Now, I used to be a MASSIVE Pro Evo fan (from 1999 – 2008) but then Konami got a bit complacent and FIFA stole the march. I was origianlly (way back in the day) a FIFA fan but peer pressure – and superior gameplay – converted me to Pro Evo. As a student I used to play Pro Evo regularly with mates – including weekly tournaments round my mate Byrnie’s flat. Those were the days. I remember we once had a a tournament where we had 4 x 14″ TV’s, back to back, 5 x PS2’s and one hooked up to the big 42″ screen in the front room. Alongside that, we had a PC running with updated results, tables and standings. It was the ultimate football gaming tournament – and I loved it.
Years have gone since then and times have changed. So has the game. FIFA 09 re-introduced me to the EA title and I loved it. The gameplay in FIFA is amazing. It allows me to play the game like I would play football in real life – something that gives me an edge over ‘gamers’ who try to play football games. My online record is pretty good. I have a 60% win ratio. My regular teams tend to be Villa, Manchester City and Arsenal (teams with power and pace). The best feeling is when I choose Villa and then my oppenent (some German probably) picks Real Madrid/Barca – and I beat them. It doesn’t get better than that.
I own a PS3 copy of the game so give me a shout if you ever fancy a fixture: