Being preoccupied and mesmerized by Lions XII’s brilliance in the M League and the end-to-end action provided by the UEFA Champions League and the EPL recently, you might think that it is too early to start visualizing and make your predictions on the Euro 2012 competition which is slated to commence come early June 2012.
However, thanks to EA(Electronic Arts) Sports, you can receive a ‘headstart’ on the prestigious European football competition which takes place every four years! Announcing to the world that the virtual adaptation of Euro 2012 will hit the shelves at your gamestores from April 24th, It is time football gaming fans, amateur footballers and even members of Footballopod should brace up for an awesome Euro 2012 virtual experience in their PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in less than a month! For now, let Footballopod share with our virtual football fraternity on what could unfold in EA Sports’ Euro 2012!
1) Play Euro 2012 with relative ease
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In previous years where the World Cup or Euro competitions emerged as a focal attention in spite of the existence of your beloved European football leagues, football gaming enthusiasts like you would fork out that extra penny to relish the idea of playing your football idols in this major events in virtual reality.
Nevertheless, for some who paid that extra 50 to 70 bucks to purchase this ‘special’ title which only appears every four years, it would prove to be a mistake and a waste of money.
For this group of gamers, you may have compared this game to the actual FIFA title on that particular year which grew on you after months of playing. Being a different game with new ‘gameplay’ mechanics from the FIFA title, you may have disliked that idea due to the hassle on adapting to this new game which seemed less appealing than the real ‘FIFA’ game.
Fear not in Euro 2012, you could purchase this title as a DLC(Downloadable Content) in your current FIFA 12 game! In this way, you may even be able to purchase Euro 2012 on a lower price. Utilizing the same FIFA 12 gameplay mechanics, this is a win-win situation for football gamers who are less willing to depart with their favorite European clubs in the game. You could simply access both games with the same FIFA 12 title.
2) Underrated players to shine in Euro 2012
For Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United fans, it must be frustrating to note that some of your starlets are not living up to their potential in FIFA 12. In comparison to Mertesacker and Van Persie, you have Mario Gotze and Mats Hummels who are slower and unproductive. Needless to say, Red Devils fans would have expected Phil Jones and Tom Cleverley to possess better footballing attributes in FIFA 12.
In Euro 2012, there could be a possibility that fans of the reigning German and English leagues champions are in for a treat. Mario Gotze may just be the attacking ace for Germany whilst Jones and Cleverley could step up and prove their worth for the Three Lions.
3) Expedition mode in Euro 2012
With EA Sports indicating that a new game mode known as the Expedition mode in Euro 2012 would enable you to build a dream team which comprises your favorite players from all over Europe, this news is definitely a boost for those who spent a long time building their FIFA Ultimate Team in FIFA 12.
Whenever you look at the World XI side in FIFA 12, it simply baffles you that several world class players are not even in the reserves. Imagine combining Wayne Rooney with Fernando Torres upfront and fielding Sebastian Giovinco and Mesut Ozil in midfield, this may even turn out to be a better prospect than Ultimate Team.
4) Surprise Packages in Euro 2012
Remember the Euro 2008 finals where Andrei Ashavin and co led Russia to a dream showdown against Spain eventually? How about Greece upsetting the odds and overcoming Portugal to claim the throne in Euro 2004? For some reason, the existence of underdogs has made the game of football a phenomenal sport today.
Bare in mind that in virtual reality, the impossible could also be achieved. Backed by the impressive Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden could shock both England and France to qualify for the next round from Group D. An exuberant Czech Republic may go all the way to seal the gold.
About the Columnist:
||A devoted football fan who has Newcastle United close to his heart since his early contact with the greatest sport in the world, Marcus is a self-proclaimed football 'nutcase' who breaths, eats and sleeps with the game. Possessing the love for the FIFA video game series since grabbing his SEGA Mega Drive console in 1995, Marcus is a low profile semi- professional FIFA gamer having represented Singapore in the World Cyber Games Grand Final back in 2005 as he claimed the gold medal in the Singapore Finals two months earlier. Marcus has reiterated his desire to return to the competitive FIFA gaming scene in 2012. Having cringed and agonized over the Magpies' relegation woes 2008-09 when his beloved side slipped to Aston Villa in their final league game, Marcus is a firm believer of football loyalty. Embracing the idea that football is not always about winning, Marcus is an avid fan of the amateur football scene in Singapore and has fallen in love with the League of Champions series since its inception back in 2010.
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