Review Date: Dec 2011
Reviewer: Jason Bourke
Game reviewed on a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play supplied
by Sony Ericsson
Games latest sporting extravaganza scores its way onto the Android
and more importantly, the Xperia system as an exclusive until early
next year. However before I get to
the crux of this review, FIFA 12 on the Xperia is the best soccer
experience on any portable smart device, whether portable console or phone.
And then to make this treat even better, EA Sports are actually
giving away for FIFA 12 for a limited time!
essence, FIFA 12 is almost like its big PC and console brothers,
delivering one of the most immersive experiences to date with
perfect controls, amazing graphics and all the authentic soccer
action for true sport fans. Another highlight is that EA actually
holds the license for FIFA so the teams, uniforms and players are
all there. This is not some cut down game but a fully blown console
experience... although the download is almost 2GB!
With a variety of different gaming modes from leagues to cups and of
course, quick matches, this game can be played for short or long
bouts, ensuring a variety of diverse options for the player. Add in
daily challenges and kick-off (quick game) and you have everything
you need for your soccer fix.
enjoyed the daily challenges which change every day and gives the
player 3 attempts at completing some very cool aspect of soccer such
as kicking a goal and getting past the defenders. Another feature is
that the game saves your replays such as kicking goals and when you
replay them, you can change the camera angles which is a nifty
The first thing you will notice about FIFA 12 compared to the
previous edition is how well the players control, especially when
they have the ball. Controls work extremely well on the Xperia,
especially with the thumb pads and the shoulder buttons.
You can use
the touch screen for certain aspects of the title such as menus,
however the innate controls of the Xperia is what this game has been
designed for. I like how the developers have added flags above
players which does help on the small screen, especially if some of
them go offside. It just helps you in organising your tactics.
Just be warned that the D-Pad is not used in this
game, so lovers of the D-Pad need to master the two analog thumb
sticks. All in all, it's a very sturdy control system, even with the
absence of the D-Pad. The only download to the controls is that
people with large hands may find it a little cumbersome.
Graphics & Audio
Graphically, FIFA 12 is a visual treat on the Xperia with
console-like graphics. This is not a cut down version of the FIFA
series but as mentioned a fully blown graphical experience with realistic
player movements and ball physics. Stadiums look realistic and as do
the lighting effects with lots of advertising for EA and Sony
Ericsson. Music and commentary is equally as impressive
as are the soccer effects from the field and the roar of the crowd.
This games comes together perfectly for gameplay, graphics and
you're a soccer fanatic and you're an owner of the Xperia, than FIFA 12 is
a must have game for your collection. Even if you're not a sporting
fan and own an Xperia, there's really no excuse not to download this
game. Let me spell it out to you a little more... it's F R E E...
that's right, this game is free and more importantly, it's best darn
soccer game in the portable gaming world at the moment.
The only issue with the game however is that the download is quite huge and
it really needs to be downloaded via a WLAN as opposed to the mobile
network. However, with
flawless controls, realistic soccer gaming mechanics and lots of
replay value (e.g. trophies, replays and achievements), FIFA 12 will definitely keep you busy over the