Being the most popular sports game in the world should come with heavy burdens of trying to top release after release. But for FIFA 13, it’s just another opportunity to improve on what is already considered great.
Plenty of new is headed to FIFA 13. Revolving mainly around gameplay, there are plenty of new and different ways to play on both sides of the ball. But let’s start with offense.
FIFA 13 wants to “deliver unexpected moments” this year. And with new freedom and creativity at your attacking disposal, they just might succeed. You are now able to use a new feature called Complete Dribbling, which allows you to control how you receive a pass, how you dribble and how you shoot. Plus, depending on each player’s ratings, more moves could be at your disposal. It also allows you to dribble in every direction, including backwards. The FIFA Street dribbling mechanics are also in the game, as it is entirely controlled by the analog stick.
Also, the AI has improved on offense. You will no longer see teammates run without turning into what could be a perfect pass. They will know think two plays ahead, and run into the prefect through pass for a striking opportunity. The FIFA team really pushed team play over individual.
Also, players will be able to realize when they may be running offsides. Once they notice, they will slow down, giving you more time to get them the ball. And in order to make passing lanes, you can now create your own by curving through players; something that gamers have been asking about for a long time.
Ultimately, the control on offense has been greatly enhanced. Along with shooting and passing, things such as shielding and bullying will be tools at your fingertips. It also introduces tactical free kicks which you can edit on your own.
On the defensive side, all the total body control from the offense translates directly to the defense. The AI knows where to be and how to counter attack. Also, tackling has been improved. You won’t be able to just run up and mash your buttons anymore. Tackling needs to be timed, and timed well.
There is a little bit of optional cheating in FIFA 13. On defense, it’s easier to bully the ball carrier if you’re using a big-bodied player; your strength could possibly shake the ball loose. But if you’re not careful, you’ll knock him down and get flagged. Also, you can slowly and sneakily move closer when formed in the wall. But again, you get caught, you get flagged.
Overall FIFA 13 sounds like it’s working on becoming another solid game.