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EA Releases Full Details On FIFA 13's Wii U GamePad Features

Posted by Orla Madden

A new way to play the beautiful game

EA has now released a vast amount of detail on how FIFA 13 will make use of the Wii U GamePad's features. Some of this has already been covered in detail before, including taking control of the manager making strategic decisions on the sidelines, "shake and shoot" and touch screen navigation as opposed to scrolling through menus.

Check out EA's blurb and the complete list of features below, which does include some new information on the online and friend connection options. The game is already released on the PS3 and Xbox 360, but Wii U owners can score a copy of the game on day one of the console's launch.

Award-winning Gameplay - Enjoy the award-winning FIFA franchise gameplay, optimized for Wii-U. The Player Impact Engine delivers real-world physicality in every interaction on the pitch; Precision Dribbling brings a higher fidelity of touch on the ball for attacking players; and Tactical Defending places equal importance on positioning, intercepting passes and tackling.

Lift and Look - See the game from the player's on-field perspective and enjoy creative new ways to take free kicks and penalties. Simply lift and look through the GamePad screen to aim the ball, put the perfect curve on the shot, and let fly. Look to see which teammates are positioned for more dangerous opportunities.

Shake and Shoot - Enjoy complete control of shooting- the most rewarding part of the game. Shake the GamePad to activate the shooting zone, touch the screen to pick a spot precisely on goal, and fire away.

Tap and Tackle - Take control of a specific defender by tapping on the player using the touch screen, taking all the guess work out of auto switching. Use the touch screen to man mark or tackle and opponents simply by tapping on the attacking player and watching your closest defender mark or tackle him.

Precision Passing - Be more creative on the pitch, making decisive passes with precision and long balls with ease utilizing the touch screen.

Play Together - You decide how to play-hands-on, manage, or play and manage. One player manages while up to four others play in Co-op Mode. Available in Exhibition Match, Tournaments and Career Mode.

Connect with Friends - Use the Friends Tab while playing the game. See friends online and invite them to play using touch screen typing and real-time messaging.

Complete Control - Full Team Management Control on the GamePad lets you change formations, make subs, switch player positions, change every facet of a team's tactics, and even set man markers all without interrupting the game. Use the Interactive Radar to control all of your players on the pitch. Make your own defined defense splitting runs or get defenders to track back on defence.

Manage the Match -Take the reins as the manager and watch the game unfold, making key strategic real-time decisions using the GamePad. Make half-time team talks and try to motivate key players. Gamers can chose to manage the team in all of the main game modes, including Tournaments and Career, and can even intervene and take control if the outcome is in doubt.

Manager Hub - Analyze the match by looking at match or player specific stats to help make managerial decisions. Tap on any player to get full statistical analysis, including the opposition. See who's having a great game or who is having a shocker. See where all the shots are being taken from to know where to strengthen or who to man mark. See a player's performance stats and even their energy to help you make more informed substitutions.

Real-World Drama - Experience the same drama as real world of football, either as a player or manager, with their consequences being played out on and off the pitch in Career Mode. See storylines play out in the press, experience the emotion and urgency of Transfer Deadline Day, and discover new talent using the scouting network.

Go Online - Compete in ranked online seasonal play with promotions and relegations. Play 10-game seasons and earn enough points to be promoted or avoid relegation. Higher divisions mean better competition. Compete for Cups and in dynamic tournaments.

Touch Screen Navigation - Utilize the Gamepad to quickly select your favourite game modes and features. A much simpler and quicker way to get to the action.

Complete Authenticity - Over 500 officially licensed clubs and authentic stadiums from around the world.

HD Graphics - Stunning player models, graphics and animations in High Definition.


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User Comments (14)



Kyloctopus said:

Sounds like it is worth skipping the XBox, and PS3 version and waiting for Fifa U.



OorWullie said:

Not sure about this Shake and shoot gimmick.The speed at which chances come and go,shaking the pad and the moving your right hand over to the touch screen doesn't sound too convenient,same goes for the Tap and tackle.Still getting it though as I've never owned an HD Fifa and have always been jealous of my mates playing online seasons.



Haywired said:

"Shake and shoot" Oh God... Though the "lift and look" sounds even goofier!

The fact that the 360 and PS3 versions of FIFA always sold far, far more than the Wii version may suggest that players would rather just play the game normally. But still, I suppose the "gimmicky confused mess" design philosophy of early DS and Wii games is being faithfully recreated.



OorWullie said:

I'm pretty sure the gimmicks are entirely optional and the core game is just the same as the other versions with a couple of omissions but better grass



LittleIrves said:

I'd worry that the "Shake and Shoot" might trigger unintentionally when you're just playing normally... Maybe you can turn it off, though? Otherwise, if I was into FIFA, I think the idea to watch a game and manage entirely through the GamePad would actually be pretty cool. Sort of like a God Mode in a sports game. I know other games have offered this kind of sim-only style, but the Pad + TV configuration seems ideal and pretty novel.



sinalefa said:

So all of these features are exclusive to the Wii U version? If so, that is really neat. The Lift and Look thing sounds interesting, that makes reality a new kind of FPS: First Person Soccer!

Still, as usual, until we have our hands on it, we will be able to see if they are just "gimmicks" or if it can offer something meaty. Cannot deny they are trying to do new things. All the innovation goes here and the Wii (and Vita) version is 99.9% rehashed from last year's


I suspect the HD versions selling more are actually due to having more realistic graphics and a bigger and better online community.




Note, it still misses some of the ps3 and xbox features as indicated in the Nintendo Gamer preview on their website. However, its definately worth a punt if you've only played FIFA on Nintendo systems. I'm going to give it a bash. Most comprehensive report I've read of the Gamepad's usage, thanks.



WaxxyOne said:

EA is not one of my favorite publishers, but I gotta give credit where it's due. (Which is probably to the unnamed developer they gobbled up, but eh....)

It appears that they're certainly taking the gamepad seriously for this first outing and shoving a lot of nice features on there. It's a very real possibility that a gamer might check out a copy of the game on XBox and Wii U, read the features and ask themselves why they would want to pay the same for a lesser experience on the XBox. Times certainly are changing.

On a side-note, I read the item there about touch-screen menu navigation and it blew my mind. It's such a simple thing, but I had not considered how much easier that makes things on console games. On my PC I am used to being able to navigate complex menus easily using a mouse, but now I can do the same thing on the touchscreen without having to use clunky controller navigation. I know, menus, right? But it will just feel so much better having the options right in your lap, as it were.




You don't have to use the "shake to shoot" if you don't want to. I imagine the same goes for the other "gimmicks" as u call them. Also, what in the blue dell is "soccer" (urgh!)

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