Music and Sport Fanatic with a great interest in hearing the opinion of all readers.
Published November 18th 2011
Ever wanted to be a professional soccer player but just did not have the god given talent? Want to be the coach of your favourite team and make them conquer the world (unless you follow Manchester United, which means you already witness this superiority)? Think you have the talent to beat all your mates? Well FIFA 12 has everything you need to make these dreams come true.
First of all, this year EA sports have created what can only be described as the most complete, entertaining and realistic soccer game ever. Game features include:
Career mode - choose to be either a player or the manager (or both) and guide your team to glory by either developing your player into the best in the world, or using the clubs transfer funds to create a dynasty that will be remembered forever
Ultimate team - which starts you off with a standard pack of players, and as you gain more money through winning games, you can purchase new 'card packs' to gain new players and kits.
Online mode – verse friends or complete strangers online and win to rise up the ranks to become the ultimate FIFA champion. Multiplayer online available.
There are many other hidden gems within the game as the FIFA franchise has continued to expand to create astronomical heights in possibilities. New features such and a new physics engine, new tactical defending system, precision dribbling and pro-player intelligence system has completely washed away any previous problems gamers had with the game feeling like an 'arcade game'. While previous players will be able to play the current model, I will warn you it does take a while to get used to the new defending system. So while a few headaches will follow in the first few weeks of playing, eventually you will see for yourself how it all just improves what is already the best soccer simulation game in the world.
Your favourite A-league clubs are also in the game, so you could be your favourite Australian players and led your club (hopefully Sydney FC) to victory over their foes such as Melbourne Victory, or even try and beat the heavyweights like Barcelona. The possibilities are endless, you can change the whole face of world soccer. There are so many reasons to get this game, so why don't you save up (or beg the parents) and get the game that will keep you entertained for months on end.
FIFA12 is available on all platforms, and while it is relatively new, if you spend the right amount of time searching around you can find a really good deal. I would recommend making the purchase as I really do believe that the difference between last year's game and this year's make is monumental, and you risk being left behind if you miss out on this game. I would rate it 4/5, as while the physics engine is a great new feature, there are still some bugs (hilarious ones at that) that the creators need to fix to just emphasise an already realistic and entertaining take on the world game.
I find FIFA 12 to be one of the highlights of the year, along with Skyrim and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The physics are amazing, and never has a soccer game been so realistic. The FIFA crew have far surpassed the efforts of Pro Evolution, the other main soccer title. Play models are impressive also, with some tattoos finally making an appearance.