UEFA Euro 2012 Review: Is it worth buying?


With Euro 2012 only a matter of weeks away and football fans throughout the globe eagerly awaiting the tournament in Ukraine and Poland, EA Sports have have released their tournament edition, UEFA Euro 2012. This looks like a money-making scheme by the games producer, but does the latest update warrant its purchase?

Everyone unanimously is delighted that there will be no summer break from football this year worth speaking about, and the competition in eastern Europe will fill the void left by other off-seasons. With excitement building, the natural thing to do is go out and spend your hard-earned money on the Fifa tournament version of the game, simulating the tournament to try and predict the winner and make your money back tenfold by having an inside advantage over the Euro 2012 odds. But is the upgrade from FIFA 12 worth it?

UEFA Euro 2012 Trailer

Initially reviews, opinions and thoughts are that the Euro 2012 update has a raft of new features and a different feel to the gameplay, adequate enough to prove that this is not just the previous edition in new packaging. The players seem more streamlined, the experience smoother and a number of different traits in the game seem to have been added.

The age-old problem of a scuffle when two players come together seems to have been eradicated due to more effortless turning, with the player with the ball seemingly able to avoid tackles easier. This may promote taking the goalkeeper out for a run, but it is entertaining if nothing else. For the defending player, sliding tackles are seemingly more prevalent, with a number of new slide-challenge animations available.

The downfall of the new features is that it seems a lot easier to score in the latest version than the original FIFA 2012. Defenders can get blocks on shots or passes, but the ball generally has a high chance of bouncing back to the attacking player/team, which makes for higher-scoring games.

As always there are a number of different playing options, with Exhibition mode being the first. In this format you are charged with taking a group of average players on a mission to beat all of Europe's national teams, with victories rewarded by the signing of one player from the defeated nation. There is a set path of progression through the continent, with the end-goal being that you have defeated all of the Uefa-affiliated nations.

Challenge mode offers a collection of missions to be undertaken by the owner, whilst Online mode offers you the chance to pit your wits against players from all over the world, adopting the previous editions cup mode.

All-in-all, it is a sensible evolution for the game, with adequate work being put in by the designers and developers as a testament that the latest edition is worth investing in. Fun, entertainment and high-scoring games are in mind, and hopefully the same features are on show this summer in Ukraine and Poland.

UEFA Euro 2012 Screenshots

All images courtesy of FootballFashion.org.

Written by Gareth McKnight, senior columnist for the football blog Soccerlens.com.