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...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.
Summary: FIFA 08 creates a football experience that matches the complexity, finesse and beauty of the real-world game. FIFA 08 challenges you to master the skills required to play like a pro football player, allowing you on the pitch to defy the odds, perfect your skills, elevate your game and rise up to win glory for your club.
Conclusion: To sum up I will end this review the same place I started by saying that for all FIFA’s many, excellent improvements, the old adage of “must do better” still applies to this game. For it to be the perfect, all round football experience EA just need to tweak the AI some more and make it so the plethora of moves that you have at your disposal are actually usable in the single player campaign.
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.
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: When you boot this baby up for the first time, you'll find yourself in control of Ronaldinho on a futuristic pitch. You can dribble around, get used to the controls, or take shots on a goalie. It's a nice touch. Once you get to the menu, you'll see that the usual options of a FIFA game are available to you. You'll have your friendly match, season, manager mode, practice, etc. These are self-explanatory, and if you've played FIFA before, these are not much different.