EA has announced that an major new title update is now available for FIFA 12 on PS3 and Xbox 360, bringing it in line with the already-patched PC version. It promises to make a "really positive difference in a variety of ways," with a huge number of career mode fixes, lowered CPU AI in Pro Clubs and Ultimate Team tweaks. We've got the full patch details after the break in case you're interested.
If you're still on the fence about whether to opt for FIFA 12 or PES 2012, why not hit up our buyer's guide?Click here to read more...
Right, we've done all of the highbrow stuff and weighed, judged and scored both of this year's premier football teams on their own merits, taking care not to mention the rival in respective reviews. There is nothing worse than reading a PES review and having to wade through five paragraphs talking about FIFA, and vice versa. But to ignore the comparison completely would be churlish. We're mired in recession, steeped in debt and consumer confidence is so low that it's verging on the subterranean. It is in such times that gamers have to make hard choices about the titles that they purchase, circumstances such as these leading to conservatism as punters play it safe.
That's a bit out of the question this time around for the discerning football fan, though. In ages past, it was generally agreed that the dial shifted one way or the other, with PES in the ascendancy back when it had numbers after its name rather than years, and FIFA turning things around in the last three or four seasons. This year, though, things have changed. FIFA 12 plays a vastly different, slower and more tactically ponderous game than it has in the past. PES 2012, meanwhile, has gone for all-out offence, eschewing realism for a speedier, more arcadey experience that speaks to its roots back in the ISS years.
The question is, which one should you go for this year?
We reviewed both FIFA 12 and PES 2012 and gave them both an 8, the innovations of each counter-balanced by different flaws between the pair of them. But it wasn't really enough. So here's a step-by-step breakdown of both games, compared and contrasted to give you, the prospective buyer, of which one might be more suited to your tastes.Hit the jump to check out our comparison...
It's not much of a surprise, but FIFA 12 has sold very well. In fact, EA's buzzword-heavy behemoth has written itself into the record books, becoming the label's best launch ever. With 3.2 million copies shipped in just under a week, FIFA 12 shattered past records - set by itself, of course - according to "internal estimates". EA hasn't disclosed whether it's counting sales recorded on iOS devices, which are nearing a million.
"FIFA 12 is a stunning achievement by our team at EA Canada," enthused EA Sports VP Andrew Wilson. Us, too. Who knew Canadians could make such good football games? "he massive FIFA online community has overwhelmingly connected to the new live services in the game, including EA SPORTS Football Club, and we intend to keep them engaged all season long as FIFA 12 follows the heartbeat of the football season." FIFA 12 sits just behind Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops as the biggest launch in UK history. [Eurogamer]
Happy Monday football fans! At the tail end of last week, EA Sports dropped a video showing off FIFA 12's new set of skill moves. The developers have been trumpeting a whole bunch of tasty, buzzword-heavy new features, with precision dribbling and an overhauled (and vastly expanded) skill set making up a good chunk of things that have been tweaked for this latest release.
We spent over an hour with the game back in Germany and felt that, although some areas still needed tightening, FIFA 12 was shaping up to be possibly the most groundbreaking instalment in the series for years.Watch the vid after the jump...
True to the sport its simulating, the rivalry between Fifa and Pro Evolution Soccer is as fierce and compelling as the most titanic of footballing bouts to grace the world's greatest contest. Fifa has edged ahead in recent years, but Konami appear focused on pushing EA to the very last minute with their 2012 iteration, which promises a wealth of new features and improvements to sway old and new fans back. However, EA have told Gaming Bolt their "not concerned".Click here for more
Andy Gray is famous for his international football career and role in commenting the FIFA series alongside Martin Tyler... but is even better known for being sensationally fired from Sky Sports thanks to wildly inappropriate comments directed towards a female assistant ref. Rumours that EA would drop him from FIFA 12 have now been confirmed, with the publisher opting to hire former England player and Sky commentator Alan Smith in his stead.
EA has also confirmed that tournament matches will feature optional commentary from the ITV team (Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend), but that we can thankfully turn it off. The news that ITV commentary will feature in FIFA 12 is interesting... but the news that it's optional is priceless. [NowGamer]
Even casual fans of football with a passing interest in the sport must have realized they were witnessing something incredible on Saturday night when the two best teams in the world met in Wembley for the Champions League Final. Barcelona's comprehensive victory over Manchester United was such a fearsome display of attacking craft, I immediately hopped back on Fifa 11 and set up the same match on Exhibition. The result? I lost, two goals to the none. I was Barca. Failure aside, with the football season well and truly over for another year, why not feast your eyes on the latest screenshots plucked from Fifa 12?Hit the jump for more
I love leaks. Already in just the past week we've had the entire Modern Warfare 3 plot revealed, and earlier in the month both the Wii 2 and - maybe - even the next Xbox had their existence outed. And now we can add Fifa 12 to that list, with a video leaked onto Youtube detailing the new and improved features on offer for the genre's premiere contender.Hit the jump to take a look!
So far, PES 2011 has run unopposed as the 3DS' sole footy game... but this is about to change. EA have announced that FIFA 12 will be hitting the handheld this autumn, along with online multiplayer modes, enhanced touchscreen controls, 500 clubs and tailored 3D visuals. We've got the full details below, sports fans.Click here to read more...
This year's Eurogamer Expo takes place between September 22nd - 25th at Earls Court, and EA have confirmed that they will be there in force, offering gamers the chance to get hands-on with FIFA 12 and Battlefield 3 amongst other titles.
'Last year's Eurogamer Expo was a huge success and we're very happy to be supporting the show in force this year,' said EA's UK Marketing Director Stuart Lang. 'We expect Battlefield 3 to blow people away when they get hands-on with it.'
The Developer Sessions will be back in force and naturally we'll be bringing you coverage from the event as well as mincing around in Dealspwn t-shirts and rubbing our 3DS handsets on as many members of the public as we can for those sweet, sweet StreetPasses. [GamesIndustry.biz]