Excerpt: Another year means another FIFA, and we have to struggle to once again come up with yet another fresh opening paragraph for this review, and one that avoids mentioning the age old debate of Pro Evo vs. FIFA (well apart from this once) and overused football clichés such as “EA scores a goal”. So what’s left to say? Nothing much so perhaps it’s best to move on before we are left with an embarrassing and awkward silence.
Excerpt: Another year, another FIFA. Well, actually no. FIFA 08 will in fact be the fifth EA Sports soccer game on the Xbox 360 in the last two years! If you’re wondering that’s FIFA RTWC 2006, World Cup 2006, FIFA 07, UEFA CL 06/07 and FIFA 08. Fortunately, the prevailing theme in each of the preceding four games has been one of improvement and FIFA 08 continues this trend with a game that’s easily the best in the series.
Conclusion: This is without doubt the best FIFA game to grace the Xbox 360. It’s slick, comprehensive and well put together. It is not without fault though. As previously mentioned, the menu system is confusing and needs a rethink, or at the very least needs to be covered in the manual. Also there will be those who will be unhappy that a player action will not always happen as soon as a button is pressed, because the engine won’t, for example, allow a kick to occur until the player...
Excerpt: While my first love of any videogame sport is hockey, soccer titles are a close second. I fondly remember the brilliant 3DO version of FIFA, where fellow reviewer Kirby Y and I went gaga over the cool bouncing ball intro. Fast-forward roughly a decade or so and EA is still publishing the FIFA series. The last few versions have made me somewhat concerned as the inconsistent control issues and online play have been issues for me.
Conclusion: Overall FIFA 08 is looking to be a major success for EA. Never before have the team captured the reality of football and condensed it into a comprehensive footballing title. Granted it’s hard and yes you’ll end up using the cheap tactics of past but with over 15,000 licensed players, 30 leagues and the teams that litter them, FIFA 08 is a joy to play. Only time will tell if the game can begin to win over its bitter rivals from Pro Evolution 2008.
Conclusion: the constant urge to go end-to-end to try for a spectacular goal just because of the fact I’m only controlling one guy. That might be okay in a hockey game, but it sure doesn’t work for soccer. For the more traditional and picky player, EA has packed in a ton of modes, authentic player and stadium recreations, and 30 league licenses populated with approximately 14,000 players. The only omission might be the lack of international teams like Saudi Arabia .
Excerpt: There is much about football that doesn't make sense. How Chelsea can let go of Jose Mourinho, one of the greatest managers in the world, is one example. That England fans expect the national team to win every game despite having failed to win anything in over 50 years is another. But the fact that the world's two premier football video games are made in Canada and Japan, ranked 54 and 34 respectfully in the FIFA World Rankings, is perhaps the most mind-boggling piece of...
Excerpt: It used to be that portable sports games were mere shadows of their colossal console cousins. You usually wouldn't get more than a basic game mode, and if you were lucky you'd also get a season mode that would let you play your way through a team's schedule but that's about it. FIFA 08 however will make those days a distant memory.
Conclusion: Overall...it is a tough one...this is not a game that people just forgot about causing high TAs...it is a tough and grinding game to complete, especially the online segment. So far, all the onlines are still available.minus one The Real World achievement in FIFA 08 worth 27 points As the Lead Profile, Play an Online Interactive Leagues game to completion so you will not be able to get 100% on this game any longer either.