Excerpt: It’s no small feat to deliver a launch title on new hardware, and EA Sports FIFA Soccer comes at an interesting time for the franchise. You see, there’s a reason that the title is “FIFA Soccer” and not “FIFA Soccer 12.” It plays as an adaptation of FIFA 11, with that game’s final rendition of the engine that drove four years of EA success. However, if you’ve logged in several hours with FIFA 12’s new defense, it feels like a step backwards.
Pros: Gorgeous visuals that come close to PS3 quality, Controls that translate well to handheld, Great proof of concept for future games
Cons: Touchscreen controls hurt more than help, Limited modes and features, If you're playing FIFA 12, feels like a step backward
FIFA Soccer will make you love and hate your PS Vita (review)
17 March 2012
Excerpt: EA Sports didn’t just drop a year number from the PlayStation Vita version of FIFA Soccer, a title that’s hugely important for the franchise’s success in portable form. While the developer made some omissions to simplify the intricacies of the console version, this is undoubtedly the most complete handheld iteration ever — not that the bar is set very high in this area.
Simplified sim uses Vita's front and rear touchscreens.
Common Sense Media
16 March 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that FIFA Soccer , which is a soccer game playable on the PS Vita, is not a part of the popular FIFA Soccer 12 . Instead, the game (which is the latest in EA's popular soccer series) is a stripped-down version of the current console edition, with several popular features removed. It's still an authentic sports game, but is somewhat dated in the series lineage.
Excerpt: It's much easier to boost past defenders to get in the open field, and play builds up in a very similar manner each time. This means that, given enough time, if you play the game long enough with a specific style each game will end up feeling quite similar.
Excerpt: I love my FIFA. Over the past couple of years I have spent more and more time on the virtual pitch. When FIFA 12 was released on consoles last September, it brought with it a huge range of improvements that included a better online matchmaking system, a new player collision system and a new defensive […]
Summary: Football games and handheld systems have never really had the greatest of relationships. As promising the idea of playing while on the road is, up until now there has never been a game that has managed to adequately portray the intricacies of the beautiful game on a portable system.
Excerpt: There's a right way to do a sports game, and then there's a wrong way — FIFA Soccer usually does things the right way. So with their first entry on the PS Vita, EA Sports went to a game that hits the mark. FIFA Soccer is a shining example of how sports games should play on the Vita, and it's a hell of a strong launch title. This is the FIFA game that you've come to know and love. All of the features that you're accustomed to are there.
Excerpt: No handheld launch would be complete without at least one solid sports title. For Vita, it seems only fitting that the best-selling sports game around the globe launch with the most powerful handheld.
Pros: + Best use of the back touch pad, + Packed with features, + Visually spectacular