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Real Football 2011
by Paul Byron on Monday 4th Oct 2010

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There are 2 types of video game football fan; those who want to have all the teams, all the players and a realistic game that can cope with the complex rules and then there are those who just want to play a casual fun game of football and to hell with all the rest.

Gameloft promises to cater for both in their latest update of the Real Football series, but can it appease the fans and the gamers successfully?  Initially no, disappointment comes early when you realise that it doesn’t have a full set of teams and players.  It’s still an improvement from last year though as they now have a FIFPro licence so that all the big names are there but you’ll soon find there are gaps. 

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On the pitch things get worse for the fans, the graphics are a vast improvement over previous incarnations of the game but the players faces just don’t look like they should, even if they are skinned from real pictures they’re far too distorted to be recognisable.  Zooming further out to the pitch (which is the angle you’ll be using during the game) this isn’t so important, the player movements are fluid and fairly realistic. Still, the constant dodgy looking, vuvuzula holding celebration animations get old very quickly.

Using the virtual stick, the controls are fairly easy to use but there are times that the game didn’t recognise my passes, usually just at the wrong moment.  Despite this, I found the game responds well to actions and the on screen indicators help to decide the strength of the shot when you finally get within distance of the opposing team’s goal.  Compared to FIFA, though, the controls favour an arcade stance over simulation and the big A and B buttons re-inforce that approach.

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So, the game so far favours the casual player, but then take a look at the options.  Enter The Legend returns from 2010, a welcome return too as it allows you to take a new player up the ranks.  Season, League and Cup options for the pro jostle for position with penalty shoot outs and instant games, as many modes as some full console releases.  It’s a great line up that should add some longevity and variety to the game, ensuring that it stays on your system until next year’s update.

Commentary is improved from the laughable effort in last year’s game but it still lacks the gravitas of a real commentator.  Phrases seem hastily stuck together at times and there just doesn’t seem to be the excitement you’d expect during frantic struggles on the pitch.  It’s not a deal breaker by any means but it would be nice to hear something recognisable for a change.

 

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Gameloft fans know to expect online options and Real Football doesn’t disappoint.  WIFI and Bluetooth make a welcome return and getting started with a game online or locally is a pleasingly easy affair.  It’s a plus point against the biggest rival, FIFA 11, which currently has no online to speak of.

For the fan, Real Football 2011 gives with one hand and takes away with the other.  It ends up being balanced in their favour thanks to game options, but only just.  For the casual player the latest update is just as playable as last year’s game but with improved graphics and controls. Whether you go for this or FIFA 11 depends on how important the game options are when compared to FIFA’s more realistic looking game.

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  • Sound: 5
  • Graphics: 7
  • Gameplay: 8
  • Longevity: 8

7

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