FIFA 10 for Wii is World Cup worthy.
My experience with FIFA games has been limited. As a long-time fan of the arcade soccer genre, FIFA's simulation-heavy experience has never appealed to me. However, FIFA on Wii has been undergoing an arcade-like transformation similar to Madden, and this year's edition is an awesome mix of the typical FIFA sim-like experience and a less serious arcade game.
The Wii version has a new cartoony art style that is evident the second you look at the box art. But don't let the art style fool you; this game is still a realistic soccer experience. You still play with all the standard rules and regulations, and you won't be able to get away with slide tackling everyone. Still, there are aspects that are very arcade-like.
For example, the set pieces (corners, penalties, free-kicks) are transformed into simple reaction-based mini-games in which players must shake the Wii Remote, or flick an analog stick if you play with a Classic controller, at the correct time to perform well. In lower difficulties, this makes it a lot easier to score during these moments against the computer. When you play with friends, this is a fun diversion from the regular gameplay.
Players can use any Wii controller setup they want. All of them work fine (my preference is to the Classic controller), but the Wii Remote and Nunchuk combo uses motion controls to shoot and slide tackle, which isn't as precise as a button press.
FIFA 10's premier mode is the new Battle for Glory mode. It is basically a light-hearted version of any kind of Owner or Manager Mode in other sports games. You pick a team from any number of leagues and then assume the role of the manager. From there, you can begin your quest for soccer domination and play through a season's worth of games.
This mode has some neat arcade-like additions in Manager Moments and Game Boosters. Before every match, your manager is forced to pick one of three statements before the game. It could be "We're going to win by four goals!" or "We're going to limit them to three shots on goal." Each one is assigned a point value from one to four, with the higher point values being riskier. If you complete the goal, your team gains a morale boost and you also gain Game Booster points. When you get four points, you get two random Game Boosters that range from common ones such as "Your goalie will have better hands for the next game" or rare ones such as "Your entire team plays with max stats for a game." These can also be combined to make even better boosters.
In addition to Battle for Glory, there is also a Tournament mode that is a more standard season-like mode. These tournaments, which range from the Premier League Championship to the Major League Soccer Championship, can be played alone, or you can play with your friends and control every team.
The two main modes use player profiles, which all feature different statistics for each player, which is splendid if you have a lot of people using the same system. Unfortunately, if you don't, there's no way to share the profiles except for the minimal online modes. You can compete in amusing two vs. two matches online, but they are all unranked. There are also one vs. one ranked and unranked games, and the online works fine despite being a little limited.
FIFA 10 is a fantastic soccer game that has all the gameplay of the HD versions with a nice touch of family-friendliness and accessibility. It's a game that walks the line between arcade and simulation with great ability and is tons of fun to boot. While long-time FIFA fans will likely gravitate towards the HD versions, the Wii version is an excellent addition to any soccer fan's game collection.