Question for you (no peaking, I asked this question before): In gross sales around the world, what is the highest grossing current video game franchise? It’s EA’s very own sports juggernaut of a game…
What? Did you think I was going to say another game? Stupid Americans and their…oh wait…shit.
Anyways, FIFA 13 is the continuation for that franchise and really caught my eye when I first saw previews for it at their EA’s E3 press conference and, as with every sport game, there are no storylines (SEE THAT, FIGHT NIGHT: CHAMPION? NO! STORYLINES!) and it’s just you and the ball…and the controller…because you, kind of, need the controller in order to play the game properly…that’s how video games work.
Now, with any franchise EA Sports has I tend to focus on one part of the game and that is the Player Career path of the game (some games call it something different, FIFA Soccer 13 calls it “Player Career”…whatever). I don’t know why I do it, I just do. I know what you’re going to say and I know that being a player in any of the EA sports game is a total “cop out” because that’s the “worst possible way to play it.” So what? I like it.
Gameplay, however, is quite concerning when playing as one person. I guess it’s to symbolize how to use time wisely in a real game atmosphere but the energy bar decreases at a rapid pace and, well, if the manager doesn’t see a tired athlete and he sprints over to a ball for a break-a-way the athlete may stop and pull a muscle, which kind of sucks. However, it IS to symbolize a real feeling of playing soccer.
One of the cool things about this game, though, is that even when playing as an athlete on the pitch, they STILL have the announcers on explaining everything that’s going on in the game. If you haven’t heard announcers get amped up for a pass, you haven’t listened to British announcers (plus everything they say is pretty cool). Unlike Madden, where all the announcers did was throw one-liners like “That guy looked like he got hit by a freight train!”, the announcers in FIFA make you feel like you’re watching a real game. During the game they would butt in with breaking news scores from all around the league which you were playing at, which is quite awesome when you’re in a chase for a cup.
The graphics in this game are, bar none, one of the best visuals I’ve seen in any sports video game. Everything reacts on cue to your actions and your actions allow things to react. Ball goes into the net, net extends and retracts ball to the grass, crowd in the background gets up and roars, player who scores starts running telling his teammates to join him, tells the home team’s rowdy fans to shush, gets tackled by teammate in celebration. All of which were not cuts scenes but part of the actual gameplay. Then when the slow motion shot shows the foot scrape the top of the ground, grass and dirt pick up and is quite awesome to see.
The motion of the players are good, however. Grant it, I haven’t played it with Messi or anyone good…I’ve only been playing it with Rizza (the 6’9 caveman looking guy I created who plays for Barnet in Italy). But every time I try to control the ball, it doesn’t want to be controlled and I either pass it over everyone’s head or it goes right to the goalkeeper, which bugs me. Don’t get me started of free/penalty kicks. I couldn’t do those in real life nor could I do them in the virtual world.
Overall, this game is a great game for causal and hardcore soccer gamers and it’s worth a shot to get. It has its faults but I look beyond that because, like what we deal with Madden games in the past, it could be the exact same game.
So, have you played FIFA 13? Tell me what you think in the comments below…