FIFA 13 is set to change the game

by: Nathaniel -
More On: FIFA Soccer 13
Anyone who was lucky enough to watch Manchester City's stunning last second victory to secure their first Premier League championship in 44 years knows just how exciting soccer can be.  I'll even dare to say that you'd be hard pressed to find any American sporting event this year that could match it.  

At its very best, the FIFA series can be almost as exciting to play, and EA Sports has unveiled today a set of game-changing innovations that hopefully can make FIFA 13 that exciting more often.

The first big one is a revamped dribbling system inspired by the miniature magician himself, Lionel Messi.  Complete Dribbling will enable players to break down defenders with full 360 degree control over your movements with the ball.

The second big one is a new sophisticated artificial intelligence that should allow AI players to respond to ever changing game conditions more realistically.  

So hopefully that means the days where your teammate ignores the defender that just stole the ball and makes a run down the wing like he didn't see it are over.  Actually, that's not nearly as big an issue as AI players that won't mark, challenge, and have the awful tendency to run away from the player with the ball when he enters the box.  If they fix that, I'll be happy.  Oh, also, they need to fix the fact that defenders read your button inputs to execute perfect offside traps, can challenge with impunity since the ref never calls fouls on them, and attackers can psychically dodge any challenge.  

Yeah, I don't want too much.  To read the rest of the changes, follow the jump.  FIFA 13 will be out this fall for every piece of electronic equipment you can play a videogame on - literally.

GUILDFORD, UK. – May 15, 2012 – Electronic Arts Inc. today unveiled five game-changing innovations that will bring revolutionary changes to EA SPORTS™ FIFA 13 along with the largest and deepest feature set in the history of the franchise.

“We are perfecting the best sports game in the world with innovations that capture all the drama and unpredictability of real-world football,” said David Rutter, Executive Producer for FIFA 13. “These are game-changing innovations that will revolutionize our artificial intelligence, dribbling, ball control and collisions to create a true battle for possession across the entire pitch, and deliver freedom and creativity in attack.”

The most sophisticated artificial intelligence ever achieved for the FIFA franchise will drive FIFA 13 on HD consoles and PC. All-new Attacking Intelligence enables players to analyse space, work harder and smarter to break down defenses, and think two plays ahead. Players now possess the intelligence to create, curve, or alter runs to capitalize on openings as they occur, make runs that pull defenders out of position to open passing channels for teammates, and better position themselves for new attacking opportunities.

In FIFA 13 every touch matters with the most comprehensive and intuitive dribbling system ever developed. Inspired by the world’s best footballer, Lionel Messi, Complete Dribbling enables players to face their opponent and use precise dribble touches combined with true 360° mobility with the ball, so it’s easier to be more creative and dangerous in 1v1 opportunities. Players change direction quicker, are more explosive accelerating with the ball, and are more effective shielding defenders for longer stretches. FIFA 13 1st Touch Control transforms the way players control the ball, eliminating near-perfect touch for every player on the pitch, and creating variety and uncertainty around ball control. Factors such as defensive pressure, trajectory of the ball, and velocity of the pass now impact a player’s first touch, creating more opportunities for defenders to win back possession.

The second generation of the Player Impact Engine expands physical play from just collisions to off-the-ball battles between players. Defenders push and pull for position, and use their size and strength to win possession or force opponents into poor touches and decisions before the ball arrives. FIFA 13 Tactical Free Kicks provides the tools to create dangerous and unpredictable free kicks utilising the most skillful players on the pitch. Position up to three attacking players over the ball and utilise dummy runs and more passing options to create elaborate free kicks. Opponents can counter by adding or subtracting players to the wall, creeping the wall forward, or sending a bullet man to intercept the pass or block the shot.
  • FIFA 13 will also feature:
    • ·         Improved Career Mode with major changes developed in response to requests from the most passionate fans of the franchise.
    • ·         New features to enhance the massive EA SPORTS FIFA online offering, including improvements to the wildly popular Head-To-Head Seasons mode
    • ·         Multiple new features and benefits to EA SPORTS Football Club, the live service that is the heartbeat of FIFA
    • ·         Complete authenticity with more than 500 officially licensed clubs.
    • Additional new modes and features will be announced in the months ahead.

FIFA 13 will be available in stores world-wide this fall for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system with PlayStation Move support, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system with Kinect™, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, Wii™, PC, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo 3DS™, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® touch and other mobile platforms. 

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