AFL Live 2012 Game of the Year Review

by Ben Salter Featured

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”Game of the Year Edition” wasn’t the right tagline for the 2012 update of last year’s AFL Live, but other than that, the $14.95 DLC accomplishes what it set out to achieve.

Check out our full review of AFL Live

A new AFL game every year isn’t going to happen. Get that out your head, people. It isn’t feasible nor necessary. All we really need is yearly roster updates, and the darned career mode. Perhaps that could be an addition with next year’s DLC, before an entirely new game next generation? But I digress, this is pointless speculation.

The “Game of the Year” update is available now for download on PS3 and Xbox 360. It will also be available with the game at retail later this month, which will see AFL Live head to Windows PC for the first time.

You get the updated 2012 AFL team rosters and fixtures, as well as the addition of Greater Western Sydney and Skoda Stadium.

For less than the cost of four maps you played three years ago in Call of Duty, you get the updated 2012 AFL team rosters and fixtures, as well as the addition of Greater Western Sydney and Skoda Stadium. Not bad, considering it’s handled by a Melbourne-based developer and only market viable in three Australian states (let’s be honest, do you know who Chris Judd is, Sydney?).

As with the original game, some of the player ratings are up for debate (poor Jay Schultz), but Big Ant allows you to amend that yourself. All teams can be reset to accurately represent the 2012 lists; then each player can be tinkered to satisfy your own beliefs of their true potential (or spudness, to use AFL forum talk).

Overpowered custom teams still dominate the online arena, and the A.I. hasn’t seen any improvements from either the DLC or its accompanying patch. It’s a little disappointing to see that the same glitches that let down the game a year ago are still present, but most gamers adapted and just accepted them.

Likewise, none of the recent draftees have commentary names, but the sound was by far one of the original release’s biggest weaknesses. Fans willing to buy the new DLC would have already made do with the limited audio options, perhaps by injecting their own music over the top of the tiresome commentary and sound effects.

The Final Verdict

The AFL Live: Game of the Year Edition DLC and retail release brings the best AFL game to date into 2012. It includes GWS, its new stadium and all of the current teams, which is all that was required to continue enjoying AFL Live during the current season. AFL fans should be satisfied; although, it looks like we’re going to have to wait until the next full release, should it happen, to fix some of the lingering problems and for that highly anticipated career mode.

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Ew, there's a Melbourne player on my screen.

Keen to check this out.
"let’s be honest, do you know who Chris Judd is, Sydney?"

I lol'd

It's a nice addition to be able to play against GWS, providing you don't lose to them. :P

winga26 said: "let’s be honest, do you know who Chris Judd is, Sydney?"
I lol'd
It's a nice addition to be able to play against GWS, providing you don't lose to them.



Oh man. I hadn't played for 6 months. Port vs GWS on default teams and I got smashed in the first half. Got back into it in the second when I remembered the controls and then with a few seconds left I got deliberate behind paid against me and lost by 3 points.

FFFUUUU [Rage]
I would gladly pay for roster updates with every sport game I own... you hear me, EA and 2K!

Milky said: I would gladly pay for roster updates with every sport game I own... you hear me, EA and 2K!



But how would you rectify issues?

I think NBA 2K makes enough gameplay mechanic alterations to justify changes each year. FIFA, not so much.

Beta said:

Milky said: I would gladly pay for roster updates with every sport game I own... you hear me, EA and 2K!


But how would you rectify issues?
I think NBA 2K makes enough gameplay mechanic alterations to justify changes each year. FIFA, not so much.



Fifa 13 will. From the demo I played, feels totally different different compared to Fifa 12.

But we're talking about good Football here :P

Beta said:


Milky said: I would gladly pay for roster updates with every sport game I own... you hear me, EA and 2K!


But how would you rectify issues?
I think NBA 2K makes enough gameplay mechanic alterations to justify changes each year. FIFA, not so much.

But by having the DLC roster update you cover all people.

Those that buy the full game every year won't jump down to the DLC. They are the people that care for the new features and the improved mechanics. You might lose a few thousand sells, but ultimately it won't change much.

And then you are covering the casuals, like me, who don't want to buy a full retail release each year and don't. I would however pay $14 for a roster update, especially for basketball games.

I remember back in the day, I refused to buy the latest basketball game and would update the rosters myself (by creating new players and adjusting old players sliders). It would take an entire day, but I had an extra $80 in my pocket. It was worth it. I wouldn't have wasted my time if I could get the update for $14 though.

I just think it is easy revenue for them and it is really surprising that they haven't done it yet.
FIFA 09-11 I agree with. FIFA 11-12, nope, 12 is much better.

EA also release free mid-season roster updates now, better than 3 months late yearly ones.

I'd be tempted, but $15, nup.

Yeah I'm from Sydney and don't know who is this Chris Judd....seriously who is he, is he a AFL commentator, coach or something?
Contemplating buying the game... Even though i don't like AFL (need a god sports game)


GWS > All. True fact :P

GreenThumb said: Contemplating buying the game... Even though i don't like AFL (need a god sports game)
GWS > All. True fact



You really need to love AFL to enjoy.

It's made for AFL fans, not people who just enjoy sports games.

Ben said:

winga26 said: "let’s be honest, do you know who Chris Judd is, Sydney?"
I lol'd
It's a nice addition to be able to play against GWS, providing you don't lose to them.


Oh man. I hadn't played for 6 months. Port vs GWS on default teams and I got smashed in the first half. Got back into it in the second when I remembered the controls and then with a few seconds left I got deliberate behind paid against me and lost by 3 points.
FFFUUUU



Lol Port. :P

Ben said:

GreenThumb said: Contemplating buying the game... Even though i don't like AFL (need a god sports game)
GWS > All. True fact


You really need to love AFL to enjoy.
It's made for AFL fans, not people who just enjoy sports games.



That's a very accurate description.
don't see how you couldn't like afl 2011 :P

then again i find it amazing and fun. Mate said its the worst sports game he has played.

Far to hard is their usual complaint and the buttons suck:P

sorry its harder then fifa:P

i dont see the update as fevola is still in the lions team and so it m.clark @_@

Emir545 said: i dont see the update as fevola is still in the lions team and so it m.clark



Download the DLC and then reset your team rosters.

You'll still have the old teams until you reset the rosters :)
Oh my god, I just realised they probably just used the random feature to make the new 2012 rookies because a Patrick warden has been given "dark" skin when he actually has "white" skin in real life. :facepalm:
*wearden
who is from brissy lions
Not to mention the ratings were done ages ago supposedly and dayne zorko who is averaging like 100 in sc is rated 64 grrrr
Can someone tell me how to "tinker" the ratings?
In future, use the edit button instead of posting multiple times.

Cheers.
When will we get blunstone staduim (Hobart) on AFL live ?

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