I am and probably always will be a massive Pro Evo fan at heart but after 3/4 years of neatly disc shaped s**t coming from Konami I decided to buy Fifa 13 for a change. Let me start by saying I love the fact I don't have to spend the 1st 2 days editing team names, kits etc, which is pretty damn nice. But after a few plays getting used to 'tactical defending' it becomes apparent that against the CPU this game is pretty dull. They'll be no 5-4 games on any diffuclty, as I found Semi-pro to be waaay to easy and Professional meant scrapping a 1-0 or drawing 0-0 with me having about 15 shots on target. So online I go, first to this highly rated Ultimate Team, I should mention I'm in no way sad enough to spend any more money on DLCs, Fifa points or whatever else they try and sell. So it's just me and my good old coins. All goes well to start, I create a team of bronze Brazilian/Portuguese/Anglo/Italians and we have 2 or 3 very competitive games with similar teams, with similar ratings. And because it's online tactical defending has gone out the window a bit, which I'm gonna argue with, as surely the point of becoming good at this game is to master the controls, not run around sliding everywhere like Emile Heskey. And as a new Fifa player I find this completely stupid and unfair. I've just been through tutorials and mini training sessions on how to tackle properly, now I've got a 13 year old outplaying me by holding down right trigger like a racing sym and running into my players, and sliding into them, (when he could get away with it) it all seems utterly pointless.
Anyway now 3 games in and with 2 wins and 1 draw and I'm thinking why did I buy PES 2012 last year, this Ultimate Team malarkey is great. And then it happens, a 5 star team with 100% chemistry appears. And against my 2 star 53 chemistry Brazilian/Portuguese/Anglo/Italian mix. After spending all of 30 seconds speaking to the guy I knew this was gonna be a pointless exercise, when someone tells you they booked a week off work to play Fifa 13 on release you know your gonna loose, and I did, 8-1. Hey ho I though, 'it's just one game' I told myself. How wrong I was, I've now played 17 games on Ultimate team, won 2, drawn 1, lost 14. I've yet to play anyone who isn't 5 star 100 chemistry since the 3rd game which to be fair makes FUT completely boring and useless to me. After this disappointment I decided to have a pop at the season's mode, which after about 30 mins of trying wouldn't connect to anyone, anywhere, at all. So I text my mate Joe and asked if he's up for a game, into online friendlies we go, again it can't connect, and after about 10 attempts we call it a bad job and play COD instead(which worked).
So taking into account Ultimate Team is incredibly unfair to casual players (like me) and it seems like you'd have to play Fifa every minute you were awake to get good at it. Season's mode can't connect, online friendlies can't connect and a career mode that I've been assured gets stuck on May 31st, it's not shaping up too well.
I'll keep playing it though because I just will, I can't not have a football game and when all is said and done playing aginst the CPU on the right difficulty isn't too bad at all, just with some general faults and annoyances. Like when defenders sort of stand and watch players make runs past them, it is pretty frustrating, alos the first touch system is a bit of a let down, now with say me in the game it would make sense, but these are all pro footballers were supposedly controlling, and the first touches of my bronze players were agricultural at best. But in my opinion the speed of play and the general gameplay make up for these faults. Everything just feels realistic, you hold down Y for too long, bad luck you ball goes out of play, you try to hit a shot on you weaker foot, it could (and does) go anywhere, whoever you are. Players who are slow can't keep up with fast players, players who can't defend mistime tackles and give away free kicks. It all seems so simple but it makes the game much more interesting. You have to really think about what your doing, who's on the ball and what could happen next. And I really enjoy it. As I said earlier just a shame some things let it down, otherwise it would be the complete package.