2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
While FIFA’s console versions have consistently improved with both broad enhancements and subtle tweaks, the PSP spin-off of the series has barely changed since its inception five years ago. It’s a problem that remains in this latest entry. This isn’t to say that there isn’t a good deal of content. Just about every mode from the console version makes the transfer apart from Battle Of Nations, with Captain Your Country mode returning alongside the new Story Of Qualifying mode and support for both infrastructure and ad hoc online play.
Other new additions include the new ability to use the analogue nub to place spin on the ball when taking free kicks, which opens up some interesting goal-scoring opportunities; and the Golden Moments ability which is activated by successfully stringing together passes, shots and general good football in order to activate temporary buffs. The overall experience is acceptable, but the disappointments are familiar.
FIFA on PSP still struggles in making individual footballers feel like their real-life counterparts, while the interplay of full teams fails to emulate their real-world characteristics. Furthermore, the gap in class is nowhere as noticeable as it should be, and the game lacks the blistering pace and speedy strategy of its console brethren as a result. Still, some of the unpredictability and competition remains, the game will still have you shouting in frustration at a bad decision or leaping from your seat after a screamer. Surely there’s no better measure of success than that?