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FIFA 12: Time for some new football games?

Monday 18 July 2011

FIFA 12: Time for some new football games?

As details and screenshots of the latest iteration of the FIFA gaming franchise slip out, it got us thinking about whether the game has outstayed its welcome. Much loved as it evidently is, it’s been around since 1993, with new versions coming out once or twice a year.

We still remember playing FIFA for the first time back in 1993, when it was the only football game to get an official license for teams and players. It looked better than anything else on the market, and was leagues ahead of the likes of Sensible Soccer in terms of graphics (if not necessarily in terms of fun).

EA Sports continued to develop FIFA, with the likes of FIFA 95 proving even better. FIFA 08 was the first of the bunch to appear on the Xbox 360 and Sony PS3, and although the gaming experience lost out slightly to the likes of Pro Evo, it still looked better than anything else on the market.

Overall, we’ve seen a new version of FIFA almost every year, including ‘95, ‘96, ‘97, Road to World Cup 98, ‘99, 2000, 2001, FIFA Football 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, FIFA ‘06, ‘07, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10, ‘11 and this year’s FIFA 12. We’ve seen World Cup editions for the past three tournaments, and EA has continued to flog its star title for all it’s worth – there’s also a host of Euro titles as well.

Much as we love a new game, for us it’s difficult to get excited about EA Sport’s latest version of FIFA. There are simply too many editions. We’ve been content to stick with older versions – FIFA 09 and 10 still prove to be brilliant when it comes to a kickabout with mates, for instance.

We’d love to know what you think, however. Are you content to play older versions, or do you feel there’s enough of a difference between each iteration to justify upgrading? Leave a comment and let us know.


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The new version initially doesn't look much different, but there are some interesting subtle additions that promise to make the game more realistic. I reckon this is a must have for anyone that doesn't have Fifa 11 (which was light years ahead of 9 and 10). For those that do have 11, I guess it will depend on the size of your wallet.

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I've been playing, and buying, the Fifa games since 1993 and honestly can't ever see the series ending. As long as there is football fans who like playing football games then it will continue. Fifa 11 for me has been the best in the series so far and has really helped the game to finally overcome the popularity of PES, which has somewhat stalled in terms of gameplay in my opinion.

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Nick Burke

What EA do every time they develop a new FIFA title is add one more blade of grass and sell it as a new game. I cant stand the franchise. EA are moneygrabbers

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Milky joe

I always buy ever year even though i say i won't. The game does improve year on year but with only subtle differences. The main reason I am forced to buy is the squad updates. I think it would be much better if the game was released every two years with a small charge for online squad update after the summer transfer window. This way the build up for the new version would b massive and generate more sales than i'm sure they get at present.

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sam yates

fifa 11 was by far the best footie game ever i played it to death and fifa 12 already looks amazing every year it gets better and better.If u are sayin is it worth gettin fifa 12 then wouldnt the same thing apply for call of duty which gets a new game every year ea and game programmers make games that sell and thats the way it will always be

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