FIFA Soccer 12 Preview

  • By: CM Boots-Faubert
  • Posted 25th Sep 2011



FIFA Soccer 12 is the nineteenth game in the FIFA series by Electronic Arts that is published by its sports publishing and development division, EA Sports. Following the currently developing trend in modern video game marketing, there are several special versions of the game, as well as early availability for current members of the EA Sports Season Ticket package.

The standard edition of the game is basically the retail boxed game with the disc and brief instruction booklet inside, and is eligible for adding extra content through online purchases of DLC. In addition to the standard version however, there is a special edition which include bonus content and other items that will be of interest to serious fans of the series.

The Ultimate Edition -- Available exclusively at GAME and GameStation (£55) stores in the UK, and GameStop ($59.99) and other select retail outlets in the USA. If you are living in the UK and you pre-order the game from the GAME website it can be had at the special pre-order price of just £44.99 which is a £10 savings over the RRP, which is what you will have to pay starting 30 September...

What makes the Ultimate Edition special is the 24 Gold Packs (4 packs per month for 6 months) with which you can build your dream club in FIFA 12: Ultimate Team. Each pack is a mix of 12 items, including badges, balls, contracts, fitness, healing, kits, managers, players, stadiums, and staff. Gold Packs consist of players rated 75+ in-game and include one rare item in each pack. Rare items include enhanced player attributes, longer contracts, and the most coveted players in the game, so this is obviously something that serious players are going to want!

FIFA fans in Australia can head over to their local EB Games to pre-order a special and exclusive Ultimate Edition similar to the one from last year for FIFA 11 Ultimate which includes the regular contents of the standard Ultimate Edition plus a Steel Playbook and FIFA 12 Size 2 Soccer Ball (pictured above) and is priced at $108 AUS. The standard edition in Australia has an RRP of $88 for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, $78 for Wii, $68 for 3DS, and $48 for PS2 and NDS respectively.

Fans of the series already know what to expect at least from a basic game perspective, but perhaps the most obvious and striking of the differences in this latest offering in the series is the complete redesign and overhauling of the games menu system, which while it may not sound like much is actually a pretty big deal. The long-familiar vertical menu system has been completely replaced with a side-scrolling menu bar system, and gamers who experienced it at E3 and GamesCom found to be a much more intuitive and easier to navigate menu.

At E3 this year EA Sports had a booth set up at its exhibit space on the floor specifically for FIFA 12 that included extended hand's on play opportunities that saw massive lines on the part of gamers in attendance, and made it absolutely critical for games journos to arrange appointments in order to see and experience a closed-door demo of the game this year.

This was a lot different than the experience had last year due largely to the tremendous interest shown by the attendees -- not that they were not just as interested last year as they were this year, but I suspect that between the many TV's showing actual World Cup play and the pub-like atmosphere last year there was simply less intensity in the need and desire to touch and feel the game like there was this year.