EA Canada was smart, as it used the one-per-four-year UEFA Championship to test market the features and gameplay that would ultimately go gold for the boxed copy of FIFA 09. The development team also listened to fan feedback via e-mails and forums, then tweaked from there; that's something that EA Sports titles didn't seem to do too often just a few years back.
The result? A game for the soccer die-hards and for the general gamer looking for that breath of fresh air within the sports genre. There's room for improvement, of course, but it's easy recommending FIFA 09 to pretty much anyone-even those that normally summon only John Madden when they're ready for some "football."