Oh god, from looking at the other 15 positive reviews this is going to get slaughtered, but it's my experience with Pirlo.
Great player in real life, can pick out a pass anywhere, and is the vital playmaker in the team. In game however, he's nothing like this, and has been really poor for me.
Pace: Felt very slow as expected, not too bothered with this, as you don't need it in a CM position.
Shot: Was absolutely awful, seemingly had no shot power, and the very few shots I had with him were easily saved/wide
Passing: For me in FIFA, there is almost no difference between someone with 90 passing, and someone with 70 passing, it's just how you use the player. All his passing stats are incredible, but sadly wasted on a game where it hardly makes any difference.
Dribbling: This was good, really good tight dribbling, difficult to get ball from his feet.
Defending: Not great, not often in the right position to make challenges either, so not good.
Heading: Absolutely 0 chance of winning a header with him.
Work rates: Awful for a playmaker CM, at low/med. Just sits in a spot in your side of the pitch, not much good to be done there. Never pushes forward to help out with the attacks. Seemed lazy.
Strength: Seemingly 0 strength, gets knocked off the ball so easily. Dribbles often come to a stop due to this.
Height: He seems tiny ingame, gets overshadowed by almost all players which is not what you want from your main playmaker player.
In my opinion there are lots of better Serie A/Italian CMs which will do much more than Pirlo does.
If you want a workhorse, go for Marchisio.
If you want someone similar to Pirlo, but better IMO go for Montolivo.
If you want someone to stay around that midfield area getting a good job done, go with Nocerino
If you want a more defensive minded player to sit infront of the back 3/4/5, get De Rossi.
As I said, this is an in game review. He's class IRL, but didn't do it for me ingame.
Cheers for reading.