FIFA 13, the 20th game in Electronic Arts’ FIFA series of association football video games, was the first FIFA to feature Lionel Messi on the global cover. FIFA 13 was a revolutionary year for FIFA Ultimate Team: it was the first time ever that was released FUT seasons game mode, FIFA Points, EAS FC companion app and pro-players in form cards.

FIFA 13 was the first FIFA to be compatible with the XBox Kinect and Playstation Move, the movement controlled fads of the time – though it failed to really become a huge part of the game. However, it was an evolutionary year on the revolutionary/evolutionary cycle, adding to the work done by its immediate predecessor. The most notable new features were the new attacking intelligence, which made virtual players more savvy; complete dribbling, the next step of precision dribbling; and the new first touch control, which removed the automatic ‘perfect’ first-touch.