Released: 2008
Developer/Publisher: EA Canada for EA Sports
Platform(s): 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC, PSP, DS

FIFA already had the kit and stadium licenses, but it took the fútbol gaming trophy with improved ball-touch (pause), a collision, and jostling system that accounted for size differences (Freddy Adu ain't pushing anybody off a ball), user-controlled goal celebrations (especially fun against a human opponent), and updates based on real-world player performances. Floors you like a slide tackle.

YOU AUGHTA KNOW:
Although the game's tagline is "Let's FIFA 09!", FIFA is not an actual verb, it's an acronym for soccer's governing body: Federation Internationale de Football Association. Damned educational system's gone to shit.