FIFA 13 preview: career mode, new transfer system,mini-games and more

The new changes may actually irk those who demand instant wish fulfilment, but Jaramillo is confident that the end game for all of their hard work will provide a decent pay-off. “The number one request we’ve had from fans in career mode is the inclusion of internationals – the chance to manage or play for club and country,” he says.

“That’s exactly what we’ve done this year – we’ve dedicated a huge chunk of our team to making internationals work.” According to Jaramillo, you’ll be assigned certain goals whether playing as a manager or a team member – and if you achieve them you’ll receive an international call-up. This will mean you managing or playing with an international team in friendlies, cup qualifiers and international tournaments. As Jaramillo says, a lot of work’s been done – even the national anthems are all present and accounted for.

If career mode is the deep experience guaranteed to satiate the core, then the new Skill Games mode is the silver bullet for newcomers. It’s a collection of 32 mini-games aimed, initially, at familiarising players with controls and then challenging them to improve their techniques. The games themselves are based around the different player skills in football – free kicks, penalties, long passes and more – and are split across three difficulty levels: bronze, silver and gold.

They’re also fiendishly addictive, moving swiftly from pretty easy to really quite tricky in the space of one level jump. The mini-game for penalties on bronze, for example, simply involves hitting targets in a goalmouth. On silver difficulty, however, players need to hoof balls into dustbins over cardboard boxes. While you can’t help but get better the more you persevere with Skill Games, you’ll also earn XP towards your EA Sports Football Club ranking.

You’ll also pick up in-game currency, which Channon says you’ll be able to spend on a brand new collection of unlockables. “You’ll be able to take these Football Club Credits to purchase different components and different features to enhance your overall experience,” he says. “Some of these are purely cosmetic – such as balls, boots and kits – but some of them are also game-changing aspects – like a free pass into internationals in career mode.”

Channon and his team seem to have achieved an interesting trifecta with FIFA 13. It looks set to satisfy the core fanbase, entice new players and, best of all, keep both camps glued to the game for hours on end with unlockable content. If you want to win in football, you need players. With FIFA 13, it’s a safe bet that EA’s going to get them – in their droves.