EA Sports FIFA series: New and Improved Every Year


Whoever knows even a little bit about Video games, has surely heard of FIFA. One of the Oldest franchise when it comes to Video gaming, FIFA has always been no. 1 game when it comes down to Soccer. As of 2011, the FIFA franchise has been localized into 18 languages and available in 51 countries. The series has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling video game franchises.

Older Versions

Fifa International Soccer

The first games in the franchise was FIFA International Soccer, more commonly known as FIFA 94. The main feature of this game was it was the first game to introduce isometric view of the pitch, an innovation when other games used either top down, side scrolling or bird's eye views, as well as detailed graphics and animations, and of course the FIFA endorsement. It was shipped for Christmas1993, and was released for most of the popular console and computer platforms of the time.

Fifa 96

FIFA 95 had the same game engine and only a few league licenses and club teams gameplay was added. The real change came in FIFA 96. This was the first FIFA game to feature real-time 3D graphics on the Sega Saturn, PlayStation,and PC versions. It is also the first in the series to present players with real player names and positions, with ranking, transfer and team customization tools. The Next FIFA, FIFA 97 was pretty much the same except for the 6 on 6 indoor soccer match. Although the graphics were slightly improved, this game was an instant hit due to its 6 a side soccer.

Fifa 98 6 on 6 indoor match

Then came the best and most famous version of FIFA of that time. FIFA 98, the Road to World cup. The game had several features improved including the graphics. The offside rule was properly implemented in this version of FIFA. Another new feature was the ability to manually change the referee's strictness, allowing some fouls to go un-noticed or without punishment.

FIFA 99 was released the next year and Graphically, it was major improvement over FIFA '98, with the inclusion of basic facial animations and different players' heights as well as certain other cosmetic features such as improved kits and emblems. Gamers could also create their own custom cups and leagues and select the teams they wished to participate with. While FIFA 2000 was worked on upon with great endeavour, it was not a very impressive game and was rated lower then its rival, Pro Evolution Soccer.

FIFA after XBOX and PS2

XBOX and PS2 were the 2 gaming consoles that have dominated the earlier half of the pervious decade. With PS2 launched in 2000 and XBOX launched in 2001, these 2 consoles changed the gaming forever. FIFA was also improved after their arrival.

The First that came on these consoles was FIFA 2001 on PS2. This version had a new graphics engine which allows each team to have its own detailed kit, unique faces. The game included official club emblems for the first time. This version was the first game of the series with a power bar for shooting.
Fifa 2003 PS2

While FIFA 2002 was pretty similar to its predecessor, the real change came in FIFA 2003. This version was released on both PS2 and XBOX and had intiation of several features that are now standard in FIFA. This included A TV-style broadcast package gave highlights at half-time and full-time, realistic player responses and Freestyle Control" which allows the user to flick the ball on and lay it off to team mates. FIFA 2004 didn’t improve the game engine much, but the 2 features it added were ‘ off the ball control’ of players and "Football Fusion", which allows owners of both FIFA 2004 and Total Club Manager 2004 to play games from TCM in FIFA 2004.

FIFA 2005 was the last FIFA on PS1 and was the first version to include first-touch gameplay which provides gamers with the ability to perform "real-life" tricks and passes. The game also features authentic crowd chants

Xbox Fifa 06 Rooney

FIFA 2006 marked a complete overhaul of the game engine for this installment of the game, , having more than half the game's code rewritten. In addition to a renovation of the engine, which discards the "off the ball" system, the developers boasted a significantly more involved Career mode and the introduction of "team chemistry" which determines how well team members play together. FIFA 2007  came and went with the wind, with no major changes to the game, the game's front-end and graphics engine remain largely the same.

FIFA 2008 introduced a new game mode called "Be a Pro", in which the player controls only a single player on the field. FIFA 07 was the last game of the series to feature on the console. The debut version for the Nintendo Wii introduced motion controls for shooting.

FIFA 2009  had several improvements. Among the improvements in the new FIFA were a new jostle system that takes into account the strength of the players when going shoulder-to-shoulder. User-controlled goal celebrations are also featured for the first time in the FIFA series.

Fifa 10 Benzema Ronaldinho

FIFA 10 and 11 brought several changes to the FIFA series. These included Virtual PRo, 360 control system instead of 8. Playing as a goal keeper, for the first time in FIFA 10 and street football using Wii.

Current FIFA

EA Fifa 12

FIFA 12 is currently the latest version available in the Market. FIFA 12 holds the record for the "fastest selling sports game ever" with over 3.3 million games sold and over $186 million generated at retail in its first week of release. This game had 3 main features added in gameplay.

The Impact Engine:  A new advanced procedural animation system is used along with collision physics to produce different results depending on the players and physical forces involved This affects all players, so even those off the ball may have collisions The Impact Engine also directly affects injuries sustained by players during a match

Tactical Defending: This option introduced new method of defending. This is a manual mode of defending which aims to improve skills of gamers in defending. Now you have to Time and tackle with accuracy and precision, or you concede a foul.

The Precision Dribbling feature allows players to dribble whilst shielding, meaning you can still move around the pitch whilst holding players off, rather than being rooted to the spot Close control has been added below jogging as a way of allowing players to take smaller, more frequent touches, keeping the ball closer and keeping tighter control.


FIFA 13 Messi

This edition of FIFA is due to release of 25th September 2012. This game has the IMPACT ENGINE improved much further. It also introduces a Feature of Tactical Free Kicks. The player will be allowed to position up to three attacking players over the ball and utilize dummy runs and more passing options to create elaborate free kicks. Opponents can counter by adding or subtracting players to the wall, creeping the wall forward, or sending a bullet man to intercept the pass or block the shot.

Two vast improvements in career mode are International Management and Transfer Negotiations ( Improved). You might get a call up to manage your country alongside your club. The season mode will include international friendlies and all major international tournaments including confederation’s cup. The transfer Negotiation has been made realistic to the extreme. Now you can make enquires before offers, setting the importance you want to give to a player before signing him ( which will affect his decision to sign and many more)

The Latest feature includes the XBOX Kinect option, in which voice controls can be used to do a lot of stuff including subs., formation change etc. The interesting feature in voice control is that referee can hear you, like for example, if you swear for a foul not given, you might just get a yellow card next time.


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