Real Soccer 2010 is an ambitious iPad football game that challenges you to achieve glory in a range of competitions and game modes.
Graphically, Real Soccer 2010 certainly looks the part. The motion of the players is realistic, the stadiums look great and the game menus are generally well designed.
The best thing about Real Soccer 2010 is the amount of different game modes it has. You can choose a full season (including management and player transfer options); international and domestic league and cup competitions; penalty shootouts; and an Enter the Legend mode in which you just control one player on a team. Real Soccer 2010 also includes multiplayer modes, where you can play against your buddies over WiFi or Bluetooth.
Real Soccer 2010 HD boasts a large database of different teams and players to choose from. Most of the player names in the game are real, thanks to a licensing deal with FIFPro. There's even an editor that lets you alter team and player names, so you can ensure that all the data is up-to-date and correct.
Controlling the players in Real Soccer 2010 is a lot more user-friendly than it is in the HD iPad version. Moving around is done via an on-screen joystick. There are only two action buttons, but there's still a fair range of passes and moves you can execute, based on the position of the ball and your position on the pitch.
The commentary in Real Soccer 2010 is so bad that it can put you off of the game at times. Rather than get a well-known commentator to lend their voice, Gameloft seems to have picked an old man off the street and got him to record himself mispronouncing scores of names, and getting ridiculously over-excited about a good pass or a tackle.
We tested version 1.1.0 of Real Soccer 2010 and experienced a few bugs. These included lag when moving between menu screens, unresponsiveness during gameplay, and getting thrown out of the game entirely on a couple of times.
Real Soccer 2010 could do with a little more polish in terms of its presentation, but overall it's quite an enjoyable soccer game.
- Minor bug fixes