Excerpt: We had great plans for this summer in the VideoGamer.com office. We'd already agreed that we'd be stopping work to watch England games during Euro 2008, set up a makeshift bar, wear our England shirts and shout a lot - presumably at the ref. These plans were of course scrapped when our pitiful nation failed to even make it into this summer's biggest football tournament, but this hasn't stopped EA from releasing a tie-in a few months ahead of kick-off.
Conclusion: UEFA Euro 2008 is another step in the right direction for the EA brand of football. If you didn’t grab FIFA 08, or are heavily invested into this year’s tournament, then the game is well worth a shot. The refined on field play and the expansions to the Captain Your Country mode go a long way to make a good game better. If they can fix a few niggling AI and movement issues for FIFA 09, EA may well become the undisputed king of football.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is The UEFA Euro 2008 is over and Spain has taken the cup to their homeland and the Germans are probably still crying over losing it in the final. This year’s European nation’s tournament was among the best ever held in its history. The teams demonstrated their aggressive attacking tactics and this mentality made these games ultra attractive for the viewers.
Excerpt: You may be thinking to yourself, 'why is EA releasing another soccer game? Don't we already have FIFA?' Well, yes, we do. But, you see, with the Euro 2008 approaching its start, it's only right for a videogame to fill the void of those who wish to virtually recreate their own Euro 2008. And because FIFA is...well, FIFA, it can't quite perform those duties, now can it?
Excerpt: UEFA Euro 2008 is the inevitable EA Sports tie-in for the summer soccer tournament taking place in Austria and Switzerland. Like your above average EA football title, the game features uncannily lifelike visual representations of the world's best players, playing in what the developer claims is a more accessible, quicker-paced and more responsive version of the EA SPORTS football engine, and all of the teams and official stadiums that will be part of UEFA Euro 2008...
Conclusion: Despite its smaller scope, Euro 2008 replicates the drama of a major international cup competition very well. The gameplay isn't a significant enough an improvement over FIFA 08 to make it easily recommendable as an upgrade given the sticker price, but if you're yet to experience EA's football offerings this season then now's the time to start.
Pros: Plays a great game of football, Excellent crowd noise, Realistic, challenging AI.
Cons: Almost the same game engine as FIFA 08, No club teams.
Summary: UK REVIEW--First things first: UEFA Euro 2008 plays a better game of football than any other game currently available for either the Xbox 360 or the PS3. EA Canada's gameplay team has been hard at work on the core engine since it finished FIFA 08, and its work shows. UEFA Euro 2008 isn't that far ahead of the latest FIFA offering, but minor improvements are apparent all over the pitch.
Pros: Plays a great game of football, Excellent crowd noise, Realistic, challenging AI
Cons: Almost the same game engine as FIFA 08, No club teams