Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Oct 3, 2011
    80
    One hell of a sports game, with plenty of options and teams to keep you kicking for months.
  2. Great, but with tighter gameplay and proper online multiplayer we'd be smitten.
  3. Nov 28, 2011
    74
    Definitely a good addition to a soccer fan's 3DS library, though the long term replay value is cut short by the absence of the online multiplayer present in PC and console versions.
  4. 70
    Even with a few flaws and missteps, FIFA 12 is a solid soccer game that will satisfy anyone who's been longing for just that on the 3DS. EA's clear understanding of the sport has led to an entertaining game that soccer fans can easily spend hours on, even if there's room for improvement.
  5. Oct 11, 2011
    70
    It's too close to the Wii version and its arcade nature to please the fans of the true FIFA, a choice we don't fully appreciate.
  6. Oct 8, 2011
    70
    In terms of content, slick features and a variety of game modes, it's an impressive achievement and far superior to its rival, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D. Gameplay is entirely mixed, however, with intuitive controls and some fun mechanics being undermined by a poor frame-rate performance from the game engine.
  7. Oct 6, 2011
    70
    It's great that the Nintendo 3DS version of FIFA Soccer 12 has most of the features of its Wii sibling.(Sadly, though, FIFA City is not included in this game.) [Oct 2011, p.86]
  8. Sep 30, 2011
    70
    A surprisingly rich title for a handheld console. It's perfect for a quick game on tiresome commutes.
  9. Nov 2, 2011
    68
    Several goals behind arch-rivals PES. [Nov 2011, p.65]
  10. Oct 4, 2011
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  11. Dec 19, 2011
    58
    FIFA series comes to 3DS with a soccer simulator full of game modes, but poor in terms of graphics and so weak if we compare with the PES experience in this console.
  12. 45
    With very little content, an unchallenging IA and a badly optimized graphic engine, the only positive aspect of FIFA 12 is the inclusion of the career mode.
  13. Oct 27, 2011
    40
    We thought the added horsepower of the 3DS could have given a new breath to the FIFA franchise on Nintendo's portable line, but it's not. It might yet be satisfying for kids, but this 3DS FIFA doesn't have much in common with the HD versions, it even lacks some official licences. Also, there is no online play.
User Score
4.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Jul 28, 2012
    3
    I bought this in hope of a decent football game, bearing in mind how FIFA on the home consoles is untouchable these days. Boy, was I ever disappointed. It looks pretty enough, and the 3D effects are well implemented. Sadly the experience falls apart on the field. The game feels sluggish (as if the players are running on treacle) and pressing the sprint button makes no noticeable difference. The passing is woefully imprecise, it's far too easy to misplace passes, making building up play nigh-on impossible. Tackling is also seemingly impossible - press the tackle button, and the opponents will just waltz on by as if your player wasn't there. Shooting is similarly disappointing.

    The game's only saving grace is the street mode, which is teams of five, with basically minimal rules. This mode is actually fairly enjoyable, albeit quite limited compared to a good 11v11 experience.

    Oh, and online play isn't an option. You can play through local wireless, but not over the internet.

    Yes, FIFA has the licensed players, kits and competitions. It is also the king of the console footy games. However, don't bother with this awful version. Honestly, PES2011 is a far more enjoyable take on football for the 3DS and will cost you far less cash (I haven't played the 2012 version yet). Do yourself a favour and pick up PES instead. FIFA 12 3DS is a turd of a game. Avoid.
    Full Review »
  2. Jan 1, 2012
    2
    So very disappointing. Still waiting for a great football experience on the 3ds....... Oh well may as well wait until next year.......................
  3. Dec 2, 2011
    5
    Core of Fifa 12 is pretty funny game, but overall its verry easy game with bad career, terribly transfers and strange 3D graphic, especially faces are bad. Full Review »