A video of FIFA 12 has leaked onto youtube that shows some significant improvements to the game.
The video highlights the parts of the game that have significantly changed – most at the hands of the new Impact Engine. The improved dynamic physics produce an impression of fluidity and a further step towards believability. But the best bit comes from the unpredictability – and EA appears to be playing on that.
Wild and reckless tackles now send opponents flying. One example shows a Chelsea player literally upended and flipped by an onrushing defender.
Even better are the arrival of true injuries. A Chelsea player ricochets off a sturdy Arsenal back and lands awkwardly, folding over on his knee. It causes a look-away moment of squeamishness. The Chelsea player stays down, nursing his knee.
In FIFA 12, holding down the polite-tackle button now keeps you at a wary distance from your opponent. You jockey until you’re ready to strike. We see a winger cut in-field and run to the opposite flank, tracked dynamically every step of the way by his counterpart.