Foot-To-Nation: Fifa 12’s Expedition Mode

Disco never died

The Euro 2012 addition to Fifa 12 shall be DLC rather than a disc-based continental kickabout as has previously been the case. This we already knew. What I didn’t expect was for the DLC to contain a new mode which combines world conquering with foot-to-ball, namely the Expedition Mode. Travel the continent, crushing nations and stealing their best and brightest feet, along with the legs and torsos those feet are attached to. It hardly looks like grand strategy but I quite like the idea of constructing a team by conquering rather than by throwing wodges of cash at cigar smoking agents who, one day soon, will start to raise young boys like puppies on a puppy farm. The video below explains all.

A vaguely interesting new mode, a tentative step toward a ball and boot boardgame, a ridiculous quest to complete a mosaic tacked on top of it all. Unless the final image is a compromising photograph of Sep Blatter and a mongoose that could lead to his downfall, does anyone really care?


  1. sneetch says:

    There it is!

    That’s the easiest game of “Spot the Ball” I’ve ever seen.

    • The_B says:

      Sadly, that’s not a ball but in fact, a chrysalis form that the pre-ball takes to protect it from predators before it eventually matures enough to become fully grown, at which point it bursts from it’s metallic cocoon and rolls onto the field at the start of the match, once the officials have performed their rituals.

      As you can see, the players are gently dancing around it – they believe this dance will help it grow stronger and protect it from predators.

      • westyfield says:

        Nuh-uh. See how the person who took the picture isn’t reflected in the ‘ball’? It’s definitely an alien artefact.

        • pertusaria says:

          An artifact built by humans using alien blueprints – Ellie will get to journey into space and see (an alien who looks like) her dad.

      • SanguineAngel says:

        Does this mean that it is a red herring and that the ball is elsewhere? But where! Even the players do no know. Look at them look all over the place. The poor fellow in the middle on the far left is so distraught he appears to have resorted to poor Shakespearean acting

        • NathanH says:

          Marouane Fellaini appeals to the gods to “let us have our ball back, pretty please?”

  2. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    Those models are plunging headlong into the uncanny valley, like a tableaux of corpses stapled into poses and then heaved off a cliff.

  3. Qwentle says:

    I love the idea that this game contains content that’s unsuitable for 2 year olds.

  4. phenom_x8 says:

    I love FIFA 12 due to its hilarious impact engine. But sometimes I felt that the AI always cheating on me (especially on world class difficulty), they can easily score when they only have a single chance against my many chances that never ever produce a single goal. I never knew about the patches though, being a person lives in a 3rd world country, my internet connection oftenly unreliable with limited quotas per month. I bet there’s no more offline patches nowadays (a patches that can be downloaded and then installed later).

  5. Ichi_1 says:

    Never play a single player game on Fifa any more. Online is where it’s at. Besides the ‘world class’ AI just cheats whenever it’s losing anyway. When it’s a goal down with 5 minutes to go it’ll either invent a foul in the area and award itself a penalty or a payer will swing in the world’s greatest cross straight to their team mates head

  6. dsch says:

    Sounds like an interesting concept. Perhaps they could merge this with Total War.

  7. djim says:

    Finally some common sense from EA. Making a different game was always too much. This mode looks interesting tbh, like a tribute to the countries participating. I agree that online is a lot of fun. Especially the pro mode. It’s chaos :P