The official 2010 England World Cup South Africa video game has been published by KO Sports.
The online multi-player game allows England to compete against teams from 199 nations in a series of sluggish unhelpful wins, embarrassing draws and humiliating defeats.
England fans can emulate their heroes like Sol Campbell or Rio Ferdinand by sitting on the coach imaging what it would be like to be taking part in the world’s biggest football tournament.
Gamers can suffer all the same unfortunate injuries and make the same blunders, gaffes, near misses and huge tactical errors that the real English team are famous for. To ensure a completely accurate experience, if any crucial games go to penalities then players have the option to select 'pre-lose', saving time and letting them go and put the kettle on.
The game allows players to decide which member of the English squad to play as, which means they can limp off halfway through as Gareth Barry or sit on the sidelines with a nice cup of hot cocoa as Jamie Carragher. Playing as Emile Heskey means donning a giant lion costume and running up and down the touchline.
A new Artificial Incompetence system allows bizarre tactical decisions to be made in real time. For example, anyone named Joe can be left on the bench for the duration of the tournament.
Mark Walker, one of the game’s designers, says, “You really can do mad stuff like putting Wayne Rooney in goal and having Robert Green upfront on his own as a striker. Although, I believe Capello hasn’t actually ruled this out as a future tactic.
"The decisions that players make can influence the outcome of the whole game; for instance, in choosing who best to partner John Terry, there is an option to choose a cracking little blonde in an orange mini-dress. However, should his wife find out it’s game over."
When playing as Wayne Rooney the game also comes with a new patented aggression control, which allows his controller to experience everything from a gentle rumble to a full-on killing spree.
The England game can be completed in a matter of days, packed up and returned to the store where it was purchased.