A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn the rules of soccer as well as the basic concepts of teamwork and strategy in FIFA SOCCER 12. As kids move the ball down the field, they have to pass it to teammates and not violate any of the rules of the game. Young soccer fans can learn some basics and watch how simulated pros play -- and perhaps better their own game.
Ease of Play
Electronic Arts has revamped the control structure for the game, greatly improving it from previous installments of the game. Controlling the ball and players is much easier. The game also offers a deep practice mode to let you build up skills.
Products & Purchases
Consumer branding is everywhere in this game, as it is in the real sport of soccer. Stadium banners promote publisher Electronic Arts, while player uniforms have company names and logos on them, such as United Healthcare and Herbalife.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One team's jersey promotes Corona beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that FIFA SOCCER 12 is a sports simulation game that is very authentic to the real-world soccer experience. One country's jerseys have the Corona beer logo on them, but there's no violence, foul language, sex, or other inappropriate content.
Is It Any Good?
Previous FIFA soccer games in the App Store have been good, but not great. FIFA SOCCER 12, though, is absolutely fantastic -- and may be one of the best sports games available in the App Store. The entire game, from the controls to the graphics, has been overhauled -- and the improvements are vast. The game makes excellent use of the touchscreen without slowing down the pace of the game. The graphics are quite smooth, and there's even a manager mode, letting you experience soccer from the other side of the sidelines.
The addition of a changing daily challenge will keep core players hooked, but this is a title that even non-soccer fans will embrace. It's a huge game, taking up over 1 GB of space, but its quality and depth indicate that's not an unreasonable size.
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