As you may recall, we enjoyed FIFA 12 when it launched on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Now, to add to the already impressive
lineup of titles for the Vita, EA has brought a game that may just be the
perfect display title for the new handheld.
A cursory glance at the game shows the true graphical
capabilities of the Vita. The game’s graphics are incredible and more than make
up for the smaller screen FIFA fans may not be used to. Players and the ball
are just as easy to see and the sound quality, including the announcers is
Appealing to traditional FIFA fans, EA has done an admirable
job of adapting the controls as closely as possible to the console version,
making the game a nearly wholesale uncanny clone of its console cousins.
However, what sets FIFA on the Vita apart is that it adds unique wrinkles to
FIFA 12’s formula.
This is owed almost entirely to the touchscreen, which
drastically shortens the learning curve for passing and shooting. We found that
we could much more accurately place the ball where we wanted to with the
touchscreen rather than the joystick and buttons. However, this doesn’t mean
the game takes place exclusively on the screen. In fact, we found that when
defending it was easier to use both joysticks, and when on offense, we would
simply start using the touchscreen.
FIFA also utilizes the Vita’s rear touchpad to great effect
by using it to control the power of a shot and aiming during penalty kicks.
Further taking advantage of the hardware, you can take a picture of yourself
and paste your face on that of a custom made character.
We were as surprised as you are, but because of the vast
possibilities offered by the handheld, FIFA on the Vita just may be just as
good as the console versions, if not more appealing for some footy fans.