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FIFA 12

Rating: 3+ (PEGI)

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  Tackling Fifa 2012

| | See all ESBlofeld's reviews (18)

Generally a good game. Tackling can be tricky though. Only had the game a few days and already I've accumulated more fouls than Eric Cantona and Vinnie Jones combined.

  Over-rated

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Back last year around October and November, when FIFA 12 was still new, all I'd hear during my friends' conversations were, "What Ultimate Team do you have?", "What formation do you use?" or "I had John Terry in a pack!". Naturally, the ridiculous amount of attention it received from my friends coupled with the fact that I had yet to have ever purchased a game from the franchise meant that this was the perfect opportunity to buy FIFA 12. Unfortunately, upon playing the game, I didn't share the same enthusiasm for the game as my friends did. There are multiple reasons for this, but one of the main issues with the game is consistency.

Now, when you first play a match on FIFA 12, you will be shown the values of the defense, midfield and attack of the team you choose to play as in the pre-match screen. For example, Italy may have 81 DEF, 81 MID and 81 ATT whereas Argentina may have 83 DEF, 78 MID and 87 ATT. These values are based on the average overall rating of the players in those positions. Generally, the higher the player's overall, the better they are.

...so where does inconsistency come in to this? Well, in spite of the player's overall, they don't always play to the level that they should. Iker Casillas, for example, is a 90 rated goalkeeper; the best keeper in the game. Sometimes, he plays magnificent and is able to prevent what should be an easy goal for the opponent. Other times, however, it's as if Casillas forgets he's allowed to touch the ball with his hands. When my 90 rated Casillas is conceding against shots that my ten year old cousin could save and my opponent's Helton - that is rated 82 - is making saves comparable to Gordon Banks during the 1966 World Cup, there's definitely a problem.

Likewise, fouls in this game are very inconsistent. There have been times where I have completely taken out Messi with my Ramos, but I haven't received a yellow card. Other times, I may lightly pull on the shirt of a player in possession of the ball and end up getting sent off. The worst is when I tactically defend against a player in my own penalty box, and because this player trips over his own shoe laces, he earns his team a penalty. I - among many others - find this to be extremely frustrating, and EA really need to address this issue in the future FIFA games.

As this review is starting to get a bit long, I suppose I'll finish off with the game's most popular mode: Ultimate Team. Ultimate Team is a mode where you're able to create a team based around any theme i.e. an English team, a team with players from La Liga, etc. and you can use any formation i.e. 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1, 3-5-2, etc. You're given a free starter pack with very basic bronze players and you gradually build your team up. You acquire your players either from buying packs (either from spending a stupid amount of coins (Ultimate Team's currency, earned from playing matches and selling players)) or from purchasing packs with Microsoft Points (which is a waste of money and a great way for EA to rip kids off). While I like the idea behind Ultimate Team, there are a few gripes I have with it.

Firstly, you have to constantly buy contracts and healing cards for your players in case of injury, and they aren't cheap. I can understand the realism behind it, but I work hard for my coins - let me spend them on players! Secondly, in order to acquire coins to get a better team, you have to do a lot of trading via the auction market, which takes time and is really boring. The fact that the coins you earn through matches are usually spent on healing cards and contracts make this really tedious.

Overall, I can't really say I'd recommend FIFA 12 to anyone. If you must own a football game, then maybe. Otherwise, no.

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  Over-rated

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Back last year around October and November, when FIFA 12 was still new, all I'd hear during my friends' conversations were, "What Ultimate Team do you have?", "What formation do you use?" or "I had John Terry in a pack!". Naturally, the ridiculous amount of attention it received from my friends coupled with the fact that I had yet to have ever purchased a game from the franchise meant that this was the perfect opportunity to buy FIFA 12. Unfortunately, upon playing the game, I didn't share the same enthusiasm for the game as my friends did. There are multiple reasons for this, but one of the main issues with the game is consistency.

Now, when you first play a match on FIFA 12, you will be shown the values of the defense, midfield and attack of the team you choose to play as in the pre-match screen. For example, Italy may have 81 DEF, 81 MID and 81 ATT whereas Argentina may have 83 DEF, 78 MID and 87 ATT. These values are based on the average overall rating of the players in those positions. Generally, the higher the player's overall, the better they are.

...so where does inconsistency come in to this? Well, in spite of the player's overall, they don't always play to the level that they should. Iker Casillas, for example, is a 90 rated goalkeeper; the best keeper in the game. Sometimes, he plays magnificent and is able to prevent what should be an easy goal for the opponent. Other times, however, it's as if Casillas forgets he's allowed to touch the ball with his hands. When my 90 rated Casillas is conceding against shots that my ten year old cousin could save and my opponent's Helton - that is rated 82 - is making saves comparable to Gordon Banks during the 1966 World Cup, there's definitely a problem.

Likewise, fouls in this game are very inconsistent. There have been times where I have completely taken out Messi with my Ramos, but I haven't received a yellow card. Other times, I may lightly pull on the shirt of a player in possession of the ball and end up getting sent off. The worst is when I tactically defend against a player in my own penalty box, and because this player trips over his own shoe laces, he earns his team a penalty. I - among many others - find this to be extremely frustrating, and EA really need to address this issue in the future FIFA games.

As this review is starting to get a bit long, I suppose I'll finish off with the game's most popular mode: Ultimate Team. Ultimate Team is a mode where you're able to create a team based around any theme i.e. an English team, a team with players from La Liga, etc. and you can use any formation i.e. 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1, 3-5-2, etc. You're given a free starter pack with very basic bronze players and you gradually build your team up. You acquire your players either from buying packs (either from spending a stupid amount of coins (Ultimate Team's currency, earned from playing matches and selling players)) or from purchasing packs with Microsoft Points (which is a waste of money and a great way for EA to rip kids off). While I like the idea behind Ultimate Team, there are a few gripes I have with it.

Firstly, you have to constantly buy contracts and healing cards for your players in case of injury, and they aren't cheap. I can understand the realism behind it, but I work hard for my coins - let me spend them on players! Secondly, in order to acquire coins to get a better team, you have to do a lot of trading via the auction market, which takes time and is really boring. The fact that the coins you earn through matches are usually spent on healing cards and contracts make this really tedious.

Overall, I can't really say I'd recommend FIFA 12 to anyone. If you must own a football game, then maybe. Otherwise, no.

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  MORE REALISTIC THAN EVER BEFORE!!!!!!!!!!

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FIFA just keeps getting better and better!!!!!

The new defence sytem is brilliant!!!

My favourite is the new career modes, as it is more realistic and the players will interact with their managers more!!!

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

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  Big improvement on last year!

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The developers have ironed out all issues regarding "Pro clubs" this year. The dreaded button lag, random kicking and super pros have all gone making the game mode actually playable.
Career mode is far simpler and easier to navigate, youth players actually develop now.
Tactical defending completely U turns on 11's offering. 11 did essentially everything for you defensively while 12 does the bare minimum and can make the game far more challenging!

A few issues I have with Fifa 12 are:
- Referees/Assistants. EA have tried to make the game realistic and have succeeded in doing so with the officials. While some people may like this I find it incredibly frustrating when blatant fouls are not given and legitimate tackles are impeded. I would much prefer the correct decision to be made every time.
- Every team can play like Barcelona. The AI can get very comfortable in possession and rarely panic when under pressure regardless of the level of opposition

Overall, I give Fifa 12 9/10

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  Big improvement on last year!

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The developers have ironed out all issues regarding "Pro clubs" this year. The dreaded button lag, random kicking and super pros have all gone making the game mode actually playable.
Career mode is far simpler and easier to navigate, youth players actually develop now.
Tactical defending completely U turns on 11's offering. 11 did essentially everything for you defensively while 12 does the bare minimum and can make the game far more challenging!

A few issues I have with Fifa 12 are:
- Referees/Assistants. EA have tried to make the game realistic and have succeeded in doing so with the officials. While some people may like this I find it incredibly frustrating when blatant fouls are not given and legitimate tackles are impeded. I would much prefer the correct decision to be made every time.
- Every team can play like Barcelona. The AI can get very comfortable in possession and rarely panic when under pressure regardless of the level of opposition

Overall, I give Fifa 12 9/10

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  Great fun, even on your own

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I really enjoy FIFA games, ever since FIFA 97 (yep im that old) so it was only logical i buy this, and im so glad i did. the single player career and season mode is all there and still as enjoyable as ever. whats also good fun is the 'Be a pro' game mode, where you take control of just one guy in a team, that can be really entertaining. But where this game really comes into its own is in multi player, i dont mean online, i mean two people on the same screen, i play every sunday with a friend on this, and its never got old, its still as fun as the first time we played it. If you want a great fun game both for the single player experience, and for a two player shootout, get this really you will not regret it. Oh and before i forget, penalty shootouts are absolute murder, guaranteed to get you heart pounding, especially if you playing with a friend

  Surely fifa can't get any better?!!

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This is a top top game and in my opinion there is no other football game which even comes close to it. The graphics are unbelievably realistic, the players look so much like the real ones. Manager Mode (which is all I ever play on it) has improved vastly in the way that you now have a youth team and can promote them to the first team at any time as long as they are old enough. The prices on players in he transfer window are around about right I think, the window is so asy to navigate around and you know where you are in terms of transfers and sells. The only flaw i have with this game is that Lionel Messi IS the world's current best player, yet he isn't in the World 11 team?? This is baffling!! Perhaps the only flaw though, 10/10 for gameplay, 9/10 for the transfer window, 10/10 for the graphics, an all round 10/10 game :) bring on fifa 13!!!

  FIFA 12!

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FIFA 12

Gameplay 10/10
Graphics 10/10
Realism 9/10
Story (Career Mode etc.) 8/10

Ok. The only real bad point of the game is the lack of possibilities in career mode. I mean u cant rial players loan them for a specific amount of time Eg. 18 Month loan instead of a season long loan or short loan (which i think is two months) Also it would be great to be an International manger. You know go to the premier league games see how well players are doing. U cant do things like hire staff or change sponsors. Hopefully for FIFA 13 You should be able to atleast change sponsors within the real life sponsors already on the game (To avoid copyright)
But other than that i give FIFA 12 a 9.5/10!!!
You should definitly pick up this years FIFA!

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  Amazing great update

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This game is a good next step for EA and has no real rival as PES 2012 doesnt match up to the sheer glossy feel of Fifa 12 for me this has to be a must buy for any self respecting football fan