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FIFA 2012 Sales Are In, With A Twist

Tap tap tap.

EA has announced the opening sales figures for FIFA 2012, and they’re hugely impressive.


Men and their balls. Check yours.
In lieu of this year’s Pro Evolution Soccer (which releases soon) EA’s had a free run on goal, and has shifted 3.2 million copies globally in just a few days.

What is most surprising, though, is that sales of the iPhone version of the game are nearly 880,000, making up a fair percentage of what we can safely assume are otherwise mostly PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.

It’s worth mentioning that EA are basing the figures on ‘internal estimates’ but they’re unlikely to be too far out.

It’s the biggest sports game ever and – according to the press releases – the biggest game launch of 2011 to date, trumping Gears of War 3’s claim earlier in the week.

On October 1st alone, FIFA players registered more than eight million sessions of FIFA.

EA have also released the top five supported teams based on player preferences:

  • Manchester United — 241,767 supporters
  • FC Barcelona — 144,709 supporters
  • Arsenal — 131,305 supporters
  • Real Madrid — 126,806 supporters
  • Liverpool — 118,182 supporters

I’m hardly the world’s biggest football fan, but those are some impressive figures indeed.

We’ll have our reviews of both FIFA and PES 2012 along soon.

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37 Comments
  1. StevenHibs
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Beasting game! Such a huge leap in quality in comparison to Fifa 11

    Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 21:52.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      That’s what I’ve heard. Happy for football fans. =)

      Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 21:56.
    • stingraz
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Nonsense. It’s the same game. It’s been repackaged a little, but it’s still the same game. After buying the last five FIFA games, I have had enough of this sort of talk. Sure, I enjoyed the games, but it grows old. And sure, UT was nice. For a while. They make no actual game changing improvements. For the last edition, they advertised better control of players “360”. This year it’s “precision dribbling” .
      As said before, I used to always get them except this year. I am definitely not a Pes Fanboy, Pes is even far behind FIFA! Although it is making strides to improve.
      If you can name ways in which they have made a leap in quality, by all means go for it – I’ll try my best to shoot then down! ;)
      (rant over)

      Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 22:42.
      • colmshan1990
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        They redid the entire engine?
        What more do you need?
        Have you even played it, with the new features on?
        You said you got them until this year. Well, this year it’s MASSIVE.

        Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 22:47.
      • stingraz
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        oops. “shoot then down” . meant to be shoot them down, as in your return comment ;)
        That is why a) you don’t use an i device when tired, and b) proof-read ;)

        Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 22:52.
      • stingraz
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        “have you even played it” Well of course I have.. I would not come on here laying into it without actually witnessing the game.

        When you say re did the entire engine, what is it exactly you actually notice? Is it the sometimes bizarre player interactions, or is it the heavier feel to the ball? Hardly innovations are they? Also, tactical defending can not be seen as a game changer. Changing the controls in a game is not much.

        Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 22:57.
      • BrendanCalls
        Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
        Since: Forever

        Maybe you could write to Mr. Sepp Blatter tell him your bored and see if he will change the rules for you.

        Comment posted on 05/10/2011 at 00:21.
      • metamorph
        Member
        Since: Jun 2010

        @colmshan1990:
        They did NOT re-do the entire engine, this is not something they have claimed either. All they’ve done basically is ADD things to the game, specifically the Impact Engine, which is actually a little strange in practice I’ve seen. Weird motions, overall.

        Career mode is also the joke it’s been for ages; unrealistic player development, etc. Yes, the new camera is impressive, but the same arcadey style unique to FIFA is still inherent.

        Comment posted on 05/10/2011 at 01:47.
      • C_S15
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        Revamping the whole defensive system not enough?
        It may not have made as many strides as some of the previous FIFAs, but it has still made those strides.

        Comment posted on 05/10/2011 at 04:03.
      • stingraz
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        @BrendanCalls – I’m not bored with football, I’m bored of buying the same game every year. As metamorph said, career mode is still poor. I cannot even remember any improvement at all for career mode.
        @ C_S15 – As I said. All they have done is alter the controls. It is still essentially the same defence system. You still hold x to get to them, but now just have to click another button to tackle.

        Comment posted on 05/10/2011 at 07:56.
      • BrendanCalls
        Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
        Since: Forever

        I know your not bored with football, I was just giving you a bit of a ribbing ;-)
        So as your protesting so vehemently against this years title, why dont you apply for a job in EA Vancouver and show them how to do it properly

        Comment posted on 05/10/2011 at 09:02.
      • C_S15
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        And if you mistime that tackle, the player you’re jockeying is past you. That’s a huge step up over “Hold X and O and watch 2 players abuse the shit out of the guy on the ball with no skill involved.”
        It’s a huge change that requires you to defend with some skill and not just hold 1/2 buttons.

        Comment posted on 05/10/2011 at 12:53.
      • djsunna
        Member
        Since: Feb 2010

        Completly agree stingraz, not much has changed at all from 11 to 12 the online is still the same old stuff, finesse goals, through balls and chip through balls to pacey little players and crosses to a lanky 6 foot 8 giant. if you do actually make a tackle the opposition almost always pick up the ball which basically makes it pointless to try and tackle. The referee AI is shocking, the passes you make still go in a completely different direction to which direction you move the analogue stick. the offline opposition always does the same thing those stupid little shimmys, it hardly ever puts a cross in instead it’ll try and dribble along the goal line and pass . i bought it for both ps3 and 360 on launch day from GAME, £86 it cost me i didn’t get triple points on my GAME card cos GAME’s systems were down i think i’m going to be taking them back for a full refund because EA and the FIFA series now are just the same as the premier league players, earning lots of money for doing pretty much F**K ALL.

        Comment posted on 05/10/2011 at 22:32.
      • SoulGamer
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Wow are you actually oblivious to what theyve done?
        Coming from PEs 2011 they’ve made big differences to the game over FIFA 11 that changes the way you play the game. if you havent noticed it then you havent put enough/no time into realising whats changed and refined.

        Comment posted on 06/10/2011 at 00:06.
  2. blackredyellow
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    Jebus that’s a lot of games, and a lot of money!! I’m holding out for a price drop, too many games at the minute!

    Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 22:02.
  3. OllyBobs
    Member
    Since: Feb 2010

    Glory glory man united!

    Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 22:04.
  4. Rocket_345
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    I thought city would be in the top 5 supporters. I struggle to find an online game against someone who doesn’t go them so unless I just end up unlucky. The only team I go online is united. Don’t bother with others. I’m a united fan so I stick with them whatever mode.

    Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 22:07.
  5. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    Well done EA. Went to get GOWV2 and SOTC/ICO. There were soooo many peeps buying FIFA 12.

    Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 22:17.
  6. besidavi
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    This game more than any other exposes the BS of reviews. TSA gets massive credit for not reviewing until it’s been thoroughly played, something only a tiny minority of the media have the integrity or balls to do. Most reviews read like EA wrote them themselves! ‘Career mode is great this year, you can do this, do that…’ the truth is it’s actually been plagued by game-ending bugs at worst and bad glitches at best. Never mentioned by mainstream reviews though.

    Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 22:31.
    • colmshan1990
      Member
      Since: Apr 2009

      The truth?
      I haven’t spotted a single bug, and none of the people I’ve talked to have either.
      Maybe it is happening for some, but it’s not on each and every copy of the game anyway.

      Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 22:38.
      • besidavi
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        Really? I wish I could play it like you and your mates. Go the the EA forums and see if there are any issues…

        Comment posted on 05/10/2011 at 15:07.
    • colmshan1990
      Member
      Since: Apr 2009

      There’s always going to be issues on the forums.
      Show me a single game forum WITHOUT an issue, if you’re going to use it as evidence that most of the FIFA 12 games have major game-ending bugs.

      Comment posted on 05/10/2011 at 22:18.
  7. BigCheese
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    Doesn’t surprise me, the game has done nothing but improve on what was already outstanding. I’m fairly surprised Arsenal are still so highly supported after the incredibly poor start to the season we’ve had, but I’m pleased. Nothing new with Barcelona being up there, Leo Messi is literally invincible on FIFA now. Which is fair, really.

    Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 22:35.
  8. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Arsenal third in a league table?
    Nofi, have you been drinking? :P

    Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 22:39.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      I posted news. About football. I can do no more. ;)

      Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 22:51.
    • Peco
      Member
      Since: Oct 2010

      That is a bit weird, isn’t it? How the hell do they have more than Real Madrid?!

      Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 22:54.
  9. Reality Check
    Banned
    Since: May 2011

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    Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 22:53.
    • bacon_nuts
      Member
      Since: Mar 2011

      Same (but I don’t like football that much), it’s like CoD, pretty good every now and then, but for me at least they don’t change enough stuff to warrant it being bought every time.. Yearly release games annoy me a bit. The best games always take ages, Team Ico, Valve style etc..

      Comment posted on 05/10/2011 at 00:07.
    • kivi95
      Member
      Since: Oct 2009

      same here so I buy them every second year so I didnt buy Fifa 11 so I will probably soon buy this game :)

      Comment posted on 05/10/2011 at 06:42.
  10. Sympozium
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Pfft Arsenal bad? I losted 5-0, no fair… I beat them 8-2 weeks ago and I… I lost.

    Good game, getting it on PS3 to play with friends I hope, and is Ultimate Team on it yet> That mode alone solds it for me.

    Comment posted on 04/10/2011 at 22:54.

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