WHAT A WIN­NER! Want to keep on play­ing To­tal Foot­ball?

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

Call­ing out to all foot­ball fans—it's time to re­new your sea­sonal pass for the beau­ti­ful game and gain mem­ber­ship to the more ex­clu­sive clubs in the world of foot­ball. But then the FIFA se­ries it­self has an en­vi­able record of rub­bing shoul­ders with iconic ti­tles like Call of Duty. The pop­u­lar­ity of the fran­chise isn't sur­pris­ing—the world foot­ball fed­er­a­tion does have more mem­bers than the United Na­tions and the World Cup soc­cer is the most watched sport­ing event af­ter the Olympics. Th­ese su­perla­tives, plus all the ac­tion, now come pack­aged in FIFA 13, with sub­stan­tial changes in game­play and some ground­break­ing graph­ics.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween a FIFA game and any other ti­tle is the va­ri­ety of op­tions avail­able, which en­sures a diehard fan is hooked to the con­sole for at least a year. I was ad­dicted to FIFA 11 and have fi­nally found re­lease—through ad­dic­tion to FIFA 13. The stand­out fea­ture in this edi­tion is its in­te­gra­tion with Mi­crosoft’s Ki­netic. But clev­erly, kick­ing a ball or pass­ing it de­pends on voice com­mands rather than mo­tion con­trol. Ob­vi­ously the mak­ers feared a may­hem in the play room with legs and feet fly­ing in all di­rec­tions. But this ac­tu­ally makes you feel like Alex Fer­gu­son bark­ing or­ders to change for­ma­tions, ag­gres­sive or de­fen­sive strat­egy ap­proach. Also you will re­ceive a cau­tion for us­ing foul lan­guage so think twice when you start scream­ing in­struc­tions to your team.

EA’s First Touch Con­trol has added un­pre­dictabil­ity to the game play. A player’s weight and stature ef­fect his move­ment and ball pass­ing. The pre­sen­ta­tion of the game is no doubt the best in the foot­ball gam­ing arena. EA has got the stance of each player to per­fec­tion, as it has their hor­ri­ble hair styles. The com­men­tary is lively and witty. Even with all th­ese mag­nif­i­cent features, how­ever, the AI be­comes quite pre­dictable. The best AI are the goal­keep­ers who are a bit more tougher to beat. But the bot­tom line is that the re­al­ism in FIFA13 makes fans feel they are at a live match rather than sit­ting be­fore a con­sole. It ful­fills a foot­ball fan’s dream to be part of a dream club.

OR JUNK IT?

Foot­ball game has never been so real. A must-have for all fans of the “beau­ti­ful game”.

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