Review on FIFA Coins

Year after year us football fans have to ask ourselves the same questions, who will win the league? Which three will be relegated? What teams will make it to cup final? and will the next FIFA game be as good as the last? Last year FIFA 11 saw the long running EA sports series prove again that there is no better football game out there. For me it totally eclipsed Konami’s PES to the point where I thought FIFA 11 would be hard to out do. But EA have once again hit the nail on the head with FIFA 12, adding a range of tweaks and improvements, leapfrogging its rivals leaving them eating its dust.There were doubts. I wasn’t completely sold on the new gameplay changes regarding defending. This year players have to defend tactically and smartly in order to win the ball. No longer will a simple hold of the clean tackle button get you the ball. Where last time round players could win the ball simply and often way too easily this time we have to jockey, put pressure on the attackers to pass the ball into a less threatening area and only go in for a tackle when you’re sure you’ll get the ball otherwise you’ll be in a heap of trouble. At first it’ll seem like a nightmare, the change is so huge for players of previous installments and you’ll more than likely be tackling thin air and left chasing attackers who gallop miles ahead until you get used to it. But once you do, it becomes obvious that this big change in gameplay was the right call by EA.

The gameplay improvements don’t stop there, the new ‘precision dribbling’ element allows players to easily control the ball in tight situations. Football’s best skill masters like Ronaldo, Rooney and Messi have little trouble gaining the extra bit of space to launch a cross or strike with this new addition. The same can’t be said for players in lower league teams but when used well it can create chances that can dramatically alter your experience for the better, helping you steal three points at the death in a hard fought cup battle for example. The final major gameplay change is the ‘player impact engine’. Players now fall and collide as if they would in real life, injuries can occur if a player falls awkwardly and for the most part it works well. Occasionally however, you’ll see players falling over themselves and crashing into each other which is often hilarious and sometimes frustrating. When your top striker is a millisecond from smashing the ball into the net and ends up on the ground rolling over your opponents defenders, you cant help but scream at the referee who allows play to continue. This is a minor crease that could be ironed out in future games but its nothing that really harms the gameplay in the long run.

As well as gameplay improvements, there are also notable changes in other aspects of the game. Career mode is a step up from last year’s game, a sleek interface that is familiar but welcome is easy to navigate and this time throughout your career you’ll be given the latest news bulletins that are effecting your season and club. All the drama from the transfer window, who’s on form and who’s causing a stir will be there for you too see, as well as this you can also have your say in press talks before every match and pick which up and coming youth star is going to join your club giving this years career mode more of a personal touch. However, as I’ve found with recent FIFA games, the career mode fails to keep you interested for too long and seasons tend to drag on.Online play is as competitive and engaging as always, you’ll feel the desperation that you would in real life when your team is 1-0 down and struggling to hit the target and winning is always satisfying especially as this time, your online match will be part of a head to head season where winning will get you three points and losing too often may result in you being shunted down to a lower league. The ultimate team mode returns this time available straight off the disc as opposed to the DLC packages of games since FIFA 09. It’s not a mode I’m big on myself but it surely adds to the value of the game.