FIFA 12: UEFA Euro 2012 DLC review

fifa 12 uefa euro 2012 dlc review france and germanyTwo words: Poland and Ukraine. If you’re reaction is limited to a blank stare and swift dismissal of my undiagnosed lunacy, then my friend, UEFA Euro 2012 is not for you. If, however, you met my sudden geographical outburst with an elevated look of excitement and overwhelming anticipation for Europe’s spectacular soccer showcase then, well…Euro 2012 still isn’t for you. Okay, so what gives? Why no love for FIFA 12’s Euro 2012 DLC from an admittedly obsessed footie-fan? It’s simple really: there just isn’t much to see here.

Prior to FIFA’s latest DLC content EA was in the habit of producing one-off releases of world football’s biggest occasions, which includes a 2010 World Cup edition highlighting the events in South Africa two years ago and the predecessor to Euro 2012, Euro 2008, held jointly in Austria and Switzerland. With UEFA Euro 2012, EA has made the switch from standalone release to expansion download. But while there is nothing inherently wrong with game, there really isn’t anything here to justify 1800 MS points or $19.99 on the PlayStation Store.

Part of the problem stems from just how good FIFA 12 is on its own. The Euro DLC is essentially the same game with a fresh coat of paint slapped on. Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend deputize for Martin Tyler and Alan Smith, and do a competent job reprising their role as main commentators for EA’s Euro-centric FIFA game. Of course, previous versions featured the duo, so again nothing really new here. Another noticeable difference is illustrated in the overall presentation of the game, which invariably comes off rather gaudy. That’s in stark contrast to FIFA 12’s polished menus and slick presentation.

So what does your hard-earned money get you? Sadly, not all that much.

fifa 12 uefa euro 2012 dlc reviewGameplay for UEFA Euro 2012 remains virtually the same and gathers no real complaints. Once your boots are laced up, you’ll be instantly familiar with the controls including the newly implemented Player Impact Engine (P.I.E) that allows for more in-depth control of your virtual superstars, specifically when it comes to your defensive duties. My only immediate gripe with the gameplay experience was a difference in the games default camera setting. My preferred viewing angle is Tele, whereas Euro 2012 defaults at Broadcast — not really a huge deal, but even when I went to change back to my beloved playing angle I found it still sat rather low to the action, which tended to limited my overall field of vision and stifle my midfield creativity. Not a huge deal, but irritating nonetheless.

As mentioned, Euro 2012 features some minor graphical tweaks. Minor superficial touches like new boots and official stadia for the upcoming tournament are present in all their glory. But as with most sports games the majesty and spectacle of it all fails to truly translate well from controller to console to your TV screen despite EA Canada’s best efforts. Still, Euro 2012 does an admirable job of creating a pumped up atmosphere compliments of lively crowds, massive amounts of colorful confetti, flags proudly waiving around in all their glory, and official tournaments sponsors. It all adds up to quite the carnival.

One of the most obvious (and meaningful) additions of Euro 2012 can be found in each team’s updated roster. Additionally, all UEFA nations have been included in the game. Still distraught over your teams failure to qualify and make it to the showcase event? No problem, you can always correct the course of history, at least in the game, and set things right. Just sub in your nation and you’re on a virtual course to rewrite history that would make Doc Brown proud.

Another new feature, albeit a rather bizarre one, is Euro 2012’s Expedition mode – although conquest mode seems more of an appropriate name. Here, you take to the not-so-war-torn streets of Europe and start out with a rather pedestrian team of nobodies with the overall aim of attacking other countries in the hopes of… you guessed it, amassing a giant mosaic of Europe! Wait, what? It’s all rather bellicose and more importantly, pointless.

fifa 12 uefa euro 2012 dlc reviewYou see, for each match you win, you get the opportunity to improve your fledgling squad; beat a team once and you get to snatch up one of their lesser talents; beat them again and you get to nab one of their subs; beat them a final time and one of their superstar players will make a dash for the border and defect to your rag-tag team of multinationals.

On top of improving your team and earning a mosaic piece (every team has three to cough up), each win provides a road into a surrounding nation, offering up even more countries to play against–that makes for 159 matches. And should you lose, you’re neo-Napoleonic quest for European football domination will suffer a serious setback with previous inlets being destroyed.

Honestly, we’re not entirely sure what EA Canada was thinking when it came up with the very “interesting” Expedition mode, but nevertheless it’s here and we doubt many will give it much notice, let alone want to take the time to complete the entire campaign.

UEFA Euro 2012 DLC isn’t bad, by any means. In-fact — baffling mosaic collecting Expedition mode, minor tweaks, and Euro-centric presentation aside — it’s nothing less than a solid addition to the overall FIFA 12 package. The problem inherently lies with how well FIFA 12 remains as a standalone title. It’s not a poor reflection of the DLC, but rather a testament to what a damn fine job EA did with FIFA 12 almost eight months ago. In the end, Euro 2012 DLC does little to warrant its ticket price. If you’re seriously intent on spending your money give it to charity, otherwise save yourself some cash, virtual or otherwise, and wait for FIFA 13.

(This game was reviewed on the Xbox 360 on a copy provided by EA)


These are the best video games you shouldn't leave 2018 without

Developers showed up with a number of amazing games this year. Each capitalized on something unique but there's always one that outdoes them all. Here are our picks for the best video games of 2018 and game of the year.

Want to make one hard drive act like two? Here's how to partition in Windows

If you don't want all of your files stored in one place but only have one drive to work with, partitioning is your best way forward. Here's how to partition a hard drive in Windows 10, step by step.

Jam out in style with the 25 best playlists on Spotify

Music is the world's most potent drug, and the best playlists on Spotify will make you catch feelings. We've scoured the service for its top collections, and brought them together in one place -- for you.

Intel answers Qualcomm's new PC processors by pairing Core and Atom in 'Foveros'

Intel has announced a new packaging technology called 'Foveros' that makes it easier for the company to place multiple chips together on one package. That includes chips based on different Intel architectures, like Core and Atom.

Simplify your life with one of these wireless smartphone charger deals

Banish nightly cable fumbling with a wireless smartphone charger. If your smartphone is compatible with wireless charging, the simplicity of placing it on a pad is a beautiful thing. Wireless chargers are also excellent gifts for coworkers.

Xiaomi’s Gamepad 2.0 turns the Black Shark into a mini Switch

Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi has introduced the Gamepad 2.0 for its Black Shark gaming phone that launched earlier this year. The new gamepad is similar to the Switch Joy-Con, with one piece attaching to each side of the phone.

Skateboarding legend says ‘Tony Hawk’s Skate Jam’ will appeal to his fans

Tony Hawk's Skate Jam is now available for free on iOS and Android devices, and Digital Trends had the chance to talk to the legendary skater about its development and how it captures the magic of his best games.

How do Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X compare to each other? We find out

The Nintendo Switch is innovative enough to stand apart from traditional consoles, but could it become your primary gaming system? How does the Switch stack up against the Xbox One?

Cops called to handle ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ noise end up playing the game

A group of friends were playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch when cops arrived to respond to noise complaints from neighbors. In an unexpected twist, the officers ended up playing the game, too.

The third DLC for ‘Spider-Man’ swings onto PlayStation 4 next week

The third part of Spider-Man's episodic DLC, Silver Lining, releases on December 21. The episode focuses on Silver Sable and Hammerhead, and it includes three new suits for Peter Parker.

Spawn creator suggests the antihero could appear in ‘Mortal Kombat 11’

Spawn creator Todd McFarlane hinted that the comic book antihero could join the cast of Mortal Kombat 11 during a Reddit AMA. Spawn previously appeared in SoulCalibur II on the original Xbox.

Hey, Sony! If you make a PS2 Classic, it needs these games

158 million PS2 consoles were sold worldwide during its lifecycle, making it the most successful video game console of all time. It was hard, but we narrowed down the PS2's vast library of games. Here are the best PS2 games of all time.

Grabbing a Switch for the holidays? Here's what you need to know to play online

If you want to play online multiplayer on Switch, you'll need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Here's what you need to know about Nintendo Switch Online, from price to features to the awesome library of NES games.

You're not a true fan without these Nintendo Switch exclusives

Who doesn't love a good Nintendo game? If you're looking for great first-party titles for your Nintendo Switch, take a look at our list of the very best exclusives available right now.