EA Accused of Selling Last Year’s FIFA in This Year’s Box

Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to fully review FIFA 13 this year. We didn’t get review code from the publisher and although I bought the Season Pass so I had it a week early and my preorder arrived on the day of release, I was in London that week so I couldn’t play it enough to cover the review.

I have played quite a lot since, though. It’s a great game. A solid update to the previous year’s release that makes some good moves forward with game modes and AI. At least, that’s what it’s like on the PS3 and XBox 360. I’ve heard people complain that there’s little in the Vita version of FIFA 13 to differentiate it from FIFA Football, which was a Vita launch title back in February.

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Now the Wii version is receiving similar criticisms. Wired magazine’s website has posted up a story about how “uniforms and players have been updated to this year’s rosters” but in all other ways, it’s last year’s game with a new number on the box. They picked the story up from Nintendo Gamer who split a parable across three pages, bemoaning the issue.

They’ve got a point though, look at these screen comparisons:

In this shot, the top screen is from FIFA 12. You can see they’ve changed the socks and the guy on the right has another year’s creep on his receding hairline. Aside from that: nothing. Let’s look at another one:

They’ve not really bothered changing this at all. I know: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? But some new icons would have looked nice, at least.

It seems quite obvious that EA is scrimping on resources for development on platforms that aren’t likely to have strong sales – the Wii and Vita (I wonder how similar the PlayStation 2 version is to last year’s?). That is perhaps understandable as they divert budgets into projects to support the rumoured release of the next PlayStation and Xbox hardware, but that doesn’t make this any less of a poor deal for these platform owners who would expect a little more of a change in their yearly football game.

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39 Comments

  1. Well the grass looks different…

    Seriously though, I’m so glad I didn’t preorder this. Hell, I don’t even have FIFA 13 on any platform yet!

  2. On PS3 there seems to have been a huge increase in player animations and are far less rigid, especially with off-balance shots/passes, although I think the defending has gone back to being easier – last year took a while to adjust to but it was far more satisfying once done. Shame to hear the Wii and Vita versions don’t appear to have changed much. I suspect the Vita will have limited resources, but will see gradual developement over the next couple of years. Mind you, I think on PSP FIFA 2007 or 2008 was really good, then they got worse (in my opinion).

    One thing though, seeing as Man Utd are one of the World’s biggest clubs, and Valencia was arguably our best player last season, the player-likeness for him is terrible, utter crap. Minor issue, obviously.

  3. It’s shoddy, but not surprising. It’s what EA – and many publishers – do for old and dying platforms.

  4. I get the lack of budget, but in that case they shouldn’t release it. Don’t want to develop, fine, but don’t put a new number on the cover and sell it like it’s new.

    • Exactly, or make it a budget price.
      Wii is £30 online, PSP about £25 & Vita £25 all of which would probably be more in-store

      If it’s essentially the same game with roster updates then something like a tenner would be more appropriate.

    • Yes because they won’t make much money of Fifa to cover the budget? :)

      Seriously if they actually made better games for Vita/Wii more people would buy them.

      All this is done is made it so next years game may be updated BUT due to fifa 13 ipeople won’t buy it.

  5. I heard the vita version is pretty much the same FIFA from last year. I was going but it aswell should have sold it on the vita.

    • I actually got a full refund from amazon for my FIFA Football. Complained at length about the glitched Home and Away trophy (still, and likely forever to remain, unpatched) until they relented.

    • I actually got a full refund from amazon for my FIFA Football, after five months of owning it.

      Complained at length about the glitched Home and Away trophy (still, and likely forever to remain, unpatched) until they relented.

      • Sorry about double post, page took a while to update and I thought maybe I hadn’t pressed Post properly so pressed it again

      • Yeh I heard about certain glitches in FIFA football, what was the home & away trophy about? The only problem I had was the online quitters, am a pro man, took a while to adjust to the circle for shooting but I did quit enjoy it so much I just bought FIFA 12

      • The Home & Away trophy required you simply to play and win in every stadium. It was glitched. Nobody has it, and seemingly never will.

        Emailed EA more times than I can count; got empty promises that “we’re working on it” etc. Here we are now, the game’s been out nearly seven months and now the NEXT version is out. Real shame for me, I’ve had every FIFA since 2003 (PS2, PS3 and PS Vita versions) but I’ll not buy anything from EA again now after their ignorance towards us.

      • You really got a refund because a trophy was glitched and wasn’t patched? And are now boycotting the franchise because of it?

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      • I really did.

        And I really am. Not simply because of that, it’s the attitude towards us that they showed in my months of trying to get them to even acknowledge there was a problem. Don’t see why I should continue to give them money if they don’t fix problems with their games. I’m a completionist, I game for fun of course but I like to see the 100% next to my games in my trophy list. Because of this game, I’ve now got 86 separate 100%/platinums, and this which will always be at 96% even though it should be 100%!

        Maybe not important to you, but we’re different clearly.

        With the image, please say in English the message you’re trying to get across. My reading of dots, backslashes and other assorted characters isn’t what it used to be.

  6. A Celtic Fan huh…….. don’t worry won’t say anything
    xD
    Right Fifa and EA and thieving milking cash cow. I told my mates that Fifa 13 on Vita is far to early since I already own Fifa on luanched. Now having seeing these screens….. bloody copy and paste that with an added tweaks….. Such a waste of talent, creation and upgrades especially for £40 Lazy EA!
    I am shocked and still angry at EA!
    Also Hooper (Right with No. 88) doesn’t even look like Hooper and lastly the player on the left which I believe must be Stokes….. very wrong again.
    Oh…… EA…… you stupid Devs…….. *walks away*

    • Why would anyone want to look like Hooper? ;) and who is the other guy? He has a neck so can’t be Forrest haha.

    • Aww c’mon – They did add a receeding hairline! XD

  7. Surely the menu screen shots are actually the same? The little hand is in exactly the same place.

    • Good spot – that’s a possibility, these screens are Nintendo Gamer’s, I’m just reporting on what they’re saying, I have no experience of the game on Wii myself.

      • The hand might ‘snap’ to that position by default.

        Who knows, though.

      • Either way the in game stuff is unacceptable.

      • After checking to see if there are any differences in the screens (to make sure they aren’t the same screen), I eventually found one, the shoes are different! I think that is worth 40 big ones.

    • you can see that the shadow/lighting on the players face is different so you can tell its a different screenshot.

      Looking again you can also see the trainers are different.

      • wow, good eyes :)

      • This is ace, like Spot the Difference!

        Can I play?

        (looks hard but can’t see any more differences)

        Never mind!

  8. FIFA sucks anyway.

    • good insight, thanks :-P

    • Fanboyism at its utter worst.

    • True, terrible company it seems. Blatter? pft least the game is good….

    • “FIFA sucks anyway.”

      The sad thing is, it doesn’t. However, *EA* suck the big one.

      If only some developers who care about pleasing the fans and not JUST money money money were behind the franchise. You know the ones I mean…Media Molecule, Naughty Dog…maybe the next UnCharted could be a soccer game? They put put Chloe in a torn-off footie shirt, that’d boost the sales even higher…

      • Can we please not argue over if FIFA sucks or not. But can we argue over if Chloe should wear a torn off footie shirt or a bikini or nothing in the next UC game? I vote for nothing. What? :p

    • I should rephrase, sport games suck. Over rated junk.

  9. That’s basically what I’ve been saying about sports games in general. :P

  10. Well there are huge differences between 12&13 on ps3, the amount of features they’ve added is excellent and ai team mates make much better runs etc. The first touch control change is great, everyone doesn’t have perfect control now. However the Wii and vita versions sound shockingly similar.

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