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75 of 91 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2012
I put hundreds of hours into Fifa 12. Several seasons, hundreds of games with my ultimate team, and dozens upon dozens of 1 v 1 local matches against my friend and sworn Fifa rival. Despite its shortcomings, Fifa 12 became one of my favorite games of all time. Fifa 13 does little to change the fundamental mechanics of Fifa 12, rather, small additions, tweaks, and improvements give Fifa 13 a glistening coat of polish and make it an even more realistic, accessible, and satisfying football/soccer experience than ever before.
I'll address the question of whether Fifa 13 merits the $60 price tag, particularly if you already own Fifa 12. There's no clear-cut answer to this question, a number of factors need to be considered: How much do you play Fifa? Do you closely follow current soccer, whether domestic or international? Do you play Ultimate Team? If you are a very casual Fifa player, jumping on every now and then for a quick game or two to get your fix, then there's no rush to buy Fifa 13, as the core game experience is very similar. But if you're more like me, and want the most up-to-date squad rosters, player ratings, Ultimate Team, and most realistic soccer experience available, then certainly the investment in Fifa 13 is justified.
Big new additions to Fifa 13 are as follows: For actual gameplay, the new "first touch" mechanic basically adds more variability to how well players trap the ball. Depending on the position of the player, whether or not they're moving, and their ball control rating, players may trap the ball in a less-than-perfect manner. Dribbling is a little smoother; it still takes a fair bit of practice before you'll be successfully rounding defenders left and right, but it's more accessible than in Fifa 12.
Fifa 13 exhibition matches have a cool new feature called Match Day, where EA updates player ratings on a week-to-week basis to reflect how well the player/team played that week. This feature can be turned off if you'd prefer to simply play with the players as Fifa/EA decided to rate them for this year.
Edited to add: I've had a chance to play a number of online ultimate team matches; online stability/lag appear to be pretty similar to Fifa 12. I have a decent connection, so most of my matches have been pretty smooth. Ultimate Team has received a make-over, with single matches no longer an option, but offline and online "seasons" added, in which there are 5 divisions, and each season you play a set number of games against players in your same division, with the potential of promotion or relegation depending on how many points you can get.
For the sake of keeping this review to a somewhat reasonable length, I'll end by saying that thus far I am extremely satisfied with Fifa 13, and I foresee myself putting hundreds more hours into it over the coming year.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2013
Finally the ghosts of past FIFA's seem to have left with the latest FIFA game. This version makes defending more of an art rather than a complete mashing of the X button. Players get rewarded for positioning their defenders, anticipating passes, and zoning out properly. Conversely offense is now much more rewarding, as it takes a couple good passes to get through a proper defense. This is made much easier by the new crossing types that EA has added to the game. Now you can get that perfect pass through the defense, and get rewarded with an awesome looking goal.

The physics of the game have also greatly improved. The game just feels REAL, which has made each match feel much more unique. The commentary seems to be a bit more dynamic, and is a nice touch for players who like to play many matches in a row.

After playing this game for awhile I can easily say it's my favorite FIFA game, as it's not just a 'roster update', rather a game that makes your FIFA experience much more richer - and in turn more enjoyable.
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36 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2012
The game adds more first touch skill to teams. This means that lobbed through passes for example are less easy to do because by the time the player gains control of it, the defenders are there unless your player has a very high first touch rating. The game also makes bending the ball into the net from just outside the penalty area more difficult, effectively taking this cheap tactic for goals away. FIFA 13 makes dribbling even more important and it gives teammates more offensive-mindedness, so players who work hard on their press tactics are going to get burned because the opposing team's players will run to spots vacated by the pressing team meaning if you get the pass there, the opponent is in trouble. This makes it more realistic. FIFA 13 also corrected the issue of the referee having the same color jersey as one of the sides (UPDATE: This is unfortunately not correct. The referee sometimes still wears a dark jersey when one of the teams is dark making him hard to pick out from the opposing team. Why EA doesn't get it and always make the referee's jersey a bright color that is not one of the teams jerseys is a mystery). One other thing, the music soundtrack is extensive this year and better than FIFA 12.

The game still suffers from ridiculousness such as little Messi heading the ball over big defenders for goals and certain goalkeepers on some teams (Barcelona and Man City) making point blank saves over and over again. EA needs to also fix the cheap goal off a goal kick, this would never happen in real life. the game needs to give the keeper more control over where he places the kick. And please do something about the ability of defenders to mysteriously be able to kick it into an extra gear when a through pass is delivered. I have played games where my player is steps ahead of the defender, running toward the goal, but when I deliver the pass, the defender suddenly can race by my player to get the ball. it's ridiculous and wouldn't happen in the real game. There is also still the favoritism that EA FIFA has towards Barcelona, often times Barca is getting 2-3 rebounds in a row to get the goals while other teams get zero...and the barca keeper gives no rebounds. This unfair advantage for one team makes it much easier for someone to play this team and not be as good a player. It's an advantage that EA needs to stop giving to this one team!

The game needs a software update too. Online line play is buggy with a lot of disconnections occurring just as the game is about to start. There is also a bug where the game never starts and you are stuck on the one-on-one screen (player vs keeper) and you have to quit the game and restart it (I suspect that's what's causing the first problem too). While this happened occasionally in FIFA 12 it happens a lot in FIFA 13. The graphics also get fuzzy at times, particularly on goal kicks. There is also still a bug on how offsides is called where sometimes the play is called offside because FIFA 13 gets confused when there are two players on same line when a pass is made; it calls offside if the player further up is offside even though the ball is corralled by the player lesser up the field. I've been called offside when the player who gets the ball is still in his own half!

Overall a small improvement over FIFA 12 making the game a little more real.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2013
This is an awesome football game. Love the online modes and tactical defending is the s***. Can't wait for Fifa 14! Hope to have some vuvuzela's in the next one.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2012
I have a hard time rating this game. I have played it a lot and keep playing it so obviously there is something good about it. I played Fifa 12 a ton as well. Maybe it's just soccer games that do it. At the same time, I don't think I have ever played a game that has caused me to want to throw my controller right through my TV screen as much as this one. If you like soccer video games and enjoyed Fifa 12, you will likely enjoy Fifa 13 too. If you like feeling cheated constantly and frustrated beyond belief, you will also enjoy it.

There really isn't that much of a difference between Fifa 12 and 13 in terms of actual gameplay. The first touch feature is more realistic but can also be unrealistic based on EA's programming. (more in a second) Dribbling is more exact this year and can be a real asset if you have skilled players. The career mode has some nice touches that Fifa 12 did not have like international management and improved transfer negotiations which make it fun. So why I did I give this game only three stars?

The main reason my star rating wasn't higher is that EA really messes up in terms of programming the difficulty levels with this game. I started playing the game at World Class with no change in sliders and could do absolutely nothing. I noticed my guys just completely stood around and did nothing if I was not controlling them (hard to control all 11 guys in a soccer game with much success). I was consistently getting beat by 4-5 goals on WC. I then went down to Professional and was winning every match by several goals. I could get the ball off the CPU whenever I wanted and there was absolutely no challenge. Why such the discrepancy between two game levels?

I think what EA did to make the game harder on higher levels was simply resort to cheating and scripting results. I say that because I began to notice that Gareth Bale (pace of over 90 - among the fastest players in the game) was consistently overrun and chased down by middling LBs and CBs on other teams with middling pace ratings. Why would this happen? If he has a higher pace, why wouldn't he be able to stay ahead of them if he got past them, regardless of difficulty level? EA simply made all the players on World Class and Legendary faster than the human players regardless of ratings. Instead of programming CPU AI that would say, increase the structure of the CPU defense and passing ability, they simply took the easy route and made all CPUs faster so you can't get past them. Certainly that makes the game harder, but also completely unrealistic. I finally had to lower the speed and acceleration ratings of the CPU on world class to get a fair game where faster players were faster and slower players could not catch them.

Another example of EA's lazy programming - the "80 minute barrage". If you are up by one goal as the final ten minutes approach, you will almost always see the CPU on world class and legendary levels get superhuman energy and start rushing all of your players once you get the ball. Yes, this does happen in real soccer as teams must play more aggressive when down. I understand that. I also know that they aren't always successful because they have played a full 80 minute game just like the other team and don't have the energy to run down every player on the other team and steal the ball. That's exactly what happens in Fifa 13. You can try to pass it around to avoid the superhuman pressure, but the programming will often make you pass it right to them anyway. If you are dribbling, forget about it. You could have Messi and he will have the ball stolen almost 100% of the time. The tackling ability, speed, acceleration - basically everything - becomes so ridiculously overwhelming for the CPU in the last ten minutes that it just makes the game not even fun. You almost know you are going to lose because the CPU decides that it wants it that way. Usually what will happen is that they will somehow get a corner and your defenders will not do anything and they will score to tie it up. Fun stuff. Again, I understand that teams play more aggressive from behind and take more chances, but how about doing some programming that makes the CPU pay for taking chances if the human passes it wisely and counter-attacks. The whole thing feels extremely cheap and scripted. By the way, I do not remember this in Fifa 12.

I am hopeful that this game can be patched to eliminate these flaws. I often go into game knowing within the first ten minutes that I have no chance of winning regardless of how I play because the CPU has the outcome predetermined. Many times I have had 20 or more shots compared to the CPU's 2 and will have lost 2-1 or 2-0. Just finished a game (had to turn it off in the last minute because I couldn't take it) where I had at least three counter-attack breakaways and missed the net on all three using finesse shots from the center of the box. Meanwhile, the CPU puts shots on net from 40 yards out and my goalie has to dive to save them. I am trying to find sliders that help a bit but since these things appear to be programmed into the logic of the game, I don't think sliders will help. I keep playing it so there are good things about the game, but much like almost all other products from EA, I just keep saying to myself, "this could be so much more". Typical laziness from EA. What else is new?
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47 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2012
First of all i think it is a disgrace that EA is marketing FIFA13 as a new product when in fact it is (almost) the same product as FIFA12. In my book the difference between Fifa12 and Fifa13 is more of a v1.0 to v1.1 upgrade. Anyway us fans will keep on buying it anyway since we want updated squads and of course the online market always moves towards the latest version so it will be less and less players to play against in Fifa12. Right? True up until now, but no more.

The worst part of this game however is not that it is copied too much from Fifa12, it is that it is so EXTREMELY buggy. For example, in 1 days playing I had to force quit 3 times and restart. This is just ridiculous, it is an absolute disgrace that a big player like EA would release a product that has so poor quality. Hey EA have you ever heard about QA? No you haven't, go google that.

Those bugs that requires force quit are of course the most annoying (by the way all 3 times where at unrelated places), but there are more. So many more bugs...

Example: I'm about to play the Fifa online league as an English BPL team. When the stadium is loaded i suddenly see that i play as Barcelona, 1 second later the game exits back to the main menu: "Lost connection". Another time, I choose an international team, after I clicked team management before the game I see that the squad is actually totally incorrect, not even 1 player is correct. I press back, Fifa prompts "Saving your changes", automatically. Even though i didn't make any changes. Theres no end to the amounts of bugs in this game and heads should roll at EA for releasing this piece of crap.

Have played FIFA series on XBOX since 03 and then the more recent years on PS3, but this was the last time i bought a game from EA. You're not getting 80 bucks from be again next year.

EA SPORTS you're an embarrassment to everything about good software development. Please support competitor products instead, get this lazy arrogant giant off his feet.

Ans yes i know EA sports will release bug patches later and I don't claim that the software should be bug free, but at this level of quality this release is nothing else than a spit in the users face.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2014
Love this game! So much fun. You could spend hours playing this. Recommended for any soccer fan! job well done
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2013
The edition is simply the best footballing game available for the PS3 or XBOX 360, and will likely retain that title forever with the release of the new consoles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2013
Our son loves to play this game. It is the original game and it came brand new, I love the fact that we can order through Amazon Prime and save the trip to the store
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2012
I bought FIFA because I tried to change PES (used it since 1997 )
that was a big mistake

the FIFA is too boring I can't continue any match .

goodbye FIFA welcome back PES .
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