Release Date: September 25th, 2012
Developer: EA Canada
Publisher: Electronic Arts Inc.
Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox 360], Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii
Genre: Sports and Recreation
Rated: E for Everyone
When you think of EA Sports and their line-up and the word “Fifa” gets mentioned, you know to expect the best out of EA’s line-up. Year after year, EA Sports takes on the role of bringing a great emulation one of the most loved sports straight to our gaming consoles. Last year’s Fifa really drew a spark for the franchise and Fifa 13 comes riding in on the heels of it’s predecessor. What all has changed or what all has stayed true to merit Fifa 13 a true Fifa title? We are here to give you the run-down.
Once loading into the loading screens and video sequences, you get a fresh presentation of menus and a crisp layout of the many different modes to Fifa 13. You are welcomed by a tune from the soundtrack which seems varied in genre’s but handpicked for awesomeness. Taking a look back and the modes included in Fifa 13, you can still expect to create that dream team you’ve always wanted in “Ultimate Team” and even create your own character for use in “Career Mode”. Things are changed a bit for Ultimate Team as now you are put into a season system. The season is split between five divisions and allows for a more straight-line approach to playing the mode. More structure is definitely better in my opinion.
Speaking of additions, it should also be noted that the standard tutorial system has seen a worthy upgrade. Fifa 13 has a system of Skill Games that work on, you guessed it, skill building. You will be tasked to score goals around objects, practice proper passing etiquette, and other tactics that will be required of you when playing Fifa 13. When completing these mini-games (which are optional) you gain points to use toward the store. Its like having your cake and eating it too. EA should be proud of this great addition.
Fifa 13 improves upon its mechanics with the “First Touch” system. The flip side to this is the need for restraint when making your passes. You can’t just line-drive the ball to your teammate and expect them to get it without a cinch. You are going to need to tactifuly pass the ball so your team mate will have a better control when he receives the ball.
AI seems tweaked this year as well. Your team (and the opponent’s) seem to have a little more wit about them. Looking more closely at your team attacking AI, they often open the window for a play more. As opposed to before in previous Fifa games where it was a guessing game, your team mates will often be there to support you when running up the field. The lessened frustration and shouting at the television screen will go a long way for many people’s blood pressure in this regard.
Legacy players will be reward with the EA Sports Football Club experience points from Fifa 12 and Fifa Street when booting up Fifa 13. Take those long earned points and XP along with some other goodies that are unlocked right away for being loyal. This is a nice gesture from EA Sports and here is to hoping that they will follow the same path with the next Fifa title.
Fifa 13 is still a solid experience all around and with the slight improvements that have been made, it looks like EA Sports is trying to integrate more realism in the AI and controls. It’s not revolutionary by any means but it still is a small step in the right direction. As long as they keep links to the real-world sport of Football (Soccer) and work to get the feel even better, we can have great hopes for next year’s Fifa. A lot of you may still be on the fence so there is a demo you can check out and cross compare it with Fifa 12. However, if you call yourself a serious fan of the series, a future purchase is a no-brainier.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5