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aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa FIFA 10 - WALKTHROUGH AND GAME HINTS by QuadraticSilk Hi everyone.I saw that there were no walkthroughs or game hints for FIFA 10 for PC on this forum.So I thought I might contribute some for the sake of my brothers in the FIFA community. There's not much to this game for a walkthrough like an FPS,with all the levels and all.This is a straight forward football simulation.And for ardent FIFA fans like me loyal to the EA Sports label from 1994,you know clearly what I'm talking about. I'll split this FAQ/Walkthrough into sections for the sake of readers.They would go something like this : 1. Improvements over FIFA 09 (from a gamer's POV) 2. Gameplay and Ways to score 3. Comparison with PES 2010 (FIFA's only real opponent out there) Now,I'm not the best FIFA gamer ever.But I'm pretty good though I haven't been able to use the Multiplayer option much due to my slow internet connection sometimes. 1. Improvements over FIFA 09 ---------------------------------------- a) Visuals : - The game looks better than the previous version ofcourse. The players are better defined (especially Kaka,Henry,Walcott and Rosicky). They dont look undead like the previous versions.There's no Intro video, so that was a disappointment.The graphics on a mid-level graphics card is satisfying but a higher end like the 8800 or above will render excellent visuals.There are new animations built into the game,like players falling down and showing fake emotions(lying down and holding a leg in pain etc.). One funny animation was how a defender reacted when I shot the football onto his balls(yeah thats right) and saw him catch his groin and go down. New dribble moves are also incorporated.Stadiums look better (especially the Wembley,Emirates,Old Trafford and the San Siro..but still no Bernabeau) with better lighting,responsive crowds and feel.The eruption of the crowd after the home team scores a goal is fantastic.It makes you feel you're actually there.The response from the crowd is very realistic when there's a foul,injury or a substitution.The crowd chants are also authentic.The referees haven't changed much,there's mostly only one referee for all the games in a certain league.And one referee looks exactly like Thomas Rosicky! Be sure to select the "output video quality,output video resolution" etc. to "high" for the best results.This works even in mid-level cards like the 8600.Its interesting to note that this may be the only 2010 release that can still be played on a 6xxx series card. b) Controls : - Controls are more responsive.The length of your key press now almost exactly defines your pass or shot.It has been refined from that of FIFA 09 and this gives more control over your lobs and through balls. I've found that turning the "manual throughballs" to "on" doesn't do much in terms of gameplay.But when it's turned off the player to whom you through-pass the ball cannot be controlled for some time till he starts running towards the ball.Serious gamers may feel some difference when you turn on the "manual cross" option especially if you want to cross the ball to the second striker or the "thrid man" running towards the far post who has a better probability of scoring as the goal keeper would often be covering the main striker running towards the near post.Timing the header is not actually necessarily,tapping the shoot button as ball nears the striker almost always ends in a fairly well headed ball. c) New game modes : - EA Sports always comes up with something new in every edition and FIFA 10 is no exception.In FIFA 09 they came up with "be a pro" and to say the least it was exciting to play as yourself for the club you cheered for,being in the pitch and co-ordinating moves with your real world teammates.In FIFA 10,there's an option of playing for your club as well as for your country (Jai Ho!). I would suggest that you start playing "be a pro" in a lower difficulty like semi pro or professional so that you get a hang of the game and be used to the third person camera(the camera starts shaking when you're in the face of goal, so it becomes difficult to aim a shot without considerable practice).A new mode called "season" has been added where you can play an entire season with your team in real life format(yes,it includes ECC games too).But you can only play the current season. d) Miscellaneous : - There are more improvements in the team management section like "custom team styles" where you can customize every detail of your team's playbook and decide how they should play.For e.g,if you are a nervous defender,you can turn on the "clear ball from defence" option so that if the opposing team is putting pressure on your defensive line,the defenders tend to clear the ball faster rather than converting it into a counter attack which can be tricky.Also,if you like playing your centre midfielder ahead,you can create a box with him and the two strikers,to which one of the striker can fall back and confuse the defenders.The gameplay is not that difficult,gamers with experience of the previous title or FIFA 08 should see themselves graduating to the "legendary" difficuly in no time.The defenders jostle for the ball better,and tend to win most of the airballs.They also attack the forwards from behind who are shielding the ball,and 3 times out of 5 win the ball without much difficulty.This is good for that fact that no player gets to keep possession for too long and make the game boring(if you've played multiplayer and seen people just running with the ball,I'm sure you understand what I'm talking about). EA Sports have listed a long list of improvements for the game,but personally these are the only things I found interesting.They claim there's some revolutionary 360 dribbling system,but I haven't seen much of it in the game.I usually try a lot of special moves,but they pull off almost similarly like FIFA 09.The control over the ball has improved no matter what.No doubt.There's also some gmae-breaking snags like the player getting "stunned" for some time after a tackle(usually the defender,duh),goal keeper running forward without any input(usually when the opposition lobs a long ball into the attacking third), inconsistent referees etc. Now let's check out some ways to beat the game.There are certain ways I play that help me score easily and faster.I usually play a half of 4 minutes on "legendary" difficulty with game speed "fast".That's the hardest this game can get.Still I get score lines like 4-0,6-1 or sometimes 8-0 most of the time against teams with ratings of 4 and above. I'm sure most of the FIFA fans would be scoring better than me but I though t I would just share some tips anyway.Some of you can post some improvements so that I get to improve my game too.Here we go. 2. Gameplay and Ways to score --------------------------- a) Build a team with good team chemistry - Having a team with good team chemistry helps you play better and score better.The players now understand each other better and position themselves accordingly.You see that most of your crosses are anticipated and headed home by the strikers, midfielders distribute the ball better and defenders fall back and employ the off side trap wisely.I had a dream team in Manager mode with Real Madrid,yet I couldnt score as I did with the current Arsenal side which clearly had a better team chemistry and understanding.Buying new players every now and then will not improve your team chemistry.Try buying a player or two and play them with the regualr team as much as possible. Training days improve team chemistry,so be sure to plan them in your calendar in Manager mode. b) Play the players in their specific positions - You should always see what the player's preferred position in his bio before placing him in your team.If he's a wing back,don't place him at centre back in your team. You can see his overall rating falling down by atleast 5 points.For e.g,Philippe Lahm is a LWB,when you place him in the CB position his overall comes down to 82 from 87.Players play better in their preferred positions.You have a better chance at scoring if strikers are placed at the ir respective RS or LS positions(keep in mind the ability to curve the ball around the goal keepr to the top corner from the edge of the box.If he's in the wrong side he can't use his preferred foot to do this). c) Possession is everything - Pass the ball around.The more time you have possession,the better chance you have at scoring.Don't try to stage a one-man show by dribbling around much with the same player and trying to break into the attacking third.Defenders are smarter in this game and you would most often lose possession.Lobs are riskier than ground passes,so I suggest do the passes more often and use the lob when you find a player unmarked or making a run. d) Long balls - This is very important.If you have a striker up and ready to make runs,you should make use of this feature.When you have possession in midfield,see your radar and spot a target man up ahead in the attacking third.Then press the goal keeper charge/player run button and then the through ball button.You'll see the midfielder(or the defender whomsoever has got the ball)lob a long ball up the field and the striker would already have been making a dash for it.The length of the second key press(the through ball button)will define the length of the long ball,if you overdo it the keeper will have his hands on it.But if you time it right,more often than not the target man will break free of the defenders(who had no clue about the beautiful long ball you just lobbed in)and run to the ball arriving from down the pitch leading to a one-on-one situation with the goal keeper. e) Crosses - This is another way to score goals easily.If you have a regular 4-4-2 formation,there will be two strikers ready to head the ball when the far left or right midfielder crosses the ball in.With the "manual crossing" turned on,you can vary the length of your key press and feed the ball to either of the strikers at the near or far post respectively.After you have released the ball,just keep tapping the shoot button as the ball arrives and use your arrow key to the far end of the keeper.This is usually my favourite way of scoring goals.Keeping the goalkeeper charge button pressed when you tap the shoot button will result in a finely placed header rather than a blast onto the net.This makes for a better highlight reel in the end.Also,if you see that there aren't any defenders in the line of the cross or ahead(sometimes they try to catch up behind the striker leaving a straight line between the crossing midfielder and the running striker open)then try a low cross.A low cross will travel almost near the ground without rising much,skimming the pitch.To do this, quickly double-tap the longball/cross button instead of keeping your finger pressed on it for a normal cross.The midfielder will deliver a low cross to the striker and all you have to do is press the shoot button before the ball arrives you.In this way,the goal keeper won't have enough time to react to the shot and most of the time will result in a goal(If you're a premier league fan,you have seen Fabregas delivering low crosses to van Persie or Nani to Rooney.Looks beautiful,don't they?Well..you can do it now too!). f) Shots - The way you take shots also determines whether it's going to end up in the net or not.The goal keeper is pretty is good in "legendary" difficulty but can be beaten most of the time if you take shots right.Blast ing away with your sweet spot is not always the best option of scoring goal s(you may score,but then it wouldn't be called the beautiful game,right?). I would suggest the finesse shots are the best.The chip comes next.Let's see how to do it.Keep the goal keeper charge button pressed and then press the shoot button to execute a finesse shot.The striker(or whomsoever has possession)will place the ball with the inside of his foot along the ground if your second key press(the shoot button)is short.This is a difficult shot for the goal keeper to block.If you press the shoot button(while press ing the goal keeper charge button)a little longer,the player would place the ball a little higher.This shot if executed correctly to the far post when the goal keeper is covering the near post will curve and hit the top corner(like Agbonlahor's shots to the far side of the goal,if you remember) .For me,this was immensely satisfying as I was getting bored scoring through straight laces shots.But as I said earlier,you have to let the striker play in his preferred position so he can do this thing with his preferred foot.I suggest you practise in the training ground before you take it to the pitch(especially on multiplayer)as it can make or break your game(borrowed from FIFA itself!).Now let's come to the Chip shot.This is a ctually a snag in the game I think.You can keep scoring using this shot as the goal keeper would most often charge at you even if it's not a one-on-one situation,and all you have to do it is to chip the ball above him and score.It's easier than all previous editions and I have even done it from zero angle(just next to the goal line on the side of the goal).For a chip shot,you have to keep the cancel/dummy move button pressed and then press the shoot button.Aim using the arrow keys.Be sure to press the shoot button for a longer time,because otherwise the chip won't be "high" enough and the keeper would latch onto it.But if done well,this is an easy way of scoring even in "legendary" mode.As I said,the keeper will start charging at you,the moment you see him making his move press the cancel/dummy move button and press the shoot button(remember,for a slightly longer period of time)to see the ball chipped over him and slowly bounce into the net for a goal(Oh..it's in the net!).The animation of the keeper trying to reach to the ball by moving backward and finally falling over himself is interesting to watch too. g) Long rangers - It's easier to score long range goals in FIFA 10 than FIFA 09 or FIFA 08(in my experience,maybe there are hardcore players out there who does that regularly in those editions too! Cheers!). This can be done effectively if you are positioned in a corner of the penalty box or just out of it and there's less crowd in the box.Aim using the arrow keys to the opposite far corner of the goal post and press the shoot button for a slightly longer period than your normal goal scoring shots.If you time it right,the ball will blast past the goal keeper to the far side top corner.Long shots are also affected by the players who take them.For e.g, Fabregas or Ribery who have better long shot capabilities(Denilson and Steven Gerrard are exceptionally good at long shots)will most often score than other players like Park Ji Sung or Benayoun etc. Defenders usually have weak long shot capabilities except players like Lahm.The long rangers also work when the ball volleys and curves aways from the keeper at the last moment.As I said,these can be pulled off by players with good long range capabilities.See the players' bios so you know with whom and when to take a long shot when the opportunity arises. h) Team mentality and in-game tactics - The team mentality decides how your team is playing at the moment.It can be accessed through "team mentality" button while in mid-game(go to controls screen to know which is your team mentality button).If the arrow is up,it means your team has an attacking mentality at the moment.The players are going to make more runs,put pressur e on the defense and co-ordinate more counter attacks.If the arrow is down, it means your team has a defensive mentality at the moment.They are going to fall back more often,guard their men more,keep the offside trap and rest rict forward runs.I suggest you start with an attacking mentality till you score a couple of goals.The opposition is going to come back hard on you after your goal and you are most vulnerable just after scoring,so switch to a defensive mentality for sometime after scoring a goal and let things settle down for a bit.Once you see the game is in flow again,switch to attacking and go for more forward runs,long balls(as I said earlier,running a forward ahead and lobbing a ball long to him) and counter attacks.Use the in-game tactics menu to vary your stlye of play.Its usually controlled by the Num pad keys on PC.There are four styles you can try including Counter attacks,Box overload etc. But most of the time you won't need this unless you really enjoy being a tactician(which I do!).There are some useful hints in the "tips and hints" section about the various tactics you can use in the game and I suggest you make full advantage of it. i) Special moves - Now comes my favourite part. I love doing special moves and it's a very handy trick up the sleeve to keep the defenders guessing the wrong way.FIFA 10 has some cooler special moves though I don't know the names of most of them.Go to controls screen,and configure your "trick modifier" key(Note that it should be near to your action keys like shoot, pass etc. You can configure whichever key you like). Now in the game when you are near a defender and wants to perform a special move,keep the trick modifier pressed and press the arrow keys quickly.Different combinations of arrow keys(e.g , left,left,right or left,front,right etc.) will let you perform different special moves.Just do them quickly and with right timing you can beat the defender in the most beautiful way.Not all players can perform all special moves,it depends on the rating and abilities of the player(Players like Torres,Fabregas,Ronaldo and Nani can pull off some really cool moves).If you have only one or two defenders ahead of you,a timed special move will almost always result in a one-on-one situation with the goal keeper(I've heard you can fool the goal keeper also using special moves,but I haven't tried it yet). j) Miscellaneous - Mastering the first touch will greatly improve the chances of scoring in FIFA 10.I play with only the keyboard,I never liked the new keyboard-mouse configuration of FIFA 09 and 10.In my PC,the first touch control is Shift.When you are receving a pass,before you get it press the first touch key once so that if there's a defender behind you the player will touch the ball into space around him but not into the defender .In this way,the defender can be fooled or prevented from taking the ball a way from you as soon as the pass arrives to you.Shielding is also useful when you don't have support in the box and you're waiting for player to arrive from midfield.Press the sprint button and keep it pressed without moving.The player will shield the ball with his body from the oncoming defender and when you're ready just press pass and the direction in which you want the pass to go.Remember,don't shield the ball for too long.The defender will finally find a way to snatch the ball away from you.Man Marking is also a great way to keep opponent strikers at bay and keep that clean sheet of yours.This can be accessed through the "team management" screen before a game.Just be sure not to select that defender and make him run behind some midfielder who's in possession of the ball.This leaves the opponent striker whom he was marking open to target passes or lobbed balls .The radar at the bottom of the screen is also a nice friend you have in the game.Keeping a look on the radar will let you know when a player is making a run or who's open without a marking etc. This comes in handy when you want to lob long balls up the pitch to find your target man. Finally,I want to say that practice will definitely help if you want to master the game.Spend some time at the training ground,hone your skills and get up there an compete with the best(if you have a fast internet connection,not like me!).I hope whatever I wrote here will help you in doing that.Before I end,I'd like to compare FIFA 10 with Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 and tell you what I thought : 3. FIFA 10 vs PES 2010 --------------------- a) PES 2010 has better graphics in terms of visuals,stadiums,animations etc. But the user interface is much better in FIFA 10. b) Player likenesses for the popular players are better in PES 2010,but lesser known players are modelled on templates that don't look like them at all. FIFA 10 clearly has an edge here. c) There are only a few licensed leagues in PES 2010.For e.g, the Premier League is not licensed and so are most of the teams. Arsenal is depicted as "North London"(come on!).FIFA 10 has over 26 fully licensed leagues and more than 15,000 players(whew!).And Arsenal is depicted as Arsenal itself! d) The UEFA Champion's League is incorporated into PES 2010 and the present ation is nice. I hope FIFA fans remember the UEFA Champions League edition that came out in 2007. e) PES always scores above FIFA in terms of fluid ball physics. The way the ball moves around is more lively and realistic. The placed shots look bett er on the highlight reel. f) The crowds suck in PES 2010. They don't make any noise whatsoever! Even when the home team scores,it's a general lull and all you can hear is a low hum. g) The players sprint as if they are non-humans in PES 2010.It's much better in FIFA 10. h) I found PES 2010 more difficult.Maybe due to the different control system but playng FIFA 10 was more interesting. i) The goal keeper is dumber in PES 2010.You can take shots from impossible angles and still score goals.WTF. j) Special moves are harder to pull off (something I was really pissed off with) and are unrealisitic.FIFA 10 scores way better in this regard. I could go on and on,but I guess I should leave the pros of PES to a real PES fan.I found FIFA 10 to be better than PES 2010,but maybe within a couple of years if EA Sports doesn't come up with path-breaking techniques in gameplay and presentation I think a few FIFA loyalists maye change sides.I hope that's not going to happen because EA Sports always comes up with something new with every edition.It's in the game,right? I would welcome all criticisms and improvements on my humble attempt to make things easier for entry-level and mid-level gamers of FIFA.Infact,I believe it helps me more and makes me a better gamer. Happy Gaming! One Love.For tha peace. QuadraticSilk.