FIFA '13 Release Date Is In 5 Days: Here is Our List Of The Five Best Soccer Video Games

By Juan G. Rodriguez , Updated Sep 20, 2012 11:37 AM EDT

Soccer is a sport of the world. It can be played on any terrain in any type of weather with no equipment necessary. All you need is a ball. But the virtual soccer world is much more complicated. A good soccer game must be engaging and challenging for veterans, but assemble enough for rookie players.

FIFA 13 is the latest edition of Electronic Arts' highly acclaimed soccer video game and is developed by EA Canada studios. The game will release in North America on Sept. 25, for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, iOS and Microsoft Windows platforms. But will it be the greatest soccer game ever made?

Here is our list of the five best soccer video games.

5. Nintendo World Cup

Nintendo World Cup is a soccer video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy, developed by Technōs Japan and released in 1990. The game uses the same models as Double Dragon, their big giant sprites. The game follows the rules of soccer, but teams only have six players including the goalkeeper. Players control only one person of the six, but players can give commands to the others. At the time it was graphically awesome and was easy to pick up and play.

4. Pro Evolution Soccer 4 or World Soccer: Winning Eleven 8

The fourth installment of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer video game series was the first game in the series to feature licensed leagues. The game featured total of more than 200 club and national teams and was the first time Referees were seen on the pitch during the game. FIFA 2004 and PES4 were pretty good games, but for PES4 resembled the real sport in looks and feeling.You just felt like you had more control over what happened on the pitch. The ball felt more realistic in the PES4 than in FIFA 2004.

3. 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

The game was released in April 2010 in North America and featured 199 of the 204 teams that played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification. The game also featured 10 official World Cup stadiums. Greatness is in the details and this game featured so many cool little nuisances such as player fatigue for matches at higher altitudes, with an advantage to a home team. The game's scenario mode included 55 playable scenarios from past World Cup matches. There is just something a little more magical about the World Cup and it elevates a game that is basically a roster update of FIFA 10.

2. FIFA Street

What makes FIFA Street great is that it keeps with the core mechanics of FIFA 12, but with a simple and effective control scheme. The environments are vibrant and diverse including parks, gyms, and backstreets, on a rooftop and even the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. While the passing game isn't as complex as its big brother, the one-on-one match ups are more intense. Sometimes simpler and faster game play just makes games more fun.

1. FIFA 12

EA's soccer series has been steadily improving on the current generation of consoles; FIFA 12 is the best of the bunch so far. Ball control became better, give players a chance to out maneuver defenders and get a shot or pass off with amazing control. The new physic engine made encounters with different ball carriers feel well different. The most important thing is that the game is simply fun and has a lot of added features to keep gamers playing. Plus unlike other EA Sports' titles, the game features two sets of commentator, which makes the commentary so much less repetitive.

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