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FIFA Soccer 13 Review: GOOAAAL for Wii U!

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm by Justin Cavender

Fifa Soccer 13

EA’s FIFA Soccer 13 on Wii U turned out to be a delightful surprise, and I say this as a man with almost zero interest in the sport. Perhaps my ignorance where soccer is concerned helped me to enjoy all that the Wii U version has to offer. Typically, I tend to stay clear of sports sims, but when I saw this game on Amazon for $16, I decided to give it a shot. Just so we’re clear, this review is based on someone with little knowledge of soccer and is a casual sports gamer at best.

The GamePad is a Game Changer

The use of Wii U’s GamePad is really where FIFA Soccer 13 shines. There are so many added features, including “shake and shoot,” which brings the goalbox up on the GamePad, allowing you to tap the screen for precision aiming. This can be a little tricky, and timing is everything. The goalie isn’t going to let you just stand there and take your shot. No Sir, you have to act fast or risk looking like a fool. I found it best to just shoot normally by pressing the A button and saving the “shake and shoot” feature for penalty kicks.

The GamePad also allows for quick and easy defending on the pitch. I would like to point out that right there was my first time ever referring to a soccer field as a pitch. Players can use the touch screen to mark and tackle opponents, simply tapping on the offensive player and watching as the closest defender tackles the poor bastard.

Fifa Soccer 13

Look at Me! I’m Mr. Manager

Manager Mode is by far my favorite way to play FIFA Soccer 13, as it appeals to both casual and hardcore soccer fans. Using the GamePad, players have a plethora of options to cycle through to make the most out of their team. The Manager Central screen displays general information like the score, game time, radar, and stats. Another cool feature is that player substitutions are done on the fly without having to pause or interrupt gameplay. Anyone that has ever played soccer for more than 5 minutes knows fatigue will be an issue, and you’ll want to sub players regularly. Doing so has never been easier, and I have tons of fun calling the shots.

The role of manager can be taken as seriously or lightheartedly as you choose. On more than one occasion, I made myself a few drinks and just kicked back and enjoyed the show. If my defense started to get a little lax I would change the player formations (over 30 to choose from), and tweak with my player’s settings in the Tactics screen. From here, you can adjust the amount of pressure your team will apply, or change the risks you’re willing to take in both passing and shooting to get the job done.

Fifa soccer 13 tactics

Buckets of Replay Value

I was a little intimidated at first with the amount of changes and adjustments I could make to my team. Luckily for me, everything was spelled out nice and easy on the GamePad. There is so much going on with this game, and even after countless hours of playtime, I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of what FIFA Soccer 13 has to offer. I haven’t had the opportunity to play with friends yet, but one player can manage the team with the GamePad, while up to four more can play using the remote and nunchucks, classic, or pro controllers in Co-op Mode.

Final Thoughts

Sport simulators aren’t for everyone, but somehow this crazy soccer game found its way into my heart. The graphics look polished, and the music gets me pumped for each match. Everything about this game just rubs me the right way, all the way down to the play-by-play commentary. If you’re looking for a sports game that truly maximizes the use of Wii U’s GamePad, look no further.

Presentation: 9

Gameplay: 9

Replay Value: 9


This review is part of Geek Legacy’s Wii U WheelHouse campaign. Our goal is to provide insight into all the great games Nintendo’s Wii U has to offer.

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