FIFA Soccer 13 (Wii U)

The Good Exciting and satisfying matchesTouch-screen management controls are a great addition, particularly in co-opExcellent presentation

The Bad No EA Sports Football Club or Ultimate Team modesOlder physics engine causes some odd player interactionTouch-screen controls for passing and shooting interfere with the flow

The Bottom Line FIFA Soccer 13 on the Wii U might lack some of the series' latest tweaks, but it still plays an enjoyable and thoroughly rewarding game of football.

Editors' Rating
7.0 Overall

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Review

FIFA Soccer 13 (Wii U)

Let's get this out of the way first: FIFA Soccer 13 on the Wii U is not a straight port of the game found on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. There's no improved first-touch system, FIFA Street-inspired dribbling, or any of the tweaks made to the physics engine. And most disappointingly, there's no sign of the wonderfully addictive FIFA Ultimate Team. What you're left with is essentially FIFA 12 with a roster update and some good, and not-so-good, Wii U GamePad additions. That's not entirely a bad thing--the core action is still as fun, tactile, good looking as it ever was--but if you're looking for the latest and greatest from EA Sports on the Wii U, FIFA Soccer 13 is a disappointment.

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What is new are the enhancements made for the Wii U GamePad. At its simplest, you can use the GamePad to play the entirety of the game away from the TV, but things get far more interesting when you use it alongside your existing display. A set of tabs along the touch screen let you perform various managerial tasks while the action unfolds on the pitch. You can perform substitutions, change your formation, and dictate new strategies to your team, such as how aggressively they should be attacking and shooting, all with just a few taps. The big, bold buttons are easy to tap, and while you might not be tweaking things during a heated forward run, pauses for throw-ins or set pieces provide the perfect opportunity to make a few tweaks, and much more conveniently than trawling through the standard menu screens.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $30
  • Brand Electronic Arts Inc.
  • ESRB Everyone
  • Developer Electronic Arts
  • Subcategory Sports
  • Genre sports - soccer simulation
  • Context realistic
  • Number of players 1-5 Players
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