people are on the pitch! They think it's all over...
But it isn’t, obviously, as we’ve just started typing. Clack.
When it comes to videogaming soccer supremacy, FIFA pretty
much has what little competition that exists by the balls. It’s
amazing what you can accomplish in 19 years.
This deftly shrunken incarnation has come a long way since the days
of the Mega Drive. Which yes, you’d expect in almost two decades,
but it’s still hard not to drop little squee-inflected ‘wow!’
emissions upon stopping to think what’s going on in the palm of your
hand here. Oi, stop sniggering!
Essentially, this is the FIFA you know and love – assuming
that you know and love what FIFA has become - but stripped
down a wee bit from the last big machine outing. Control-wise, the
Vita’s backside comes into play. Yes, just like the real game,
things have gone all touchy-squealy-bottom-feely. Probably the
easiest way to explain it is that the back panel is the goals when
you’re within range, so stab your finger top left and that’s where
the ball will head net-wise. Of course this also engages the usual
annoyance of not being able to hold the Vita properly, as it whinges
every time a stray finger hits that aforementioned backside.
There’s frontal touchy stuff too, and it’s reasonably well
implemented, especially flick passing. It takes some getting used
to, but then so too do the regular controls for those who stopped
dribbling around toddlerhood. Oh, and it all looks rather majestic –
just had to drop that in somewhere.
Meanwhile, as FIFA fans would expect there are enough modes
to ensure that you’ll never, ever, ever-ever-ever walk alone – umm,
unless you choose solo play. Otherwise you can get busy online
creaminating poor Sven from Uppsala.
It is now – arrivederci!