To my great and overwhelming shame, I have not played FIFA 12 yet. In fact, I don't even have a copy. I don't how this happened -- I'm a huge fan of the FIFA series. It's just a matter of time, of course, but for now my sole experience with game has been with early preview versions of the game.
Personally, my favourite version of FIFA so far was FIFA 10, a more fast paced, arcade style of play that suited my needs -- playing every now and then with my friends and family. FIFA 11 slowed things down, with more precise passing, and while I really enjoyed the new level of skill required, it was a bit more difficult for the casual players I usually competed against to adjust.
From what I'm hearing, FIFA 12 has pushed further in the FIFA 11 direction.
To be perfectly honest, I have a lot of respect for that decision. I've always felt it best to cater to the true fans of the game over those that play sporadically. There is a very active core contingent of FIFA players and the game should be designed around their needs. It makes for a better game, and casual players will adjust eventually.
At the moment, of course, my opinion hardly hold much weight. I'm keen to hear what you guys think?