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FIFA 2008 has left me with a very mixed opinion having played it on my Wii extensively over the last few years. There are very good and very bad points which overall score the game right down the middle. The good: This game was a breakthrough for its time in the options of controlling the game through Wii's motion sensor technology. The various types of control all have individual benefits, but the potential to move players and pass to any part of the pitch you desire rather than the classic up, down, diagonal, short, long combinations is fantastic. This allows you to play cunning through balls, long cross-field passes and score some truly spectacular goals. Moreover, the development of the transfer market, playing through seasons with a club and other forms of gameplay are pretty decent and have a fair amount of variety. The bad: The first thing that stands out is the graphics. Compared to its contemporaries on the PC, Xbos and Playstation, this game is far behind. The graphics seem blurred even by Wii's own standards and the game therefore looks 10 years out of date. Secondly, there are a number of minor glitches which were not resolved as the game was rushed into market for the Wii console. These are little things like not being able to change strips in Manager mode, often causing annoying clashes with other teams and the referee. Furthermore, the online mode is frustrating and lacks the ability to select opponents yourself. Overall, this game is fun and the gameplay technology is great especially for a 2007 football game. However, the graphics and implementation are somewhat lacking.
There are many important questions in life. "Is there a God?" "What is the meaning of life?" However no question has been more important than the one asked by many across the country today: "Fifa or Pro Evolution?" Having grown up as a teenager hooked on Fifa 2000, having played Fifa 2003 and loved Fifa 2005 and 2007, I would have answered "Fifa". However the Pro Evolution series has fought back, and delivered its rival edition on the Wii in 2008. EA, I feel, has really shot itself in the foot by releasing Fifa 2008 on the Wii. Gone are all the usual staples of a Fifa football game, such as the Career/Manager Mode and the whole concept of transfering players. They have been replaced by a single Season Mode, where players can take control of a team of their choice for one season only. Straight away the Season Mode takes away much of the replayability that I liked in previous Fifa games, as there is no ability to build a team over the course of a few seasons and progress through the English leagues (as you could on Fifa 2007). Consequently EA has opted for a pick-up-and-play approach rather than market the game to long-term fans of the series. With this release EA concentrated instead on producing side games. New additions to Fifa 2008 for the Wii are the table football, football juggling and target practise mini-games. Whilst new additions and ideas are always great, you can't help feel that EA has marketed this game to appeal to younger Wii owners. There are many features of the game that work well. Graphically the game is sound and players and stadia are recreated well. The soundtrack is also good. There is an online mode which will, undoubtedly, extend the life of this game. Online modes include interactive leagues and one-off matches. However, it is in terms of the control system that I feel EA could have done a better job. It is mainly for this reason that I have not played the online mode as much as I should have. Whilst the controls for Fifa 2008 work ok, they are by no means great. The shooting system can appear a little inconsistent and often, my Wii doesn't seem to detect the difference between flicking the controller up (for a power shot) and flicking it down (for a lob shot). Consequently the shooting system - to me at least - seems a little random and frustrating. Compare that with the control system on the Wii version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, which saw a massive overhaul by Konami, and delivers excellent controls. In conclusion, fans of the Fifa series may be let down by the absence of a Manager Mode, instead being replaced by a single Season Mode. Wii owners are compensated with addition of three mini-games, which will appeal to a younger generation of football fans (which is not a bad thing). Therefore if you are looking for a realistic and in-depth football game, then Fifa 2008 will not be it. I would opt for Pro Evolution 2008 due to its greatly-improved control system and the depth of gameplay available
The fifa 2008 game for the wii is quite good, but unfortunately it doesn't compare to the other two consoles versions of the games. I have now owned it for 5 months. The graphics are slightly better than previous versions of the game, in comparison the ps3's graphics in fifa are stunning. The camera views and player features are ver similar to the ps2's 2007 and 2008 fifa games. But then again this is not the wii's strong point. The controls are the thing that are hard to grasp when thinkinh of a fifa game for wii. Nintendo has done as well as they can with the controls but in reality they were never really designed for fifa. Skills are very tricky without the inclusion of a second anologue stick. The only advantage of this though is the shoot function, which is cleverly done by flicking the wii remote up or down. Other than the controls the gameplay remains similar to that of previous fifa games. Really annoyingly there is no career mode on this game, what the hell was the point in doing that nintendo? I have no idea why there is no career mode and it comprimises the single player mode greatly. If you must have fifa then by all means buy this game. I definately think though that the best sports game for the wii is madden 07 or 08 even if you're not into american football that much.