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For nearly 20 years, the leading manufacturer of soccer video games has been EA Sports, who is well known for developing the FIFA line of video games. In September 2011, the video game developer released their 19th version of the game when they released FIFA 12. The game is available on a few different platforms including PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
Similar to previous years, FIFA 12 will provide users with the ability to control a wide range of teams from all over the world. The game features 29 different licensed leagues, which play in 22 different countries and account for over 300 different professional teams. Beyond that, a player can control over 40 different national soccer teams. The play options with each team include league play options, tournament options, single-game mode, and even a career mode where a player can control the same team for multiple years. Games can be played on one of nearly 100 different stadiums, which include replica stadiums of about 50 of the largest in the world.
Several new updates have occurred with FIFA 12. One of the main upgrades has been to the online play mode. An enhanced multi-player match mode has helped to ensure a competitive balance in each game. Players can also participate in a number of online leagues and tournaments, which are running on a recurring basis. Players can also set up their own private leagues and matches. All players have the ability to constantly access and view their online profile and record.
Another popular upgrade with the game has been an enhancement to the career mode. The artificial intelligence behind the game has been drastically improved, which makes negotiating with free agents and dealing with player off the field issues more of a challenge. A Facebook integration mode has also been included.
Thus far, the improvements to the game have been quite popular. According to EA, the game was the fastest selling game ever as over 3.2 million people bought it in the first week alone. The game has also received many positive reviews from the top video game critics.
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