12 was one of the strongest,
most rewarding sports titles I've ever played,
so while en route to EA's First Look Event at their studio in
Vancouver, I had absolutely no idea what to expect from FIFA 13.
Crazy new ball physics? Improved pitch patterns? A Steve Kean-branded
survival mode? The trinity of gameplay innovations from 12 (Tactical
Defending, Impact Engine, Precision Dribbling) seemed to be an
impossible act to follow. And, suffice it to say, EA isn't
doing another headline-grabbing revolution. Instead, they plan to
cultivate FIFA 12's triumph via intricate refinement. A series of
mini-revolutions, if you will.
Whereas FIFA 12's primary
additions were a trifecta, EA's incremental plan-of-attack for FIFA 13
is being divided into five. Now, I could easily spin a long and winding
yarn about these five features. That's been done before, and sometimes
it can get messy. Instead I thought I'd give you a brief synopsis of
each, and then explain what I feel the most significant takeaway is.