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Step onto the pitch and play professional soccer your way in EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 09. Experience the most authentic soccer simulation EA SPORTS has delivered on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system as you live the fantasy of playing as a professional player.
A new collision detection system with 360 degree coverage and hundreds of new collision animations enable players to behave according to their physical attributes. Player speed, direction and strength now determine everything from the severity of the collision to the outcome of possession. Plus, contact occurs with shoulders, arms and legs. Stronger players possess the strength to knock down smaller players or use their body or arms to win challenges.
Player strength and momentum also determine outcomes in challenges through the new shielding system, with dozens of new outcomes created. Plus, players can now shield the ball by pushing off the defender to create space - at the risk of being called for a foul - just like real life. The increased control shielding the ball adds another strategic element to matches, enabling you to slow the game's pace as needed.
Changes to the animation system reward the skillful gamer during one-on-one situations between attackers and defenders. Tuned acceleration attributes enable swifter players to possess quicker first steps and gain advantage in sprints. Plus, four new skill moves -- scoop turns, rainbow flicks, heel-to-heel knocks and ball rolls - give you a total of 32 tricks in your arsenal to perform just like Ronaldinho.
From the moment you step onto the pitch, FIFA Soccer 09 challenges you to think and react like a real soccer player through the popular feature innovation Be A Pro -- now expanded to multiple seasons and featuring the unique Be A Pro camera that tracks your player, re-creating the excitement and rush of racing in on goal. In Be A Pro: Seasons you choose a professional player or create your own player and then develop his skills at a single outfield position until he becomes a national legend. Play with up to three friends playing all fixed to single players on your favorite club. Complete individual challenges to develop your player attributes and win glory for the squad while competing against friends to develop the best player.
Enjoy top soccer action at your own level of ability with the new smart play controls. Passionate soccer fans new to gaming can play like a professional controlling only the shooting and passing using a two-button control system and gradually master all of the controls as they become adept. With new Smart Play controls and an assist from the AI, gamers can learn at their own pace and still play entertaining matches with more advanced players.