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  • Summary: Take to the pitch with superstars like Real Madrid’s Kaká and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, and become a true marksman using all-new optional touch screen controls. Enjoy precision shooting by picking a spot precisely from the player’s viewpoint using the lower touch screen and then finessing a shot with pinpoint accuracy. Utilize touch screen controls on set pieces to draw a shot that curves the ball around, or even power it over the wall for the match-winning goal that lifts your club to victory. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Oct 3, 2011
    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
    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. Sep 30, 2011
    A surprisingly rich title for a handheld console. It's perfect for a quick game on tiresome commutes.
  5. Oct 6, 2011
    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]
  6. Nov 2, 2011
    Several goals behind arch-rivals PES. [Nov 2011, p.65]
  7. Oct 27, 2011
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Dec 2, 2011
    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. Expand
  2. Jul 28, 2012
    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.
  3. Jan 1, 2012
    So very disappointing. Still waiting for a great football experience on the 3ds....... Oh well may as well wait until next year.......................