FIFA 12 is one of the most highly anticipated game releases among football (soccer to all you gamers in North America) fans this year, following up on the highly successful FIFA 11. The opportunity to test the game through a Fifa 12 demo reveals some of the features which distinguish FIFA 2012 over the previous version. While the game is similar to FIFA 11 in many ways, it plays more realistically and fixes some of the issues which may have bothered fans of previous versions.
One of the biggest improvements in FIFA 12 is the graphics; for those who felt that the players had poor skin textures and eyes in FIFA 11, FIFA 12 should offer some relief in the guise of much more realistic and natural looking players who bring the playing field to life. Another new feature which is geared toward improving the realism of the AI players is Pro Player Intelligence. This new programming makes AI players more aware of their strengths and those of their teammates and opponents, which they can then use as they strategize their next moves. This can lead to more interesting and believable game play. With more challenging AI players, gamers will have a lot to look forward to in terms of computerized competition.
Another big feature is Precision Dribbling. While this has always been a feature in FIFA games, it is now better than ever. If you found the controls difficult to manage in the past you will be happy to learn that in FIFA 12 the system is more responsive and makes it easier for you to control the ball.
The most noticeable change may be the new Impact Engine. Its programming is geared toward improving the physics of the game, particularly as relates to collisions between players and balls. Another exciting feature in FIFA12 is Career Mode, which simulates the effects of off-field events on player performance.
Is FIFA 12 much different from its predecessor? On first glance you may find the game very similar, apart from the graphics improvements. There are many marked improvements though and most of them take the form of enhanced programming. While these changes may seem subtle, they actually add up to quite a bit in terms of improving gameplay. All in all the features contribute to a more natural and believable gameplay experience which is sure to please fans of the FIFA franchise.