FIFA 13 for PC has been released by EA Sports through the Origin online store and gamers can now use the best hardware possible to enjoy stunning graphics, physics and gameplay for the world’s top sports video game. FIFA 13 on PC costs just $39.99 on Origin.com, meaning it’s a full $20 cheaper than buying it for your Xbox 360 or PS3 console system. This version of FIFA brings many new innovations including enhanced Artificial Intelligence and new dynamics for dribbling, ball control and physical play. With all of the features combining to make this year’s FIFA extremely rich, the fact that it now can be played on a Windows PC, at a discounted price, and has some of the best graphics ever seen for a sports video game makes FIFA 13 for PC an absolute winner. If you haven’t read them already also check out our FIFA 13 Xbox 360 Review as well as the FIFA 13 iOS Review.
In this FIFA 13 review we’ll go over some of the new key features in this version. The first is the Attacking Intelligence, which is some new positioning logic that “infuses attack players with the ability to analyze plays” and ideally, create new attacking opportunities. There’s also Complete Dribbling which lets you make more precise movements while dribbling as well as control your speed (Slow / Fast), which is demonstrated during drills that carry over well to actual games. Then there’s perhaps the most talked about new feature, FIFA 13 First Touch Control, that eliminates near-perfect control for players by inserting uncertainty when receiving difficult passes. This makes the game look and function much more realistically as bad balls won’t be handled cleanly by recipients any longer. This creates more opportunities for loose balls, turnovers and exciting plays. You’ll notice this feature more than any other in-game enhancement as there’s much more contention over passes and the fight to maintain possession.
There’s also the new Player Impact Engine that is now in its second generation. It’s a physics engine that expands physical play, including collisions and off-ball fights for positions, which greatly affects the defensive game. There’s also Tactical Free Kicks that allows you to position up to three attacking players for more creative free kicks to add to the danger element during a game. Finally, there’s the EA Sports Football Club which gives you rewards, levels and challenges based on real-world soccer (aka football) events. You can unlock items such as celebrations, kits, attribute boosts and scouting credits from the Football Club Catalog. There’s even a Football Club iPhone App that allows you to access your team while on the go.
Back in the day, EA Sports used to release all their franchises on the PC including NHL and Madden. In recent years, that’s completely fallen off the map so seeing a FIFA release on PC was a welcome sight to some old school PC gamers. Why? Quite frankly, there’s no way a PS3 or an Xbox 360 can even come close to the graphics power that a decently built PC can. That’s totally evident the first time you fire up FIFA 13: your jaw will figuratively hit the floor. A mid-range PC will make this game soar while high end machines on a 27″ monitor (such as ours) will bring you a sports gaming experience like never before. The graphics look tele-realistic with players looking fluid and the match moving just like it does in real life. The enhanced power of a PC’s graphics capabilities are fully used and if you’re a FIFA fan at all, you’ll give this one a run on your PC. FIFA 13 just might be the best looking and performing sports video game of all time as played on a Windows PC.
When it comes to play-by-play commentary, FIFA 13 might be tops in the industry. The included broadcast teams continue to shine every time there’s a match with authentic British commentary that is relevant, lively and engaging to the gamer. The in-game chants from the crowd are all authentic to each football club and do an excellent job capturing the right emotion from the crowd watching you play. Their reactions to big moments in the game are excellently timed and overall, really add to the experience. Finally, the soundtrack is, as it always has been, amazing to listen to whenever a track is playing.
Playing on a PC ten years ago meant that you were either playing with your keyboard, your keyboard and mouse, or some wonky USB game controller. While FIFA 13 does a very admirable job with gameplay controls for Keyboard + Mouse, in this era Microsoft has done us good by allowing us to connect Xbox 360 controllers to our Windows 7 PCs. This works brilliantly as you get the control and flavor of a console controller while playing on the power of a modern PC. Anyone with reservations about setting this up should sit back as it doesn’t take much effort and the controls map perfectly to FIFA 13 on PC.
Many of the new features outlined above definitely carry weight into the in-game aspects of FIFA 13. Passing just became that much more difficult thanks to the realism now associated with mishandling less than stellar passes. This creates a tremendous new dynamic, especially on defense, that makes the game more realistic, especially to those of us that actually play the game for club and school teams (small brag). That said, there are tons of different modes to pour time into, which for novices is a god-send because of all the Skill mini-games that teach you how to pull off more advanced moves. There are plenty of modes in terms of season (online/offline) and tournament play, with the most depth offered in Pro Clubs Seasons mode where you take control of a team for 10 seasons.
The game plays extraordinarily well thanks to leveraging the Xbox 360 controller and between all the game modes and challenges to dive into, you’ll be playing FIFA 13 right up to the second FIFA 14 comes out.
Overall Impression – FIFA 13 Review
FIFA 13 on PC is an instant classic which might represent a reprisal of sports games on Windows powered machines. Once gamers get into the game and put their hardware to work, they’ll absolutely be blown away by the fluidity, detail and overall performance that FIFA 13 graphically represents. It’s a near revelation and has to be considered one of the best, if not the absolute top, graphically stunning sports video games of all time. The sound isn’t anything too new, but FIFA always has done a great job and compared to audio work done on other sports games is in a tier above the rest. There are a ton of gameplay modes to keep you busy, be it offline or online.