It doesn't take long to get into the slick brand of football which EA SPORTS FIFA 11 delivers. From the very start, it checks if you have any trophies from the previous game, setting your skill level to match how much of FIFA 10 you've completed. The optional tutorials that follow ensure that when you step onto the pitch you're already familiar with how to make the most of your squad, tactics and the large number of tricks at your team's disposal.
There are a variety of national squads and over 25 leagues across 24 different countries to choose your team from, each with their respective tournaments and players - and this information can be kept up to date online via PlayStation Network, so you're always keeping up with your ever evolving team.
Tackling the smooth gameplay of FIFA 11 is fun and entertaining, with responsive controls and intelligent computer-controlled players to make the most of your team's movement around the pitch. The new additions such as Personality+ mean games are more unpredictable than ever as footballers replicate their real life counterparts' traits, so it's now even more important to know your squad's strengths and weaknesses. You can't just rely on your best players to pull you through - it's a team effort where every man counts.
If you prefer to follow the action from the dugout, there's the option to be a manager in the Career Mode, putting team selection, finances and transfers in your hands. Alternatively you can have the best of both worlds as a player manager, also taking the chance to choose a single footballer (either created by yourself or selected from your chosen team) to control for the whole season. Do you have the quality to keep your player on the team sheet with good performances on the pitch?