At its core FIFA 12 is still the same football game we have come to love since 1998, but with every aspect of the game enhanced from last year’s version, it is definitely the best football game around.
The first point to talk about is the new tactical defending, which really adds another dimension of play to the game. Instead of holding down a button till your player shoves the opponent of the ball you now must tackle yourself, jockey and double up on players forcing them into mistakes. This new feature will take some getting used to but is a huge bonus to FIFA. In addition there is the new precision dribbling system, which helps you beat players and steal a yard to get your shot away. This is a really great feature balanced out by improved AI awareness.
There is also the new player impact engine which allows players to realisticly fall to the ground when tackled or shoved. This looks great and even causes injuries, but there are very funny moments when it goes wrong and players slide tackle their team-mates, fall over randomly or end up in a pile on top of a goal keeper.
As expected the graphics have had an impressive upgrade and the customisable commentary teams add to the authenticity. The new career mode has also had an upgrade, adding realistic player prices and a deadline day which is really tense. You also need to respond to players’ demands like a prem start after an impressive cup display or a chance to play upfront. I have already clocked up 1 or 2 hours of fun from building my Arsenal squad. As per usual FIFA has taken another leap forward and a significantly bigger one than 10 ,11 and PES have.