FIFA Soccer 13 introduces plenty of new features that will be instantly recognizable to anyone that became familiar with last year’s model. First Touch Control dramatically changes the passing game and how players react when possession of the ball changes. Rather than robotically sucking in possession of the ball, players and the ball will react realistically, and you’ll really have to concentrate on the type of pass you’re receiving at the time and how your player is approaching the ball to prevent stumbles and turnovers. The new feature can be frustrating at first and difficult to master, but the slight learning curve is worth it in order to enjoy a more realistic gaming experience that closely rivals actual soccer matches and presents you with plenty of unpredictability from one match to another.
The game also introduces two other new mechanics–Attacking Intelligence and Complete Dribbling. The former makes defensive and offensive A.I. smarter than ever before which helps you to make plays on the goal and call different plays on the fly that really make a difference in-game. You’ll instantly notice more, better scoring opportunities that need to actually be earned through great play rather than exploiting your opponent’s manipulative A.I. Meanwhile, Complete Dribbling simply adds another great touch to the game’s control scheme and changes how the game looks and plays. When controlling a world class ball handler, a clear line will be defined that let’s you know the quality of player you’re playing as.
For all the great things FIFA Soccer 13 does on the field, there are equal parts added to the game’s menus and ways to play. Accessing games is easier than ever before, and from the main menu on into the deeper sub menus, you’ll find a crisp, efficient experience that looks superior to most any other game in the history of the industry. You’ll also find plenty of great new modes to explore and find great refinements to modes such as FIFA Ultimate Team, normal Career Mode and even the way you earn experience points and level throughout the game. And if practice is your thing, or you simply need to hone your skills, new practice options are available that allow you to set up obstacles and other players to test out your skills in ways you define. The game’s graphics have been slightly improved as well, but crowds still appear a bit fake and could have used a bit more refinement to stay on par with the rest of the game. The game’s soundtrack is forgettable too, but none of these minor gripes are anything more than that, and FIFA Soccer 13 still presents a fantastic game for players worldwide to enjoy.
Whether you’re a fan of the FIFA Soccer series or are looking to try the game out for the first time ever, there’s never been a better game than FIFA Soccer 13 to suck you into the action. The game does feature PlayStation Move support, but this will likely be overlooked by most gamers as it simply doesn’t work as well as the rest of the game. With plenty of new features and refinements including First Touch Control, Attacking Intelligence, Complete Dribbling and plenty of new game modes, FIFA Soccer 13 will have you hooked instantly, and the game’s appeal is the same after one match as it is a hundred matches later. FIFA Soccer 13 is the best-selling sports game of all-time and with good reason. If you’re one of the few that haven’t picked up the title yet, pick up FIFA Soccer 13 today and experience the best sports game in the world
FIFA Soccer 13 is now available from all major retailers for the MSRP of $59.99 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, $49.99 on Nintendo Wii and $39.99 on PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Portable, PC and Nintendo 3DS. FIFA Soccer 13 is rated E by the ESRB. For more information on the game, check out the official FIFA Soccer 13 website.
Developer & Publisher: EA Sports
Platforms: PlayStation 3 (reviewed), Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo Wii & Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: September 25, 2012