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FIFA 13 Demo Impressions

The FIFA 13 demo was released yesterday so gamers will be able to grab the demo for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 coming in at just over 2.2 GB.

Ever since I started playing FIFA properly back in 2010, I was always a PlayStation 3 fanboy and not since Incredible Connection (with its specials) and Skype (with its voIP abilities) have I touched FIFA on PS3 again. I’ve been fully converted to a FIFA PC player using my PlayStation 3 remote on my PC. If you aren’t sure how to do that, check out this handy article.

It’s obviously no surprise then that I have been playing the FIFA 13 demo since yesterday morning when it was released at about 10am according to the EA South Africa Facebook page. By now the demo should have also been released for PlayStation 3.

Getting to the demo, things have been almost unchanged as far as FIFA demos in the past go. Gamers will get to play single matches of three minutes a half and have a choice of five different teams. These teams are Manchester City, Milan, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus. In addition to the regular quick matches, players will be able to take part in a lot of the skill games that will feature in FIFA 13 this year. I fondly remember getting frustrated while trying to chip-shoot the ball over some cardboard boxes into a target and having to try it quite a few times.

The actual game itself is quite different to FIFA 12. I noticed on a number of occasions that it's more difficult because the players don’t always receive the ball perfectly. It certainly makes for an action-packed time. There is also a lot more collision and at one time my opponent was almost pulling on my arm to slow me down and I ended up facing the wrong way and then rolling on the ground as I gladly accepted the foul.

I’m not sure if it’s linked to the career mode or just random commentator chatter in-game but I distinctly took note of the commentator saying something along the lines of Samir Nasri not wanting to play the entire game because he fell down some stairs at home. Again, I’m not sure whether this may be linked to the career mode or if it’s just random commentator talk that’s been included into the game and offers no real effect on the game itself. It also feels like the commentators have been given an entirely new script. There is definitely some of the old lines there but there is also a load of new conversation between the two, so much so, that you may even forget some of the old commentary from the previous game.

Visually FIFA 13 does look better than FIFA 12. It’s not a substantial difference but definitely enough to let gamers know they are playing a new game. Obviously a lot of the things featured in the demo are fantastic but it only begins to scrape the surface of what’s on offer in the retail version of FIFA 13. There are a number of career mode changes that players will really enjoy as well as the skill games which can’t be played by themselves, but can only be played before the start of each demo match.

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Above, you can see one of the awesome goals I scored with Edin Džeko for Manchester City. If you can't see the video, you can check it out at this link instead.

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