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  1. 1. ==== ====kindle keyboard 3G 6" E Ink Display ====Year after year us football fans have to ask ourselves the same questions, who will win theleague? Which three will be relegated? What teams will make it to cup final? and will the next FIFAgame be as good as the last?Last year FIFA 11 saw the long running EA sports series prove again that there is no betterfootball game out there. For me it totally eclipsed Konamis PES to the point where I thought FIFA11 would be hard to out do.But EA have once again hit the nail on the head with FIFA 12, adding a range of tweaks andimprovements, leapfrogging its rivals leaving them eating its dust.There were doubts. I wasnt completely sold on the new gameplay changes regarding defending.This year players have to defend tactically and smartly in order to win the ball. No longer will asimple hold of the clean tackle button get you the ball. Where last time round players could win theball simply and often way too easily this time we have to jockey, put pressure on the attackers topass the ball into a less threatening area and only go in for a tackle when youre sure youll get theball otherwise youll be in a heap of trouble. At first itll seem like a nightmare, the change is sohuge for players of previous installments and youll more than likely be tackling thin air and leftchasing attackers who gallop miles ahead until you get used to it. But once you do, it becomesobvious that this big change in gameplay was the right call by EA. Tactical defending adds to theauthenticity and challenge of the game and despite having the option to revert back to the originalsetting, I dont think I could go back to it without making the game seem like a walk in the park,something that I really do not want from a competitive sports game.The gameplay improvements dont stop there, the new precision dribbling element allows playersto easily control the ball in tight situations. Footballs best skill masters like Ronaldo, Rooney andMessi have little trouble gaining the extra bit of space to launch a cross or strike with this newaddition. The same cant be said for players in lower league teams but when used well it cancreate chances that can dramatically alter your experience for the better, helping you steal threepoints at the death in a hard fought cup battle for example.The final major gameplay change is the player impact engine. Players now fall and collide as ifthey would in real life, injuries can occur if a player falls awkwardly and for the most part it workswell. Occasionally however, youll see players falling over themselves and crashing into each otherwhich is often hilarious and sometimes frustrating. When your top striker is a millisecond fromsmashing the ball into the net and ends up on the ground rolling over your opponents defenders,you cant help but scream at the referee who allows play to continue. This is a minor crease thatcould be ironed out in future games but its nothing that really harms the gameplay in the long run.
  2. 2. As well as gameplay improvements, there are also notable changes in other aspects of the game.Career mode is a step up from last years game, a sleek interface that is familiar but welcome iseasy to navigate and this time throughout your career youll be given the latest news bulletins thatare effecting your season and club. All the drama from the transfer window, whos on form andwhos causing a stir will be there for you too see, as well as this you can also have your say inpress talks before every match and pick which up and coming youth star is going to join your clubgiving this years career mode more of a personal touch. However, as Ive found with recent FIFAgames, the career mode fails to keep you interested for too long and seasons tend to drag on.Online play is as competitive and engaging as always, youll feel the desperation that you would inreal life when your team is 1-0 down and struggling to hit the target and winning is alwayssatisfying especially as this time, your online match will be part of a head to head season wherewinning will get you three points and losing too often may result in you being shunted down to alower league. The ultimate team mode returns this time available straight off the disc as opposedto the DLC packages of games since FIFA 09. Its not a mode Im big on myself but it surely addsto the value of the game.Finally, the presentation is FIFA 12 is fantastic. The graphics are the best yet from a FIFA game,striking detail has gone into almost everything here and its easily the best looking football game onthe market. All the most popular faces and kits in football are rendered incredibly accurately andtheres plenty of them spanning the 30+ leagues of real-life teams to choose from. Also, theplayers never look laboured or cluncky on the pitch, everything flows smoothly from the introanimations, the variety in which players kick the ball down to the ever-emphatic range ofcelebrations. However, as with alot of sports games, up close the crowd dont really do the gameany favours.As well as the best players, FIFA 12 also includes the beautiful games most beautiful stadiums.Wembley, San Siro, the Nou Camp and more appear with startling detail making it a joy to playinside the worlds greatest footballing arenas.The audio is nothing to truly rave about but it gets the job done well enough. The crowd noisesand effects would be at home in any football match but EAs latest FIFA soundtrack doesnt domuch to excite my ears. There is however the option to import your own music for use in thegames menus which is a neat touch. The commentary comes in a variety of languages, theEnglish voice work being provided once again by Martin Tyler and his new co commentator thistime round is former Arsenal player Alan Smith. If they do nothing for you, you can always changeit to FIFA 2010 World Cup commentators Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend. For me, both doabout as good a job as each other which for the most part is just fine.One small gripe I have, is that I cant find a medium between difficulty levels. Id play a match onsemi-pro difficulty and win far too easily scoring 5 or 6 goals and then bump it up to professionaland be totally out played. You can tweak the CPU skills and alter goalkeeper ability, pass errorsand shot and sprint speeds but this makes little difference. Of course it does depend on what teamyoure playing as and what team youre playing against but more often that not, for me anyway, itseems like there is too big a gap between winning with ease and being brutally punished.In contrast to many sports games, FIFA 12 doesnt simply tack on small additions to the game inthe hope of it being ever so slightly better than the last. The fact is, FIFA 12 leaps ahead of
  3. 3. previous games with ease. The new way of playing FIFA improves the game dramatically andenhances your gameplay experience for the better. The graphics and presentation further set instone that FIFA remains untouchable when it comes to creating a realistic broadcast atmosphere.While there is room to address a few issues, there is no doubt that FIFA 12 is the most authenticand definitive football game of the current generation and Ill be playing it until the next installmenthits the shelves.GRAPHICS - 9AUDIO - 8.5GAMEPLAY - 9.5PRESENTATION - 9LASTING APPEAL - 99/10More Games and Film Reviews coming soon. All Feedback welcome! J TaylorArticle Source: ====kindle keyboard 3G 6" E Ink Display ====