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Close but no cigar... oh an I miss PES :'(
on 22 August 2012
OK first of all this is good game. There's a LOT wrong with it, but overall it's still a lot of fun.
As with all shiny new EA Sports games you have the usual gloss - snazzy menu screens and sequences during the game.
These ultimately give you the Stella Artois "reassuringly expensive" feel. However these effects are only temporarily beneficial, and there are many/endless times when you just wish the menu would load FAST and stop trying to look "nice" all the time.
The way things fade in and out and times you are waiting for the options like formations to load are very frustrating.
The best thing is the rear touch screen shooting. This automatically gives the advantage of ALL future football games to the vita over anything else. This gives you pin point accuracy when shooting and taking penalties. You can (if your player isn't a donkey) purposefully aim penalties to go in off the post giving the keeper no chance. It's that accurate. Although still a bit of a risk at times. Depends on the size of you plums. ;)
The commentary is rubbish and badly sequenced and very quickly out of date. If you pick a club that's in league 2 and take them to the premiership and win the Champions League 4 times they will still talk about how hard it will be to get out of league 2 (for example). The commentators will ask each other questions and the other won't reply. They will shout hysterically when the ball rolls softly into the keepers arms on occasion. But most football games have these issues, seems no one has ever bothered to sort this out. They should use more 'stock' phrases and not try and be too specific. Granted it's improved from the old "And here come *5 second pause* Liverpool who are playing *5 second pause* Derby County" but it's not improved as much as it could and Fifa are one of the worst offenders.
I love the manager stuff though. Good transfer system. Although there's Not as much detail as PES as paying better coaches, medical staff and agents that overall improve your team so players improve quicker, recover from injury quicker and you can sign better players easier and cheaper. This is a bit of a miss really. I'd also like to change the away kit of my team and this isn't possible or not very obvious.
You also get some strange scores as well. It's mostly a pretty easy game even when in the hardest setting. So I don't think you would enjoy playing this for too long. A lot of times you can win 5-2 (clean sheets for me at least are difficult!). Occasionally though you can be beating a team 3-0 as normal, cruising along, and then suddenly the game decides you should draw. You can be as cautious as you like but the game creates a number of unlikely scenarios so that the other team that was easily contained suddenly score 3 goals in 10 minutes. A bit annoying really. Fortunately it doesn't happen THAT often, but it's far too obvious when it does.
Overall a good game but feels a bit like style (and official names) over actual game play. PES is still the winner between these 2 for it's no fuss and total commitment to the player and LONG term. Fifa seems to wow at first but doesn't have the longevity that PES has. However, up to now we have no choice so it's fifa only. So those reviews saying "best handheld football game ever!!" are correct, but only because PES isn't available.
I am a neutral gamer, I've owned both PES and fifa across the years and until recently was firmly in the fifa camp after many years of megadrive playing of fifa. So when I say PES is better I mean that from a personal and balanced view. I'm not a fanboy of either and generally try both games with open minds before concluding. I have found fifa to be annoying the last couple of years though. However this will adequately fill the gap until PES decides to pull it's finger out. I've played fifa 2013 on the Vita as well, and have decided to stick to this version as it's EXACTLY the same. Save yourself £20 and buy this game and scribble "2013" on the front of the box.