XBox: The Official Magazine - - OXM INVESTIGATES -

Pub­lisher EA | De­vel­oper EA Canadas | For­mat Xbox 360 | Re­lease 2008

There’s no wide­spread con­sen­sus on EA’s best foot­ball game, with stand­out en­tries in­clud­ing FIFA11 (which en­abled you to im­port teams made in a browser-based ‘Cre­ation Cen­tre’) and FIFA14 (first en­try on Xbox One). But it’s 09 which en­ters our Hall of Fame thanks to a name you’ve likely never heard be­fore: David Rut­ter.

Al­ways vo­cal about his love of ri­val PES, Rut­ter took over the series and im­me­di­ately set about elim­i­nat­ing gim­micks and fo­cus­ing on sim-based game­play. In do­ing so FIFA09 lay the foun­da­tion for the fran­chise as it is to­day: equal to, and many would ar­gue bet­ter than, ProEvo­lu­tionSoc­cer – an un­think­able prospect for any­one who played foot­ball games in the early 2000s.

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