Review: FIFA 13 (Xbox)

By Wayne Webb

This year’s release of the FIFA title for 2013 (they’re always one year ahead for some reason) comes with the requisite crowing of how great it is from the fans well before the game even hits the shelves. This year they may well be right, FIFA 13 is a step up on FIFA 12, which was a step up from FIFA 11.

By Wayne Webb

This year’s release of the FIFA title for 2013 (they’re always one year ahead for some reason) comes with the requisite crowing of how great it is from the fans well before the game even hits the shelves. This year they may well be right, FIFA 13 is a step up on FIFA 12, which was a step up from FIFA 11.

Can’t quite bring myself to give it a full 5/5 though as the game is still a genre based game and you’re either into them or your not. For the purists this is a welcome addition to the line up and makes some generous improvements in mechanics and style. The crisp, clean new interface is very inviting and screams design and digital at once. It’s starting to look more like an experience and less like the long line of predecessors that looked like games.

Defending seems to be better than previous efforts and a lot less accidental fouling is occurring (there are still a few deliberate ones though). Also upgraded is the dribbling and handling of the ball on the pitch. The new animations from last years upgrade were impressive and this year have been tweaked a little further resulting in a smooth and natural look to ball handling. The loading screens which last year had you taking shots at the goal, this year give you a range of skill games that focus and train you in specific disciplines and make god use of that load time screen.

Once again there are a myriad of options and modes to play in but the best as always is playing with friends in the room with you. Even as a spectator sport Video Game Soccer is an engaging and often thrilling endeavor. Get your mates around and cheering as you battle for supremacy, end in a tie, stalemate through extra time and scream into a penalty shoot out. There really is nothing like it even if FIFA is not your thing, you can’t deny the quality of the experience on offer here.

If you want a good football game then I recommend this one at the top of the heap, it has depth and longevity and all the bells and whistles you’d expect from the latest in a long line of EA-franchised games.

Pros: Improved graphics, inviting new interface, skill games in loading screens, up to the latest rosters, does what it says on the box.
Cons: It’s still a genre game, love it or hate it.

4.8 Shacks Out Of 5

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