Instead of a separate release, this year we get our international soccer fix—Euro 2012—through DLC for a cut-price twenty dollars. Actually, maybe not so cut-price, because after spending some time with it you may feel that perhaps at $20, Euro 2012 still isn’t a steal.
In fact, it probably is just about right, given that the game turns out to be a rushed cosmetic job on top of a stellar FIFA 12 game.
EA claims that nothing has been changed from the great FIFA 12 engine. Anecdotally speaking, it did seem that some of the wilder results of the Impact Engine have been tamed, and certain animations smoothed out, but perhaps that’s more of a placebo effect than anything else.
Either way, gameplay is 99.5 percent identical to FIFA 12. So the good news is that everything you liked about FIFA 12 is still in there—the measured pace, precision dribbling, the customization—but the bad news is that Euro 2012 is then really just a twenty dollar skin and roster update.