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FIFA 12 for Wii Scores a Goal: A Sports Video Game Review

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EA Sports has yet another very good sports video game: FIFA Soccer 12. As a former high school soccer player and current sports video game fan, I decided to try my hand at this latest version of the popular series' soccer video game.

Prices and Availability

FIFA Soccer 12 retail prices range from $39.99 to $59.99, depending on the game console. The game is available for Playstation 2, 3, and PSP; Nintendo Wii and 3DS; Xbox 360; and PC direct download from My son and I play it on Nintendo Wii, and we learned the game controls and strategies very quickly.

What we liked just enough: full-team games

The FIFA exhibition and tournament matches are good but not great. We can choose from international teams from all over the world and play full-team 11-on-11 matches. We can play solo games or have fun beating each other in two-player games. We can set the half lengths to last anywhere from one to 15 minutes of real time. The game clock runs extra fast to give it a more realistic appearance, but I would prefer a real-time clock so I can tell exactly how much time I have left in the half. I would also prefer getting more time in each half so we could play longer games.

We can choose to control a single player for the entire game, but we prefer controlling whichever player has the ball. We like using the nun chuck to direct our players, passes, and shots in the desired direction. We had to learn to watch the power meter -- which moves fast -- when we pass and take shots and time and point them just right or we will miss our targets. This makes the game more challenging and keeps it more interesting. Soccer is not my favorite sport, but this game is good enough to keep playing.

What we really enjoyed the most: 5-on-5 street soccer

My 12-year-old son likes more action such as that found in extreme sports. FIFA Soccer 12 has a 5-on-5 "street ball" mode that we like the best. In 5-on-5 mode, the action is faster-paced on a small hard-wall field that plays much more like indoor soccer. It also lets players choose a score limit from two to five goals to win a game so there is no time limit. These fields come in different sizes and various rectangular shapes, and we like the France scene the best.

My son especially liked the power-ups that occur in street mode. The power-ups give the characters special powers for up to 30 seconds depending on the power-up. Powers include super speed, super shot (extreme power), super curved shot (gets around the defense and goalkeeper), super shoulder, slide tackle, shockwave (opponents freeze and fall over) and big vs. little (opponents become half-sized). Players must earn the power by taking shots on goal, and they may use the powers at any time. My son and I never know when the other will use one, so this mode is surprising and fun. Power-ups are available in 5-on-5 street ball mode only.

Manager mode

In manager mode, FIFA Soccer 12 for Wii allows gamers to create players, manage and build teams from scratch, buy and sell players, and build playing and training facilities. Gamers can then earn more points to use for upgrading their teams and facilities as they compete in tournaments and win the Intercity Cup. This feature is perfect for those who have always wanted to own a soccer franchise.

FIFA Soccer 12 for Wii is a very good game for soccer fans and sports video game fans. I am not a big soccer fan, but my son and I agree that this game scores a goal.


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Raymond grew up in the days of Atari and witnessed the progression of home video game consoles. He has played sports games on most consoles and personal computers as they became available. He now owns multiple game systems and enjoys most professional sports games. Follow Raymond on Twitter @RayBureau.

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