FIFA 13 Preview
With the premier league season in full swing anticipation for EA’s latest title in their Fifa series has reached epic proportions. And after playing the game for ourselves we can say you have every reason to be excited.
EA have successfully created a series which gets so much better each year, leaving all the competition for dust. This year’s title is due to hit UK shelves on September 28th with a demo coming on 11th September. And as is the case every year, the game comes with a ton of tweaks, new features and modifications to its in-game engine.
The first and most obvious change has to do with each players’ first-touch capabilities. In the past, players could receive passes and then it would be stuck to their foot no matter what their skill level. Now, the ball bounces and weaves realistically in the air, and a player’s ability to control it is dictated by their overall score.
A lot of work has been put into the Free-Kick mechanics. Previously you could shoot or pass; now a whole host of options are at your finger tips. New dribbling controls allow you to control the ball with amazing precision, and the interface for this is brilliantly simple. You can even set up fake free kick takers, add players to the wall, mark potential header threats and run towards free kick takers.
Obviously there’s still a whole host of new features for Fifa 13 still to be demonstrated, including the Kinect and move support and Match Day, which will provide up to date stats from real world leagues, which in games commentators will even make reference to.
But from what we’ve seen this is the most comprehensive football game to date. And if the rest of FIFA 13 lives up to what we’ve seen, their dominance of the sports sim market is going to be pretty much impossible to topple for the foreseeable future.
The question is if they’ve put this many improvements into one annual iteration, how and where are they going to take it next? Either way we can’t wait to find out!