Excerpt: Euro 2008 may not be happening for some unfortunate teams, although some would say that England weren’t unfortunate, instead they were just depressingly bad during the crucial qualifying stages. After he was sacked, you may have thought that you had seen the last of Steve McClaren’s face at an England match, but be warned and be prepared for his presence in EA’s officially licensed game.
Conclusion: I really like this game. While the game met expectations with regards to options and presentation, it definitely exceeded my expectations with regards to gameplay improvements. EA Sports have done what Konami, when they were a competent developer, used to do with their incremental releases – make a host of subtle gameplay changes that, when taken as a whole, provide a superior gameplay experience from the previous game.
Summary: Take on the challenge of leading one of over 50 European national teams and play as your favorite country from qualification right through to a virtual reproduction of the European Soccer Championship tournament with UEFA EURO 2008.
Summary: For those that aren’t online fanatics I would recommend purchasing the game, as it has enough in it to warrant a play through until the release of FIFA 09. For those that are buying for mainly the sole purpose of playing online and doing the whole battle of the nations thing, just rent it because you will be sorely disappointed when the tournament is over and at $50 dollars, it is kind of a rip-off.
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.
Excerpt: I think of soccer as the most creative sport in the world. It’s a sport that awards the imaginative, and thus the best players in the world play the game with that special bit of flair that truly makes them stand out amongst the rest.
Pros: Lead passing is improved., Game controls are a lot tighter., Captain Your Country mode is solid.
Cons: Win or lose mentality when tackling., Tactics-wise, game feels stale., Edit player feature is awful.
Conclusion: Without doubt, UEFA Euro 2008 is the pinnacle of Football games. The best graphics, unsurpassed gameplay, plus new features and gamemodes all make the game an enjoyable experience and one that must be played by fans of the sport. A vast improvement over FIFA 08, but for those short on cash, waiting till the inevitable FIFA 09 might be a wiser idea.
Conclusion: What it all comes down to is the fact that UEFA Euro 2008 is trying to hit a specific market, and although the market for the game may not be as big here in the United States as it is over the pond, I believe that if soccer fans give this a try they will not only enjoy this game but also give some interest into this year’s UEFA tournament.