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June 14, 2011

Fifa 12 – Game Preview

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FIFA 12 is out now – check out the full FIFA 12 review here

The FIFA soccer series is one of the longest running game series in video games. Not missing a year since the first release in the 90′s, EA Sports have been on top, behind the Pro Evo series and, in recent years, back on top again. Boasting the famous faces on the cover of the games and the all important official FIFA licence for the football leagues worldwide, FIFA is a standard release each year. This year FIFA 12 is set for a UK release of 30th September 2011.

So what does FIFA 12 have that FIFA 11, 10 and 9, etc didn’t? Its a question that gets asked with every version of every years’ sports games but this year EA are pulling out a few stops again to really push FIFA 12′s boundaries.

If you’ve seen the video (below) then you’ll recognise some of the moves that are featured such as the blocking and the close control dribbling. The big thing thats previewed in this years release is the impact engine – each player will now react with more realism to each tackle, block and collision with other players.FIFA 12 Preview Ronaldo freekick PlayEject

Looking at the video demo of the impact engine it looks pretty good. The faster players are likely to go flying more than the heavier, slower players and hopefully in-game stats for each player (such as balance, etc) will play a big part in how the impact engine affects the fall of each individual player.

What we aren’t hoping for is too much emphasis on the impact engine which could lead to less flowing football on the pitch. In FIFA 11 it was nice to be able to have that mix of passing the ball around and making a well timed run past a player. If the impact engine is too sensitive and players get bowled over too easily then its going to make runs harder.

One other aspect of FIFA 12 that is being introduced this year is dynamic injuries. That doesn’t mean the injury is brilliant – rather that if playing a career, a player could get a knock early on in the season and without proper rest he could suffer with the same injury over time, harming your carefully balanced team selection! We have to agree that this is an excellent idea and will definitely help to make the FIFA experience more realistic. Provided it’s not overdone!
FIFA 12 Van Persie Preview PlayEject
As you can see from the screen shots, the graphics look fantastic again. The detail in the players, crowds and stadiums surpass themselves each year. Even more character modeling has been done for further fluidity in the player movements and the tricks and skills have been added again to allow the better players to shine in all areas of the pitch.

Ultimate Team is making another return with its popularity growing each year. EA recognise this being a large part to so many FIFA fans now with the Ultimate Team hub on their website and some games stores are offering an Ultimate Team Gold pack with every pre-order copy of FIFA 12.

The whole PlayEject team are excited for this one – we don’t need a World Cup this year – just FIFA 12!!

We have also had an exclusive peak at the Fifa 12 Achievements & Trophies – the full list (excluding the secret achievements) is here:

Precision Tackler:
Obtain a successful tackle %age of 80% with a minimum of 5 tackles in a game (15)

Dribble the ball through a defenders legs (30)

Riding Bikes:
Score with a bicycle kick (50)

Win a game vs the CPU on Legendary difficulty against a club of the same or higher rating (30)

Don’t Blink:
Score in the first 5 minutes against the CPU (10)

Comeback Kid:
Win after being 3 goals down in the 2nd half vs the CPU (15)

10 vs 11:
Win from a draw or behind while being 1 man down vs the CPU (10)

Ruud Boy:
Score off a volley (15)

Block Party:
Manually block 5 shots while defending in a single game (10)

Century of Goals:
Score 100 goals (45)

All My Own Work:
Win a match with Manual Controls (including Tactical Defending) (10)

Score a goal after suffering a non-contact injury with a player (20)

Quickly Now:
Score shortly after a quick throw-in (20)

EAS FC Youth Acadamy:
Reach level 5 in the EA Sports Football Cup (10)

EAS FC Starting 11:
Reach level 20 in the EA Sports Football Cup (30)

Challenge Accepted:
Complete an EA Sports Football Club Game Scenario Challenge (15)

Path To The Cup:
Win a cup game in Head to Head Seasons (20)

Campaign Complete:
Complete a Season in Head-to-Head Seasons (50)

Friends now Enemies?:
Win an Online Friendlies season (25)

Being Social:
Play an online Friendlies Match (10)

3 Points:
Win a season game in Head to Head Seasons (10)

Virtual Debut:
Play an online Pro Club or Pro Ranked match with your Virtual Pro (10)

New Club In Town:
Create your FIFA 12 Virtual Team club (5)

Legends Start with Victories:
Win a match with your FIFA 12 Ultimate Team Club (10)

Tournament Victory:
Win a tournament in FIFA 12 Ultimate Team (10)

I’ll Have That One:
Open your first pack in FIFA 12 Ultimate Team (10)

Finish a match against a friend in FIFA 12 Ultimate Team (10)

Marquee Signing:
Purchase a Gold Player from the trade market for 15,000 or more coins using Buy Now (30)

Growing Club:
Achieve a club value of 85,000,000 in FIFA 12 Ultimate Team (30)

“Big Cup” Squad:
Enter an Ultimate Team tournament and finish a match with an overall squad rating of 85 or higher (30)

Pack King:
Open 100 packs in FIFA 12 Ultimate Team (50)

We’ll Need a Larger Trophy Case:
Win your 10th trophy in FIFA 12 Ultimate Team (30)

Club Legend:
Play 100 matches with any player in FIFA 12 Ultimate Team (15)

Trophy Time:
Win the league title in any league in Career Mode (50)

Sign a player on Deadline Day in the transfer window in Career Mode (15)

Fully Formed:
Have 3 players be in full form at the same time in your club in Career Mode (30)

Massive Signing:
Sign a player better than anyone else at your club during the transfer window (20)

Youth is Served:
Sign a player to your youth squad in Career Mode (20)

Puppet Master:
Talk to the Press in Career Mode (10)

Sweet Music:
Set up some Custom Audio in FIFA 12 (10)

Virtual Legend:
Play 50 Matches with your Virtual Pro (50)

FIFA for Life:
Spend 50 hours on the pitch (50)

Happy 20th EA Sports!:
Score 20 match goals in FIFA 12 to celebrate 20 years of EA SPORTS

There are 2 secret achievements worth 15 points and 20 points but we don’t know what they are as yet (because they’re secret) but as soon as we do, we will let you know!

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