EA Games released another version of their very successful FIFA franchise games. FIFA 12 brings new improvements from the previous 2 versions I’ve played, FIFA 11 and FIFA World Cup 2010. After a few weeks of testing, this app is one of the best soccer games there is on the App Store.
The controls in this version are different than previous versions. On the three buttons on the right hand side, we see pass, sprint, and shoot for offence (from left to right). Sprint is the biggest out of the three buttons. For defence, we see switch, sprint/tackle, and slide (from left to right). Again, the sprint/tackle button is the biggest. On the left hand side, we see our joystick. If you’ve played previous versions, you may want to know these new controls.
- Finesse shot – press “pass” then swipe up in the box
- Chip shot – press “shoot” and swipe up
- Ground through ball – press “pass” and then swipe up to play a ground through
- Lobbed through ball – press “shoot” and then swipe up to play a lobbed through
- Ground cross – when on the sides of the penalty box, press “pass” and swipe up
- Low cross – press “shoot” and then swipe up
- First touch – hold “sprint” when receiving a pass. Use the joystick to play your ball into space
- Skill move – double tap the screen
- Forward run – swipe a team-mate in the direction you want him to run
- Refer to the app for even more controls
The graphical interface in this game is amazing. There are improvements in the graphics of the game, and it should look really good on a retina display, especially on an iPhone 4S.
The gameplay seems to be like playing “on a console.” We have a new scoreboard, which is reduced in size and has a better design. Personally, I really like this new one, as it doesn’t detract away from the gameplay. When you goal kick, corner kick, free kick, or have a penalty shot, you now have to swipe up while measuring your power bar. This I wasn’t a fan of, and I’d rather just use the shoot button and hold it down. EA also added a “daily challenge.” These challenges have a variety of tasks, from winning shootouts to helping a team win a game, to scoring with a corner kick. In order to participate in these, you need to have an Origin account.
A few other additions this year includes “manager mode” and “saved instant replays.” In manager mode, you manage a soccer (or football) team from a variety of leagues from MLS, to international leagues. You have a set budget, and you as the manager must utilize the money to pay for your club. It’s a really cool feature. The other is “saved instant replays.” This is to “relive” the moments you scored amazing goals, and save your favourites. You can press “save” in the instant replay, and you have a total of 15 save slots. Unfortunately, which was a letdown, you cannot save your replays to your camera roll. Hopefully this feature will come in the future.
There are of course some bad things in the game. I wasn’t a big fan of was memorzing all these controls, as it can get very confusing sometimes. On an iPod Touch/iPhone, even though the graphics are amazing, I can find it a bit “cramped” sometimes while using the controls. You can buy an HD version if you have an iPad, and there won’t be as much clutter. Also, the first 2-3 levels are pretty easy. I beat a team that was ranked higher by a score of 10-0. You can always change the difficulty settings in your options. There is also no multiplayer in this version. I was really disappointed by that.
Overall, FIFA 12 is a stellar game for iOS. EA really utilizes the capabilities of the higher-end, retina displays. For a iPhone/iPod touch version, this app will set you back $4.99. However, for all the features you get, this is definitely worth your money. There are screenshots of the app below.
*All images are taken from a copyrighted app from EA. No copyright infringement is intended, as in only used for informational purposes.