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Review – FIFA 12

Coaches for a large number of teams are even modeled in-game, a nice bit of color for real fans. The entire game is basically made up of all-star teams, so the match-ups are just that much more interesting, and the nationalistic rivalries are more exciting to ponder than the local rivalries club teams usually deal with. If you start up a game between Cuba and the United States, the commentators will actually talk before the game about the Fifa55 tense history between the two countries, an awesome addition to the game.

The new penalty system adds more detail and tension to an already interesting meta-game within FIFA. Penalties are especially important in the World Cup (the last World Cup ended with a penalty shootout, after all) and the new system lets you try virtually everything a real player can do. There’s an extra variable to worry about in the composure bar, which determines the amount of error in your shot, and you have to be gentle with aiming your shot so as not to kick it too far left or right. If you’re feeling cocky and want to try a chip shot, you’re welcome to, but the shot will be much harder to keep on frame. Or if you feel like attempting the famous Cristiano Ronaldo tactic of a sudden studder-step to try and see the goalie’s diving intentions, it’s all allowed in-game.

The “Captain Your Country” mode is a nice addition with a few flaws. There just aren’t as many matches for a single player to worry about in international soccer, which is both good and bad for this mode. It’s good in that it doesn’t take forever for anything to happen. It’s bad in that even on the harder difficulties, you’ll have virtually no trouble soaring into the starting eleven of your country’s team. There’s not a lot of challenge to it if you can play competently. Another issue is that if your team fails to qualify for the World Cup or otherwise disappoints, then you’re done. There is no next year to hope for, because that will have to wait for the next FIFA World Cup game.

FIFA World Cup isn’t as detailed as FIFA 10, but it’s still incredibly hard to resist for fans of international soccer. The graphics are even more beautiful, the gameplay is slightly improved, and the matchups are more interesting. The atmosphere of a World Cup is conveyed pretty well, and you just get the sense that every victory is that much more important than anything your club team did in FIFA 10. It’s not a real game improvement but instead a natural advantage that FIFA World Cup has, but that doesn’t make it any less valid for the player.

Way back in September 2012, the release of EA Sports FIFA 13 sparked excitement throughout the football world. Every year the game sells a ton of copies world wide and the latest in the franchise didn’t disappoint either. One feature that is closely looked at is the career mode and what had been added to it for this years installment.