Excerpt: FIFA 13 on Wii U is somewhat of a contradiction because a number of great features have been added while many more have been stripped away in order to get the game ready for the console’s launch.
Summary: FIFA ’13 for the Wii U isn’t the best rendition of this year’s release for the story franchise, but it’s still quite good. The game looks great, the audio is wonderful and there are more teams, modes and stadiums than ever before. About the only downside is the very dim A.I.
Summary: Let's get this out of the way first: FIFA Soccer 13 on the Wii U is not a straight port of the game found on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. There's no improved first-touch system, FIFA Street-inspired dribbling, or any of the tweaks made to the physics engine.
Pros: Exciting and satisfying matches, Touch-screen management controls are a great addition, particularly in co-op, Excellent presentation
Cons: No EA Sports Football Club or Ultimate Team modes, Older physics engine causes some odd player interaction, Touch-screen controls for passing and shooting interfere with the flow
Excerpt: Sports games available as launch titles have a notorious history for not being so great due to shorter development periods and set release dates that can't be changed. This often leaves developers at the mercy of preexisting requirements that won't allow all of the features of the new game to be...
Conclusion: A strong core soccer sim offering with some neat Wii U Gamepad features make FIFA 13 one to think about this holiday, although you may want to see if the online community grows after the Wii U launch in Europe later this month if you expect to play online.