Boots on the pitch.
With all the new updates to FIFA 13 we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it to see just how it handled compared to last year. While a lot of the big updates are coming to the game modes and career features, there have still been some updates under the hood. First Touch Control, Complete Dribbling and Attacking Intelligence sound like they should really intensify the action for dedicated Football strategists and casual fans alike. We recently had a chance to get out on the pitch with FIFA 13, and this is what we saw.
Once you get into the match, ready to kick off, things will look very similar to last year’s effort but some of the gameplay tweaks will be immediately evident. The new Complete Dribbling system is a noticeable upgrade from last year’s dribbling controls. You can still hold both triggers to square up with the defender but now, when you dodge and weave, the turns are smoother and your player feels much more agile.
Conversely, First Touch Control makes it more realistic when you challenge an attacker for the ball. Where players used to get to the ball, then have it in a sort of controlled state, the ball is much more live in FIFA 13. What this means for attackers is that you’ll have to be much more careful when using sprint, as your harder touch while running sends the ball a bit further ahead of you. What it means for a defender is more chances to steal the ball away from players on offense. Some of you may have to adjust your basic strategy when playing FIFA 13 because of these controls, but I feel like they result in an experience that’s more representative of the actual game of soccer.
The new Attacking Intelligence system will also play a big part in how you play FIFA 13. This system is designed to make your AI teammates much more aggressive in their attack on the defense. I really found that I had a striker in place to receive my cross more often, when coming into the box, and players will make more dedicated forward runs to get into position. Your teammates will also curve their forward runs to stay onside, instead of slowing their run to stay behind the defender as they did in the past.
I loved the feel of the new systems that are at play in FIFA 13, and I’m excited to see how they all come together in the final product. We only got to play the basic head to head match in this preview, but if you want to know about all of the new features in FIFA 13 you can read about them here and look for FIFA 13, in stores, on September 25th.