NanDEMOnai is a semi-regular attempt to profile demos for forthcoming games as unbiasedly as possible, based on their own merits and without any consideration of hype, publisher legacy, place within a franchise, or basis on any existing property. I'm just here to discuss how the demo feels, whether it makes the upcoming release stand out as interesting, and extrapolate how the full game may end up being. Basically, a preview with as little context as possible, like a blind date.
To be fair, the extent of my football (or soccer, for you American gorgs) experience, in video game form, is mostly limited to Mega Man Soccer and the Super Mario Strikers titles. I've played a FIFA or two before, but not since the PS2 at the very latest.
I can recommend checking out this demo, if not the full game, if you're into serious footy, especially if the defensive options showcased in the aforementioned tutorial weren't in the series at all before. And even if they're not particularly new features, the demo at least convinced me as much. If Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 proves to be better, which I'll be finding out shortly, apologies in advance for wasting your time and bandwidth.
(TBH, I cannot wait for some games other than this year's crop of sports titles to see demo releases. Then these might actually be lengthier and more worthwhile.)
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