FIFA 12 Now Available As a Xperia Play Exclusive!

Sony Ericsson unveiled the one of its kind Android powered gaming phone, the Xperia Play, back at MWC this year. The phone comes with a   dedicated gamepad, and is aimed at serious gamers. The internals of the phone were seemingly dated, and have played a major hand in the lackluster sale of the handset.

Nevertheless, Sony had promised that with time the Play will get some exclusive games. The company stuck to its word and released some exclusive games for the handset like Minecraft etc. Now, joining the list of exclusive games for the Xperia Play is EA Mobile’s FIFA 12. EA had previously launched some exclusive titles on the Play as well like Battlefield and Need For Speed.

Being an Xperia Play exclusive, the game is optimized to take advantage of the phone’s gamepad. The game is also available for other Xperia handsets like the Xperia Arc, Arc S, Neo and Pro handsets. Xperia Play owners can download FIFA 12 for free until early 2012 as a part of Sony Ericsson’s Get In The Game’ promotion.

FIFA 12 PC Review

FIFA by EA Sports is one of the most played sports game in the world. Earlier, it faced heavy competition from PES (Pro Evolution Soccer) in terms of game play, but since FIFA 11 was released, it has improved in leaps and bound. FIFA 12 is the best from EA Sports so far. The brilliant individual player control and intelligent CPU game play along with numerous new features in various modes has made it the best football game in the market.

FIFA 12 Arena

FIFA 12 Arena

Let’s start with the game play; the player control has been massively improved. Unlike earlier versions of FIFA, FIFA 12 has slowed down the game speed which gives the gamer a fraction more time to swiftly control their player by just jogging or jogging while pressing the Pace control button, it also makes skill moves easier to perform during matches.

FIFA 12 Starting a match

FIFA 12 Side Selection

FIFA 12 Game

FIFA 12 On going Game Screen

You can make the game play more realistic by turning off numerous Auto assist options like pass power, and direction  from settings. Some players have specialties. For example Wayne Rooney has engine, distance shooter and clinical finisher specialties; this makes his distance shooting more effective in scoring goals and also has high scoring percentage inside the box. This brings the skills of individual players in the games closer to what they are in real life. If a player has a clear view of goal then he will score 8 out of 10 times.

FIFA 12 Rooney Scoring

FIFA 12 Rooney Scoring

FIFA 12 Real life impact

FIFA 12 Real Life Collision Impact

EA Sports has also introduced levels in FIFA 12 which helps to find suitable opponents  during online play and ranking yourself with your friends. Penalties have also changed in FIFA 12, which now has a meter. You have to shoot when the pointer is on the green patch. When shot at either end of the bar, the player usually slips, which is fun to watch. The intelligence of the CPU can be described by the fact that if a player like Peter Crouch is in the penalty box, the winger of his team will cross the ball immediately (note: Peter Crouch is 6 feet 7 inches tall), but if a shorter striker is present it will try to cut in with the ball. Midfielders like Fabregas are quick in picking out passes because of his high vision compared to Michael Carrick or Ji Sung Park.

FIFA 12 Real life movement

FIFA 12 Detailed Player Movement

FIFA 12 Scoring Goal

FIFA 12 Scoring by head

EA Sports also added a new style of defending called Tactical defending. Generally, people who have played an earlier version of FIFA used the sprint plus standing tackle button to win the ball. But the Tactical defending takes it to a new level and is extremely challenging for players. In Tactical defending, you have to control the direction and speed of the defender plus jockey and contain the opponent, then tackle only at the right time to win the ball, just as in real life. Tackle early, the player will go past you and tackle late, you will foul them. Tactical defending is very difficult to get used to, and frankly speaking, I couldn’t get used to it and switched back to old style of defending. However, many people will surely like this new style.

The most played mode in FIFA is the manager mode. I love this mode as it gives me a chance to do whatever I want to do with my team. In FIFA 12, the interface has been completely changed with most of the default screen occupied with News from around the football world. The news of your club and your players’ performance are highlighted here.

FIFA 12 Manager Mode Default Screen

FIFA 12 Manager Mode Default Screen

Rotating your squad is also a big challenge, as Form and Morale affect the attitude of the players. If you don’t play a certain player for a long time he’ll wish to leave the club. His form and morale will also dip as a consequence. Giving a chance to new players frequently will give their form and morale a boost, and you will be notified when that happens by a pop up message from that player after matches. The scouting network has changed a bit. Now you can simultaneously send three scouts to different locations. Sending and calling back a scout takes a few days, unlike earlier, where they could be called up immediately and sent to another location. As a manager, you can now get involved more deeply in the game because of the newly introduced option to comment on your team or opponent team before certain matches. You can use this opportunity to praise or motivate your team or any individual player which will increase the morale. At the same time, you can comment on the opponent team or players. Some people love to buy and sell players in manager mode, but the club budget can hinder the fun. In FIFA 12 you can choose your budget allocation between transfer budget and wage. You can decrease the wage bank to increase the transfer budget.

FIFA 12 Manager Mode Budget Allocation

FIFA 12 Manager Mode Budget Allocation

Apart from Manager Mode, one other mode which I like is Virtual Pro. You can create your own professional player and then complete the various accomplishments to increase his ratings. This is very addicting because of the fun of the accomplishment. The online playing option has been improved, and now you can play with players of your level, who will be automatically searched for. Various options, like online tournaments, increase the fun. But you need to have a fast and unlimited internet connection to play online. My 512kbps internet connection is slow to react to my controller action, hence it is difficult to play. An internet connection of 1Mbps should be good enough for a smooth experience. There is also a FIFA 12 Store where you can buy various additional features from EA, like Live Season, in which the player form in game is updated every week based on their real life performance. There are many other additional features which you can buy.

FIFA 12 post match

FIFA 12 Post Match

Overall the game is the best that EA Sports have produced so far. Excellent and intelligent game play makes it the best football game currently in the market. The real life impact of collision between players brings the experience closer to real life. If you are a football lover then don’t think even once before buying FIFA 12, and if you haven’t played football, FIFA 12 will surely bring your interest to the game. I rate FIFA 12 a solid 9 out of 10. You can’t afford to miss this one.

Download FIFA 11 Demo for PC

EA has come out with FIFA 11, the next version of the most popular football/soccer game available out there. The 1.2GB demo download is now officially available at the EA website.

FIFA 11 Demo

FIFA 11 has several new features including new personalization options for players and goalkeepers. In addition to that you can also customize the audience chanting and more. FIFA 11 has over 500 teams and 15,000 players.

FIFA 11 also bring in 360 ° dribble which provides users with more delicate dribbling control. You can watch the  demo video of the FIFA 2011 game from EA below. From the looks of it, it is pretty awesome.

Oh yes, if you loved the video, head over to this site to download the FIFA 11 demo for PC.

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FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup Germany 2010 Teams, Schedule and Groups

Complete Schedule, Teams, Groups and Format for the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup Germany 2010 to be held between July 13, 2010 and August 1, 2010.

After the extravaganza ended yesterday, it is now time for the Women’s Under 20 World Cup which will be held in Germany. Though the Women’s World Cup may not have as much fanfare as the World Cup 2010, it will definitely be a good chance for some bright players to show off their Skills.

FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2010

The Women’s World Cup will be held between July 13, 2010 and August 1, 2010 in various stadiums across 4 stadium in Germany which include Bochum, Augsburg, Dresden and Bielefeld.

Women’s U-20 World Cup Teams, Groups And Format

Unlike the FIFA World Cup 2010, the Women’s World Cup will only have 16 teams which are divided into 4 groups. There are 4 groups consisting of 4 teams each and the top 2 teams will play the quarterfinals, followed by the Semifinals and Finals. In all 32 matches will be played including the Finals.

The Women’s U-20 World Cup Group A includes Germany, Costa Rica, Colombia and France. Group B consists of Brazil, North Korea, Sweden and New Zealand. Group C consists of England, Nigeria, Mexico and Japan and Group D consists of USA, Ghana, Switzerland and Korea Republic.

Complete Schedule of Women’s U-20 World Cup

The Women’s U-20 World Cup match will start on July 13, 2010. The Group stage matches will be played from July 13, 2010 to July 21, 2010. The 2nd stage of the U-20 World Cup will directly start with the Quarterfinals, which will be held on 24 July and 25 July. The Semifinals will be played on 29 July. The 3rd Place playoff will be played on August first, with the Women’s U-20 Finals also being held on the same date.

To find out the date your favorite team is playing, you can visit the official FIFA.com match schedule for the Women’s U-20 World Cup here. You can also download a PDF File from the FIFA site.

Paraguay vs Japan Online Live Free – World Cup 2010

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Paraguay take on Japan in an interesting match in the round of 16 today. Japan have had an impressive run so far and will look to make it to quarter-finals of the World Cup. Paraguay on the other hand have topped their group and will look to make a breakthrough here.

Excited? Want to watch the Paraguay vs Japan match online? Well, you are in luck you can watch the Paraguay vs Japan match from FIFA World Cup 2010 live online using high quality live streaming links.

FIFA 2010 World Cup

Watch FIFA World Cup 2010 Matches Online Live Streams

FIFA 2010 World Cup matches will be available on television networks across the world, however you can also watch all the FIFA World Cup 2010 matches live online. The best bet would be to head over to ESPN online, where they will be high streaming the FIFA 2010 matches online.

If you use Google Chrome, you can use an extension to watch FIFA 2010 World Cup matches online, if you don’t then try out adthe.net which will have live streams of the FIFA 2010 World Cup matches live online. You can also try your luck on UStream.tv or Justin.tv or livesport1.us where users sometimes stream the matches live online.

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You can also use an Excel template to track the FIFA 2010 group stages matches and knockout stages, you will find more about it in this post. You can also download the FIFA 2010 World Cup Schedule and Calendar. Have fun and enjoy watching the FIFA World Cup 2010 Matches live online.

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The World Cup is the Hottest Thing on the Internet Right Now

As it turns out, the FIFA world cup 2010 has become the most popular web event in the history of the Internet. This event has turned the table in its favor and claimed this title beating president Obama’s Election Day victory. The official FIFA world cup website is now serving as many pageviews as Facebook and if we remember correctly, Facebook was competing with Google in the US a few days ago. That can help you estimate the magnitude of this overdrive.

Though, that is just one source of the FIFA buzz. It is all over Twitter, Facebook and other social networks as well. This makes FIFA world cup the hottest and the most happening thing on the Internet. Univision, which is managing live streaming of the matches claims that at least a quarter million people are watching matches online in U.S. and Puerto Rico. This includes desktop and mobile viewers.

Twitter users who are football fans at the same time, bring down a river of tweets updating regularly on the match proceedings. Twitter is having a hard time managing rates of 3000 tweets per second and has surrendered announcing that users should be ready for occasional downtimes.

Compare this to the last football world cup and you will see, how popular the Internet has become in the past few years. Readwriteweb has made a roundup of the driving factors behind this popularity.

Watch Brazil vs North Korea Online Live FIFA World Cup 2010

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Brazil play North Korea today in their first Group G match of . The Brazil teams are favorites to win the world cup and will definitely look to get the full 3 points against North Korea.

However, Group G is not a easy group and is also called the traditional Group of Death, where even the best teams could get eliminated due to the unpredictable nature of the teams involved.

North Korea too will be looking to either get a draw or win from this one and will not give Brazil any easy chances in the match.

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FIFA 2010 World Cup

FIFA 2010 World Cup matches will be available on television networks across the world, however you can also watch all the FIFA World Cup 2010 matches live online. The best bet would be to head over to ESPN online, where they will be high streaming the FIFA 2010 matches online.

If you use Google Chrome, you can use an extension to watch FIFA 2010 World Cup matches online, if you don’t then try out this link which will have live streams of the FIFA 2010 World Cup matches live online. You can also try your luck on UStream.tv or Justin.tv or livesport1.us where users sometimes stream the matches live online.

You can also use an Excel template to track the FIFA 2010 group stages matches and knockout stages, you will find more about it in this post. You can also download the FIFA 2010 World Cup Schedule and Calendar. Have fun and enjoy watching the FIFA World Cup 2010 Matches live online.

Buy FIFA World Cup 2010 Jerseys, Gear, Jackets, Balls and More

is one of the biggest tournaments of this decades and billions of users will tune in and watch the event in South Africa, on their television or online.

FIFA 2010 World Cup

If you want to show your pledge towards your favorite team, you can wear jerseys, official merchandise, jackets or play with your teams themed football. Want to buy your favorite team jersey or jacket? Head over to Amazon where you will get a hefty discount on team merchandise for the FIFA World Cup 2010. Buy FIFA 2010 Jerseys, Jackets, Balls and more online.

In addition to that you can also track the FIFA 2010 Event or get into the mood through various means, we list them below for your convenience.

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Are you supporting USA or England or Brazil or Spain or Italy? No matter who you support you need to show it off. Come on it is the World Cup and spending a few bucks once in four years is never too bad.

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Looking to Watch FIFA World Cup 2010 Online? FIFA 2010 World Cup matches will be available on television networks across the world, however you can also watch all the FIFA World Cup 2010 matches live online. The best bet would be to head over to ESPN online, where they will be high streaming the FIFA 2010 matches online.

If you use Google Chrome, you can use an extension to watch FIFA 2010 World Cup matches online, if you don’t then try out this link which will have live streams of the FIFA 2010 World Cup matches live online. You can also try your luck on UStream.tv or Justin.tv or livesport1.us where users sometimes stream the matches live online.

Windows 7 FIFA 2010 World Cup Theme

FIFA 2010 Windows 7 Theme

If you are a user you can spice up your desktop by downloading the official FIFA World Cup 2010 . Learn more on how you can download the FIFA World Cup 2010 Windows 7 theme by EA Sports.

Download FIFA World Cup 2010 Schedules and Calendar

There are several ways in which you can actually show that you are into the World Cup mood, few of them including using an the FIFA World Cup 2010 Excel template. In addition to that you can also track FIFA scores and more using the Google OneBox results for FIFA 2010.

If you are looking to download or view FIFA World Cup 2010 schedule you can download an excel file which has the entire World Cup schedule and will allow you to add points to the teams who have won. Learn more on how to download the FIFA World Cup 2010 Schedule.

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In addition to that you can also view one of the best FIFA World Cup 2010 calendars created using Flash by visiting this link. The FIFA World Cup 2010 Calendar will allow you to view the schedule based on teams, date, group and stadium. Learn more about viewing the FIFA World Cup 2010 Calendar online.

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Interested in watching the FIFA World Cup 2010 matches online? Continue reading to know how you can watch all the FIFA World Cup 2010 matches online. If you are looking to watch highlights, check out how to Watch FIFA World Cup 2010 highlights online.

FIFA 2010 World Cup

FIFA 2010 World Cup matches will be available on television networks across the world, however you can also watch all the FIFA World Cup 2010 matches live online. The best bet would be to head over to ESPN online, where they will be high streaming the FIFA 2010 matches online.

If you use Google Chrome, you can use an extension to watch FIFA 2010 World Cup matches online, if you don’t then try out this link which will have live streams of the FIFA 2010 World Cup matches live online. You can also try your luck on UStream.tv or Justin.tv or livesport1.us where users sometimes stream the matches live online.

You can also use an Excel template to track the FIFA 2010 group stages matches and knockout stages, you will find more about it in this post. You can also download the FIFA 2010 World Cup Schedule and Calendar. Have fun and enjoy watching the FIFA World Cup 2010 Matches live online.

USA vs England Online FIFA World Cup 2010

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USA kick off their world up campaign in FIFA World Cup 2010. The United States team may just make it to the quarter finals, but the rivalry with England is really long. More than 60 years ago USA had stunned England in the World Cup, however, over the years England have become a formidable side and the match on June 12 will definitely have lots of excitement.

The time has come for the biggest rivalry on the football field. United States will take on England in their first game of the FIFA 2010 World Cup. USA will take the field against England at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa on June 12 in their World Cup campaign.

Will you be supporting the US or England in this match? No matter who, expect this FIFA World Cup match to be a cracker.

FIFA 2010 World Cup

FIFA 2010 World Cup matches will be available on television networks across the world, however you can also watch all the FIFA World Cup 2010 matches live online. The best bet would be to head over to ESPN online, where they will be high streaming the FIFA 2010 matches online.

If you use Google Chrome, you can use an extension to watch FIFA 2010 World Cup matches online, if you don’t then try out this link which will have live streams of the FIFA 2010 World Cup matches live online. You can also try your luck on UStream.tv or Justin.tv or livesport1.us where users sometimes stream the matches live online.

You can also use an Excel template to track the FIFA 2010 group stages matches and knockout stages, you will find more about it in this post. Have fun and enjoy watching the USA vs England FIFA World Cup 2010 Matches live online.