Yesterday, EA Sports launched the FIFA Soccer 12 Takeover Tour, which hits 40 cities in the U.S. over six weeks, and showcases FIFA Soccer 12 on the PS3. Fans will be able to play the game at each stop and receive free prizes. The marketing campaign will help promote the tour so that there will be a huge showing at each location. One of the two last stops on the tour is in St. Louis on November 6. Click the last word in this paragraph to find out more information, as well as links to three other websites (Trapara).
FIFA Soccer 12 was recently released on September 27 in North America (It was released around the globe as FIFA 12.). The platforms that are supported and which the game has been released on are PS3, 360, Windows, Mac OS X, Wii, PS2, PSP, 3DS and mobile platforms. FIFA Soccer 12 was available for EA Sports Season Ticket subscribers for three days starting on September 24 for Americans. FIFA Soccer 12 was developed by EA Canada and published by EA Sports, and it is rated E (Everyone).
The official demo for FIFA Soccer 12 came out on September 13 for Xbox Live, PSN and Origin (EA Store), featuring a better player engine and career mode. The genre of FIFA Soccer 12 is a soccer sport simulation game. Single-player, multiplayer and online are the major game modes in the game. Wayne Rooney, Landon Donovan and Rafael Marquez are the cover athletes for FIFA Soccer 12. Also, the commentators change with Martin Tyler returning as the play-by-play guy and Alan Smith replacing Andy Gray as the co-commentator because of Gray’s controversy.
There will definitely be more establishments in the series and its predecessor is FIFA Soccer 11. FIFA Soccer 12 is the nineteenth installment in the FIFA series. The first game came out in 1993 and it is called FIFA International Soccer.
The presentation in-game has changed with a new default camera angle, broadcast style and removal of certain in-game cut-scenes. The vertical menus are no more; a side-scrolling menu bar replaces the old style menus. The artificial intelligence has been revamped and is called Pro Player Intelligence, which makes the AI perform based on the individual player’s skills and the skills of the opposing player.
The career mode has been tuned for the better with emotions from the coaches/players; the transfer window with a countdown clock for signings, calendar, news story displays and news feeds are improvements. Facebook can now coexist with career mode. The online mode has a new mode called Head to Head Seasons, where points are awarded for wins and draws in order to progress up to the tenth division. Cup tournaments every several weeks and the much improved multiplayer matchmaking are good for online.
A new online service, known as EA Sports Football Club, is a social network that documents the player’s actions and awards experience points, so there is a leveling system involved. The club will eventually connect with FIFA Street, which comes out next year, and by playing both games, XP earned in one game will also be earned in the other (Yin-Poole). Ultimate Team, similar to Madden’s Ultimate Team, allows the player to earn, buy, sell and trade players through the use of trading cards and the player earns money by playing soccer matches with their trading card team.
Three major gameplay changes are new for FIFA Soccer 12. The Impact Engine improves collisions, accuracy and affects injuries. The Tactical Defending system provides equal importance on tackling, positioning and stealing passes; the old system, “legacy defending”, can be used instead playing any game mode except ranked play online. The Precision Dribbling aspect lets players dribble while shielding their body between the ball and the opposing player and players will be more aware of the sidelines.
Positives for FIFA Soccer 12 include presentation, graphics, commentary, sound effects, gameplay and lasting appeal. Negatives for FIFA Soccer 12 include the crowds, player’s eyes, scouting system and referees making incorrect foul calls on difficult decisions. Metacritic gave it a Metascore of 92 out of 100 for the PS3/360 (Other platforms haven’t received a score yet).
Even though FIFA Soccer 12 has some downsides, it is still worth buying, unless you already have FIFA Soccer 11 and/or do not care about soccer video games. For those who don’t fit those qualifications, this game is perfect for you and can be purchased here in St. Louis stores.
FIFA Soccer 12 is about $60 for the PS3/360, $50 for the Wii and $40 for the PC/PS2/PSP/3DS. A pre-owned game from GameStop/EB Games or Amazon.com can be purchased for a discount. The game is available for all platforms at the following stores (the PC is only available at GameStop/EB Games and Amazon.com for digital download): GameStop/EB Games, Sears, Family Video, Kmart, Walmart, Target and Amazon.com.
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