FIFA 13 Wii U
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Released on 30-Nov-2012
Boasting innovative use of the Wii U Game Pad including new manager options, and with a host of game modes that welcome players of all levels and promoting playing together, FIFA 13 for Wii U is more than a game of two halves!
Key Features of FIFA 13 for Wii U
- Authentic, award-winning FIFA gameplay comes to Wii U
- Exciting new Game Pad Control options
- Become the manager like never before in FIFA
- A host of gameplay options for single-player and multiplayer
Over 500 officially licensed clubs and authentic stadiums bring the real world of football into Wii U, perfectly realised in High Definition with lifelike player models. The real-world action expands into real-world drama in Career Mode. Guide your team through the stories and drama that come with a club's march to victory. Storylines will play out in the press, you'll scout new talent and feel the urgency of Transfer Deadline Day.
The Wii U Game Pad brings a host of new options to FIFA 13, offering unique ways to control the game both on and off the pitch. Shooting becomes more rewarding with Shake and Shoot – shake the Game Pad to activate the shooting zone, and then use the touchscreen to pick your precise spot, and score! You can use the touch screen for more precise passing, choosing which of their players to mark – and which of yours to tackle them – and even use the Game Pad screen to give you a view of the pitch from the player's perspective. On top of this, the Game Pad offers quick and easy ways to navigate the game's menu screens.
The Wii U Game Pad is key to the new Team Management options and controls, another unique feature for FIFA 13 on Wii U. Throughout your games you can use the Game Pad to change formations, make substitutions and change tactics, all without interrupting the action and flow of the game. Control all the players at once using the Interactive Radar, including more options for defining defence.
The new Manager options go even further as you take Career and Tournaments completely off the pitch and solely into management. Watch matches in real-time, making key strategic decisions as the action plays out, and motivate players from the touchlines and at half-time. You can also analyse the match and your players – including the opposition - using the touchscreen to see who's playing well and who isn't, who needs to move where, and who you need to mark, letting you make the best decisions when it's time to bring on a sub.
A host of gameplay modes and options in FIFA 13 for Wii U offer new and classic ways to play. Series staples like Exhibition Matches, Tournaments and Career Mode can be played in a variety of fun ways – hands-on, manage, or play and manage, where one player manages while up to four other splay in co-op mode.
Online gameplay lets you compete in ranked seasonal play where you can get promoted or relegated from your league, with 10-game seasons giving you the chance to make it to the higher divisions and face stronger competition. Cups and tournaments are also available online, or you can simply use the Friends Tab to interact with and message your friends while playing.
Fernanda Schabarum, a gamer and footy fan from Florida, has launched a petition at Change.org asking EA Sports to include female players in the upcoming FIFA 14.
She quotes statistics showing that 40% of US soccer players and 47% of gamers are female, and notes that soccer is now the most popular sport for women at US colleges. The gold medal winning success of the US women's team at the 2012 Olympic Games is also noted.
The petition reads: By offering just men's teams as playable options on FIFA we're not only denying these girls a chance to relate to the characters they play on a videogame, but we're also wasting a great opportunity to encourage those same girls to be who they are, develop their passion, motivation and promote a healthy image and relation between women and sports.
It remains to be seen how EA Sports will react. Similar requests were made last year but weren't reflected in FIFA 13. VG247 points out that EA Canada, which develops both the FIFA and NHL franchises, has already included female players in its hockey series.
The end of one year and the start of the next is always a good time to hand out the gongs and statues for the best games of the previous twelve months, but FIFA 13 can holds its head especially high having been voted the 2012 AbleGamers Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year.
The award is handed out by AbleGamers, a non-profit organisation that helps people with disabilities enjoy mainstream games. FIFA 13 earned the award for introducing multiple "world first" features designed to make the game accessible to all players.
"FIFA 13 is the first high-end mainstream sports game to allow users to control the entire game with only a mouse," explained the AbleGamers announcement. "For disabled gamers with Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and even one-handed gamers, the ability to play such a sophisticated sports game with simple controls that can be handled by a trackball or mouse mean gamers who may not have been able to enjoy iconic sporting activities like baseball, football, hockey or soccer can now take part in the fun."
FIFA 13 was also praised for offering "remappable keys, customisable colour options, high contrast and intuitive menus and visual cues for all audio input". The option to change the pace of the game, as well as the efficiency of the AI, was also singled out for celebration. "For those with cognitive disorders and motor impairments, the ability to set the game to an acceptable rate of speed enables those with even the most severe of disabilities," said AbleGamers.
The turn-based strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown was also lauded for its "perfect" implementation of features that will allow disabled players to fully enjoy the game.
There'll be champagne corks popping at EA Sports this week as FIFA 13 booted itself into the record books with an astonishing launch.
The game shifted 4.5 million copies worldwide since its Friday release, enough to make it instantly top the charts in 40 countries. That includes the UK, of course, where it sold 1.23 million copies in just 48 hours. That's the biggest launch in UK games history, after the various Call of Duty sequels. To put it in perspective, that means on average over the weekend, seven copies of FIFA 13 were being sold in the UK every second.
The game crushed another record on Sunday, as 800,000 players settled in for online matches at the same time, the highest number of simultaneous players for any EA game ever. 66 million online multiplayer sessions have already been played, adding up to 600 million minutes of gaming. In other words, if you played all those matches one after another, it'd take over one thousand years.
It's well deserved too. FIFA 13 introduces a bunch of new features, including a deeper career mode that sees you managing international teams as well as local clubs. If you're hungry for more numbers, it boasts 31 leagues, 46 international teams and 69 real world stadiums.
The beautiful game can't get much more beautiful than it already is in EA Sports' gorgeously appointed marquee football series, and the way it played 12 months ago wasn't too shabby either. But despite the potential for the game to stagnate this year as the console generation drags on and only minor refinements are possible, FIFA 13 proves that there are plenty of avenues left for the biggest annual sports franchise on the planet left to explore.
On the pitch, new features are more like tweaks to the formula than headline changes, but they are welcome ones. First Touch Control means that even the best players won't always bring the ball to heel in exactly the same way - now it has much more to do with their individual stats and the way they receive the ball, so someone like Ronaldo can stop a buzzing knee-high aerial pass dead pretty much all the time, but heaven help Gary Cahill if he receives anything wayward or complicated while it's raining and he's jogging backwards after a sprint.
Elsewhere players now provide more supporting runs, and there's a new close-control system that's a bit like FIFA Street, so holding both triggers down allows you to put your foot on the ball and hold defenders off while you wait for someone to dash into space. Along with last year's updates like Tactical Defending, Precision Dribbling and the Impact Engine, it makes for a fast-paced, intense football simulation that captures almost every aspect of the sport. Whether you like zipping passes around with the best teams in the world or slogging through a league season with Bristol Rovers, you should be well catered for.
A Game of Two Halves
Off the pitch, EA has been extremely busy. The optional Match Day Experience means that squads are updated weekly to account for changes in form while commentators allude to big-money transfer dealings or injury problems. You can also take part in the Game of the Week - a dazzling or controversial encounter like QPR vs. Chelsea from the other weekend - and there are numerous other nods to the Sky Sports style of modern football presenting, like touchline reports from Geoff Shreeves, Alan McInally phoning in results from games happening in parallel, and even classified results being read out after a round of matches in Career mode.
There are new modes, too, like Skill Games - a fantastic collection of mini-games based around particular disciplines like passing, shooting and dribbling. If you like the idea of weaving through cones, beating a defender and scoring - all against the clock, with online leaderboards - then you'll be in heaven. And there's a new Catalogue in EA Sports Football Club where you can spend XP on new boots, Pro player skill boosts, bonus celebrations and other trinkets.
More traditional areas like Ultimate Team and Pro Clubs have also seen some work. The latter benefits from a new seasons-based approach, while Ultimate Team has a brand new interface, online and single-player tournaments, and tweaks that make things like fitness more of a factor, which increases the value of consumable items. It should still be easy to lose countless hours to this side of the game, buying up packs of in-game Ultimate Team cards and tweaking your line-up for best chemistry and performance for hours and hours, keeping one eye on the auction house.
Whether that's your passion or you prefer Career, Live Seasons, or just playing local multiplayer with your friends, FIFA 13 is the complete package. It's the most fully featured, consistently high-quality and entertaining game EA Sports has ever put out, and it's hard to see what else they can do to tweak the formula. Then again, we said that last year, and here we are. Perhaps the beautiful game will get even more beautiful by the time FIFA 14 rolls around after all.
- New Skill Games mode is horribly addictive.
- Action on the pitch is faultless, with some clever tweaks.
- Easy to lose a lifetime to playing Ultimate Team.
- Evolution rather than revolution on the pitch.
- Menus are still a bit sluggish.
- Co-commentary from Alan Smith is still quite bland.
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