Every year the fuss surrounding FIFA builds and intensifies to an almost unbearable level. Inevitably, some fans, every year are left disappointed because there’s been so much hype that they expect a full on, significant revolution.
Last year FIFA 12 was a big step up from FIFA 11 with its new defending system revolutionising the way you play the game.
FIFA 13‘s tweaks are exactly that, subtler and gentler. Previously, you could get away with a pass that was over hit, and your player would still control it. Not anymore, if you smash the ball at your teammate, you’ll soon be smashing and shouting at the screen too, as it ricochets into open play.
The first and most obvious change is the First Touch mechanic. Which will initially take some time getting used to. In earlier games, long passes simple found their way almost magnetically onto their recipients boot. Now only highly-skilled players can pluck the ball out of the air with ease.
Xbox owners can even use Kinect to change formations and substitutes players on the fly although watch the swearing at the refs. as they tend to come down hard on teams managed by mouthy players.
There are still the same game modes like; Career Mode, Ultimate Team, Head to Head Seasons and Pro Club Sessions.
They have added a few new features, for example in Career Mode, you can now manage an international team alongside your career club if you so choose to and in Player Career Mode, you now get loaned out to lower league team where you can gain valuable experience. Which in my opinion is a lot better than previous year ere you are stuck in the youth team.
The transfer system has been enhance. This now means teams now attach value to players, depending on their skill and value to their first team squad. So make sure you snagg the likes of David Silva as its easy then it was in FIFA 12. Furthermore, players can insist on certain transfer terms, such as clearing space on the roster as part of the deal.
The Head to Head seasons are now called; Seasons and have new Co-op features, so you and a friend can both battle it out in a race to Division One.
Another new feature EA have added to FIFA13 is; Skill Games, which replace the one vs. one loading screen in some of the game modes. These are basically mini games designed to help you improve your passing, shooting, penalties and free kicks. These Skill Games can be accessed from the main menu.
FIFA13 is in arguably very solid, Like every FIFA entry it looks and plays better than its predecessor, and the addition of Skill Games and a deeper Career Mode are welcome additions. It just misses those mind shattering innovations we’ve come to expect from the FIFA series. Maybe that’ll come with the next generation of consoles, both Xbox 720 and Playstation 4 are due out later this year.
FIFA 13 may be more an enhancement to the series than a revolution. But it’s still the strongest football simulation on the market, although I feel it should watch it’s back as the Pro Evo Soccer 13 series just might one day over take.