While the FIFA series continues to grow from strength to strength on other formats, EA has struggled to give FIFA on Wii an identity. We've seen attempts at realism one year and over-the-top rocket shots the next. Finally, it seems that EA has settled on a style as FIFA 12 is very similar to its predecessor.
Like FIFA 11's the visuals aren't trying to be photorealistic. Street football is back and with it comes the Streets To Stadium mode, in which you create a player who improves over the course of five seasons to get a professional contract. From here you can enter loads of trophies.
The only real new additions to FIFA 12 are the interesting FIFA City system and the improved Manager mode. The former is a welcome addition because it offers 110 achievements and getting every one will take tens of hours, giving the game plenty of longevity. The latter is a basic version of the Manager mode seen in FIFA games on other formats,
As for the action, FIFA 12 takes a little getting used to. The pace in 11-a-side games is noticeably slower than usual and passing is something that has to be re-learnt as you'll find through-balls trundling into the keeper's hands and crosses stopping too short or heading for the corner flag. Eventually you'll get used to it.
Can Wii Kick It?
Free kicks are much better. After lining up your kick you hold the shot button to set the power and then press it a second time to set the amount of curve.. Seeing exactly how much swerve you've added is infinitely more satisfying than simply holding left or right and hoping for the best.
Much like last year's entry, the highlight of FIFA 12 is the five-a-side street football. As before, there are five different types of goal you can play with, ranging from normal and half-sized goals to tiny little gaps (with no keepers), goals drawn on the wall (so play just continues after you score) and even little bins you chip the ball in to score.
As great as this is, it's just the same as last year and a cynic could accuse EA of simply taking FIFA 11, adding a fancy front-end, improving the Manager mode slightly and updating the squads. However, if you didn't buy FIFA 11 then you should consider FIFA 12, because it's still a great game of football.
This is an edited version of a review which appeared in the November issue of Official Nintendo Magazine. For the full review with more in-depth analysis, screenshots and boxouts, you can buy the mag here.
Want to know what the 3DS version is like? Here's our FIFA 12 3DS review.