Still haven’t played FIFA12? Well what are you waiting for? Here’s a glimpse into their new and improved Career Mode in case you’re still waiting.
As always, the manager mode is well designed and easy to maneuver. The mode’s transfer options are unbelievably realistic and mirror many players that were rumored to be switching teams. Transfer negotiations appear to be easier this year, not necessarily getting the person but getting them for a good price. On your transfer screen there is a dollar figure to indicate a realistic offer, and saves tons of time on your end from re-negotiating. Also, before the transfer window shuts you’ll have ten extra turns to negotiate. A great feature is the increased action towards the end of deadline day – you’ll start feeling the anxiety of a real manager.
The manager will have new responsibilities and issues to deal with in FIFA 12. Players will approach you with all sorts of problems. Sometimes it will be performance based, but other times it might be concerning a transfer. Either way, the manager will need to make more decisions and have an active role in the team. Besides the players, the manager will also be the main point of communication regarding the media and press. You will have the ability to present an opinion on the upcoming matches, players or teams whether positive or negative. If speaking to the press has an effect on the game, I haven’t seen it yet.
A big switch or rather a big improvement from FIFA11 is the youth recruiting and progression. The scouts find young talent to add to your youth academy, and if you pay more you’ll get the scout who finds the best talent. The player progression is more logical this time around. Early improvements are gauged by on a realistic scale of a few points where more weathered players in their late teens or early twenties will progress quicker.
All the improvements within Career Mode are welcomed and a lot of fun to explore. The realistic and interesting capabilities featured with the mode provide a true experience of what it might be as a manager. Of course, the UEFA licenses aren’t available in this game so you’ll still need to trade or play within the European League instead of the Champions League. However all else aside, Career Mode is a welcomed addition to an active participation and shaping of your team.