FIFA Soccer 13

Wait, There Is Soccer This Year?

Even with no World Cup, FIFA 2013 still marches on.
Author: Aram Lecis
Published: November 6, 2012
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To celebrate the start of the NBA season TotalPlayStation is taking a close look at three of this year’s premiere soccer simulations. That’s right, we reviewed both FIFA 2013 and PES 2013 for the PS3 and the Vita version of FIFA 2013 so you can make the most informed decision possible when trying to fit in with the European crowd.


EA Sports has long dominated the sports landscape on consoles. While they may have lost their way a bit with their (lack of) NBA franchise, they still churn out the top NFL, NHL and FIFA entries every year along with “Street” versions of many of those franchises. Some years come with great innovation, while others just iterate a bit on the previous installment. For FIFA 2013 this year falls into the latter category but don’t let that detract from what is unequivocally the king of all footie franchises.

If you’ve played any of the recent entries, you’ll probably find yourself right at home on the rather busy top menu when you first start up a new game. If you haven’t checked into the series in a few years (or any of the other recent EA Sports games) you might feel a bit overwhelmed. You’ll find yourself faced with a glitzy screen covered with scrolling screens, an experience gauge, numerous listings of how many points, coins and dollars you have, highlights from other games and a smattering of ads. There is a scrolling menu of nearly a dozen options on the bottom all of which break out into submenus with so many different options for playing the game that it certainly can be daunting to just get into an exhibition game if that is what you are going for.

Once you get your feet settled, you’ll be able to choose from exhibition, cup play, a full suite of multiplayer options, creating your own player, “Be a Legend” mode, full seasons, career modes for both players and managers and the weird fusion of soccer and a CCG known as “Ultimate Team” mode. No matter how you want to play the game, there is an option there for you.

A million modes are nice, but the heart of the game is always going to be how it plays. As you may have guessed, after well over a dozen years tweaking the formula, the games is really solid. Hell, I thought it was solid back on the 3DO so at this point it’s like the rock of god damn Gibraltar when it comes to gameplay. Virtually any move you can think of, from lob passes to high crosses to bicycle kicks are easily recreated by tapping a button or two and adding in a few flicks of the right analog stick tosses in a ton of finesse plays. On defense you can cut your man off, slide tackle, attack the ball, and intercept passes with ease. If you prefer a more arcade feel, you can ignore all that and just play with a few buttons and still compete out on the pitch. It might not quite have the technical proficiency of its main competitor PES 2013 but it is a reasonable enough facsimile that it doesn’t matter.
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