A new season brings a new Fifa game. This is though the first to appear on the Nintendo 3DS console. It is the second football orientated game for the console (after PES 2011 which I also reviewed earlier) and as a football fan this seemed to be an ideal title and one I was quite looking forward to getting. I actually had it pre ordered for £24.99 from Amazon. The current price is around the £30 mark or a little more.
The game itself
This seemed like a more complete game compared to Pro Evo 11 3ds especially in terms of features and game modes also.
Being Fifa, this game has all the licenses and so has a lot of the leagues, latest kits and team logos ,as well as correct player names. The game features quite a wide range of modes. One thing that is disappointing though is the lack of online play. Despite this, there are plenty of other offline game modes. The game also features something called spot pass which allows you to update the game and also for example download the latest squad and roster updates. There is also local wireless play but the lack of online play is a bad point as they did have time to develop this.
The different game modes include exhibition where you can play a match between any two teams. There is also 'be a pro' mode where you control and develop being an individual player and progress. There is also a career mode which is a pretty good addition especially given this is a portable console. It is a bit more simplistic in nature than other versions but is an addition which gives longevity to the game and allows you to take control of a club. There is also the option to play a single tournament such as the FA Cup or a league season like Premier League. With all these different modes, it can be seen that this game is not a heavily inferior title in terms of different game play options. There is also a street mode where you can play small sided games in a street environment and can be used for practice as well.
The graphics obviously are not as good as the console versions on PS3 or Xbox but they are not that bad considering it is a portable console. It probably is like a Fifa game on the PS2 a few years ago. The game seems to be at a slower pace than console versions also.There is a Pro camera position in 3D which aims to put you right in the middle of the game and the action and is a quite unique feature for the 3ds.
The controls are pretty straightforward but I did have an issue with the defending and switching player which is not that easy to grasp and defending is a bit harder than attacking in the game it seems. There is a quite unique shot taking option where the bottom screen transforms into a net and you can touch where you want the ball to go in the goal. Whether the ball ends up in the net depends on a few factors including the player's stats and also the timing. This is an interesting addition and takes a little bit of getting used to. If you get it right you do score some pretty decent goals.
The game is a little too easy I think. There are only three game settings being easy, medium and hard. I started playing on medium whilst I got used to the controls but it seems to be most appropriate for most Fifa enthusiasts to play on hard to get the best challenge
This game is not going to replace the console version just yet but is more than a good addition to the franchise. It is not quite polished enough and the lack of online play is a bit of a worry but there are plenty of other game modes for a single player to play their way through. It is also quite fun to play with the 3d and also the touch screen controls. If I could I would give it 3.5 stars but choosing between 3 and 4, I think the various game modes and also having updates pushes it to just about 4/5 stars overall. I think for a more serious gamer this would not be enough and the console version is better but in addition to that though is the fact that it is still a good enough game in its own right.