The phrase ‘tough act to follow’ could have been made for FIFA 12.
The predecessor did incredibly well, becoming both a critical and commercial smash. It seems EA has a difficult mission on its hands to improve on what became the best-selling FIFA entry to date and 2011’s second best-selling title.
The FIFA name alone makes it a must stock but EA has balanced retaining the qualities that made previous entries a success with the addition of three brand new gameplay features.
Those who enjoy a tackle can look forward to an enhanced Player Impact System that now caters for off the ball battles between players. There’s also the First Touch Control, a new system that removes any of the certainty around receiving balls.
Poor passes, defensive pressure and ball velocity all look to ensure that a player’s first touch becomes a skill in its own right. Players can also master free kicks with dummy runs with up to three players over the ball.
Whilst the new ‘attacking intelligence’ won’t see Wayne Rooney grasping the complexities of the Higgs Boson, it will enable attackers to analyse plays, think ahead and take up better positions.
The Beautiful Game
Fans of the franchise looking to embark on a life as a manager, player or player manager can look forward to a wealth of new content in the game’s Career mode.
Players can now receive offers to move into managing international teams, with rumours of international interest able to start months before an offer, something that can be both a blessing and a curse – just ask Harry Redknapp.
For those having a tricky season, the Jobs Board will be a godsend allowing managers to view vacant positions and change clubs midway through a season. Alongside the gameplay additions, players will also be kept in the loop regarding penalties, red cards and goals in other matches thanks to in-game audio updates courtesy of Alan McInally and Geoff Shreeves.
With a range of additions and enhancemnets, EA looks set to deliver the most successful title in franchise to date, again.
EA has signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle that will see the FIFA series become the clubs’ Official Video Game Partner. This will enable 3D scanning of the players which will help to bring their digital likeness in future titles.
The Ultimate Edition of the game will feature 24 FIFA Ultimate Team Gold Packs. Players will receive one pack a week for six months, helping fans to build their dream team.
App of Honour
The EA Sports Football Club App is arriving later in the year on iOS and Android, promising to keep players further connected to all things FIFA as well as enhancing the Ultimate Team experience via live auctions.
The Kinect’s voice recognition capabilities allow gamers to make substitutions and yell commands in the ‘Be a Pro’ mode. Those with a temper be warned, swearing at the ref can result in stricter officiating and negative storyline shifts.