FIFA Soccer 12 Xbox 360 User Review
Super Gamer Dude
There are many new additions to FIFA 12 that make it an experience worth trying out. The most notable of improvements over the game's predecessor is a specific game engine that controls the precise dribbling through the game field and also optimizes defensive player physics. These gameplay tweaks help to present a more realistic sports experience for the player.
One of the biggest gameplay changes is the tactical defending gameplay feature. Tactical defending forces the player to use their defensive game characters like the goalie and left and right defense to defend the ball from entering the goal rather than the player utilizing every player position to defend the ball. Using this technique allows the game more realism because playing the game this way is how it would naturally play out in reality. While this gameplay change may be favored by some, other players might still prefer the old style of gameplay; if they do, they may set the option to change back to the pressure gameplay system.
One of the biggest upgrades to the gameplay is the precision dribbling system. Before, the player may have been able to dribble the ball for a short ways before passing to a teammate or shooting the ball. In FIFA 12, players are able to dribble the ball within close quarters to their player and the player may control the ball more precisely before passing or attempting to score a goal. When playing the game, the player can switch into the precision dribbling mode when they see fit.
Lastly, the Player Impact game engine has been programmed into the gameplay of FIFA 12 and it creates a physics-based engine solely dedicated to the collisions of characters on the field. While this may not seem like such a big deal, there are many things to take into account when players collide on the real field. This means that the speed, angle and force at which players collide are all calculated to create how real life collisions might act out.
As part of the Player Impact engine, the referees may also sometimes have trouble calling the appropriate play whether it's a foul or no foul. When adding this type of depth to the A.I. of the referee and the player collisions, it really makes the person playing wonder if they're actually on the field themselves. The team players will also eventually become better players themselves as their skills are honed.
Other game modes such as the Career Mode allow people to play along to a campaign game complete with other gaming aspects like a scouting system. There is also plenty of DLC available to players who wish to extend the game further. The game's graphics and sound department are top-notch and include some of the most detailed graphics in a sports title to date. For those who enjoy playing FIFA 12 against friends, they may also play against each other online where they are allowed to set and choose their own teams.