E3 2011: FIFA 12 First Look Preview

E3 2011: We strap on the boots and take to the pitch for our first impressions of FIFA 12.

The FIFA series needs no introduction to football fans, having grown a loyal audience and brought the beautiful game to life on the virtual pitch. Today at EA's E3 2011 presentation, it revealed that 42 million players have played in excess of 1.3 billion games online across platforms, including Facebook, smartphones, PCs, and current-generation consoles.

The presentation was thin on details about this year's version of the game, but it did allude to a reworked tactical defending system, which is significantly more reliant on timing and tactics rather than being in the right place at the right time and putting your body on the line to stop strikes at the goals. Ball precision will also play a more active role in FIFA 12, receiving a spit and polish and allowing players better, more precise dribbling of the ball, as well as improved deft touches for setting up plays.

The game will also include a brand new player impact engine. While FIFA 11 included the chance to jostle for possession, real-world physicality will now play an even larger role in tackles, with injuries incurred by playing in a dangerous way. Momentum will allow you to jump over downed players and continue on your run toward the back of the net with pace as well. Push and pull will be at play, and from the snippet of footage shown, it appears to be similar to previous games, giving players with a weight advantage the chance to knock lighter players off the ball.

Celebrity endorsements from Lil Wayne, Drake, and various international football personalities extolled the publishers adherence to faithfully re-creating the sport, with some even going as far as to suggest that the new game provides real football players with a cheat sheet on the footedness of players and the intricacies of their individual play styles.

FIFA 12 will also benefit from the addition of a new online social feature called EA Sports Football Club, which is a live service that will connect players and provide a single persistent online profile across all devices. Again, though details were scarce, EA did confirm that the company will inject new challenges and storylines into a player's experiences. We're hoping for wrestling-style face-offs.

Players will pick a club side (and we have our fingers crossed for inclusion of national teams to help fuel international rivalries) and swear allegiance to it. Playing matches online will reward players with achievements regardless of whether the matches are being played on a mobile handset, through a Web browser, or on a console from the comfort of your couch. Success will also propel your supported side up the league, with the example we saw, Tottenham Hotspur, powering up the virtual league when its supporters won.

Gameplay footage was few and far between during the presentation, but FIFA 12 appears to keep the same visual styling of the last release, with more work seemingly going on under the hood than at surface level. Hopefully, we'll get a chance to try out the new physicality elements for ourselves once the show starts. Stay tuned to GameSpot's ongoing coverage from E3 2011.

Written By

Want the latest news about FIFA Soccer 12?

FIFA Soccer 12

FIFA Soccer 12

Discussion

15 comments
VaguelyTagged
VaguelyTagged

i want to be able to play a league and knockout competition simultaneously,just like the old times.can some explain tome that why aren't we able to do so anymore?

nozihat
nozihat

do you know if there is a manager mode? and, if so, which clubs play in the champions league and in the europa league?

carlos66697867
carlos66697867

i was a PES fan,but after playing fifa 2011 that has a lot better gameplay and responsive controls, now i prefer fifa. i only have one complain (the graphics), pes has better graphics, so i expect this year fifa developers improve this aspect of the game.sorry for the grammar mistakes, im from Bolivia spanish is my native lenguage

osmdx
osmdx

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

SUPERSAMMOSSAUC
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC

so the vita version will be the same as ps3 version?

bigfoot12fc
bigfoot12fc

could be the best fifa yet....................

oldschool12790
oldschool12790

@galerian86 you're prob right..... show some Nasri screen shots!! ....go gunners!

chyng85
chyng85

An evergreen series~ Never wither....

ExThanos
ExThanos

YassoooBlue, the main reason for that would be the existence of FIFA Manager 2011, when combined with FIFA 11, it added an incredible amount of depth to the game and an increased number of features that completely blew away everything on the consoles. In fact, if they had the manager on the consoles, I would grab it up right away to make use of with FIFA 12!

galerian86
galerian86

@oldschool12790 They probably put a lot more hair on Rooney before releasing, now with him implanted with one and whatnot...

jay_french_cool
jay_french_cool

Give me a decent managment mode and sort the clubs lag out and im onboard

YassoooBlue
YassoooBlue

Will the PC version have the same features that was in the PS3 and XBOX versions in FIFA 11... The PC version of FIFA 11 was disappointing for me because it had less features than PS3 and XBOX Versions.

PC-RUL3S
PC-RUL3S

What I would like to know is if the PC version is going to have the current years engine rather than last years.