With weeks until Pro Evolution 2012 is released, EA Sports has stolen a march with the launch of FIFA 12. We've enjoyed the gameplay footage, the gorgeous screenshots, playing the demo to death and now we get to see what improvements have been made from FIFA 11.
Now that the dust has settled on the midnight launches across the country, and you've had a chance to read our FIFA 12 review, we take a look at how the new FIFA is being received. Is it a hit for the most notable gaming critics? T3 takes a look...
Telegraph - There may be teething problems in adjusting to its nuances, and there's certainly room for refinement, but FIFA 12 is unquestionably a change for the better. There's still potential for an even more improved game of football then, but this is a huge stride to fulfilling it. (4 and 1/2 stars out of 5)
GameSpot - Excellent online modes and improved player handling further cement FIFA 12 as football at its best--gloriously deep, rewarding, addictive, and as close as you can get to the real thing without donning a pair of boots. (9 out of 10)
IGN - Thankfully, FIFA 12 has not innovated simply for the sake of it. The gameplay innovations greatly improve the way FIFA plays. Matches unfold with a more authentic tempo, taking it much closer to the real thing. Revolution? Evolution? Who really cares. More importantly, is FIFA 12 the best football game in the world? I don't think so. But I'd put it in my top one. (9.5 out of 10)
Eurogamer - After playing FIFA 12, going back to previous entries in the series seems almost unimaginable. It's another step closer to reality, and this time it's a very welcome one. (9 out of 10)
VideoGamer - I booted up FIFA 11 to gauge just how much has changed and the differences really are quite striking. The Tactical Defending feels entirely alien to begin with but stick with it and it makes FIFA 12 feel like a brand new, and more realistic football experience. The King is dead. Long live the King: FIFA 12. (9 out of 10)
NowGamer - EA Canada’s combination of new, tactical improvements with a familiar feel makes FIFA 12 outstanding and sends 11 spiralling into obsolescence, something we know is likely to happen to this year’s outing in twelve months’ time. But, for now, this is the finest football game we’ve played in a long time. (9 out of 10)
Guardian - Blast EA and its peers for the way they run their businesses if you want to, but recognise this: with friends, with practice, with a will to re-think your approach to defence, Fifa is an absolute joy to play. (Five stars out of five)