FIFA 13 Review – Organically Better
FIFA 12 is the pinnacle of Video Game Football. Nothing quite challenges the presentation and accuracy of the beautiful game as well as the EA juggernaut. With FIFA 13 we get a version of the game that is more evolutionary than revolutionary. With its new physics system, FIFA 13 feels more organic than any game in the series finally getting rid of the invisible bubble that has marred previous versions. Now we get players stumbling against each other reaching for the unpredictable ball and making plays that were never before available to FIFA players before. Its not completely as evident in the demo as with the actual final game. The game feels totally different than the previous version. It looks kind of the same but plays like a whole new game. The defensive system introduced last year comes back better than ever complimenting the new organic flow of the game.
Some may argue that Pro Evolution still feels more like real football than FIFA, and they are probably right, but EA Sports game has the bells and whistles that compliment the rest of the game to get it that authentic feel that Konami’s game lacks. The free floating gameplay though puts it closer to the fine iteration of the game Pro Evolution has made us grow accustomed to through the years. I still think this year’s FIFA is an evolutionary version of the game that may not be worth the price of admission to many as it feels more like a roster update at first than a real sequel. Graphics are practically unchanged as well as sound, presentation gets an overhaul and impresses as much as most EA Sports games, integrating some ESPN tweaks here and there.
Game modes offer the usual with some upgrades to the manager features. Online games have a new way of giving you prizes and upgrades that is pretty engaging but still, with the lack of a full online franchise mode, FIFA lags behind other sports franchises. Match Day is also a cool feature as it updates players day by day depending on their performances in real life. There isn’t much to say about FIFA 13 that you don’t know from the last version of the game, which is a shame because last year the game did leap forward considerably and we were expecting the same this time around. A little bit of a disappointment.