The Beautiful Game. Again : FIFA 10 Demo

The post-goal Bukkake celebration was harshly penalized by the ref.
Finally growing tired of the “It’s the 2010th version of FIFA” gags, EA’s latest edition of the foot-to-ball game is just FIFA 10. Which is just a lie, innit? Anyway, there’s a demo available. I find this very interesting. It’s very interesting because the English/French/Italian/German/Spanish demo is 2.15Gb in size, while the Russian/Czech/Hungary/Polish demo is 1.72Gb in size. Which means, by my calculation, Spain is .43Gbs in size, which I’ll send off to the atlas people so they can add it to their files. And there’s some footage of the game in action below for those who are beneath their quota of staring-at-men-in-shorts for the day.

It’s hardly Blood Bowl, is it?the


  1. The_B says:

    Second best alttext joke ever.

  2. Heliocentric says:

    I need to get something off my chest.

    If i had the funds to play paint ball with my friends whenever i wanted in a well suited arena i would never play counterstrike again.

    If a had a massive range of racing cars and the freedom to race them like and idiot with no risk of death i’d stop playing grid.

    If i owned a clone army of tiny soldier men which would fight to the death for my amusement i would never play men of war (or sleep, lest they overthrow me) again.

    So why prey tell, do people play foot to ball on their interactive entertainment systems?

  3. Vandelay says:

    Downloading now.

    Probably going to be a year where I buy a footie game. Anyone know what Konami are up to with PES this year?

  4. FunkyLlama says:

    And yet simultaneously the Worst Alt-Text On The Internet. :V

  5. Alexandros says:


    Maybe they don’t have that many friends, or are in poor physical condition? Anyway, everyone knows that manager games is where it’s at!

  6. Sagan says:

    @Heliocentric: For me gaming never was about escapism. So even if I had the funds to play paint ball with my friends whenever I wanted in a well suited arena, I would still play Counter Strike occasionally.

  7. Ian says:

    I’ve never really felt the whole “I/you could go outside and kick a ball for my/your-self” argument really holds up, but hey ho.

  8. Schaulustiger says:

    Heliocentric: because I can’t just rent a stadium, fill it with 40,000 people, call 21 friends at 2 o’clock in the night and tell them to come play football?

    It’s like racing games: you do have a car that you can drive, but racing with 200 mph is a different thing. It’s the same with football games. I do have the ability to kick a ball (even relatively precise), but playing a game with the possibility to do passes, tricks and shots that I personally would never be able to pull off is a different thing.

  9. Sabre says:

    Step outside (yes, that area with fresh air the other side of your window) and play football with your friends if you like it that much to want to buy a game of it. Buying a game for something you can physically do yourself – and which is more fun to do properly anyway – is the height of lazyness

  10. Schaulustiger says:

    Oh, that said: Fifa 10 looks like an iteration that I can skip. I’m still happy with the 09 edition and its improved graphics. It still makes for a fun match or two, especially against a friend with the excellent keyboard/mouse controls.

  11. Heliocentric says:

    Well, i hate foos ball in all its forms which is why i cannot really answer the question myself. But, to be fair player manager on the amiga was proto total war to me. Tweak tactics, formations and playing style and then watch it happen before my eyes.

    Many other sport make great games but i find actually playing football games rather charmless.

  12. Kieron Gillen says:

    I’m amazed anyone thinks football games have anything to do with actually playing real football rather than the fantasy thereof.

    Clue: When I play football in real life, I don’t control 11 human beings with my mind.


  13. Heliocentric says:

    The crowd in a game isn’t 40000 people though, its 20 cardboard repeated 2000 times each.

  14. Jayt says:

    I play sports games because I can’t play sports like a super star. If the game was about a bunch of amateur guys kicking a ball around then I probably would agree with you helio.

  15. Schaulustiger says:

    I hate being forced to defend myself that I love to watch football or play it on a computer. Both have nothing to do with actually playing football myself.

    First thing: playing FIFA (or PES if you like). It’s fun because it recreates the atmosphere and rules of football. I can do stuff in game that I can’t in real life, atleast unless I’m a football pro. I played football (the real thing) fairly well in my youth and then quit playing in a team due to my knee being seriously injured. FIFA lets me do all the things I can’t do myself. Tackle Michael Ballack. Score a goal against Rene Adler. Hit a perfect corner shot on the head of one of my attackers. And all that in an environment that resembles the original stadiums and the general atmosphere surrounding a big game.

    So, why is it cool for me too to play football on a PC? Why do I love to *watch* this sport so much instead of just doing it for myself? It’s hard to explain to someone who doesn’t like it. And most of the RPS regulars obviously don’t. But I’ll try.
    For me, football is about passion. About atmosphere. It’s a magic moment to sit in a stadium with 40,000 other people who all act and react to what’s happening on the field. No other sport in my country (Germany) comes close to this excitement because they don’t have this huge mass of people caring about it. That’s what I love. 75th minute, the cup finals. It’s a close 1-0. The leading team brutally fouls an attacker of the other team. The ref pulls out the red card. 45,000 people cry out with one single voice, the players argue heatedly. The game swings at that moment and now the leading team is desperately trying to defend their lead. To experience that, be it live, on TV or in a game, is what makes football great for me. It’s a moment of excitement and tension, a perfect drama, better than any movie could do it.

    As I said, it’s hard to explain. But so is every passion. And I don’t bash anyone who is passionate about, let’s say, guitar playing. Or car racing. Or whatever you care passionately about. Be a bit more tolerant. I don’t know why it’s always football fans that constantly get attacked because they love to watch this sport.

  16. Schaulustiger says:

    Oh, as always: excuse my bad english. There are probably a few typos and grammar mistakes up there.

  17. Sartoris says:

    @ Kieron: “When I play football in real life, I don’t control 11 human beings with my mind.”

    Surely you jest? You’re one of four gods I believe in, those sort of powers are a must.

  18. Dean says:

    Football on the computer is to real football what Call of Duty is to real war, basically.

  19. Okami says:

    Schaulustiger nails it down perfectly. I’m no particular fan of the sport (though two of my ex flatmates were) but on occasions like the world or european championship even I get swept along in the excitement. And watching world class football players at work can be stunning at times -it’s almost like some kind of brutal ballet.

    Same goes for footbal video games: Sometimes they’re really good at giving you the fantasy of just beeing there during a world cup finale. Also playing games like Fifa allows me to lead my country to world champion status, something that’s even more fantastical than the story of most absurd action adventure. Last time it achieved anything noteworthy was 1978 in Cordoba (Für immer 3:2, Schaulustiger!!!)

  20. Vandelay says:

    I think the reason you feel that people attack those that watch football is probably because the people that attack you are attacked for not watching football.

    I have often felt like people think me a bit weird for being a man that is not interested in watching any sport. When I respond to the inevitable question of “what team do you support?” by saying I’m not interested in football, the following question is always (usually after a slightly bemused look) “so what sports are you into?” The reply of not being into any is usually greeted with even more bemusement.

    What does get me more riled about the expectation that a man must be into football is that there are some football fans that are the biggest geeks of them all (e.g. knowing the number of time and what dates some team won such and such cups,) and yet that isn’t considered as weird as if someone happens to play games, watch sci-fi, play pen and paper RPGS, read fantasy novels, read comics, or whatever you do that the stereotypical geek may do.

    So, I would think that you having to be defence about what you like is probably no different to everyone else having to be defence about what they like. As an outsider, I would say you would have to be less defence about being a football fan then anything else, but I’m sure an outsider to any hobby would probably say the same thing

  21. Mike says:

    ah… I’ll wait ’til the next one.

  22. Kieron Gillen says:

    Sartoris: I actually control all 22.


  23. Ginger Yellow says:

    Which means, by my calculation, Spain is .43Gbs in size, which I’ll send off to the atlas people so they can add it to their files

    So now we know the answer to the old question: “How many Peggles can you fit on the head of a Spaniard?”

  24. Ian says:

    @ Sabre: Good work, Internetclicheman!

  25. Schaulustiger says:

    Fair enough. What I don’t get is why even here on RPS people flame football fans for being passionate geeks. I mean, we’re all geeks, pulling excitement from watching numbers on a computer screen. Why am I flamed for watching 22 players running after a ball whilst controlling one of them with my gamepad?

    But I get your point and I generally loathe the kind of fans that attack you for not caring about sports. As a matter of fact, nearly none of my friends like football at all, but they respect my passion for football as much as I respect their caring about something else. That’s the way it should be, but unfortunately that seems to be the exception.

  26. Sartoris says:

    The only virtual sport game I can enjoy is hockey because it allows you to smack little people and watch them fall.

  27. says:

    Sounds like the players all wear kevlar vests… thud… clank… thud.

  28. Aorawn says:

    Don’t you guys mean soccer?


  29. Gremmi says:

    Out of interest, have they done the thing they appear to have done for the past three or four years and just made the PC version a hi-res port of the PS2 one, or have they actually managed to match the console ones this time?

  30. Nero says:

    The latest Fifa version I bought was 2000, which is now being used to scare away birds from the garden in our summer house. Still enjoy the PES series more.

  31. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    That’s nothing the last version I bought was…89!
    ….ergh, 98, I mean :) A bloody good one, tho, with Blur’s Song 2 and that French cock in it and all..

  32. Ian says:

    @ Nero: Oh God, I’m no FIFA fanboy but between about 98-2003 it was horriblehorriblehorrible and thus you should at least give a newer one a try (rental or at a friend’s or whatever) because they’re a vast improvement. :-P

    I was amazed to find that I actually preferred the most recent FIFA to the most recent PES when it came to PS3/360.

  33. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    Oh c’mon, 98 was great and many people around me think that as well.

  34. Kierkegaard says:

    @Gremmi: They really haven’t. While the console version might be pretty and fancy next-gen, the PC demo is about as unimpressive as you can get. It seems to be like you say, a hi-res port of the ps2 game. The pc version of PES 09 is infinetely better (and prettier) than the FIFA 10 one, so hopefully PES 10 will be worth playing, not to mention pay for.

  35. Juz says:

    Also enjoyed the last FIFA more than the last PES, and quite liked the demo of FIFA 10… everything seems more responsive, which can’t be a bad thing.

    Still might skip this year though, anyone know if there’s a new PES demo coming at some point?

  36. That Guy says:

    Fuck yeah Gunners!

  37. Super Bladesman says:

    Sorry to bring FM10 into this lovely debate, but that certainly looks worth trying – I think I shall be downloading this. I just found Fifa World Cup 2006 on my desk, so it’s been a while since I last bought one…

  38. Ian says:

    @ Frankie: Really? The “FIFA: Road to World Cup ’98” one? I thought it was bloody awful. :D

  39. Heliocentric says:

    @Vandelay stop spying on my childhood. You are on to something there. I think i dislike football because has been so persistently expected that i would like it.

    Indeed i tried to like it for years. Shit, i need to go seek counciling or something now.

    I would like to formally apologise to all football fans. And also ask why people put up with a lack of 3rd umpire (cameras being used to make calls in cricket) like service and the bullshit offside rule which sits in the rules as comfortably as a doberman humping a shitzu.

  40. Ian says:

    [Insert rant about how the old fashioned offside rule was a million billion times better than the current clusterfuck]

  41. Dante says:

    Regarding the ‘why don’t you just play real football’ thing, apart from the other answers, I’d like to say that there’s something to be said for playing as real star players.

    There’s a reason sports games spend a lot on licensing, it’s because there’s a giddy thrill to being in control of your favourite team or player, taking them to the glory they never quite could manage yourself. For instance, my standard response to a particularly humiliating defeat for my beloved Aston Villa in real life is to load up Fifa and thrash the ingrates to within an inch of their lives.

    A lot of people who play Fifa play real football too, the attractions are different, and not mutually exclusive.

  42. Waste_Manager says:

    I hate football. That is all. Carry on.

  43. Heliocentric says:

    I have a problem with living in a world where footballers are heroes over say, doctors or firemen. People who actually save lives, or scientists or designers who change the future.

    Kids are lead to emulate people who’s primary effect on the world is boosting the number of sick days the country tots up from wanting to watch matches and hangovers from the after effects. It also bothers me that they are unfathomly rich.

  44. Dolphan says:

    @Helio – The offside rule is necessary, whatever the debate about its current form. Without it the game would be entirely based on booting the ball from one end of the pitch directly to the other.

  45. Heliocentric says:

    Like i said, i don’t think its a very good sport, that its so “duct taped” hardly changes my mind.

  46. Schaulustiger says:

    @Heliocentric: “I have a problem with living in a world where footballers are heroes over say, doctors or firemen. People who actually save lives, or scientists or designers who change the future.”

    Agreed, but you can’t per se blame football for that. It’s the same with rock bands and all other glamour celebrities who get alot of media presence.

    “Like i said, i don’t think its a very good sport, that its so “duct taped” hardly changes my mind.”

    Football’s great cancer is the FIFA. They are so conservative it’s not even funny anymore. Hell freezes over before they admit that video proof or a better offside rule is a necessity in modern football. It’s a shame, really.

  47. Pags says:

    The less time spent on FIFA (Pro Evo has been better for years EA, give it up) and the more time spent on fixing Madden, the better.

  48. Po0py says:

    Am I the only person who finds it unusual that the demo wants to install to my system32 folder?

  49. Heliocentric says:

    In a way the lack of camera support lends a certain ref immunity, like in wrestling( the “sports entertainment” type).

    Its easier to claim the ref is stupid when he is not an infalible machine, so easier to not rage quit supporting the sport.

  50. &e says:

    @Pags seriously you think ProEvo is better? Balderdash I say (and metacritic would seem to be on the same side as me)