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Fans not happy as EA delay FIFA 13 update

By: Moses Abaortae

  |   October 19th, 2012   |  
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EA Sports may have released FIFA 13 to critical acclaim but the game has a number of issues that are causing fans to slowly lose their patience with the developer’s lack of effort.

FIFA 13 was one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the year, especially as it followed up the ground breaking, accolade receiving FIFA 12. While the previous instalment in the long running series was praised for its revolutionary new features, such as Tactical Defending and its Physical Impact Engine, which DICE borrowed for Battlefield 3, the latest iteration has been plagued by bugs.

A number of users have reported issues with almost every aspect of the game. Whether it is the ball disappearing during a match, players becoming invisible, load screen freezing or the countless issues with Football Ultimate Team, it seems that EA did not test the game as thoroughly as they should have.

The developer did release a patch for the PC version of the game but the console versions, which were supposed to receive an update last weekend, still have nothing to fix the problems on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

EA released a statement explaining the situation and asking fans to be patient. The statement read:

“We apologize for a delay in the FIFA 13 Title Update. A knock-on issue was detected in the patch planned for this weekend.”

The statement continued: “We’re working with our partners to establish a new schedule for the update and we will provide information as soon as it becomes available.”

No date was announced but one would expect the developer to sort out the issues before releasing the update and considering the number of issues reported, it may take a while longer.

At the same time, EA has also come under fire for the PlayStation Vita version of the game, which many believe does not warrant a full-price release and could have been released as a DLC or an update.

Many FIFA 13 Vita players have complained that the game is almost identical to its predecessor and that apart from a few kit changes and extremely minor tweaks in gameplay, the game is a carbon copy of FIFA Soccer.

However, despite all these problems, FIFA 13 is still hailed by both fans and critics alike as the best football simulation game to date, despite what seems to have been a lazy effort from the developer on the execution front.

This will bode well for Konami who are resurgent with Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, which has been hailed by critics as the best game in the series on current generation consoles.

Could this be the year Pro Evo makes some ground on the FIFA series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.