FIFA 13 Compete Dribbling Adds Layer of Realism

One of the big changes in FIFA 13 is how dribbling is handled. Players now can move the ball laterally as well as horizontally without a special move, and even chose to hold the ball while turning your back on your marker

One of the big changes in FIFA 13 is how dribbling is handled. Players now can move the ball laterally as well as horizontally without a special move, and even chose to hold the ball while turning your back on your marker. It's called complete dribbling, and really ads another layer of realism to the game.

In the older versions of FIFA, there was directional dribbling and their were special moves. If you wanted to continue facing your defender while maneuvering around them, you had to get to know the special moved which often took elaborate moves of the joystick. Trying to dribble around a defender without the special moves was like running a cone drill.

The last time I ran cone drills was when I tested out the new adidas Predator LZ's, which feature a special zone for dribbling. The outside part of the front of the boot was the area given special padding for dribbling. We were then told to dribble through some cones.

The idea wasn't to round the cones facing the direction the ball was traveling, but to nudge the ball with your foot toward the cone while facing the keeper. Then, running up to the ball and redirecting it with the other foot. This allowed you to keep your eyes on the ultimate target, the goal, the whole time.

My AYSO days were never that advanced (I put putted around those cones like I was making a figure S). So I'm glad FIFA finally dribbles like a professional footballer, and not Josie wearing an AYSO bib.

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