Fifa 13: the best football game ever, renew your season ticket
Realistic gameplay makes Fifa 13 feel more like Super Sunday Sky Sports than ever
What you need to know
Fifa 13 is the latest edition of the perennial Fifa football video game series. The series, produced by Canadian games maker Electronic Arts, has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling video game franchises.
Fifa video games have been released annually for the last 17 years, and are officially licensed by Fifa, enabling them to use real football team names, player names and likenesses such as Lionel Messi.
The game allows users to choose real football teams and compete in matches with onscreen players who run, pass, and score goals. Gamers can also relive real-world football events so that the game looks, feels and plays like the real-world season. UK release date: 28 September.
What the critics like
Electronic Arts have raised the bar for football video games once again, says Chris Dring in The Guardian. Fifa 13 feels more like Super Sunday Sky Sports than ever, with "glorious verisimilitude" in gameplay mechanics, commentary with live updates, and a huge number of play modes. It's a hugely impressive sports game, "arguably the best ever".
Fifa 13 doesn't reinvent the game, but adds an element of unpredictability, says Davial Krupa on IGN. Players are no longer endowed with supernatural skills, and are more likely to fumble a pass. But that's all part of football. If you're a fan of the sport or Fifa in general, it's hard to imagine a game that you'll enjoy more this year. "Renew your season ticket."
Fifa 13 isn't a dramatic shift from Fifa 12's colossal overhaul, but there's enough to make the leap to this year's game worthwhile, says Sterling McGarvey on Gamesradar.
It does a fine job nipping and tucking old features, and the manager mode gives users more leeway for making deals to sign players. "A blast to play."
What they don't like
This evolution of last year's Fifa does "enough to win the battle of football games" for the moment, but it "may need to step up its game next year" to take on the new contenders, says Jimmy Nsubuga in Metro. The football simulation is more realistic, but that means "players make more mistakes than before, which is at times annoying". ·