The first FIFA 13 review has reached subscribers of multiplatform magazine GamesMaster.
In its 91% verdict, GM puts green ticks on the unpredictability of the new Impact Engine and First Touch Control systems - but points out they're still balanced and fair - and praises improvements in AI across attacking, defending and Career Mode.
"Is it better than last year's FIFA? Yes. The core game is simply the best football on console that there's ever been. It's exhilarating to play in multiplayer, and looks fabulous when you use any of the big boys."
GM concludes: "If you wavered on upgrading a previous edition we'd recommend getting this one as it plays fantastically."
The only real negative mentioned in the verdict is that the user interface in Career Mode still feels "poorly designed".
A FIFA 13 demo arrives "from September 11" on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, with the full game set to release on September 28.