FIFA 12 UEFA Euro 2012 Review
FIFA 12 UEFA Euro 2012 Review
So, Uefa Euro 2012 will be released shortly as a DLC and time will tell that if this move would be a sucessful one, or a horribly pear-shaped one for EA Sports.
Uefa Euro 2012 is split into 5 sections. The actual tournament itself, Euro 2012 specific challenges, Online, Kick Off and the all new expedition mode.
Euro 2012 Tournament
Much has been said been talked about the decision not to include the Qualifying stages in Uefa Euro 2012 with the game producer Sebastian Enrique stating that analysed the metrics and decided to leave it out because based on WC 2012 and Euro 08 data, they saw that many people skipped right passed these stages. It’s a big shame that even though percentage of people didn’t play this, they decided to not add this into Uefa Euro 2012 as like me and I’m sure a few others would love to participate in the qualifying stages.
The homepage of the tournaments is similar to a stripped down Career Mode homepage and very alike of World Cup 2010 as well, with statistic options and team management available on the left and there is the ability to cycle through the current group standing on the right. In the middle, you’ll see your next available fixture and the news panel, which will display things such as reactions to results and suspensions. A really nice touch is the implemention of simulation of fixtures played before your next match, which basically means you can quickly keep up with other teams progress in the tournament without having to dig back into the statistics menu. All fixtures are scheduled for the correct dates and times and match conditions perfectly reflect this.
The in game game-play feels exactly like Fifa 12, however the match atmosphere has been nailed to perfecto and you really feel the match atmosphere that you would experience in real world. The new and ‘improved’ commentary stands out, with frequent mentions to happenings elsewhere in the tournament as well as progress in previous games, golden boot and so on.
The stadiums themselves are, second to none. The official branding and advertising have been plastered on around each stadium and although it can look quite busy at time, I assuming the the whole tournament itself which feel this way too. The Uefa Euro 2012 trophy celebration will sure to disappoint many and I’d have expected some drastic change here, but sadly this release there isn’t any significant change. To sum it in a way really, it’s just FIFA 12 reskinned, for the tournament, with better commentary, updated kits and new stadiums, having said that, I’m very much looking forward in loading it up rocking it out again once the tournament kicks off. EA sports have brilliantly managed to capture the magic of international tournaments in these six matches and once everything goes into motion, I can only see it getting either more exciting.
Uefa Euro 2012 expedition mode makes up the bulk of the DLC and it’s certainly the part which is going to demand most time investment should you set out to complete it. The whole concept is somewhere between Ultimate Team without the winning players model and control we saw introduced in FIFA Streets World Tour. You start with a shabby team and you tour Europe playing matches to make it better, fairly straightforward really, however it can turn quite messy.
On Your team, your captain can either be your Virtual Pro or a player of your choosing and once they’re confirmed you then need to select the rest of your squad. You’ll be given a mash-up of players rated around 49-59 from various nations which you can refresh as many times as you wish, however it’s very unlikely that it will make a blind bit of difference.
Team customisation options are quite thorough, with plenty of options to modify badges, modify your kits and so on, much like FIFA Street but without the possible option to unlock others further down as you progress. You can also revisit these options and make changes at any time you fancy doing so.
On Uefa Euro 2012, Nations are sorted by their qualifying groups, so once you’ve selected a starting point you begin by playing the teams that didn’t qualify. If you beat fellow nations, in return you get one of their players, the first time you beat a fellow nation you’re awarded a reserve player, the second time a substitute and third time you crack them, a first team player. The only downside of this is that you don’t get control over which player you get, however you can choose to reject them if you feel like doing so. The problem with rejecting players is that you might be looking to strengthen in the striking department but if you keep getting rewarded with defenders the idea of making your own winning team goes out of the window. Sadly, the possibility of hunting out the better players just by playing against better team isn’t available to you either because you need to beat the smaller nations in order to unlock the bigger nations.
Winning your matches also allows you to build pathways to other nations. You can’t play a team until you’ve built a pathway between them and somewhere else that you also have unlocked so usually you’ll be given the option at the end of a match to pick which path you want to open. Having said this, this doesn’t always goes to plan as sometimes your’re only given one pathway to open. If you lose a game then the pathway to that country is demolished and you’ll need to revisit other nations and beat them in other to get back on track. Every win (up to a total of three against each country) will unlock a photo from the tournaments history. Each photo counts as part of a mosaic you’re slowly building as you progress through the Expedition which I guess is the goal of the mode – to complete the mosaic. How likely that is though I’m not sure as there are a total of 180 pieces to collect.
Winning matches also allows you to build roads to other nations. You can’t play a team until you’ve built a road between them and somewhere else that you also have unlocked so usually you’ll be given the option at the end of a match to pick which path you want to open. It doesn’t always work however as sometimes you’re only given one road to open (which in my case was one I’d already opened, even though there were other locked paths within that group). If you lose a game then the road to that country is destroyed and you’ll need to revisit other nations and beat them to unlock it again. Every win (up to a total of three against each country) will unlock a photo from the tournaments history. Each photo counts as a piece of a mosaic you’re slowly building as you progress through the Expedition which I guess is the goal of the mode to complete the mosaic. How likely that is though I’m not sure as there are a total of 180 pieces to collect.
To make any progress on Uefa Euro 2012, you’re looking at a huge number of matches (over 150) and at the end of it, all you’ll have is a mosaic and a hodge podge team that you’ve had little to do with sculpting beyond choosing the teams to play against.
Uefa Euro 2012 Verdict
Worth buying will keep you preoccupied until Fifa 13 comes out.
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