FIFA Soccer 13

 
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Learning(i)

Extraordinarily good soccer game with easy controls.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

FIFA Soccer 13, like most other team-based sports games, encourages healthy competition, playing by the rules (and penalties if they're broken), national pride, and outdoor activity.

Positive role models

The game has many thousands of players, so if they're good role models in real life then, by extension, they could be considered good role models in the game. But the reverse is true, too. There is no one player in the game but all major pro players from around the world.

Ease of play

Perhaps more so than any FIFA Soccer game over the past 10 years, FIFA Soccer 13 is very easy to play because it puts a lot of the character movement and ball handling on the two analog sticks. The game also has a training camp to master controls.

Violence & scariness

It's possible to trip or be tripped and there are injuries sustained in some of the career/managerial models.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

As with other FIFA games, there is a lot of branding in an around the pitch, on the players and in the broadcast-like presentation. Familiar logos to international brands are visible (such as Nike everywhere). The name of the game and EA Sports can be seen quite a bit, too. Because these versions support dynamic advertising -- i.e. advertising can be pushed to the game online to change it up -- expect to see different advertisers over time.

Privacy & safety

Major privacy and safety concerns: Some of the versions of the game -- namely, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PC -- support real-time chatting in the online multiplayer modes. Because you can talk in an unsupervised and unfiltered environment, it's not ideal for young kids to use this option.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that FIFA Soccer 13 is essentially a soccer simulation. It doesn't contain anything inappropriate for young eyes or ears (including a music soundtrack), but parents should be aware the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC versions support live online chat via headset microphone, so players using this option might be engaged in an inappropriate chat with strangers or hear strong profanity.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Science

  • physics
  • gravity
  • motion

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • thinking critically
  • applying information

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • respect for others

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Science

  • physics
  • gravity
  • motion

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • thinking critically
  • applying information

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • respect for others

Kids can learn the rules to soccer, how to follow codes of conduct, and what it takes to devise a winning strategy in a soccer game. To a lesser extent, FIFA Soccer 13 also teaches kids about how to working with others to reach a goal. By watching how the virtual pros play and experiencing which moves are legal and which aren't, kids can come away with a better understanding of how to play soccer.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

What's it about?

As with previous soccer games in EA Sports' long and successful history, FIFA SOCCER 13 is a simulation that virtually recreates the world's most popular sport. Gamers can select their favorite team, take control over all the players, and vie for supremacy on the pitch. This year's game offers multiple solo and multiplayer modes (both online and in front of the same TV), many platforms to play on (8, in total) and with improvements to artificial intelligence (A.I.), dribbling, ball control, and more. FIFA Soccer 13 houses more than 500 officially licensed clubs and roughly 15,000 players.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

FIFA Soccer 13 boasts gorgeous and intense action on the pitch compared to its predecessors -- thanks, in part, to high-definition player models, lifelike animation, and authentic ball and player physics. FIFA Soccer 13 offers smarter and more realistic player behavior, with the all-new Attacking Intelligence technology, where soccer stars have the ability to analyze space, work smarter to break down defenses, and even think a couple of plays ahead. An improved dribbling system delivers true 360-degree mobility in any direction, while new touch mechanics allow for subtle plays based on pressure, player direction, and trajectory of the ball. While the game is more evolutionary than revolutionary, FIFA Soccer 13 is well worth the price of admission.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why EA Sports comes out with a new FIFA Soccer game every year or even more often than that (such as FIFA Street, FIFA World Cup), and so on. Why do they do this?

  • Does playing this kind of sports game make you want to go out and hit the pitch yourself?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Windows, PlayStation 2
Price:$39.99 to $59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:EA Sports
Release date:September 25, 2012
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Great boy role models
ESRB rating:E for (No descriptors) (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PSP, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old October 28, 2012
 
LEARNING

CLASS,CLASS,CLASS AND MORE CLASS!

A very good and realistic video game that I adore! The gameplay is incredible and just lovely in the way of how players find space and make intelligent runs. AN ABSOLUTE BLOCKBUSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Teen, 15 years old Written bymattguy15 December 27, 2012
 

ahhh frustrated

i hate the controles so hard on ps3.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old December 3, 2012
 

FIFA 13

Very good gameplay graphics its easy to play and super AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! Its age limit is probably 8 and up but overall its one of the best games I have. GO BUY IT!!!!!!!!! Although its probably sold out because its so good.
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Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

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