Are You Ready For Some Football? FIFA 13 Preview


You know it was coming, but not like this. EA’s bringing awesome back in FIFA 13 and at the same time is introducing some new elements to its latest the title’s core gameplay that’s sure to amaze. We’ve chosen a choice preview of the highly-anticipated football game below the break.

Preview Courtesy Videogamer:

Predictable Unpredictability

After Manchester City’s title-winning comeback, this is undoubtedly the place to start. Football games have never managed to replicate the drama of the real thing, but FIFA 13 aims to give it a bloody good go. This year lead producer David Rutter intends on ramping up the unpredictability of the series. Importantly, this places an emphasis on the nuances of football, and isn’t going to be an overbearing inevitability in each match.

Little bobbles off the knee, an off-balance header, even a player blocking your own shot – these are the kind of events that may happen during in FIFA 13. Rutter was adamant this kind of occurrence isn’t going to happen randomly, and will only appear if it makes sense. After the crazy season that was Premier League 2011/12, don’t expect an elderly man to handcuff himself to a goalpost, or a chicken to interrupt play. Instead, minor instances that could change the course of a game will crop up from time to time.

First Touch Control

Ever wondered why Lithuania’s reserve right-back can bring the ball down on a 50p piece? In FIFA 12, if a player had two feet his first touch was sure to be stupendous. As any footballer knows, this simply isn’t the case.

Thankfully, EA has worked hard to ensure a more realistic first touch mechanic. The power, speed and quality of a pass will now be weighted against the receiving player’s ability. While David Silva will suck the ball towards his feet, lesser players are likely to need more than one touch to get the ball under control. This eliminates near-perfect beginnings for every move, making an exceptional first touch or piece of skill all the more impressive. If you’re lucky, EA will also include a “My word!” sound-byte from Ray Wilkins to compliment the new set-up.

Complete Dribbling

With Lionel Messi signed-up as EA’s leading man, it comes as no surprise that he’s the inspiration for the improved dribbling system. Like FIFA Street, an emphasis is being placed on close-quarter control. Aside from a few step-overs and standard tricks, FIFA 12 didn’t provide many options to get past the opposition. Most of the time, a simple flick of the right stick was the most effective method of bypassing a threat. FIFA 13 does things differently.

The biggest change to dribbling is a simple one. Instead of coming to a complete standstill when performing a trick, highly-rated dribblers will be able to perform manoeuvres with pace. The likes of Messi and Ronaldo can change direction instantly, leaving the opposition in the wake of their oddly feminine boots.

In one-on-one encounters, the angle of your player will also make a huge difference. If you’re not staring directly into your opponent’s eyes, body position and strength will be vital. Expect barges up the backside and cynical clips on the heel, as FIFA 13 promises to employ a more hard-hitting, balletic dribbling battle.

Attacking Intelligence

Alongside the improvements made to dribbling, attacking AI is far more intelligent than before. EA has implemented new positioning code, which sees your team mates analysing space more realistically than ever. They’ll pop into free gaps by being more decisive, pulling defenders away from your position if pressure is mounting. Your team will also consider exactly where they should be running to and when, carving opportunities that could provide a major advantage. In summary, EA claims AI players have the ability to think two plays ahead.

Tactical Free-kicks

Set-pieces have always been divisive in FIFA. Some players would ‘get’ it and capitalise at most opportunities; others would crash the ball into the wall or send it out of the stadium. This year EA will provide greater scope to its free kick system, with a host of new options to choose from.

For the first time ever, many players can surround a dead ball. Like the finely-worked routines of Young and Rooney in Manchester United’s 8-2 victory over Arsenal, free-kicks can now be crafted with imagination. Players can jump over the ball, lay it off to different positions, and try to out smart the opposition with creativity and gusto.

Equally as important, you can now add or remove players from your defensive walls. Only a minor change on the surface, this will totally change the way free-kicks are blocked. Finally, you won’t have to place someone on the line to stand any chance against talented teams.

Improvements to the Player Impact Engine

As one part of FIFA 12′s ‘Holy Trinity’, the Player Impact Engine redefined the physicality of the series. Since release, it’s also shown itself to have a number of problems. Although many of these are hilarious (such as the ‘FIFA 12 Kiss’), many are just plain odd.

In the last game, limbs flailed out of sockets and often got tangled within a crowd of bodies. This is due to each player having unrealistic strength in their joints, as they continue to run and challenge without a glimmer of pain, their bodies contorting like an overpaid circus performer. Adjustments to strength and balance have been made throughout the entire game. Stronger players can now use their body to win possession, knocking weaker opponents off the ball – applying pressure simply through sheer physical presence.

For lumbering oaths like Puyol and Terry, the lack of speed can also be counter-acted through the new push-pull mechanic. If a speedy striker breaks clear, a quick tug of the shirt or barge can deplete their momentum, thus ending the attack. Sure, it’s a dirty tactic, but it’s one that has suited Mourinho across his trophy-collecting career.

FIFA 13 will be released this autumn on PS3, 360, Wii, PC, Vita, 3DS, PSP, PS2, iOS and more. The game will also be PS MOVE and Kinect compatible. EA’s also confirmed that a Wii U version of the game is currently being forged.

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14 Comments on "Are You Ready For Some Football? FIFA 13 Preview"

  1. HazZ May 15, 2012 at 10:28 am -

    Awesome. Fifa never disappoints.. not recently anyway.

  2. foxton May 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm -

    Wow these changes look immense and if they pull them off will make the game extremely realistic. Cannot wait for this bad boy to release :-)
    After Sundays finish to the premiership there is no denying this is the greatest ever sport and the greatest ever game franchise to compliment it, what more could a gamer ask for!

  3. Ghost250 May 15, 2012 at 2:02 pm -

    “greatest ever sport” XD

  4. foxton May 16, 2012 at 5:17 am -

    ghost i see a hint of sarcasm in your comment. Football IS the greatest, biggest and most popular sport by a long long way, fact so dont even try and say that it isnt.
    The fact that the FIFA franchise of games is the biggest selling sports game only further backs this up :)

  5. Ghost250 May 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm -

    soccer sucks sorry.

  6. foxton May 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm -

    ha ha, for a start its not soccer, its football, and as an american i can probably understand why you might think that, but there is no denying its the biggest, most watched, most participated, probably richest sport by far. Theres a few things i could say about american sports but ill just leave my opinions to myself. FIFA 13 looks like its gonna be another epic title

  7. Ghost250 May 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm -

    nah im just joking with you lol. me personally though i don’t watch soccer “football” its just flat out boring. me i like contact sports american football & basketball.

  8. foxton May 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm -

    football is not boring, maybe to the untrained eye, but atleast its just put the ball on the floor and play for 90 mins, no stopping, no time outs, no commercials, no dancers, no stupid music, lets just play ball! basketball, a contact sport? come of it. i just dont understand american sports at all, yeah i get basketball, but i just dont get american football at all, too much stopping and starting, too much protection and a seperate team for defense and attck?! wtf. i mean a big defense guy gets paid millions of dollars a year just to stand there and stop a guy tackling the quarterback? its absolutely ludicrous. American football is rugby for pussies :)

  9. Ghost250 May 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm -

    american football for pussies LMAO….. you try playing real football guarantee your ass will be stomped. have even watched american football, if you have then im sure you realize the size of the players and that if we had no sort of protection we would have injured player out the ass. btw who the hell wants to watch soccer where skinny little pricks kick a little ball around for 90 mins. how about we have your little soccer players come to america and play “REAL’ football see how long they last, oh thats right they wont.

  10. foxton May 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm -

    ha ha real football is football not american football. yeah ive seen ameriacan football, its rugby but with protection yet in rugby you dont pussy out by having two seperate teams and padding In rugby you have blood replacements there are so many injuries! Real football? excuse me we come over to your country you decide to pick a football up, put some padding on and use your hands and call it american football! you dont even use your feet for gods sake!!! You dont need to be big to play football, you need skill!! thats like saying get a quarter back over here and see how he gets on in the premiership, you cant compare the 2! i bet you most american footballers wouldnt last 2 seconds in a rugby match. You need to realise that outside your country no one gives a shit about the sports you play, you need to realise that your the only country that plays american football, so maybe your country is wrong and every other country is right! ever though of that?
    there are more registered fans of manchester united than the the whole of the N. American population put together!!!

  11. Ghost250 May 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm -

    wow and what every sport is supposed to use feet thats the dumbest logic i’ve heard yet. another thing why are you comparing rugby to football when it isn’t the same thing besides the shape of the damn ball, and another thing i didn’t say that you needed to be big to play football i said that “we would have injuries out ass if we didn’t have protection” in case you lack reading comprehension you would know that. and if other countries don’t care about american football then why is that almost every continent on the planet plays it are you that blind you don’t even realize whats being played in your own country. sure its not as popular as “soccer” but thats cause what does your contries promote “soccer” also if no one cared about football outside of america then why is that the superbowl is broadcast all across the world. just kick your little lame ass spotted ball across the grass and be quiet. soccer is the lamest sport next to baseball end of story.

  12. foxton May 17, 2012 at 9:06 am -

    ha ha typical responsive from a american who knows nothing outside his own country. Yeah the superbowl is broadcast to other countries, you dont think the world cup, or the champions league isnt? Rugby is so similar to american football, more so than “soccer” and when did i say that you have to use your feet for a sport?! i think your the one that cant read mate. I said why do you call it football when you dont even use your feet?!! Dont even start about american football played on almost every continent. I wonder how many people activley participate in football than they do american football? You really need to realise that there is a whole world outside of america dude, and honestly no one outside of america gives a shit about your dumb ass sport. American football sucks!!! I will watch the superbowl every year and every year im massively dissappointed, i mean come on you go to ad breaks every 2 minutes! Plus it runs from what, october to February at a push?!! what a joke. Your entitlled to your own opinion and i am mine but there is no denying football (soccer) is by far the greatest sport ever!! maybe not in your own opinion but it is so dont even try to deny that it isnt or come on here bitchin to me and telling me to be quiet you little punk. I could waste my time arguing wi you but i aint even gonna bother, this site isnt about that so just shut up, keep your opinion to yourself and ill do the same

  13. SHADOWBOXER May 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm -

    hockey <3

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