Excerpt: I'm not a big fan of annual franchises. The FIFAs, Need for Speeds, and Call of Dutys of the world exist to satiate the mainstream gaming demographics' unquenchable thirst for newer content from their favourite franchise. Delivering more of the same formula, however, severely curtails their creative licence. Whenever a well-regarded developer works on one of these franchises, I can't help but think what a massive waste of talent that is.
Excerpt: Despite producing an outstanding game last year, FIFA 12 unravelled after a year of play. Much like the famous Panenka penalty style, a consistent amount of similar chips will eventually get found out. Last year FIFA imitated the physicality of a débutante Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: strong, full of potential and unfinished. But with a year of extra experience, FIFA 13 has grown a set of broad shoulders and impressive touch that indicates a special future.
FIFA Soccer 13 strives for perfection through gameplay imperfection (review)
1 November 2012
Excerpt: FIFA Soccer 13 is like a big football club’s yearly jersey refresh. EA Sports’ latest multiplatform ball-juggling juggernaut has some flashy original material, a few designs we haven’t seen before, and some unexpected accents. The colors and crest, however, remain the same. This year, as usual, EA’s treating us to the customary gameplay tweaks, updates to typical modes, and unique additions like PlayStation Move support.
Pros: First Touch Control is frustratingly authentic and appreciated Soccer is a skill-based endeavor. Sometimes, a microscopic shift of the foot can cause a ball to ricochet in an undesired direction. FIFA 13 feeds off the chaos through its all-new First Touch Control mechanism, bringing another wild-card variable to the action. Players now react differently to each pass they receive. Beautiful counterattacks flounder in the wake of a stumbling defensive midfielder with a ...
Excerpt: Where FIFA's first outing on the PlayStation Vita, simply titled FIFA Football , eschewed a numerical moniker, the latest version proudly slaps a 13 onto its name. And with that number comes a lot of expectation: the hope that this isn't just another weaker, slimmed-down port, but a true portable version of a console classic. Sadly, that isn't the case.
Pros: Still plays an exciting, if dated, game of football
Cons: A roster update and little more, Touch controls are largely useless