Last year i got my xbox360, and after the disappointment on PES 2008 i decided to give FIFA08 a try, and really enjoyed the game, but never could have enough fun on it offline. After 20 matches the game really became boring and too repetitive, all the teams felt the same, the AI was really too much predictable and all didn´t have enough variation of plays. This year i bought FIFA09 right when it was out and i must admit that the gameplay really changes on offline games. Now i can say i´m really having fun, even after an entire season the game is not even close to be boring. The CPU teams are much improved, not in terms of difficulty, but in terms of realism. The teams feels different from each other. I´m playing MM with Newcastle, a middle rating team, and the difference between playing against a stronger team and a weaker team is much better this year. When i play against weak teams i pressure them a lot and must be worried about their counter-attack, but when i face a strong team is the opposite way. Also the CPU teams really act different when they are winning or loosing a game, we can also see the momentum changes inside the game. The new strategies are just amazing, the style of the game really changes when we mix it up, is possible to adjust it depending on the team we´re facing and the situation, and it really effect the result of a game if we make the right adjustments when we´re loosing or winning. This is something that was only present in PES series, but now seems that FIFA really improved that. I played a season on Profissional difficulty with all manual setting on controls and i guess it was too easy. Now i turned to World Class and became too difficult playing with all manual, so i just put shooting and passing on semi and for me it´s just perfect now. Very challenging and rewarding because the crossing and through balls are on manual and i really have to make good plays to score. Still didn´t test it online, but next month i´ll probably begin playing online also to see if the 10 vs 10 are really good. Hope i can face some of the guys here. And for online i really would like to play on all manual, is it possible this year to choose opponents that plays with all manual settings?