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FIFA 12: Special Edition

Released on 30 September 2011

Rating: 3+ (PEGI)

4.0 out of 5 (37 customer reviews) | Write a review

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FIFA 12 brings to the pitch the game-changing new Player Impact Engine, a physics engine built to deliver real-world physicality in every interaction on the pitch. Experience the way real-world footballers challenge each other for the ball, win possession, and test each other physically. Enjoy an infinite variety of natural and believable outcomes in every collision. Players feel more resilient, push and pull during the fight for possession, and recover from light challenges more easily.

Revolutionary gameplay innovations make FIFA 12 deeper and more engaging. All-new Precision Dribbling creates a higher fidelity of touch on the ball for better control in tight spaces, more time to make decisions on attack, and more control over the pace of the game. Innovations in attack are balanced by a re-designed defending mechanism, making it as skilful and meaningful as real-world football. With all-new Tactical Defending, positioning and intercepting passes are as important as tackling. Tactics and timing are crucial. Plus, CPU players have been infused with Pro Player Intelligence, a self-awareness that enables them to behave and make decisions based on their own skills and tendencies, and gives them the aptitude to understand the strengths and weaknesses of teammates in every situation.

Introducing EA Sports Football Club - the heartbeat of FIFA 12 - a live service connecting players to the real-world game with fresh, new content all the time, enabling them to support their favourite club and connect and compete with their friends, rivals and millions of other players around the world. Additional features will be revealed in the months ahead.

New presentation: Matches now have a real-world broadcast look and feel. Dramatically improved lighting, more authentic crowds, and a new default camera make every game feel special.

Easier navigation: Redesigned menu system for fast and easy navigation, featuring customizable Main Menu based on arena player, Virtual Pro and favorite club.

Complete authenticity: Over 500 officially licensed clubs and more than 15,000 players.
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    What is FIFA Ultimate Team? EA Sports FIFA 12 Ultimate Team is a massive online community of fans building, managing and competing with their ultimate football team from the world's best players in FIFA 12. Join over 2 million fans and take on the challenge of building a squad of the world's best football stars by earning, buying, selling and trading players with other Ultimate Team gamers around the world. Build your ultimate football club the way real-world coaches and managers build the truly great football teams. Match your dream team against your friends' best teams whenever you want

    What is a FIFA Ultimate Team Gold Pack? Improve your Ultimate Team and experience the excitement of opening your monthly gold packs. Each pack is a mix of 12 items, including players, contracts, stadiums, managers, staff, fitness, healing, balls, kits and badges. Gold Packs consist of players rated 75+ in-game and include one rare item. Rare items include enhanced player attributes, longer contracts and the most coveted players

  • Player Impact Engine: Two years in development, the new physics engine is built to deliver real-world physicality in every interaction on the pitch. Experience an infinite variety of natural and believable outcomes in every contact. Players feel more resilient on the ball, push and pull during the fight for possession, and recover from light challenges more easily, preserving their natural momentum.
  • Pro Player Intelligence: CPU players have been infused with self-awareness and aptitude, enabling them to make decisions based on their own skills as well as the strengths and attributes of their teammates. Players who possess exceptional vision, for example, will see opportunities for through balls that other players won't. Real Madrid's Kaká will be more likely-and quicker-to pick out a run from a teammate farther away than a player with poorer vision. Additionally, teams will vary their attack based on the strengths of their players on the pitch, and the weaknesses of opposing players, creating a more authentic experience and greater variety of matches.
  • Tactical defending: Fundamentally changes the approach to defending by placing equal importance on positioning, intercepting passes and tackling at the right moment. Tactics and timing are crucial.
  • Precision dribbling: Enjoy new ways to take on opponents, more time on the ball to make decisions, and complete control of the pace of the game. Utilize close dribble touches in tight spaces, on the wings, and even while fending off an opponent.
  • True injuries: The Player Impact Engine monitors contact between players in real-time, analyzing the force of collisions and the impact on bodies

customer Reviews

 Average rating (37 reviews)

 Frustrating, but brilliant! (demo only)

| | See all moosehead79's reviews (29)

First thoughts were frustrating, awkward, anger & anger. After a while though, you get passed the tricky defending & the game starts to grow on you.
It's the subtle differences that make a huge difference - quick throw-ins, player movement & impact engine. I found on FIFA 11 I was pretty good at keeping the ball & didn't realise how much I relied on pressing to win back the ball, but on FIFA 12 I have to be even more patient. Every FIFA fan will have to unlearn what they knew on previous FIFA titles & start from scratch. Defending is now an art form & creating chances is so much more satisfying. Well done EA, can't wait for the full version.

 not good

| | See all joeb93's reviews (6)

just decided to change my review of the game completely as after playing against the harder difficulties it become clear to me that when playing against the cpu player the new "impact engine" and "defence system" are just there to make the game harder for the player. every tackle you go for either misses or they run through your player, slide tackles don't work and the cpu players are always perfectly placed, and yet again a football game doesn't get difficulties right, why do the harder difficulties only increase the speed, stamina and skills of the opposing players that's not a difficulty because it makes players stats pointless, the harder difficulties should make their team work better and change tactics not make them the flashx11.

 Ultimately rewarding...

| | See all UrbanMaverick's reviews (2)

I agree with most reviews on this, there is a noticeable increase in difficulty throughout the game. However, persistence is the key and after 2 or 3 hours of play, you start to work out the new features and how the game insists you deal with them. The new defending system has brought a new dimension to the game and having good defenders who can anticipate the play helps enormously (not really required on previous versions as all you had to do was plough into the attackers to win the ball back). This time you need to think positionally and not dive in to tackles as you would if playing the game in real life - some people may not like that as there's admittedly less fun in defending than flamboyant attacking play. However, it does instill a sense of acheivement when you jockey your opponent, anticipate his movement and make a block or tackle. The pace of the game is slightly slower (by default) but you will need this extra bit of time to defend properly, experienced players can of course increase the speed of the game.

Attacking is excellent as usual, with the welcome addition of being able to hold a shoulder button to execute a skilled pass (backheel, flick etc). Crossing has also been overhauled and needs to be relearned, especially with no instruction manual in the box but again, is an improvement on FIFA 11 - I scored the majority of my goals with headers last year which is a little unrealistic. Graphics and player likenesses has been dramatically improved and the commentary so far seems marginally better (though you need to play the game for a few weeks before you start noticing the repetition!).

My only major complaint is the fact that you are still unable to play career mode with a friend over xbox live?? This is something which EA dont seem to think we'd want, but personally, I prefer to play on the same team as my friends as opposed to against them - this is probably more appealing to the older gamer like myself who doesnt obsess about 'beating' my friends at games but enjoys the social and teamwork aspect of what the game can offer.

If I could, I'd give the game 95% for this reason, but otherwise, any football fan should buy this game


| | See all JohnnyHTFC's reviews (2)

I echo the thoughts of others that found this initially frustrating but then after a while it seems to just grow on you.

In previous versions it was far too easy to defend but now you have to work at it and master new skills in order to stop your opponent and create chances. The timing of your challenges is crucial, you have to get it right and if not be prepared to be beaten by the opposition. The result of this makes the overall gaming experience more satisfying than ever!

It seems to flow a lot better too. Substitutions used to do my head in on FIFA 11 when the game would stop and go to a cut scene but now they happen instantly and quick throws and free-kicks make it much more enjoyable.

Really looking forward to the full game coming out. We're going to have to learn a few new expertise this year, gone are the days when people can just hold two buttons and defend against you at will, it's now a skill of its own!

Bring it on!

 Very Frustrating Game

| | See all TheLocore's reviews (2)

The game is obviously aimed at online play, because the single player is horrible. The lack of AI effects both attack and defence. In attack players make poor straight runs at best, in defence no matter how much pressure you put on the ball, the computer can always play its way out if you are playing Brighton or Barcelona.

Tactical defending - Tackling is a waste of time, as the computer knows its coming and just turns, you end up just letting them knock it around until they have a shot, cross or through ball you can intercept. If you switch back to oldschool defending, its even worse.

Player inpact engine doesnt work, you get fouled and get booked for it, computer doesnt foul anyway, not had a free kick in half a season.

In general the game is too slow, its like playing football on the moon. Some of the new stuff they add is completely pointless, you now have sliders to set how often your or opposition players make mistakes, it all feels so unnatural.

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Rating3+ (PEGI)