Once you've settled on a formation and starting line-up, you can choose up to four Gameplay Modifier cards to take into a match. These cards give your players a bonus for a specific amount of time, reduce the opposing team's skill or fitness levels, or influence the ref to turn a blind eye to potentially career-threatening tackles. To activate a card during a game, you simply hold down the Back or Select button, depending on your console, and then press the d-pad direction that correlates to the bonus you want.It's here that Ultimate Team begins to show some real promise, but sadly the system is compromised by a lack of visual prompts that indicate when a card has been activated, how it affects the gameplay, and how long it will last. Admittedly it's a relief that EA Canada has avoided the type of over-the-top bonus score icons that often obscure the action in PES 2009's Legends mode, but some flashier visual prompts displaying card-related information during games would have been welcome. (On a slightly separate note, these Gameplay Modifiers are responsible for an unintentionally hilarious disclaimer that flashes up every couple of minutes in the main menu, stating that using Gameplay Modifier Cards in Ultimate Team is not representative of real world football and the laws of the game. Thanks for that.)Another new feature is the Custom/Quick Tactics option that allows you to customise build-up play, attacking preferences and defensive stances and easily switch between them during matches. It's certainly a decent enough feature, but again it can be hard to judge just how much of an effect your on-the-fly tactical tweakings are having on the bearing of a game.
Create a player in your own image. Or not.While you're likely to spend a large chunk of time collecting bonus and player cards and playing around with the chemistry of your team, Ultimate Team's biggest selling point is its 36 online and club tournaments. Gta san andreas setup. There are twelve unique tournaments in total with three difficulty levels for each one, but before you can enter any of these you need to earn Skill Points. This is done by completing competitive games against AI or online opponents, and through skilful performances.
These tournaments - especially the ones against other human opponents - constitute some of Ultimate Team's finest moments, notably when you find yourself up against fellow players who make cannier and more unpredictable Gameplay Modifier decisions than the AI.While it's some way short of an essential buy, Ultimate Team is a solid enough addition to FIFA 09, adding a neat though not wholly original twist to conventional football. Collecting and trading cards and competing in the myriad tournaments can be fun, but the lacklustre chemistry mechanic and a lack of in-match glitz to accompany the more arcade-style feel created by the Gameplay Modifiers ensures the package often feels more like a glorified trading game than a whole new way of playing through 90 minutes.
Trade your existing cards for new kits, better Gameplay Modifiers and even new training pitches.At 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live or GBP 7.99 on PSN, you'll need to think carefully about just how much entertainment you're likely to get from trading with other players online, while it's also worth noting that the servers currently have some frustrating stability issues. It's fun in bursts, but you're likely to find that Ultimate Team is more a short-lived novelty than an addition that will significantly heighten your enjoyment of what is already the best football sim on the market.6/10.
Step onto the pitch and play professional football your way in FIFA 09. Experience the most authentic football simulation EA Sports has delivered as you live the fantasy of playing as a professional player and customise the game to suit your style and ability.Powered by the third generation of the EA Sports football engine, FIFA 09 features more than 250 core gameplay additions and enhancements that deliver the most responsive, intelligent and realistic action ever for the series. Enjoy turning defenders with more controlled dribbling and ball control, snapping off precision shots with improved first-time shooting mechanics and firing beautifully timed passes with greater accuracy, placing the ball exactly where you want it. Match Difficulty:We have looked into this issue reported by the FIFA community and found the online difficulty level to be too low. We have increased the difficulty of Ranked matches from Semi-Pro to World Class, which should make for some more exciting online matches. For Unranked matches, users continue to have the option of setting the difficulty level themselves.2. Loss when opponent quits:We have also looked into this issue reported by the FIFA community and discovered that users were receiving a loss when their opponent quit the match if they did not accept the pop-up and return to the main menu quickly enough.
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This was an issue with when match reports were being sent by the game to the EA servers, and has been addressed in the patch – once an opponent quits, both users will send a match report to the server immediately.3. Adidas Live Season – All Leagues bundle purchases:Users who had originally purchased the adidas Live Season bundle through the EA Store were not seeing the game reflect this purchase, and could not download the form files for all the leagues. This has been addressed in the patch, in EA Store and by our CS team. Now all users who purchase any of the leagues should see this purchase reflected properly in the game, and will be able to use adidas Live Season form throughout the year.4. Update to Digital Rights Management (DRM) package:In recognition of your feedback regarding DRM and SecuROM, we have amended the FIFA 09 DRM package with Patch #2, such that a user can now “de-authorize” a PC if they would like to un-install the game from it. This is a system that is very similar to iTunes which allows for de-authorizations of computers they no longer want to use.For example, let’s say a gamer has installed FIFA 09 on his/her home PC and work PC, using two out of five authorizations available. Then let’s say he/she decides to buy a new PC for home, and would like to install FIFA 09 on the new PC and no longer needs to play the game on the old one.Now, With Patch #2, any gamer can un-install the game from his/her old PC and de-authorize that PC, so he/she is again at two out of five authorizations.To de-authorize a PC:Run the file deauthorize.bat located in the install directory (for example, C:Program FilesEA SportsFIFA 09).Notes:The user can run deauthorize.bat at any time, even without uninstalling their FIFA 09 PC version (thus decreasing by 1 the number of authorizations).
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However, when they try to launch the gameagain, DRM will run again and will authorize that PC again (thus increasing by 1 the number of authorizations).