FIFA 12 Details: Impact Engine, Player Vision And More New Features
FIFA Fuma, a French FIFA fansite, has kindly posted details from the latest edition of the French Official PlayStation Magazine regarding FIFA 12. Unfortunately, other than knowing how to say “hello” and “goodbye”, I don’t know any French since I took Latin and Spanish in high school. Because of this, I had to translate everything through Babelfish. Here are the best tidbits I could pick out after doing so:
- The new camera will be closer to the ground, which in turn hopes to bring more depth to the gameplay
- The new menu interface will be simpler
- Better ball protection, which will help less physical players maintain possession against stronger ones
- The left analogue stick will be able to perform new dribbles and runs
- More balance between attack and defence, i.e. between physical players and technical ones
- New match presentation, which has been influenced by the atmosphere in English grounds (hopefully EA Sports weren’t influenced by the atmosphere in the Emirates Stadium)
- Three new arenas
- Benches will now appear along the touchlines
- Impressive lighting
- Impact Engine: Injuries will now be tracked throughout the duration of a match. The localization of injuries is also present, which basically means if a player is caught by an elbow, it will injure his face. Players will also get injured off the ball if they’re being abused by the opposition too much, especially later on in a match
- AI Vision of Play: A player’s passing is now determined by his vision and not what a gamer sees onscreen. An example the magazine gives is if Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas has a player behind and in front of him, his passing options are determined by his ability and what he sees. Therefore, it’s now necessary to pay attention to the positioning of a player and what he sees rather than what you see onscreen
It’s nice to see that quite a few of the things I mentioned in my FIFA 12 wishlist made it into the game such as more balance, more ball control options, and a simpler menu. Along with those things I mentioned, new additions such as AI Vision of Play and the Impact Engine are making an appearance. The former seems to be integrated to bring about an end to blind passing and the latter… well, let’s just say that I’m anticipating some brutal tackles and injuries in FIFA 12 replay videos on YouTube.
All in all, these new features have the possibility to revolutionize the soccer video game genre. Here’s hoping that FIFA 12 lives up to the hype and provides us with an awesome gaming experience!
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