What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that FIFA SOCCER 13 by EA SPORTS is a sports simulation game that very closely follows the real-world rules of the popular sport. There's no violence or foul language -- and while one team's jerseys advertise Corona beer on them, there's nothing actually encouraging the brand. The corporate sponsorships are simply a part of the game.
What kids can learn
Health & Fitness
Engagement, Approach, Support
Well-polished, with a dramatically improved graphics engine and improved ball momentum and player collisions. Among sports games, it's one of the best.
This is a realistic soccer simulation game, which teachs kids not only the rules of the game, but basic concepts of teamwork and strategy. They also learn that one player alone can't win, no matter how good he is. It takes the efforts of the team
The game also offers an extensive practice mode. EA's Origin service gives access to leaderboards and a friends list. Players can also connect on Facebook and Gmail, and can also invite friends through SMS and email.
What's it about?
FIFA SOCCER 13 is a very realistic simulation of the world's most popular sport, faithfully re-creating the game and just as faithfully following its rules. Teammates pass the ball back and forth via a virtual joystick or swipe controls, which open up special shots. Additional buttons on the screen's right hand side are used to sprint, take shots on goal, or slide tackle opposing team members. The game re-creates the championships of 30 of the sport's most popular leagues.
Is it any good?
FIFA SOCCER 13, in many ways, is a lot like FIFA SOCCER 12 -- but that's not a bad thing. The game is once again well-polished and boasts a dramatically improved graphics engine this year. Physics have also been tweaked to improve ball momentum and player collisions. They're small improvements, but fans will welcome them.
The game is still a bit intimidating for newcomers, though, given the sheer number of things to do and the number of control options on screen. But it's never repetitive, offers several difficulty modes, and offers plenty of tutorial cues. Among sports games, it's one of the best.
Families can talk about...
See if the game sparks an increased interest in real-world soccer, and if so, take kids to a game.
Steer kids who tend to be sedentary to this game to show them the thrill of running up and down a field, playing with others.
Ask kids to describe a time when they had to use teamwork to accomplish a goal -- sports-related or otherwise.