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"Can you Fifa 08?" On this evidence, I'd rather not
FIFA 2008 (Wii)
Member Name: jojo_84
FIFA 2008 (Wii)
Date: 07/09/08, updated on 07/09/08 (49 review reads)
Advantages: Graphically good; addition of mini-games
Disadvantages: No Manager Mode; no transfers; little to appeal to long-term fans of the series
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 They have been replaced by a single Season Mode, where players can take control of a team of their choice for one season only.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
Summary: A disappointing entry to the Fifa series, leaving a sense of what might have been.
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