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FIFA 13 Review by barca-rob



Date Added: 2014-12-15
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The latest edition in EA Sports' FIFA series witnesses a fine and detailed display of gameplay that closely resembles the real thing. When playing, the first thing you'll notice is the first touch feature. This calculates a player's ability to receive a pass based on his skill, his position, and the speed of the ball. In short, a missile-like hoof across the pitch will no longer be obediently and magnetically attracted to a team mate's foot. Sure, the likes of Andres Iniesta and Edin Hazard can - and do - take down incredible 50-yard passes comfortably, but other players, such an unfit Alessandro Nesta, an out-of-form Robbie Keane or a just-back-from-injury Charlie Adam will need to take drastic measures like slowing down, re-positioning, or just preparing to chase the thing when it ricochets off their shins.

Commentary has also improved. Martin Tyler and Alan Smith add their Sky Sports-esque words of wisdom, making a game feel like the real thing from the barstool on a Sunday afternoon, while Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend concentrate on the cup games. All commentators will throw in little facts mid-game, such as Alan Smith pontificating about how the Etihad Stadium regenerated the east Manchester area. In a nice little touch, Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves gives mid-match injury analysis, while Alan McInally gives us updates from other ongoing matches when in career mode. It all adds to this sense of occasion, something EA is also building on by enhancing Fifa 13's connection with the real sport. If you fancy having the commentary on in any other language, Inter Milan hero Giuseppe Bergomi is on hand in Italian ("Gol. Francescoooo Totti! Totti! Tooootti!!!) while a 10 second "Goooooooooooooooooool" in Spanish never gets old. Commentary is available in several languages from other real TV commentators.

Added this year also is the revised EA Sports Football Club section. Here, you'll find a catalogue page where you can spend the XP points they've earned in other sections of the game, buying classic kits, new goal celebrations, licensed boots, pro-player upgrades and other desirable swag.

The only down sides are the virtual pro mode - you have to start off as a 17 year old and work your way up. Maybe it's EA Sports' way of keeping you addicted and determined with the game until the release of the next instalment in Sept 2013. A nice touch however, is that when you play numerous seasons (a dozen or so), you can have the option of retirement and going into football management. But, by which time, all of the famous players of today would have been well retired. Except maybe an ageing Neymar or Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.

In all, it's EA Sports' finest moment. A few tweaks to certain aspects (such as the inclusion of the Camp Nou and Santiago Bernebeu stadia to name but a very few), and FIFA 14 could well be flawless. 'Til next year.

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