First impressions were actually overwhelmingly positive. I'd heard the goalkeepers were terrible and defending was hard. The first thing I noticed, though, was the dribbling. It felt, and continues to feel, much smoother than previous and inputs more accurately 'do' what I imagine they will do. Holding down one of the triggers (depending on your preferred control set up) allows you to put your body between the ball and a defender, and this seems more effective than before too. EA made a lot of noise about player intelligence and there are some clear indications this has worker - particularly when it comes to held runs and heading. This seems to have been at the expensive of the goalkeepers though who are now as inconsistent as your average England first team keeper. Venture online and you will see players trying shots from even further afield as the keepers often remain rooted to the spot. This means, particularly online, that game scores seem 1 or 2 goals higher than last year. It's also a big area of frustration for me. Let's be honest we all like to blame something when it's not going well for us, but when you can replay the goal and see the complete non reaction of the keeper, it's hard not to feel a little cheated. Attacking intelligence and headers are better than even though. And perhaps my biggest issue with Fifa for the last few years has been fixed - attacking players can actually break away and outrun defenders at last. Of course, you need the right ball and a player with pace, but it's glorious. Playing with a pacy team who maybe aren't the best (Aston Villa were my choice) is really good fun as their wingers can cause havoc. What's beautiful is that this works better against some teams than it does against others. You really do have to switch tactics for the occasion.