We couldn’t wait to get hands-on with the FIFA 13 demo today and thanks to owning both the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles, for review purposes of course, it made things easier for us considering the PS3 version has a much later release time. We put around 3 hours into playing the previous football game each week, and this meant we knew exactly what we wanted to see improved.
The FIFA 13 demo has much shorter games than we normally like to play, but this don’t matter considering it is free and you can always hit rematch. Straight away you start to notice crucial and yet subtle improvements to the controls in the FIFA 13 demo, and the flair you’d normally need to use a combination of buttons for in FIFA 12, is there right away. It is great to see something fresh after playing the last game a lot over the last year.
Non-controlled players go for the ball at last — in the FIFA 13 demo you will notice something that rarely happens in last years game, and that is when a ball passes near a non-controlled player they’ll try and get hold of it. In fact it is much more than this, your players will even move out of their positions and chase down balls just like you would see in a real football game, which means you’ll do less shouting about stupid players just standing there.
FIFA 13 has real flair and the ball moves more realistically — within the first few seconds of playing the demo you’ll notice the ball moves completely different, and rather than land at your feet you’ll see it bounce about more. If the ball is spinning a certain way then you’ll see it move in that direction, this gives a realistic feel to the way the ball moves and acts when you get hold of it.
We’ve only played a couple of matches and notice vast improvements to the feeling of playing football on the Xbox 360, will test the PS3 version tomorrow but expect much of the same, so we’ll be sure to write a full review when we get a chance. It is worth noting that the game commentary in the demo included a lot of the old sayings, which we weren’t impressed with considering playing a few hours every week can lead to boredom of the same old commentary. If we are lucky EA might arrange some DLC for new commentary every few months, which we’d gladly pay for.
Have you played the FIFA 13 demo yet, and if so what do you think of the changes? This is our first impressions but we’d love to hear yours. You can see some gameplay from the demo in the video below.