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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 3:57 pm 
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FIFA 13 arrives on the back of one of the most revolutionary instalments of the game in recent memory. Last year's release, FIFA 12, introduced new ways to defend and dribble, not to mention a much more realistic and robust physics engine. This year's title takes those features and improves them, adding a few new skills and tricks of its own.

If last year's emphasis was on defence, it's fair to say that this year's game shifts the focus towards attack, with improvements made to teammate AI, first touches, dribbling and free kicks.

Producer David Rutter talks about capturing the unpredictability of the beautiful game, something that will ring true with fans after a rollercoaster end to the football season, both at home and abroad.

Keen to see how EA Canada implements this sense of unpredictability, and how it possibly improves on last year's effort, we took to the field for an early look at FIFA 13.

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If we're being honest, we were slightly underwhelmed by the official FIFA 13 announcement. It seemed like a minor step up from last year's revolutionary release, disappointing after a year packed with spinoffs such as FIFA Street and UEFA Euro 2012. It's only when the action kicks off, however, that you really start to notice what a massive impact these changes have on the game.

Take First Touch Control, for example. In past releases any player could control the ball with the grace of a Messi, Ronaldinho or Maradona. This year places far greater emphasis on the skills of the individual and their situation. Attackers won't necessarily be able to sprint onto aerial balls without losing a step; instead, the momentum will likely see the ball ricochet off a thigh and out of play.

Likewise, a donkey of a defender with a big, strong striker breathing down his neck can't simply trap the ball and turn, for fear of taking a poor first touch in a dangerous position. Under this kind of pressure, it's now much wiser to hoof the ball up the field, or play a first time pass to the nearest teammate.

If the aim is unpredictability, then First Touch Control is as big an addition as last year's Impact Engine. The ability to tussle off the ball, meanwhile, not only dictates how well players receive an aerial pass, but also highlights the improvements made to the game's physics.

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AI improvements are often discussed by developers, but usually prove quite tricky to spot. The Attacking Intelligence upgrade is one of the first times that we've really been able to identify exactly what the computer is doing differently.

Bring the ball through the midfield or hit the opponent on the break and you'll notice the strikers making far more intelligent runs, especially compared to those awkward and slightly jerky zig-zags we've seen in the past.

Attackers are much more likely to commit to a set path, moving diagonally off the shoulder of a defender and into space, or running across the last man. It's complemented by a realistic timing system, which sees strikers slow down, curve their runs or jog backwards in order to beat the offside trap.

Seeing it play out in real time is enormously satisfying, especially when it leads to a goal or one-on-one with the keeper.

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Complete Dribbling, meanwhile, replaces its Precision counterpart from last year. Complete Dribbling is a lot of fun, giving players the same level of close control as before, but enabling them to take on defenders in one-on-one situations by moving the ball from left to right and without having to turn their back. It happens automatically, or by holding the trigger buttons, and is particularly handy down the wings.

In addition to new animations, bulkier player models and improved physics, EA Canada has also made some major changes to free kicks, enabling players to put together more complex attempts on goal. As a player more used to hitting row Z than the back of the net, the extra options for the short pass are welcome, as is the ability to add or remove men from the wall in defence.

Maintaining high standards is one thing, but consistently striding forward like a striker with ten minutes to bag the Golden Boot is a tougher prospect altogether. On the pitch, FIFA 13 is noticeably better than its predecessor, which is a remarkable achievement. Hopefully EA Canada will continue to surprise us off the field with new features and game modes leading up to FIFA 13's launch.

FIFA 13 releases for Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, 3DS, Vita, PS2, iPhone and iPad in September.

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We could be wrong here, but the younger chap looks suspiciously like the bloke who has Clive Tydlesley living in his nipple.

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‘Twas the E3 conference last night, which is a fairly big deal in gaming circles being as it’s used as a platform for companies to tease, trail and premiere their upcoming wares – with EA Sports leaking a few bits and bobs about FIFA 13, the most interesting being a feature that will see you punished for yelling obscenities at the screen.

The Xbox Kinect voice recognition feature will be tuned to recognise swearing in several different languages, and will react accordingly – though we’re not entirely sure if red cards for foul and abusive language will be administered should you fly into John Sitton mode over a dodgy freekick, etc…


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Anyone else buy this yet? I picked it up on release day and am loving it so far


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Not out in England yet. Believe it's out this Friday.

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idontfeardeath wrote:
Not out in England yet. Believe it's out this Friday.


Correct. Two more days to wait for us.

Don't think I've even played FIFA12 yet... still got 08 or 09 installed IIRC :lol: (I hated it since whenever it was that they messed with the keyboard controls).

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Much as I want FIFA13, I just can't afford it at the moment. By the end of next week I'll have spent roughly £1000 on my car in a month (tax, MOT, service, insurance).

I had to decide between FIFA13 and Borderlands 2... Borderlands won, mainly by virtue of releasing earlier!!

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I'll be picking a copy up first thing tomorrow morning when its out. The only thing I have to decide then is, do I carry on driving to work and wait to play it at night? Or just turn back, drive home and pull a sicky?!


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Moyes_Is_God wrote:
I'll be picking a copy up first thing tomorrow morning when its out. The only thing I have to decide then is, do I carry on driving to work and wait to play it at night? Or just turn back, drive home and pull a sicky?!


How many people at work know you're excited for FIFA, and that it comes out tomorrow?

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But James and Pak both said they were voting JSP


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Spawny wrote:
Moyes_Is_God wrote:
I'll be picking a copy up first thing tomorrow morning when its out. The only thing I have to decide then is, do I carry on driving to work and wait to play it at night? Or just turn back, drive home and pull a sicky?!


How many people at work know you're excited for FIFA, and that it comes out tomorrow?


Only one and he's a good mate so he won't be a problem.


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Moyes_Is_God wrote:
Spawny wrote:
Moyes_Is_God wrote:
I'll be picking a copy up first thing tomorrow morning when its out. The only thing I have to decide then is, do I carry on driving to work and wait to play it at night? Or just turn back, drive home and pull a sicky?!


How many people at work know you're excited for FIFA, and that it comes out tomorrow?


Only one and he's a good mate so he won't be a problem.


Sickie!! :fonz:

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But James and Pak both said they were voting JSP


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Not getting this.

Moving in with the Mrs next month and got to try and save money. Plus I have Borderlands to keep me occupied.

That said, if someone is selling it for about £30 I will probably get it.

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It got a decent review on IGN:

http://uk.ign.com/videos/2012/09/20/fif ... deo-review

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Gamecentral (on the Metro website) gave it a good review. 8/10. Said that it isn't as far ahead of PES as it was last year, but it's still the better game.

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Moving in with the Mrs next month and got to try and save money.


Get used to being skint :lol:

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Mexicans cannot speak commands in their native tongue to their team in FIFA 13—but French-speaking Canadians can—in the version of the game now being sold to the three nations of North America.

EA Sports' FIFA, the highest selling and most popular sports video game in the entire world, this year enabled voice support through the Xbox 360's Kinect sensor, for features like changing formation, offensive and defensive strategy, and even cursing at the officiating. The feature's utility depends on the region in which the game was sold. Spanish speakers in Spain can issue commands to their side through FIFA in their language; Germans who buy a copy may do likewise. For UK consumers, multiple English dialects are supported.

It's in North America where the issue gets uncomfortable. FIFA 13's North American release—the sole version available on shelves in Canada, the United States and in Mexico—supports only two languages: French, and U.S. English (with seven offshore dialects: Cockney, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Scouse, Mancunian and U.K. English Neutral).

There are more than 37 million Americans who speak Spanish as a primary tongue, and the vast majority of Mexico's 113 million citizens use the language. By contrast, French is the native tongue of about a quarter of Canada's population, or roughly 7 million in whole numbers. Granted, that does not represent the entire video game market—fragmented by language, nationality, console and even Kinect ownership—in the region.

But it does underline the exclusion of one of North America's predominant languages in a game sold across the entire continent. And it makes a joke of the blue-bannered, bilingual advisory across the game's box front: "Experiencia óptima con sensor Kinect," which truly has no meaning if the game's Kinect features are entirely voice related and cannot respond to any form of Spanish.

Kotaku asked EA Sports Canada, the game's developer, if the exclusion of Spanish from the North American release was due to disc space limitations, or because of any requirement under Canadian law that recognizes English and French as equivalent languages. According to a spokesperson:

"If there is a French language version of our game available anywhere else in the world, we are obliged to make it available to consumers in Quebec. But the decision to include French did not come at the exclusion of Mexican Spanish. In Year 1 we had resources for a fixed number of languages."

Elsewhere in the world "there will be a few language options based on the primary languages spoken in those countries," said the spokesperson. "And for users selecting English, the dev team added the ability to select different accents."

Of course, Spanish is spoken in Europe, and Spanish gamers may speak commands in Xbox 360 versions of the game sold in Barcelona, Madrid and elsewhere in Spain. Importing those copies to Mexico may or may not work. Spain is a PAL territory, Mexico is NTSC, and region formatting in Xbox 360 is at the software level, not the console level. Still, EA Sports Canada recognizes Mexican Spanish as its own dialect for purposes of FIFA 13, which means speaking it to a Spanish form of the game still may not deliver the desired result.


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The above article seems to be incorrect unless they've patche it already cause when I turn the game on Espanol under a Mexican flag is a choice for my kinect languages


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Right, so I'm just into my second season as manager of Gillingham, I've got two players who were at the club on loan at the start of the game who're still there on loan and I can't seem to get rid of despite not wanting!!

I've also had 2 of my first 2 League 1 matches played out with an invisible ball... gotta tell you, not the easiest way to play the game!! First one I forfeit, second one I played right through and managed to win :lol:

Seems like the invisible ball thing isn't that uncommon, but not seen anyone else who has had the loan player problem. It's not that big a deal with one of the players, he's alright and gets a few games, but I'm fed up of getting criticised by some useless on loan goalkeeper that I can't get rid of!!

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Much as I want FIFA13, I just can't afford it at the moment. By the end of next week I'll have spent roughly £1000 on my car in a month (tax, MOT, service, insurance).

I had to decide between FIFA13 and Borderlands 2... Borderlands won, mainly by virtue of releasing earlier!!



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Right, so I'm just into my second season as manager of Gillingham, I've got two players who were at the club on loan at the start of the game who're still there on loan and I can't seem to get rid of despite not wanting!!

I've also had 2 of my first 2 League 1 matches played out with an invisible ball... gotta tell you, not the easiest way to play the game!! First one I forfeit, second one I played right through and managed to win :lol:

Seems like the invisible ball thing isn't that uncommon, but not seen anyone else who has had the loan player problem. It's not that big a deal with one of the players, he's alright and gets a few games, but I'm fed up of getting criticised by some useless on loan goalkeeper that I can't get rid of!!


So from not being able to afford it to having completed almost two seasons! That's what I call a change of heart :lol:

I'm in the same situation at the moment unfortunately, student loan hasn't come through, I need to buy car insurance as well and I'm into my overdraft so it doesn't look like it's happening right now. Though I may just bite the bullet and buy it from some more borrowed money at the weekend. I'm tempted. The last Fifa fame I had was Fifa 11 and I'm in 2016 on career mode on that one. :|

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So from not being able to afford it to having completed almost two seasons! That's what I call a change of heart :lol:

I'm in the same situation at the moment unfortunately, student loan hasn't come through, I need to buy car insurance as well and I'm into my overdraft so it doesn't look like it's happening right now. Though I may just bite the bullet and buy it from some more borrowed money at the weekend. I'm tempted. The last Fifa fame I had was Fifa 11 and I'm in 2016 on career mode on that one. :|


Pretty much :lol: This is what happens when I keep on at the missus about how much I want a game... eventually she tells me to just buy it, and then I do :fonz:

Also, it didn't hurt that my finances were less dire than I'd though they were, although my car insurance needs sorting this week, and the service on my car turned up £800+ worth of advisory notices

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But James and Pak both said they were voting JSP


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