Fifa Football

[PS Vita.] Review. How does the popular football game go down on Playstation's new handheld system?
The Details
  • Title: FIFA Football
  • Web: Official Site
  • Developer: EA
  • Publisher: EA
  • Released: 22 February, 2012
  • Platforms: PSVita
  • Reviewed On: PSVita

Platform: PS Vita

Year: 2012

FIFA Football was one of a few release games for the Playstation’s impressive new handheld.  How does it feel being on a portable touch screen?  What’s it like to have your favourite team in your pocket? Read on.

I am a massive footy fan. Strange for a girl, I know.  However, I did lay off purchasing this game for a while because I wasn’t sure how it would cope with the Vita’s mechanisms.  I then started to read some good reviews, so I gave it a shot (no pun intended).

Beautiful shadows


My first impressions were ‘wow, nice graphics’.  Not up to PS3 FIFA standard, but still looked pretty decent for a handheld game.  Things are still the same as they are in FIFA 12 in terms of career mode, tournaments and be a pro.  There is also online play, which is so much fun if you can find a decent connection.

Spurs won a cup! I can dream..

If you are worried about the whole touch screen thing like I was, the good news is that you don’t have to use it, but it can be sometimes hard not to.  For instance, to shoot you can press your finger on the touch screen on the back of the Vita and the player will shoot wherever your finger has indicated, but I found I would do this far more than a little just by accident.  It can get quite annoying when you want to pass the ball, but find yourself shooting instead because your finger happened to slip.  If you want to pass the ball, you can indicate as to where on the front touch screen just by tapping it.  However, you can just press the buttons, and the same goes for shooting. I always use the buttons when it comes to passing, for when I put my fingers on the screen, I can’t see what the hell is going on!

In terms of difficulty, I did happen to find this a little too easy at times as you can now pin point where you want your shots to land.  This does take away some of the realism, especially when you have Tottenham beating Arsenal 5-0…(snigger).

Life like models make this a very tasty looking game for the handheld


Despite the touch pads flaws, using it is the whole part of the fun.  I mean, that’s what the Vita is for!  It’s just a little bit too sensitive for my liking on this game.  But don’t let that ruin the gaming experience.  It is a wonderful game of football, and all of the groovy features are there that are present in the console games.

It is like FIFA 12’s little brother.  Only better.

The touch screen will take some getting used to, but once that has been sussed, you are well away to becoming a Spurs legend…or, whatever team you happen to support…



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