11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Decent, but could be better.
, September 25, 2012
This review is from: FIFA Soccer 13 - PlayStation Vita (Video Game)
Ok, I'm reading all of the reviews before me, and I'm a little surprised at how ignorant and blind people are. Here's a review from somebody who played every FIFA since 2004, even some GameBoy versions of it.
First of all, all people bitching about no console features being included in the game obviously didn't get past the menu screens, which, I must admit, resemble the original FIFA on Vita. But once you're on the pitch, oh boy!
Remember those FPS issues during the presentations in first FIFA? Fixed! Presentation is decent, but I don't think it changed much from original. Same main and color commentators and they have the same lines, same scoreboards, etc. But, to be fair, I haven't played all that long, I might be missing some things. Oh yeah, the graphics are unchanged. Not that anybody wanted them to change, being the best looking FIFA game not on a home console or PC.
Onto more important things: first-touch control, improved AI and impact engine ARE in the game. To those who said they don't feel like anything changed, try Football and then try 13 again. See it now? Unfortunately, tactical defending is not in the game, but, as useful a it is, I don't think it should be a dealbreaker for anybody.
So far so good, right?
Now, onto bad things.
The career mode is still the same piece of crap it was in FIFA Football. NOTHING was changed! International games weren't added, transfers are still archaic. Not even those interviews from console versions of 12 (which I personally felt felt were a nice touch, despite everyone calling them pesky, gimmicky and repetitive) were added. Very disappointed with the career mode overall.
I'm not a big fan of online modes, so bear with me on this one. As far as I can make it out, neither Ultimate Team, nor EASFC, nor Creation Centre are in the game. I know a lot of folks like to spend time with those, so sorry to break it to you. Head to Head and Friends Leagues are present, if that makes you feel any better. I haven't tried either yet, but anything would be better than the first FIFA's laggy online.
Also, there are a few minor issues within the game. EA TRAX only features 8 songs, of which 3 I already have turned off, and I haven't heard 1 yet. Saudi Arabian League is in the Vita version, but the King Fahd Stadium isn't. Same for the White Hart Lane, and Camp Nou. Both Spurs and Barca use generic stadiums, which can, however, be renamed, and they look pretty similar to the real ones. Also, 5 international teams were added, and I also noticed Italy being under license this time around, that's good. Croatia is missing though. Rangers are in the game under Rest of the World, and Napoli doesn't have a licensed logo or uniforms, but I heard there should be a patch to fix that soon, as the agreement was reached after the game was published.
I feel like I'm forgetting something...
Anywhooo, my verdict to people who already own FIFA Football would be to sell it for $15-20 (I sold mine for $24 couple of weeks ago.) That way you'll get a pretty decent upgrade without having to spend $40. To people who never played the original, get this game, but don't have your hopes too high regarding game modes.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask, I'll answer 'em all!
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