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FIFA 13 on PS Vita : : Don’t waste your money

     With no changes from FIFA Football (2012), EA should be immensely disappointed with themselves. Make no mistake, it is a great game, maybe the most impressive on the Vita at the moment. I would however advice you to save £25 and pick up last years copy of FIFA.

      Seeing as there is only one difference between FIFA Football and FIFA 13 we may a well address that first. There are new kits. There are new players. There is……nothing else. If you are desperate to have a Manchester United frontline of Rooney and Van Persie then just make this adjustment manually on the old game. There is not a single new animation, no new celebrations, no new game modes, no new menu layou….oh wait! The menu select icon now has sharp corners compared to round ovals found in FIFA Football. To be honest, I was shocked when there was no mention of this on the back of the game casing,

               “Select the same game options with total control. Thanks to the new ‘sharp cornered’ outline around your cursor, you can really control the menus.”

       Imagine my bemusement when I didn’t even find any reviews that spoke of this incredible new feature. FIFA Football often left me in tears when I couldn’t tell if I had pressed X on ‘Career Mode’ or ‘Quick Match’. I couldn’t sleep at night. Now that you can be 100% sure of what you are choosing, it’s made me feel quite happy that I forked out £45 for the game…

It really is quite worrying how an international game company like EA can feel ok with releasing an exact replica of an old game and still expect consumers to pay premium prices. If you think I’m being unfair, please comment below and tell me why this game is worth £45.

Now, this does not mean I don’t enjoy the game. I played the old FIFA Football religiously, raving to anyone that would listen about how identical the game was to FIFA 11 on console. HD graphics, dual analogue sticks, replica animations and frame rates to that on console. Portable gaming had finally pulled off the impossible, they had effectively ported a console game to a portable device. My frustration merely forms out of a hatred for EA’s laziness.

FIFA 13 is a fantastic video game for the PS Vita when you look at it alone. It really does feel like a console game that you can carry in your pocket. The virtual pro career mode gives you plenty of playtime, not to mention the online head to head modes. The problem is how all of these positives can also be said of the old game, FIFA Football. So if you don’t have either game, just pick up the old FIFA Football, manually change the team rosters and save yourself £20. Or, if you already have FIFA Football, just start a new virtual pro career in a different position.

Trust me, FIFA 13 is not the worth the money and EA does not deserve the money.

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Ryan Giggs Must Retire

   Before you jump straight to the comment box and accuse me of knowing nothing about football let me explain myself. Ryan Giggs will forever be one of the finest players to grace the Premier League. Excluding this current season, it is an unbelievable achievement to have scored in every Premier League season. This is something that has never been matched, nor will ever happen again (obviously). He has served United for over 20 years and has always been one of our greatest players, until recently.


The brilliance of Giggs is something known to everyone. Any football fan wouldn’t hesitate in describing how much of a fantastic player he was. The key word here is was. Giggs has unfortunately fallen into the limbo of players that are still trying to clutch to their glory years. However, the bottom line is that he no longer has anything to offer to the first team of Manchester United. Before you start screaming ‘what about experience?!’ let me stop you.

   Ferdinand, Evra, Vidic, Scholes, Carrick, Rooney, Van Persie. 7 first team players for Manchester United whom have all played in a cup final. They have all won silverware and have all been playing professional football for over 10 years. If experience is all that Giggs can bring to the table, why does he not adopt an Ole Gunner Solskjear role and aid his team from the dressing room?
The final argument you may bring up against me is, “what about Paul Scholes? They come from the same era so why should Scholes not retire?” Scholes still remains the best midfield player for United. He is still able to pull the strings in a way that Carrick, Anderson or Cleverly can not. These players are still yet to prove themselves on a weekly basis. Scholes is still keeping out other central midfielders from starting. This should be even more apparent after what happened to our midfield when he retired last year (it fell apart), and then when he came out of retirement for the second half of the season (we made a huge push for the title and only lost on goal difference). There are still many times when I think to myself, ‘I bet we would have won the title had Scholes played the whole season.’

   Compare this to Giggs who is competing against players like Nani, Young, Valencia, Kagawa and Welbeck. All of these players would offer far more on the field than Giggs who used to rely on his pace and control, both of which have faded heavily over the years.
Ferguson has a problem with axing Giggs from the squad due to their personal relationship, meaning we are all waiting for Giggs to fall on his own sword.  His career has been littered with trophies and winning medals. Although, when the time comes that he is being out-played by Tottenham’s Sandro, surely he will realise that he needs to retire. Giggs can still have a very positive impact on the club and the players from off the pitch. The longer he tries to capture the lost magic, the more his career will be tainted.

Ryan Giggs is a player that should be remembered for his 1999 FA Cup Semi-Final winning goal (click here), his lethal left foot and the chemistry he devolved with Dennis Irwin and Eric Cantona. He has been one of the top players in the past 20 years, in the whole world. I’ve just heard one too many United mans bemoan his latest performance for his career to end on a positive note.
We love you Ryan, but please, do us all a favour. I’m worried you may regret it otherwise.