- Publisher: Electronic Arts Inc.
- Developer: EA Canada
- Release Date: September 2012
- ESRB Rating: Not Yet Rated
- Platform: PC
- Format: Retail, Digital Download
- Online Players: 1-22
- Offline Players: 1-5
- Includes over 500 clubs and 15,000 authentic players
- First-touch control system now allows for some uncertainty when receiving balls
- Use a defender's size and strength in off-the-ball battles
- Enhanced dribbling system offers more control in one-on-one matchups
- Features online support for up to 22 players
- Attacking AI now analyzes plays and adjusts positioning
- Master two all-new passing options to elude defenders
Building off the groundwork established in FIFA Soccer 12 for PC, FIFA Soccer 13 refines the artificial intelligence of computer-controlled players, enhances the dribbling and ball control on the pitch, and further adjusts the physical play between rival teams.
Promising "the most sophisticated artificial intelligence ever achieved," the development team at EA Canada has retooled the attacking system to allow for more strategic options when trying to outmaneuver and outwit the defense. Players on offense will adjust their positioning based on the situations that unfold during the game, attempt to pull defenders away, and anticipate plays by altering their runs or changing their direction. The offense will look to open up passing channels, curve their runs around defenders and more.
The dribbling system draws inspiration from star Lionel Messi, with full 360° mobility that allows for more precise touches, particularly in one-on-one matchups. As the ball handler faces an opponent, he will be able to move the ball in any direction to protect possession, dodge tackles, use feints, and more. While the previous game offered a ball that seemed glued to offensive players, FIFA Soccer 13 attempts to create some ball separation with less perfect touches and passes, based on trajectory and velocity, allowing players on defense a chance to regain possession.
The player impact engine introduced in FIFA Soccer 12 now incorporates more than just collisions, as players will engage in off-the-ball battles. Those on defense will be able to utilize their size and power to push and pull on an offensive player to make him stumble or cause some ball separation as they jockey for possession on the pitch. The emphasis on variation and realism continues over to the free kick system, where kicks are more unpredictable and offer more passing options. Rival teams can add or subtract players to the wall, send a bullet man to attempt a pass interception or block, and push the wall forward.
FIFA Soccer 13 also introduces two new passing options, allowing players to use a low trajectory through ball or a more skilful pass that can arc over an outstretched defender's leg. The focus on more realistic play continues with referees that are designed to make better choices when awarding fouls and cards, the ability to move laterally for contained players, added animations that incorporate celebrations, off-balance shots, 180° shots, and more. Goalkeepers have improved awareness.
Players will be able to choose from over 500 licensed clubs and more than 15,000 athletes as they challenge the computer, compete online in matches that support up to 22 players, or challenge up to four friends via local play.
Recommended: CPU with dual core processor (CoreDuo 2 or better); Intel Core2Duo @ 2.4Ghz on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7; 2 Gigabyte of RAM, DirectX 9.0c compatible 3D accelerated 256 MB video card or equivalent (must support Shader Model 3.0 or above); ATI Radeon HD 2900 or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT.