Nick Love Deep FIFA Sesh – 10.10.12

Hello and welcome to another poorly titled weekly update! It may be an idea to stop trying to do this kind of shit but I’m going to continue on in such a fashion regardless. This week has been filled with some interesting media consumption, the first being only new on a personal level. My plug of Nick Drake can be found here, I’ve only just discovered the folk genius so check that one out. Then I got round to reviewing the new FIFA which is obviously one of the most exciting game releases every year And finally, today, I did my review of No Love Deep Web, the new controversial album by Death Grips, find out more about its controversy in the post, I’ve tried to sum it up a bit You may remember I posted the album last week in my update so go back to that one and have a listen if you haven’t already.

I’ll leave you, this week, with a trailer for the film which I’ll be watching tonight, so expect the review in a day or two, thanks for reading:



So last week saw the latest FIFA hit the shelves and as always countless hours have been spent getting to grips with all the minor differences in gameplay and layout. The question is has EA done it again and managed to produce another FIFA that’s even better than the last?

Yes is the answer. When playing the game the most noticeable change in gameplay is the new, harder first touch control, it’s far more likely now that if you pass to a sprinting player it’s just going to bounce of his shin and he’ll lose control. This makes it much harder to play like Barcelona, but, personally, I like it because it makes it a bit more realistic. The only other differences I’ve noticed in actual gameplay are that it’s much more difficult to score when you’re one-on-one with the goalkeeper, it’s easier to catch up with an attacker and tackle them from behind and that if you’re under pressure and you pass they quite often put a bit of loft in the pass in order to get it over a defenders foot, all of these features take a few games to get used to but I think, ultimately, just improve the realism just that little bit more.

A lot of work this year has been done on the career mode, which now for the first time, allows you to manage an international team alongside your club, I’m incredibly excited to be able to manage England to World Cup glory while steering Southend towards the Champions League, but obviously it may take a while before I get there. I think this is an absolutely fantastic new feature. Other changes are the classified results that are read after each match, nice touch, and the choice of what other league games you might want score updates on during your match. This links in to the new commentary cut-away’s where we get handed over to someone who tells us the other scores or how an injured player is doing or what they’ve done to themselves. All of which just make the career that bit more real.

Elsewhere there’s the new match form feature which can be used on exhibition matches where the form the players are in in real life affects how they will perform in the game. Online there’s little changes from the superb FIFA 12 online seasons feature, the only real differences being that every division now has an attainable title if you clock up a certain amount of points and that the team line-ups change more or less every week to reflect current injuries and managerial choices, but you can, at the same time, save your own custom line-ups for each club which is useful.

So overall, yet again, FIFA has managed to improve itself and remains the greatest football series of all time, now lets see how quickly I can get the 50 hours on the pitch trophy…

Falling Down Tony’s Awesome Loop like the walls of Babel – 03.10.12

Apologies I did miss a weekly update last week I think I finally got the balance right of fitting the blog in at uni so this weeks is going to count for two, hence the rather obtuse title but I am quite pleased with the finished result, although not 100% on whether it was the walls of Babylon or the walls of Babel that fell down but we’ll go with it. So, first post of last week was Down Terrace a review of Ben Wheatley’s debut who you may previously know for directing the awesome, Kill List. Next was a slightly late review for the main reason that I was late catching on to new band alt-j and here’s my review of their debut album An Awesome Wave Then my final post of last week was review of the new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD game available for download on pc, ps3 or Xbox, check that out here

Then this week I first looked at new sci-fi action movie Looper which fell below my expectations, followed by the new Muse album The 2nd Law which exceeded expectations and finally I looked at the new Mumford and Sons record, Babel which kind sat just a tad underneath expectations

Keep your eyes peeled this week for a review of the FIFA 13 and I’ll leave with a youtube of the entire new Death Grips album which you may have heard about online as it’s recently been the subject of a lot controversy, my review will also be on here some time this week, enjoy