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Fifa v Pro Evo: it's now so one sided!!
FIFA 12 (PS3)
Member Name: itsbennettboy
FIFA 12 (PS3)
Advantages: Awesome gameplay and graphics.
Disadvantages: new tackling system does take time to get used too
So the new football season can only mean one thing. No not controversial football players splashing the ridiculous wages doing things they shouldn't be doing. It's the introduction of the new games console versions of the real life action.
For years and years there has been an ever raging war between Pro Evolution soccer and EA's Fifa franchises with both games assigning an army of games on both sides to go toe to toe in deciding which was better for that season. In recent years Pro evolution seemed to have been creeping ahead of Fifa as EA fell asleep and fell stagnant in their progress. However in the last 3 years someone poked EA games with a stick and they went into a crazy techno fury and simply flew past Pro Evo to become the Daddy once again of footballing games.
But how does it differ from previous years? I'm forever hearing from my Mum 'Surely it's just the same as the last one'. Anyone who plays these games will understand how wrong she is!!
The game play for Fifa 12 only has a few differences from its previous brother; however they are big differences which make gameplay so much more realistic. The tackling is the most noticeable difference. In games of old, you would just have to hold down the circle button whilst running near a player with the ball and eventually you would tackle a player fair and square. But not this year. There is a tutorial the first time you put the disk in the console which takes you through what and where the major differences are. You can no longer lazily hold down one button until you regain possession, it is now all about having an eye for timing and skill of when to tackle. Each time you press the circle button now the player you are will just tackle in whatever part of the pitch they were in at the time; which when you start out is frustrating but a little bit funny at the same time. You also need to time your slide tackles well as the refs on the game of having an annoying habit of judging a very fine line between a clean and dirty tackle.
But one useful new feature of the new tackling system I have found is the jockeying feature. It is all explained in the tutorial at the start of the game (I highly recommend you do not skip this!!). Basically by holding down L2 and controlling your player, you can delay a pass or cross by positioning the player in a certain way. This can become very useful if you are under the cosh and want to run the clock down.
The career mode has changed for the better too. It has the same format as all of the Fifa games however has some interesting and much better perks and features than ever before. A welcome return to the ability to speak to the press before a game to motivate your team or have a dig at your opposition. A little quirk that emulates real life is what happens during the transfer window and more specifically, DEADLINE DAY. A sky sports style countdown clock and totalizer appear as you make your deals hour by hour to ensure you get the signing you want.
As for online features it's pretty much business as usual as EA has continued their impressive format from the last title.
As is a trend with the Fifa brand the graphics have improved once again and they have inserted little clips of players reactions after a run of play to make it seem like you are watching it on TV. This has been made in an attempt to make the title seem the most realistic football game ever made.
One aspect that is annoyingly real, annoyingly good but generally annoying is players can get struck down my injury all the time. I was playing the other day and was one nil down, put a through ball to my striker in the dying embers of the game and was sure to gain a point, until my striker pulled up and went down with a hamstring injury. Again realistic but annoying.
But all in all you have to take your hats off to EA for creating a near perfect game, and if you buy it you must have patience with the new tackling system. It is frustrating to start with, however you can grasp it very quickly and will be able to feel its full benefit very quickly indeed.
Summary: An all round amazing game, amazing game-play and graphics and you just have to tip your hat to EA!!!
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