Two FIFAs, one game? (Image courtesy Nintendo Gamer)Think Madden doesn't change enough year to year? Then you'll get a real kick out of FIFA 13 for the Nintendo Wii.
Released on September 27th for nearly every video game system available, the latest iteration of EA's soccer sim has already sold over 4 million copies. Wii owners, however, were miffed to find out that their version of the game is nearly identical to last year's model, FIFA 12.
How close are the two games? Close enough that Nintendo Gamer broke them down and found that, wow, yeah, it's pretty much the exact same thing.
Really all that's been updated are the player rosters, as the gameplay modes, graphics, menus, and even play-by-play chatter are unchanged from FIFA 12. But that didn't stop EA from slapping a 13 on the box and charging a full $50 for the game.
Needless to say, fans are a little upset.
"Awful game!!! It's the same as Fifa 12 Wii," writes Metacritic user Gamegd. "Shame on EA. They should have never released this. It's just an update of the roster of FIFA 12 sold at full price!"
FIFA 12 on left, FIFA 13 on right (Images courtesy Nintendo Gamer)
It's no better on Amazon, where gamer S. Daylor complains that FIFA 13 is "99.9% the exact same game as FIFA 12. Did EA not think people would notice?"
EA offered a comment to Wired about the matter, telling the site that they "felt it was important to continue to offer fans the opportunity to play an authentic football experience on Wii," which is a nice way of saying that they don't care much for the Wii anymore. However, they also confirmed that indeed, FIFA 13 contains no new modes or features.
Particularly galling is that the other versions of FIFA 13 are getting rave reviews. The Xbox 360 version is currently scoring a 90 at Metacritic on the strength of its improved AI, new control schemes, and cool Kinect support. You know, things you'd consider dropping an extra $50 or $60 for.
It's not uncommon for older game consoles to get lackluster versions of new sports games, but typically that's because they lack the power to handle updated graphics engines. Considering the fact that the Wii U isn't even out yet, in this case it's more a matter of EA being lazy and hoping Wii owners wouldn't realize that they paid full price for a game they quite likely already own. Shady, EA. Shady.