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When I bought the game and started it up for the first time, I was incredibly impressed by the graphical overhaul that EA Sports have counjured up for the lastest installment...sweat drips off the players, the veins show off in the light and they seem to live and breathe with an enormous amount of realism. As in Pro Evolution 2009, the players' expressions change with great frequency and add to the general spectacle...very big thumbs up for this!
The modes are essentially the same as in the previous couple of version of Fifa and as always the manager mode stands out from the crowd. I have always found such options as the Be a Pro fairly redundant, but there is enough variety in this edition to keep you occupied on very level. My only criticism of the manager mode in Fifa is that it only lasts for 5 seasons...hopefully there will come a time when a true real time environment evolves around the decisions you make such as in manager games like Football Manager 2009.
The gameplay is very typically Fifa, but the new collision physics make a world of difference when josling for the ball and fighting for a header. I found the fouls very realistic, although the general feel of the ball is in my opinion not quite a good as Pro Evolution. Pro Evo feels like a simulator, yet Fifa is still struggling to shed its slightly glossy, arcady image which is fun, but may not appeal to all.
The teams, sponsors and licensed players all as ever incredibly impressive and it would take you a very long time to play with all of them...the stadium modelling a fantastic and the commentary is actually surprisingly natural and enjoyable...something I never thought I'd say.
All in all I thoroughly enjoy playing Fifa 09 and probably will do for a good long time yet. With all the options the diversity in this game is fantastic...and is definately a worthwhile successor to '08....bring on Fifa 2010!
In my opinion Fifa 2008 is best football game by Electronic Arts.
When I played this game first time, this was really great in my thought. There are a lot of events, you can choose from, you can make your own tournaments, friendly matches and also world cups.
Also It's playable online, but only with original game, there are a lot of players online, so you can choose suitable opponent for you.
Another good thing about this game is this, that you can make your own player, modify them, It's really interesting and cool. Also you can make your own team, add new players or buy them from other teams.
Graphics of this game is amazingly good, players outlook and stadium is amazingly realistic, but fans? Fans looks terrible, like some paper pieces, weird huh? Yeah, It's really weird.
Soundtrack is really great, in the menus there are some famous songs, and also commentator comments the game.
In summary, this is really great game, recommended to everyone, especially to football fans.
This was the first FIFA version I ever laid my hands on. I am one of the few guys who started taking a keen interest in football after playing the game. That explains the reason why i did not play the previous versions of the game. Why I took a liking to this game, well I will tell you.
Firstly is the game play. This is one of the most engaging toughest games I have ever played. Most of the games that I play, the PC is at some level conquerable, but not the same with this game. The game has infused Artificial Intelligence to whole different level here. There are 4 default levels of difficulty- Amateur, Semi-Pro, Professional, World Class. The first 3 are some what manageable, but World Class, oh boy! It is so difficult to win against a 4 and 4+ team. I still remember one match, where the payer who was taking a free kick, changed his direction because I changed my goalie's direction, and guess what that player scored.
The other things I like about this game is it integrity. What I mean by this is, each player that is programmed in the game has the exact features and skills like he does in real life. Every player of the game is unique. Everyone has a different style of playing. This made the game even more interesting.
The game has many modes to choose from. They are
Be a Pro
All are equally challenging and entertaining enough to play. My personal favorites are Manager Mode, Tournament Mode and Challenge Mode. Manager Mode has all the basic features of a manager. It is quite challenging to play this mode. You have a lot of responsibilities from transferring players, to fulfilling Board's expectations. In Tournament Mode you can create your own tournaments. Challenge Mode has different challenges. You complete two Challenges and you unlock Legendary Mode.
The only bad thing about the game are the graphics. There is no change in it. But I did not care much for the graphics after playing the game, since it is a highly engaging, addictive, one of a kind game ever to be made. I still play it for 2 hours a day, and have been doing this since the past 1 year.
FIFA 08 is a great game to play. Highly Detailed Players and Ground too. Good Game Options. But the System Requirements is too high, and the Graphics Cards Models can be a little complicated. All Graphic Card Models are not supported, only some NVIDIA and Radeon Models are supported by this game. This game is one of the best from EA Sports and in the whole FIFA Series. This game is for everyone no matter what's your age. One thing about this game is that this game is not much different than FIFA 07, only players details and graphics are improved and a few bug fixes have been done. I can assure you that you will not get a better game than this at a price like this. I was amazed at the features and graphics, and after playing a test match at the store I decided to buy it instantly, because I wanted to have a awesome version of FIFA that beats everything in its way. I have played it, and I think that this is a great game to play by all especially those who loves sports games. I really recommend this game to every buyers who are sure about their System Requirements, to buy and enjoy this fabulous game from EA Sports. Grab the DVD and start playing.
I love football, and I'm not the only one. I've owned every FIFA game since '98. My favourite and most played is FIFA '99. Well, let's focus on FIFA 2008.
The real rival PES 2008, is of course the only obstacle keeping people buying FIFA, although the majority buys both! I've always stuck to FIFA, because of all the authentic clothing, namings and styles. It made it appear more realistic and felt like I was a part of the real football game. FIFA 2008 was improved quite alot from the previous version, and I did like it. The graphics was marvellous, now the players easily identifiable. The kit, the stadium were also life-like. However, the down side I found, was that the game play wasn't as exciting as PES. Perhaps FIFA is more realistic (if you leave out all those long range fluke shots). PES to me, feels more like individual play, if you're good at it, whereas FIFA you do have to pass more around, so I find.
For those who seek true colours and true players, and not weird looking names and less details, FIFA is your game. You can't get much more details than this!
One of the great debates amongst game players of the football genre is are you a FIFA or Pro Evolution Soccer fan?
Personally i've always preferred Pro Evolution, but i've always ended up at some point buying FIFA to see how "the rival is developing"
FIFA 08 is certainly getting there, but its still not quite there and for me its still not yet quite smoking the cigar.
There is a slight improvement on gameplay to the 07 version, but its very insignificant. Graphically as always its eye candy, and still the commentary has more class about it than its Pro Evo rival, even if the keeper "makes a good save", when in reality you've blazed the ball well over the bar......
Where FIFA always falls down in my opinion, is the lack of feel that your actually playing the game. Whether your a console player or a pc player, the responsiveness of the gameplay seems sluggish at simes. You want to shoot at goal, you shoot, but the response within the game is always a slight delay and in effect it takes away the reality that you feel your really playing and in the thick of the action.
Gameplay is and will always be what makes a game, back in the day when graphics weren't always a selling point, people would be happy to play a game if it looked like the back end of a bus, but actually played like a dream.....
FIFA cosmetically always holds the trophy over its rival. Slick Presentation, graphics, soundtrack and team/player licensing is always a real winner and a buying point. The depth to the game, is always a major plus, with more leagues and detail, but time and again the gameplay just always fall short and always lets this down.
The only real addition to the 07 version seems to be the "Be a Pro" mode, where you can play the role of one player in your chosen team and assign your mates as other players in your team. Great if you've got a handful of mates, but totally frustrating if your on your lonesome as the AI of that mode is a total let down. Lets face it, your friends aren't always around you 24/7!!
All in all, its a decent attempt but not worth forking money on, if you already own 07, then give it a miss and wait to see what 09 brings later in the year.
Finally, not sure whether this helps, but i've played this game on all platforms and the XBox360 seems to edge the other formats in my opinion.
As much as I want to love Fifa 08, it just doesn't have that magic that surges through every instalment of Pro Evolution Soccer. Admittedly, EA actually seem to be trying to challenge the status quo and they actually are closing the gap with every new instalment, but it's still nowhere near as close as it should be. On first impressions, the game looks very pretty, as long as you have a decent graphics card in your PC, but the gameplay seems slightly 'floaty' if you're accustomed to how realistic the flow of gameplay in the Pro Evolution Soccer series has become. It is nice to be able to jump into a match with whoever your favourite team is and be able to recognise all the players in the correct kits with the correct sponsors, but to be perfectly honest, it just feels like an update of Fifa 07. As has become common with the EA Franchises, new games are new games in number only, and sadly this pales in comparison with even the console versions, with the Xbox 360 version representing a much more fluid game. If you really want to play Fifa, stick with 07. Or buy a better game. Cough.
The greatest battle of the new football season is not between any real world club but between the virtual giants of FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer. Konamis game has always been the favourite but last year FIFA closed the gap to such a degree that the title race has never been closer. This years FIFA uses a completely new game engine, for the first time built specifically for the next gen consoles. But improved graphics and animation are only the half of it, with just as much focus going on the artificial intelligence thanks to the new "35 point decision engine". What this basically means is that every player on the pitch is fully aware of those around him and constantly thinking about tactics and position when not under your control.