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EA Sports Canada is looking to upgrade its annual FIFA Soccer franchise with new gameplay and concepts as usual. These tweaks in FIFA have been either great or absolutely horrid.

But since FIFA 09, FIFA has managed to provide a consistent gameplay experience. However, what was lacking for me in FIFA was its presentation. It never felt like you were at a soccer game because the game lacked a lot of emphasis on the little things.

Now FIFA 11 is trying to step it up once more in terms of gameplay, the visual presentation and emotion with a new gaming feature- Personality+

According to Senior Producer of EA Sports Canada David Rutter, Personality+ determines how individual players will play,  react and move on the pitch. For example, high skilled players will be able to dribble better and take less touches than low skilled players. High skilled players will be able to improvise and pull off bicycle kicks whereas a low skilled player has to uncomfortably turn around to hit the ball.

Personality+ sees a soccer player’s performance on the pitch mirrored authentically in game, differentiated and replicated for every player’s skill-set. New body types and player models will further help identify players. Personality+ at every position on the pitch reinvents how players look, and perform – on and off the ball. Celebrations have been tweaked so  your teammates will interact with you instead of looking on at you like retarded drones when you pull them off.

So when you score a goal with Nani of Manchester United and hold down a specific button, he will perform his signature kick-up backflip. Michael Essien, for example, has a box-to-box trait which means he’ll run like a nutter all match long from box to box – like he does. Wayne Rooney has high defence and high attack work rate, which means he will always try and attack, and he will always try and defend, whereas Berbatov might not. In addition, a new feature that’s been added to FIFA 11 is the new Pro Passing System.

Pro Passing is a new passing system where pass accuracy is determined by a gamer’s ability on the control pad, and player skill, situation and urgency on the pitch. Poor decisions or over/under striking the ball will mean error-prone outcomes. New types of passes such as swerve passes will enable players to make a safer and more effective play. This will forever rid the cheap  and unskilled strategy of “ping-pong passing” behind last year’s FIFA 10.

“Pro passing combats ping-pong passing, where people just press pass, pass, pass to easily get up the field. So you will have to think about how you’re going to build up the play. You will have to  weight your passes a little bit better or they will be underhit or overhit,”  according to FIFA 11’s Creative Director Gary Paterson.

The new changes seem like a great idea and I hope they add more substance to the upcoming title. Especially with Personality+, which will make the game more realistic and  will provide a more authentic soccer experience. Those complaining about how the new features take the fun out of FIFA should play FIFA Street or Pro Evolution Soccer. For FIFA 11 is all about real soccer simulation.

FIFA 11 will hit shelves in North America on September 28, 2010.

On August 15, 2009 was the beginning of the 2009/10 season in the English Premier League (EPL). Arsenal‘s season opener was against Everton and they were playing away. But before the season even started, The media and sports critics completely wrote Arsenal off. They were certain of their comments that Arsenal would struggle and they would lose their place in the “Big Four” especially after they lost world-class players like Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure.  Worst of all, Arsenal fans were divided amongst each other. Some were calling for Arsene Wenger’s head because he refused to hastily sign new players, some were fearful that Arsenal would suffer another trophy-less season and some people decided they were not even Arsenal fans anymore. There was no doubt that a dark cloud had come over Emirates Stadium.

So back to the game against Everton; the referee had blown the whistle and the kick-off was a reminder that Arsenal’s make-or-break season was well on its way. Both clubs looked strong in the opening minutes of the game. Suddenly, Arsenal was in the lead with a stunning 25-yard curler from Brazilian midfielder Denilson 26 minutes into the game. Then new signing Thomas Vermaelen scored his debutant goal by sneaking in an uncontested header from a freekick in the 37th minute. Arsenal would then be up by three with a goal from defender William Gallas in the similar pattern four minutes later. I thought that was enough to silence the critics and naysayers about Arsenal, but the trashing did not stop there.

In the second half, Arsenal were just cruising through with the fourth goal. An attack by Everton was cut short and led to a counter attack by Arsenal with a string of passes that found captain Cesc Fabregas breaking through the middle of Everton’s defence to slot it through goalkeeper Tim Howard’s legs. A typical Arsenal goal but I was ecstatic as I did the robot and shouted my head off with joy. Fabregas would later score again in the 70th minute as he casually dribbled the ball just outside Everton’s 18-yard box to blaze it into the back of the net. Five goals to nil. Then it later became six goals by Arsenal as Eduardo tapped in Arshavin‘s unlucky rebound off the goal post. Six goals! Six goals by the team that  supposedly did not have a chance of contending for the championship.

The game ended with an emphatic 6-1 win by Arsenal. The scoreline is nothing short of poetic justice and a big “Fuck You!” to all the critics and all the two-faced Arsenal supporters. The scoreline is an emphatic “Shut up!” to the doubters who opened their mouths with rubbish spewing all over the place before they assesed the what a team like Arsenal is capable of.  

Even though it’s only the first game of the season, it’s a massive confidence boost for the Arsenal squad. It shows that this young team has matured and the team chemistry is coming together. So to the media and the arrogant sports critics that seem to think senseless expenditure of money and big-name signings is the only way to become a championship team should think again. Arsenal is a team that’s being built from the ground up and it’s only a matter of time before we win a trophy or cup title. Which we will. Gunners for life!

Arsenal Demolish Everton

Arsenal Demolish Everton