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1.0 out of 5 stars Truly awful online play, 19 Nov 2012
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I bought this to play online, usually in seasons mode. But the gameplay, as mentioned by others here, is just so frustrating that it's virtually unplayable. The 'first touch' feature, which is supposed to make the game more 'realistic', means your players randomly become incapable of playing football and give the ball away. No reason to it, just totally random. Sometimes the player you are passing to just starts to sprint towards the ball for no reason, even if you're supposed to be in control of that player by then. Of course, due to 'first touch' he is then completely unable to control the ball and it just just bounces of his shins. If not running towards the ball he'll back off from it allowing an opposition player the run in front and get the ball. Nothing you can do about it, just because the you're supposedly in control of the player, you can't stop him doing it.

Goalkeepers are completely hopeless, balls roll past them and they stand and watch (computer controlled players do this often also). They make impossible saves from a couple of yards out, but fail to save a mediocre daisy-cutter from 30 yards. Defenders will run back towards balls going out for a goal kick and touch them out on the line for a corner instead. You can't stop them doing it, the game just doesn't let you control the player.

The defence AI is truly, truly awful. As others have said, just lob the ball over the defence and your attackers can run on to it, while the defence reacts like zombies. Left-back or right-back will often just go missing, either up field or practically playing centre-back, leaving huge gaps for the opposition to run into.

Assisted passing, and even semi-assisted (which is not supposed to control direction), makes totally insane decisions. Passes sometimes go in almost the completely opposite direction to the direction you want it to. A constant problem I find is running down the wing with the ball, you have one player in line with the defence, and another running into the space in front of the defence. You can't pass to the forward player, but there is a clear path to the attacker running in. But the game will almost always ignore you and try to pass to the furthest forward player and give the ball away. 'Through balls' often do the same thing, ignoring your direction on the LS and making stupid passes to players level with the passing player, sometimes even behind. Yes, that's right, a through ball that goes backwards!

The ref, terrible in fifa 12, is no better in 13. Blatant fouls go unpunished, with tiny touches resulting in a foul and a booking. In one game I had a player running back towards goal, chasing the ball, followed by an attacker. My player made a 'sliding tackle' in order to nudge the ball back to the goalie. The following attacker fell over the defender on the ground, the ref gave a penalty and sent the defender off! The ref also gets in the way of the ball, and often your players, far more than he should. He often makes no effort to get out of the way. Also, it's surely not difficult to make sure the ref wears different colours to the teams, but often one team can be playing in red with the ref also in red. It's very hard to tell them apart when your in the thick of the action, effectively giving the other team an extra player in some situations. This is basic stuff!

The auto-change button often gives control to a completely illogical player, sometimes not even a player on the screen, and often nowhere near the ball. Even with auto-change off except for air-balls (the default setting) the game often changes the player you're in control of in normal play without prompting. Sometimes you're trying to defend and in control of a player near the ball and the game changes to a player further away! It often makes defending impossible.

For me this is a big step backwards from fifa12. That was frustrating enough! This might look more realistic with the 'first touch' feature, but really it's just random player stupidity thrown into the mix. No reason to it. Defence AI seems worse than fifa12, attacking AI is improved a little, but with the random direction ignoring of passes or through-balls this doesn't help much (fifa12 also did this, but changing passing assist to semi in fifa12 was more helpful in removing it). Ref AI is just as bad, if in a different way.

A big disappointment, if this is the best a football game can be on the current generation of hardware, than lets have the XBox 720 (or whatever it will be called) asap PLEASE!

And I haven't even started on the bugs...
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Initial post: 16 Dec 2012 07:04:58 GMT
I have fifa 12 and i thought that fifa 13 was just exactly the same maybe even worse

Posted on 16 Dec 2012 07:05:16 GMT
I have fifa 12 and i thought that fifa 13 was just exactly the same maybe even worse
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