We’re probably a little late on this one but here goes. It’s been a few days since FIFA 11 has been released and from the amount of E-mails we’ve received over the past couples of days two things are clear; 1. FIFA 11 is a very popular game. 2. A lot of PC users seem to be pissed off about the keyboard control scheme (or how controls are mapped). This 19th installment in EA’s popular football video game is considered to be a major release for the PC as gamers now get to enjoy the same next generation graphics engine used in XBOX and PS3 versions of the game. Anyways here’s a mini troubleshooting article for FIFA 11- this post mainly addresses console woes and settings issues a number of folks seem to be experiencing.
How do I change game settings?
Although you might not see it at first, FIFA 11 includes a separate configuration utility application through which you can change display settings, video resolution, map keyboard keys, controller and audio settings. This can be accessed from the start menu (Games –> FIFA11-> Game Settings) – in case you didn’t get the start menu entry, follow the steps below to launch the configuration utility.
- Navigate to FIFA 11 installation directory on your hard disk.
- Go inside the ‘Game’ folder.
- Find and run the file fifaconfig.exe
Cannot run FIFA 11 configuration/settings application
If you followed the steps above and the configuration utility did not launch (or gave an error), it could be something to do with not having the proper version of Microsoft .NET framework installed. FIFA 11 requires Microsoft .NET framework 3.5 – you can download this (free) from this location. Note that having a higher version installed (ex. v4.0) does not solve this issue.
How do I change keyboard key bindings in FIFA 11?
This is perhaps the most asked question related to this game. Although the PC version of FIFA 2011 is ‘allegedly’ optimized for the PC, it’s keyboard control scheme is mapped based on the XBOX360 gamepad. That is, a keyboard key is mapped for each function available in a X360 gamepad. Refer to screenshot below for more information:
You can change the key bindings by running the configuration utility (fifaconfig.exe – see above) and switching to the In-Game Keyboard tab. This is obviously a very user-unfriendly approach and some people might not be aware what exactly those XBOX360 buttons do. Here are some of the common functions served by X360 buttons:
- A - Lob, Cross, Sliding tackle
- S - Pass. Standing Tackle
- D – Shot
- W - Switch player, Trigger Run
- E – Sprint
- X - Throw ball
- C - Stop the ball, Pace control
Above was based on this EA forum entry.
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