EA Sports Football Academy Game

  • Release date: 2009
  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Our rating: 75%

If you have a DS then you will know that they have not been designed for your average football game. However, this does not mean all football fanatics that own a DS should not be able to play games that they love. Well now, EA Sports Football Academy brings a whole new spin to football games on handheld consoles. In this guide, we will explore the game in more detail.

Gameplay

If you enjoy a good old football quiz, like card trading games and enjoy the DS then this game will be a perfect match. This game is essentially football top trumps of sorts, but you need to have very good football knowledge in order to answer questions and proceed.

The games' premise is simple, answer questions correctly and get a good team; however, there is much more involved and this allows the game to be a football management simulation rather than just another trading card game.

Once you have completed the series of mini games you are taken through to the 'main game' itself. This is not what you may expect, it is not a 2D simulation or even text based results, instead it is a top trump game, which requires you to pit your players against your opponents.

Of course, it is much easier to win if you get everything right in the classroom and have a high IQ. At the same time, it is hard to win if you do not know anything about the game of football. This is why there is a classroom where you can learn all THE different things about the beautiful game. Then you can take this knowledge and try and improve your IQ.

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The game picked up little adconisement on release, but they did manage to snag ex Brazil and Chelsea's manager Luiz Felipe Scolari to be the main 'spokesperson' for the game. He can be found everywhere on the game from the box to the game itself.

Features

Mini Games

The whole game is based on a series of 14 mini games that will test exactly what you know about the game. These mini games can be as simple as identifying a club crest, all the way through to tests on various formations.

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When you play a mini game you are given a score. All your scores are totalled together to give you your Football IQ. If you have any friends who play the game then you can compare to decide just who knows the most about football.

Build your team

As mentioned, when you answer questions correctly and build your IQ you get to choose better players who have more of a chance of winning.

Players

The game is not short of players and licensing. This means you will be able to use players for England, Germany, Spain, France and Italy.

The Goal

The games 'ultimate' goal is to collect every single player available on the game. To do this you need to have a good knowledge or learn about it in the 'classroom'. As well as collecting every player you should make sure you earn all of your management badges. There are 234 management badges in total, which gives the game some terrific longevity.

Wi-Fi

It is always nice with this type of game to 'battle' against your friends via the DS Wi-FI connection. This will allow you to prove who has the better team.

Verdict

Summing up, this game is not hard. If you enjoy trading card games, top trumps, like a bit of football and find quirky games amusing then this game will be right up your street. Alternatively, if you enjoy the odd football quiz question then you could do a lot worse than buying EA sports football academy just for this purpose.

Game Rating (out of 10)

Graphics - 7/10

When you compare this game to others on the DS, this game deservedly gets a decent score. Even though you may expect the game to have rather basic graphics, everything is well detailed and correct.

Playability - 7/10

This point is really dependant on if you like the points as specified in the verdict. Of course, if you are a football fan who likes trading card games then the playability of this game will probably be 10/10; on the other hand, if you do not enjoy football or quirky games then it might not be for you.

Originality - 10/10

There is no other game like this on the market. Some would argue that this is a combination of football brain training, Pokémon trading card game and football manager (to some extent) but there is not another game across any console that you can compare to EA Sports Football Academy.

Game Depth - 8/10

As mentioned before the game has plenty of badges and players who need to be 'collected' in order to finish the game. Furthermore, there are a variety of questions, which will ensure you do not keep getting the same repeatedly. This means that the game has a very good depth, and is not a game you pick up and finish inside just a couple of hours.

Addictiveness - 6/10

For the right person, this game will be addictive; however, many may become tired of the same old game setup. On the other hand, for many, gathering all the cards and the badges will be enough to keep people playing the game until the finish.

Value for Money - 8/10

Now, the game retails at less than £10; therefore, you cannot really go wrong. If you do buy the game, and it turns out it is not for you then the resale value indicates that you will at least get half of your money back. However, if you play the game from the start until the finish then its price of £10 makes the game a bit of a bargain.

Overall Rating - 75%

Doubtless, for the right person this game can is a hidden gem. The mix of different ideas has made this game completely diverse from anything else on the market, which is why it is hard to compare it. However, if you are a fan of unusual games and enjoy a bit of footie quizzing then EA Sports Football Academy should be a game that you have in your collection.

If you enjoy playing EA Sports Football academy you may also like to play the highly rated free online football managerial game - MG Soccer Manager where you aim to take your team to glory in the world cup in a bid to win real cash prizes.

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