FIFA Soccer 12

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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One of the best (and best-looking) sports simulations.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This soccer simulation encourages team play, interracial cooperation, healthy athletic competition against other teams, national pride, and playing by the rules (otherwise you get carded). Players who sustain injuries are excluded from future games until they're well enough to play. There is no inappropriate content in this game and no songs with offensive lyrics.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Because there are so many soccer stars in this game, whether or not they're a good role model boils down to the real person the virtual character is modeled after. As in any sport, there are good role models and there are bad role models. But this non-contact, high-energy sport is generally regarded as great for kids.

 

Ease of Play

Not too different than past games, at least in the control department, with many of the player and ball-handling moves assigned to the two analog sticks (in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions). A tutorial and paper manual help explain how to play, too.

Violence & Scariness

It's possible to kick the ball away from an opponent and there are occasional collisions.

Language
Consumerism

There is gratuitous branding in this game, be it banners that promote developer and publisher EA Sports and the game FIFA SOCCER 12 or other brand names seen on the uniforms or on signs, such as Samsung, T-Mobile, Adidas, and so on. The advertising in this game mirrors what is found in  the real sport of soccer, which also has plenty of branding.

 

 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know FIFA Soccer 12 is a sports simulation game with no violence, gore, sex, drugs, or alcohol, profanity, or other inappropriate behavior. Some of the versions of the game can be played online, however, with full voice chat, which can create privacy concerns for young kids. Common Sense Media doesn't recommend online play for pre-teens and under.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKarrie21 September 5, 2012

Good game - never tried online mode

I've played this a few times by myself and with close friends. I really enjoy it and there are obviously things that you and your kid could talk about such... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byFalconMJ October 5, 2011

Suitable for EVERYBODY

Amazing Game! Suitable for any age.
Teen, 13 years old Written byP33lzHeer October 17, 2011

Flawed?

FIFA 12 let me down. Tactical Defending is great but all the other controls are awful! The switch player never works right and I emit more swears than a cowboy... Continue reading

What's it about?

As with past versions of FIFA Soccer, the latest from EA Canada is a realistic-looking and authentically-played game of soccer -- housing more than 500 officially licensed clubs and roughly 15,000 players. Along with quick matches, you can indulge in a managerial-focused career mode -- including variables that include scouting, player morale, injuries, and wages -- or build your ultimate team from the world's best soccer stars. You can also play complete seasons and tournaments online with friends. And for the first time in a FIFA Soccer game, all your efforts on the pitch are recorded as you'll earn experience points that can be used to "level up" your status -- and you can spread the news to your friends on Facebook.

Is it any good?

The world's most popular sport has never looked or played so good in video game form. Even better than last year's impressive game, FIFA SOCCER 12 offers incredibly realistic physics, including how the players react to one another and ball dribbling, passing, and scoring. Combine this with high-definition graphics shown through broadcast-style cameras and passersby might just think it's a real televised match. Artificial intelligence (A.I.) has also been greatly improved, therefore computer-controlled teammates act in a smarter way, including a more tactical defense that reacts more like the real thing.

From the tight controls and high production values to the depth and breadth of solo and multiplayer matches, FIFA Soccer 12 is simply one of the most gratifying sports games available today. Note: The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game look and play the same but the others don't fare as well visually; and they handle a little differently (such as utilizing the Nintendo Wii motion controller). These other versions don't all offer the same robust set of modes and features as the high-def discs.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how prices vary so greatly between the different versions of FIFA Soccer 12. Some, like the Sony PlayStation 2 and Nintendo 3DS are $40, while Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions are $60. Is there a reason for the price discrepancy?

  • Does playing sports video games make you want to play the sport in real life?

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