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FIFA 12’s Best Kept Secret (Video)

The most important reason I’m excited about the upcoming launch of FIFA 12 is not the gameplay action or the impressive graphics. Instead it’s the EA Sports Football Club, a novel idea that takes a video game and adds a massive element of gamification — putting a game inside a game and encouraging its users to battle with and against each other for honors.

Watch the video to learn more about the inner workings on how the concept will be executed.


Simply, the concept is that you earn points when playing the game. So, if you’re a Manchester United supporter, the points you earn from the game will be combined with points from other people from around the world who also support United. There are checks and balances in place to make it fair to fans of all clubs around the world, but the end result is a weekly league table that crowns the most successful club courtesy of video game players from around the world.

There’s much more to it, but I think the idea is marvelous. It puts you, the player, into the game in a way that has never been experienced before. It makes the games more meaningful. It uses technology to connect you with supporters of your favorite club from around the world. The “Support Your Club” feature of EA Sports Football Club brings a whole new twist to the concept of playing a video game. To me, it’s a game-changer.

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  1. karl

    October 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    what if you support a team that isnt on fifa 12?

  2. FIFA

    October 10, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Defending only take a couple of games to get use to, if you’re so bad at the game now as you can just hold ‘x’ to tackle then you clearly should just stick to call of duty and stop moaning about the greatest game release this year!

  3. Tam

    October 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I think fifa 12 is the worse fifa ever the defending is terrible the dribbling of the players impossible in real time adding to the fact if u have a inch of space from 30 yards out u can so easily put the ball in the top corner its a joke and a total waste of my money

  4. brian

    October 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    It has much use actually, you n00bs. You can earn 500 xp if your team is the league champion that week….

  5. David

    September 14, 2011 at 11:56 am

    The FIFA 12 demo is out now on all systems. I checked it out last night for the PS3. I think this has to be the most realistic FIFA to date when it comes to gameplay. So far, I liked it a lot. Check it out everyone.

  6. Len

    September 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Sounds very similar to the support your country mode in the World Cup 2010 game, its a neat feature.

  7. Penney2011

    September 13, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I’m sure that this is just like what they put on the Euro 2008 game “Support Your Country” is it not? just without the leveling up stuff :/

  8. David G

    September 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    The De Jong Super WWF Flying kick on Van Der Vart has me extremely worried. Why would you put that in a preview video? Is this more like an NBA Jam or NFL Blitz take on soccer or a soccer simulation? That move is difficult to pull off in wrestling where both guys are working together to make that happen let alone in open field soccer. The fact that the flying scissor kick move is a highlight from FIFA 12 makes me think that lots of other very unrealistic things are going to be present, plus the ever increasing EA glitches. (Wins turn to losses in NCAA 12…among other things)

    26 secs in

  9. thejam216

    September 12, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Yeah, if anything, teams like Man U will surely be at a disadvantage and sink to being near the bottom of the table to begin with because most people who are merely beginners and don’t know much about the sport will choose teams like Man U, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona type thing because they really don’t know much else aside from the big teams.

  10. Daniel

    September 12, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    The problem I see with this is that the number of fans increase exponentially as the club gets bigger. There will end up being a handful of teams that will completely dominate these rankings and fans of smaller clubs will be competing not to win but just to make the list at all.

    In the EPL (real life), for example, ManU could have a bad start and Bolton might be able to surpass them for a while. Even the points at the end of the season aren’t THAT disparate; the champion will have 15 or 20 more points than 4th or 5th place. That’s close enough you could hope to win next season if things go your way. But if, in FIFA, ManU has 50+ times more fans than those other teams there isn’t even a contest.

    Maybe I missed something, or maybe I need to support some bloated top team…
    Nope. COYS!

    • che

      September 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      watch the full video again . you will see in the end, commentator says that avg xp of player puts teams on the upper table “not total”. watch the video again.

    • Robbo

      September 13, 2011 at 9:33 am

      If you watch the video Tyler says that to be at the top you need the best average xp so little clubs don’t get pushed out. And Man Utd may have millions of fans but the amount of xp will be obviously then divided by the millions of fans. So really it depends on how good you are at the game & at earning xp.

  11. MG

    September 12, 2011 at 11:21 am

    It’s something fun and something that actually implemented (minus the online mode) in the PSP version of FIFA 11.. Little challenges like can you come back to win from being down 2-0 with 40 minutes left in the game.. little things like that and these things apparently now allot points to your club of choice. I think it’s fantastic and add a ‘game within a game’.

    Nothing but goodness. No one said it was ‘special’ and the author of the article just said it was something he was most excited about.

  12. bob

    September 12, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I don’t see what’s so special about this either.

  13. Ryan

    September 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Maybe I’m overlooking something…but what’s the reward in all of that?

    • The Gaffer

      September 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

      The reward is supporting your club virtually and getting them to the top of the league table. Nothing tangible, but it’s definitely something that could make you proud of the club you support.

      The Gaffer

      • Eric

        September 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

        Gaffer, do you know what/if you have to pay to play for this or other game modes (not including Ultimate Team)?

        • TaylorD

          September 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm

          its free- comes on disc

    • Soccerboy

      September 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      If u don’t see what is special about this u have never supported a team with all your heart.

      • Ryan

        October 3, 2011 at 10:38 am

        Soccerboy, that’s a bozo thing to pronounce. Does that mean people who don’t play soccer video games don’t really support their club? I bet 90% of non-playing supporters wouldn’t get the point either.

    • Robert

      September 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Yah i think its kind of a lame idea.

  14. birgisson

    September 12, 2011 at 10:38 am


    Now the fans of multiple clubs must decide if they support Barcelona, Milan or Arsenal.

    Come on, choose one!

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