Excerpt: So one thing’s probably on every PlayStation Vita-owning, football fan’s mind: is this year’s handheld FIFA game any good, or is it just another broken, under-developed port of its exemplary console brethren? Well, lucky for you, I have some good news. FIFA Football is quite possibly the most polished game of soccer you’ll ever play on a small screen, thanks in no small part to its ability to imprint the console mechanics onto the Vita.
Excerpt: Modelling FIFA Football after FIFA 11 isn't a bad thing, but in doing so EA has released a game that fans of FIFA 12 will find hard to play if they're going to continue playing the latest version. On one hand it's undoubtedly the best handheld football game I've ever played, delivering a true home console experience, but it's also a step back compared to FIFA 12.
Conclusion: The Short Version: FIFA Football delivers arguably the best example to date of a console-quality sports title on a portable platform. Sadly, though it's a year too late, sitting uneasily between FIFA 11 and FIFA 12 . A fully fledged Career Mode and some interesting touch controls can't prevent the feeling that this game could have been much more.
Pros: Touch shooting is pretty good, Compelling offline FIFA experience, Predictably shiny presentation
Cons: The lack of features may not sit well with FIFA 12 fans, 'Unlearning' Tactical Defending is horrible, There'll almost certainly be a new (probably better) game out in 7 months
Conclusion: An excellent first shot on target, FIFA on Vita may not pack as much detail and features as the console players, but the combination of slick touchscreen and button controls make it well worth picking
Excerpt: Sometimes it feels as though the imperious FIFA series has been around for as long as gaming itself, but despite numerous iterations over the years - culminating in the sublime FIFA 12 last September - nobody has ever delivered a fully featured FIFA game for a handheld console. At least until now. It's becoming a familiar refrain for PlayStation Vita : this - insert name of famous game series - wasn't possible to get outside of home console releases...
Pros: As fully featured as the home version of FIFA 11., Play online in ranked and unranked matches., New touch controls offer precise shooting.
Cons: Will probably be replaced by FIFA 13 in a few months' time., Touch controls sometimes get in the way., Long loading times.
Summary: Das ist guter Fußball! Aber das ist keine spektakuläre Landung von FIFA 12 in der Hosentasche, sondern eine Variante von FIFA 11 – es sieht klasse aus, aber es spielt sich deutlich arcadiger und ist weniger umfangreich als der große Bruder. Das ist für mobiles Kicken okay, aber weit entfernt von der Faszination des aktuellen Kicks für PC, PS3 und 360. Warum hat man die neue Defensive nicht implementiert, die für das taktischere Spielgefühl verantwortlich war?