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POSTED 9/3/12


FIFA FOOTBALL

EA Sports
Vita

Some people are on the pitch! They think it's all over...

But it isn’t, obviously, as we’ve just started typing. Clack. Clack-clack. Clack-clack-clackity-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!

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