Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Feb 27, 2012
    81
    FIFA Soccer on the PS Vita is a must buy title if you like soccer.
  2. Feb 17, 2012
    78
    This is a good soccer game! But this is not a spectacular mobile version of FIFA 12, it is rather a variation of FIFA 11. It looks great, it plays more like arcade-soccer and offers less content than its big brother.
  3. Feb 28, 2012
    86
    An impressive, feature-rich port of the best soccer game out there.
  4. Feb 22, 2012
    80
    The game is almost on par with FIFA 12 on the PS3, though the animation marginally falters on occasion. The player likenesses are impressive, and the stadiums rendered in vivid detail. Overall, it's a fantastic looking game.
  5. Feb 24, 2012
    70
    The old-style defending, rushing players by holding X and square, now feels rather simplistic, and close control is a bit unresponsive next to what we're now used to.
  6. Feb 24, 2012
    80
    Except for its touch dynamics, FIFA Football doesn't have any real problem, and should therefore be at least tried by any fan of the genre.
  7. Feb 24, 2012
    70
    This is the best soccer game available for a handheld, but being based on FIFA 11 it's a bit annoying to readapt yourself to the old controls if you play a lot with FIFA 12.
  8. Feb 29, 2012
    80
    Based on FIFA 11 rather than FIFA 12, some players might find this a step back, but what this really means is quicker and more accessible gameplay. All in all, Fifa Football almost perfectly recreates the console versions in the palm of your hands. There's lots of content here and it all works well, giving us high hopes for a simultaneous FIFA 13-release.
  9. Mar 8, 2012
    79
    With plenty of trophies to quest after and multiple ways to play the game, including a very lengthy career mode and a functional 2-player online game, FIFA Soccer certainly offers a potential bang for your buck, but I can only imagine how much better next year's game will be when EA isn't being rushed to meet a hardware launch date.
  10. Feb 14, 2012
    78
    There's a reason why most people buy the newest year of a sports game, and it's not just to get the new rosters. It's always good to get the latest gameplay tweaks – but you won't find them here in this FIFA title. FIFA Soccer for the Vita may do a good job showing what the new system can do, but it could do a better job with offering a tighter gameplay experience.
  11. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    FIFA Soccer is a rare first-outing for a newly launched device that actually acts a strong addition to the library of any gamer. Much of the depth of the FIFA experience is wasted here, but the new touch controls and the production values more than make up for it. Even if you're not into soccer, you might learn a thing or two and have fun playing on the run. You might also start calling it football like the rest of the crazy world.
  12. Feb 29, 2012
    80
    FIFA Football is an updated FIFA 11. Is it a bad thing ? Maybe if you consider there's a FIFA 13 approaching, but this episode still remains a very good game, and, compared to previous portable versions of the franchise, it's definitely a full-fledge soccer game that works really well on the VITA, complete with online play, pro and manager modes, a large database… a very nice entry in the portable series.
  13. Apr 3, 2012
    86
    What's great about FIFA Soccer on the Vita isn't just how it plays and looks now, but what EA should be capable of doing on the handheld in the future.
  14. Feb 28, 2012
    80
    Probably the best football (or... soccer, if you live in the U.S.) game we ever tried on a handheld system.
  15. May 5, 2012
    75
    Fifa Football is a good variant for on the road that'll remain interesting for the remainder of the soccer season. Too bad it struggles at times of which frame drops are the result, and a few key features of Fifa 12 have been left out.
  16. 80
    FIFA Football is based on FIFA 11, and that's the only real problem with the game since FIFA 12 was so much better. Still, if you want to have a full-fledged soccer simulator in your pocket, this is the game to go to.
  17. Mar 14, 2012
    85
    Solidly replicates the big-console FIFA experience, with some innovative controls. [Apr 2012, p.85]
  18. Mar 12, 2012
    75
    A comforting portable companion for fans of the sport. It sits between the slickness of FIFA 11 and grit of FIFA 12, forging a simple experience that acts as a welcoming introduction to Vita's capabilities.
  19. Feb 13, 2012
    80
    Despite some omissions in FIFA Football, it's as close to the full-blown console versions as a portable FIFA game has ever got, playing a precise, challenging, and--most importantly--exciting game of football. The great gameplay is backed up by a slick presentation with easy-to-navigate menus, well-delivered commentary, and crisp, detailed visuals. Deep single-player modes and smooth online play ensure you have plenty to keep you occupied as well.
  20. Feb 13, 2012
    60
    It's got enough content for you to get through a few career mode seasons while you wait for a likely iteration timed for the 2013 season that's loaded with features. But make no mistake, it's not FIFA 12, and despite the cover athletes, you'll be disappointed if you dive into this one with expectations of the latest console experience.
  21. Feb 23, 2012
    91
    FIFA Soccer on the PS Vita is a welcome launch title, and if you fancy the sport at all, it should be a must buy.
  22. Feb 27, 2012
    90
    EA has done it right: with innovative controls, a PS3-like presentation and the huge content we know from the series FIFA Football is a must-have title for the new Sony handheld.
  23. Feb 13, 2012
    80
    There are a few compromises here and there, but they're negligible. The addition of touchpad shooting and the less successful touchscreen passing transform FIFA Vita into a very different experience – it's more fun, more jubilant, and accessible.
  24. Mar 2, 2012
    70
    On one hand the game looks great and does a good job of using the PS Vita's capabilities, but on the other hand it's based on an outdated engine and lacks some of the modes that made FIFA really interesting.
  25. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    The whole essence of the EA Sports games in PSVita, but with some significant cuts. A good beginning for the sport on the new machine.
  26. Feb 15, 2012
    60
    It's clearly been quickly thrown together for the launch, with many features missing or out-of-date, but this is still an encouraging start for FIFA on the Vita.
  27. Feb 25, 2012
    82
    FIFA series comes on Vita maintaining the same gameplay, graphics and options of the home version. The game mixes the gameplay of FIFA 11 and FIFA 12, getting a good result. So the title remain the number one football game on all formats and if you love football you can not miss this game.
  28. Feb 16, 2012
    90
    The graphics, although minus a few polygons in comparison to its bigger console sibling, are almost identical, paying careful attention to both detail and fluid animations. But more importantly the gameplay feels right at home for FIFA fans.
  29. Aiming at the goal with the rear touchpad works incredibly well. Driving the ball into one of the top corners can be considered a work of art on the PS3, but on the Vita the game almost does it for you. It might be even a little bit too easy. [March 2012, p.63]
  30. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    Niggles aside, this is one of Vita's best games, a great game of football and a horrendous time-waster. Good enough for us.
  31. 70
    It would have been nice to see the team at EA Sports put a bit more time into refining the engine and bringing over a larger bulk of the game modes. It would have also been nice to see the touch screen controls used a bit better, and the back touch pad's sensitivity turned down.
  32. All those lonely train rides will never be the same. EA has successfully shrunk FIFA into a rich, technically brilliant version for your pocket. Not only is it visually comparable to its PS3 papa, but it plays brilliantly. To sum it up, FIFA Football is FIFA 12 with a few smart design modifications and apt throwbacks to FIFA 11. [April 2012, p73]
  33. For a first-season effort, FIFA Football is a seriously impressive achievement.
  34. 80
    More than a simple port, FIFA Soccer utilizes some of the PlayStation Vita's unique features but maintains that core football experience fans are craving on a handheld.
  35. It's intuitive, and we loved the precision it allows on tight through passes. [Apr 2012, p.59]
  36. Feb 24, 2012
    80
    An excellent first shot on target, FIFA on Vita may not pack as much detail and features as the console players, but the combination of slick touchscreen and button controls make it well worth picking.
  37. Feb 27, 2012
    85
    A few framedrops here and there, a lack of music tracks and the fact that this is basically the same game as FIFA 12 may be drawbacks. But this is definitely the best football game on any handheld so far and the Vita touchscreen proves an ideal substitute for the normal button controls.
  38. Mar 22, 2012
    85
    Not perfect, but the best handheld game of football ever made. [Apr 2012, p.106]
  39. Apr 9, 2012
    70
    If you've been dribbling to play a soccer game on that big, shiny widescreen, you're in luck – but be warned that, though FIFA Football plays well through its flaws, in a matter of months there will almost certainly be an expanded, improved and numbered update that's not been rushed for launch.
  40. Feb 19, 2012
    80
    FIFA brand arrives on Playstation Vita with an high quality product, with good graphics, new gameplay mechanics and a great number of tournaments and clubs to play with. If you are a football fan and you own a Vita you can't miss this.
  41. Feb 17, 2012
    80
    It's not quite on a par with the latest console versions but it's remarkably close, in terms of both form and function.
  42. Feb 29, 2012
    84
    As a launch title this is a good recommendation if you don't have FIFA 12 in another plataform, or if you are such a football fan that you need to carry your game everywhere. A promising start of football games in the system.
  43. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    This is the best handheld football game ever, but it'll undoubtedly be convincingly beaten once EA has got to grips with the hardware - hopefully in time for FIFA 13 later this year.
  44. Mar 4, 2012
    80
    EA Sports succeeds with the first FIFA game on the PS Vita. The footie looks fantastic, plays the same as the console versions and has a lot of content. It's just a pity that the game uses gameplay from FIFA 11.
  45. Mar 5, 2012
    80
    I could spend all day pointing out that the game lacks ALL of the console features and functionality, but I would prefer to focus on the fact that, for the first time, we have a complete sports experience on the go. FIFA Soccer looks and plays fantastically, and any soccer fan would be crazy to pass up this amazing title.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Feb 16, 2012
    10
    Played this the other day, its actually very good. Considering its on a handheld its actually amazing how much of the experience has been ported onto the vita. It plays a little less well than its ps3/360 counterpart but its a very good start and I will be buying it ASAP. I was going to give it an 8 or 9 but since we have a loser spamming the page with low reviews because he has no life I'am levelling it out a bit. Full Review »
  2. Jun 13, 2012
    9
    Easily the best sports game on the Vita, as it does a good-enough job of porting FIFA onto the system from its console counterparts, unlike the previous installments for PSP. Head to head multiplayer can be frustrating at times because the game occasionally freezes up, gifting victory to whomever quits last (which can take hours), and still around 80% of games that end in a quit remain unpunished. But overall the title is fun with endless replay value with an internet connection. Full Review »
  3. Feb 28, 2012
    0
    Copy paste sequel, feels rather gimmicky, especially with the second touchpad on the back, the use of which I just don't enjoy. Not worth money for a full game release. Full Review »