Everyone’s talking about the new FIFA 12… but what if FIFA 12 was actually just about FIFA?
Imagine that together with some of the controversy that’s surrounded FIFA over the past twelve months…
Game review: FIFA 12 — the real FIFA!
Introduction: a brand new way of playing
I’ve only been playing FIFA 12 for a few hours, but it’s already really obvious the new format is a bold move: ditching all footballing gameplay in order to make the game a simulation about what actually happens at FIFA headquarters. Over the past year there’s been a presidential election and the awarding of two World Cups, so there’s been plenty going on to help shape the game’s new direction.
FIFA World Cup Bid
Every football fan’s dream is to have the FIFA World Cup happen in their own home country. In FIFA 12, you can help build your country’s bid for either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.
Lobbying to get your country the World Cup sees you jet-setting around the world meeting with different representatives from world football, trying to convince them your country will put on the best World Cup possible. But is it as simple as that?
Oh dear, it seems Jack Warner wants a bit more for his vote.
You’re not going to win the Brazilian vote that easily! Ricardo Teixeira is quite the tough cookie.
I think every football fan has dreamt about being FIFA President. What crazy initiatives could you bring in? Goal line technology? The world would be your oyster!
Who will you run as? Grant Wahl is the underdog, Sepp Blatter the incumbant… maybe Mohamed bin Hammam will have a good chance?
You’ve got to watch your back — Chuck Blazer has reported you to the FIFA Ethics committee!
While the campaign for presidency is quite fun, the major let down is the actual voting: I’ve played the game a few times and it always ends up only being Sepp Blatter up for election!
This game mode isn’t as long as the others, and is a bit disappointing: it seems you just try and fleece as much money out of potential World Cup bidders as possible. Perhaps a Sims-like interface where you can build your own mansion with all your money would make it a bit more interesting?
Would the bold new format of FIFA 12 work? Probably not… I give it 1/5.
Back to reality
While the real FIFA 12 is no doubt a great game, it concerns me that so many people are playing a game that bears the same name as an organisation shrouded in controversy and murky politics that’s desperately in need of reform.
Sepp Blatter has promised that reform: but as someone elected as a sole candidate, how much can we really expect?
I really hope that by the time FIFA 13 is released, FIFA has cleaned up its act. But think about the inevitable future game franchises for Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022: they will be sad reminders of the current FIFA’s legacy — not to mention the actual tournaments themselves.