2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa captures the sights and sounds of the world's greatest football competition. The EA Sports development team has worked closely with FIFA to ensure absolute accuracy, from the make-up of the squads, to the stadiums used for each match, right down to the entrance music as the players take to the pitch.
Great care has been put into capturing the unique carnival atmosphere of the FIFA World Cup and how it is presented on TV. For every match the touchlines are covered in streamers and ticker tape and music can be heard from the crowd depending on who is playing, whether it's a brass band for England or a samba beat for Brazil. For added authenticity, when the ball goes out of play the camera cuts to extravagantly dressed fans enjoying the party and reacting to what's happening on the pitch.
While realism runs right through the game, you have the option of creating your own FIFA World Cup groups from the teams available. You can also embark on a full qualification campaign as any of the 199 national teams recognised by FIFA. Even the tiniest nations such as New Caledonia and Belize are meticulously recreated and can be guided all the way to the FIFA World Cup Final, if you've got the skill.
Story of Qualifying mode offers a glimpse of each team's qualification campaign and the chance to take on varied challenges. You're placed in various situations from the real-life qualifying tournament - France going 2-0 down against Romania, for example - and tasked with meeting a series of objectives - winning the game without conceding any more goals, in this instance. During the FIFA World Cup, new challenges from the tournament itself will be made available via PlayStation Network.