FIFA Soccer 13 Review
|System: Xbox 360, PS3*, PC
|Dev: EA Sports Canada
|Pub: EA Sports
|Release: September 25, 2012
|Players: Offline 1-7, Online 2-22
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p
Returning for this iteration of FIFA is the EA Sports Football Club, where players will be able to support their favorite team, complete challenges, and brag about their accomplishments on Facebook. New to the EAS FC this year is a marketplace of sorts where players will be able to purchase a variety of items to customize the appearance of their avatar, purchase new traits such as goal celebrations, and earn new abilities. And if you prefer to play through career mode as a manager you can even purchase a "Win," redeemable for three points if you find yourself in a tight spot during a tournament. While you play the game you earn points that can be used here, which creates an incentive to keep playing.
Visually, FIFA 13 is a cut above FIFA 12, but I can't put my finger on why exactly. The lighting looks just a touch more vibrant, player models are the same in most cases but don't look as "dead" as they previously did. Even the stadiums look better. The pregame festivities do well to create a proper game day atmosphere. Sadly, quite a few animations were reused, complete with bugs and wonky movements. It's a shame too, because changing the camera placement for things like replays can make a big difference. Real interaction between teammates during post-goal bragging would have gone a long way to maintain the illusion as well.
Alan Smith, Martin Tyler, and the rest have also recorded a few new lines, and their commentary is always lively. The crowds seemed to have a sharper, more in-tune response to the events on the field too, heightening the stress of already tense moments.
All things considered, FIFA 13 is a good football game. It's much better than FIFA 12. It feels more fluid, and in turn a bit more like an actual match. Whether it's on par with PES 2013 remains to be seen (review incoming), but if FIFA's your cup of tea you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you skip this version. EA is on the road toward making this a better football sim.
Date: September 28, 2012
Game Features: Attacking Intelligence—All-new positioning intelligence infuses attacking players with the ability to analyze plays and to better position themselves to create new attacking opportunities. Players will work harder and smarter to break down defenses, make runs that pull defenders out of position, and open passing channels for teammates. Plus, players possess an off-the-ball vision and the ability to think two plays ahead to create, curve, or alter runs to capitalize on openings as they occur.
Complete Dribbling— Make every touch matter with complete control of the ball. Take on defenders with the freedom to be more creative in attack. Players are more explosive accelerating with the ball, and utilize precise dribble touches with true 360° mobility with the ball while facing a defender. Face an opponent to threaten attack while moving with the ball in any direction to dodge tackles, or turn and shield the ball, maintaining position, and holding off defenders for longer stretches.
FIFA 13 1st-Touch Control—A new system eliminates near-perfect control for every player by creating uncertainty when receiving difficult balls. Poor passes are harder to control, enabling defenders to capitalize on errant balls and poor touches. Factors such as defensive pressure, trajectory of the ball, and velocity of the pass all factor into a player's success. Players with better control and skill stand out. Fewer perfect touches, the potential to over hit passes, more opportunity for loose balls, and greater balance between defending and attacking.
Player Impact Engine—The second generation of the award-winning physics engine expands physical play from just collisions to off-the-ball battles, giving defenders more tools to win back possession. Defenders can use their body to win possession, push and pull for position, and utilize their size and strength to force opponents into poor touches and decisions before the ball arrives.
FIFA 13 Tactical Free Kicks—Create dangerous and unpredictable free kicks. Position up to three attacking players over the ball and confuse opponents with dummy runs, more passing options, and more elaborate free kicks. Opponents can counter by adding or subtracting players to the wall, creeping the wall forward, or sending a bullet man to intercept the pass or block the shot.
Voice Commands – Administer your squad the way real-world managers organize their clubs during a match. Use voice commands to instantly activate tactics, change formations, or initiate substitutions and enjoy the strategic advantage of managing your club without pausing the game.
On Pitch Commands – Think, react and play like a professional footballer utilizing voice commands on the pitch in Be A Pro mode. Shout for a pass, send a teammate on a run or call for a shot the way real footballers communicate on the pitch.
Referee Feedback – Referees and linesmen are influenced by what they hear. Coarse language directed towards an official may be mentioned by commentators or influence a referee's strictness and decision-making around fouls and bookings, the same way it does in real life. Plus, storylines will develop in Career Mode when players and managers let their emotions get the better of them.
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