Platform: Nintendo Wii U
Reviewed by: Darryl Linington
When it comes to FIFA 13 on the Wii U there are a considerable amount of differences between the Wii U version of this title and the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version. While some of these differences are definitely an improvement when it comes to the actual gameplay experience… there are others that just seem poorly implemented. The overall gameplay experience of FIFA 13 on the Wii U quite honestly reminds me of FIFA 12… the improvements are there; however, the Wii U version looks to lack some of the major highlights of FIFA 13. This can be seen in the games lack of the following features:
FIFA’s Ultimate Team allows gamers to trade and sign new players to enhance team chemistry and sell players that don’t entirely benefit your team. Become a skilled manager by taking care of your players’ morale and fitness, and reap the benefits of your hard work by defeating your opponents.
Online Football Club:
FIFA’s Online Football Club allows gamers to connect, compete and share everything within the game with their friends. It also allows you to build status as you climb 100 levels, unlock rewards in the all-new Football Club Catalogue, and enjoy live challenges based on real-world football games.
Match Day feeds real-world news ripped from the headlines around the world into the game. Drama such as injuries, suspensions, team form, and media gossip will be reflected through in-game commentary and play out in-game. Real-world fixtures and upcoming clashes of your favourite club in the top leagues will enable fans to play right along with the beats of the season. Player form will change frequently, so players in form, or players struggling to keep form, will see their stats change throughout the season based on their real-world performance. Plus, Games of the Week will highlight the top global match-ups for fans to enjoy.
FIFA 13’s Skill Games have been designed to help the player improve of their in-game football skills.
Quite honestly, the lack of these features is rather disappointing and this makes FIFA 13, on the Wii U, feel like a stripped down version of the game… instead of the full retail release that graced the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. While there are quite a few features missing from FIFA 13 there are a few redeeming factors of the Wii U version. This can be seen when using Nintendo’s Gamepad while playing this title. The Gamepad’s screen will allow players to have several different views of a match… these views can be selected on the touchscreen using the tabs featured on the right-hand side of the screen. The first view is basically a live streaming view of the match being played, which can ultimately be used to play the match without the use of a TV screen. Additionally, you can use the touchscreen to pass and shoot for the goal; however, most players may opt for the traditional controls over the touchscreen controls. While this is great to experience it does have a downside, which comes in the form of no way of telling how long is left of your match or even what the actual score is. Furthermore, the touchscreen will allow you to manage your team, adjust your formation, change tactics and apply various changes to your team during a live match. This is all implemented flawlessly and makes for a rather unique gameplay experience overall; however, the lack of certain modes is still something that is rather unfortunate.
Graphically, FIFA 13 looks good; however, the players do not perfectly represent their real world counterparts like the other consoles do. Additionally, FIFA 13 on the Wii U suffers from various frame-rate and texture pop issues, which really cannot be missed. While FIFA 13 does suffer graphically, it does feature some really great sound and commentary; however, while using headphones, the game just seems too soft… even though the settings have been pushed to the max. I spent a bit time going through the actual Wii U software to adjust the sound levels, but there seems to be no option to push up the volume of the Gamepad, which means, although the volume slider is turned up all the way, the volume levels are still too low.
FIFA 13 on the Wii U is quite honestly a missed opportunity. This is due to the lack of features as well the titles various graphical issues; however, when it comes to the unique approach to gameplay and the flawless integration of Nintendo’s Gamepad this title quite honestly shines when it comes to innovation. While FIFA 13 is a mixed bag of tricks, it is still a title that is best played on the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3… Let’s just hope that FIFA 14 comes out as a full featured title for the Nintendo Wii U, rather than a stripped down version of FIFA 13.
Gameplay & features: 5.5/10
Lasting Appeal: 7/10
Reviewed on Wii U