Excerpt: With UEFA Euro 2012 ’s release as a downloadable add-on for FIFA 12 , it seems like separate tournament-game installments such as 2010 FIFA World Cup may be a thing of the past. For those who don't like paying twice in one year for an updated version of the same game, that's good news. But there are sacrifices as well.
Pros: + Solid dose of new challenges, tournaments, and presentation elements for
Excerpt: Forget what you know about FIFA. While EA has been keen to highlight how much of a change this year's game is going to be over the previous iteration, there have quite rightly been some sceptics, confident that it's just marketing speak covering up fairly minor changes. It isn't just marketing. FIFA has changed. For the first few hours, if not days, FIFA 12 feels wrong. Your brain will struggle to adapt to the new Tactical Defending system and you'll get trounced.
Summary: " FIFA 12 " is once again a fantastic content filled package backed by some excellent presentation and thriving online community. This year the game has undergone numerous changes to the gameplay which were a big risk indeed and left many gamers wondering if this was really necessary because as we all know if it’s not broken then don’t fix it!
Excerpt: FIFA playing second fiddle to Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer series is now a distant memory, with the roles reversed and the latter series now playing catch up. It took EA a lot of time and effort to gain the crown, and I very much doubt that they will want to relinquish it any time soon. This year, FIFA plays a different game of football – certainly with the defending, in any case.
Excerpt: Patience is something that few players, managers and teams are often afforded in football. Yet this is what FIFA 12 requires of you. This year’s instalment features one of the most significant changes to the series and reconciling it with your style of play is at first jarring. Stick with it and like many clubs that are patient, you’ll be rewarded. In short, FIFA 12 forces you to re-learn how to defend.
Excerpt: FIFA 12 is a game that offers something for just about everyone. Its wealth of modes and licensed teams together with an array of adjustable settings allow you to tailor the experience to your skill level and gaming preferences. If you enjoy tinkering in menus then there’s plenty to keep you satisfied in FIFA 12’s incredibly deep and authentic Career mode, whereas if you prefer to jump straight into an online game to show off your skills then you can be embroiled in...
Conclusion: There is two minutes left in the game; I have been battling Manchester United tough for 88 minutes and kept the score at 0-0. I manage to get the ball to their side of the field something that hasn’t happened often. I shoot a pass to my created player down the left hand side of the field hugging the sideline. I hit a beautiful cross to the center of the field where my forward manages to pull always and head in a ball for a game winner.
Excerpt: More than any other sports series available, FIFA has been the pinnacle of consistency. To not falter from this in an industry with yearly installments of sports games is almost unseen. FIFA, without question, has always pulled it off — somehow staying consistent in polish, realism, innovation, and delivery.
Conclusion: While the game play may be a bit slow for fans of the faster-paced NHL series, there's no doubt that soccer fans are getting a dead-on experience here, and to even a casual fan, this feels like a real simulation of the sport, with all the strategy and technique you see on the field, thanks to new control schemes that value skill over blind aggression (though, if that's your thing, you can have that as well.