It's said that some of life's harshest lessons are taught in the playground. Schoolyard games of football tell you in no uncertain terms that if you're good, you get picked first and if you're rubbish then you can expect to endure the humiliation of being selected by a begrudging team captain purely because you're the only player left.
How does this whimsical analogy connect with a game like Real Football 2009, you ask? Well, in a marketplace packed with high-profile sporting titles, Gameloft's eminently likeable soccer simulator is undoubtedly the bespectacled kid who always gets picked at the end. Tragically, this state of affairs is actually somewhat unmerited because the series is a lot more wily and skilful than you might give it credit for.