impressively, Fifa Online launches straight from your internet browser, though it does require downloading and installing on your hard drive first – only about 1 gig, so not too bad. The FIFA Licence also includes all the proper players names and strips, and we even have Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend giving the commentary. There are a lot of little cut-scenes for goals, replays, people taking corners, goal kicks etc. It all adds up to make a pretty good looking and slick game.

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