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      18.10.2009 22:00
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      Doesn't quite perform on the pitch.

      I am a big fan of the FIFA games on other consoles, but this was my first time playing a football game on the PSP. When I first turned it
      on, the usual FIFA menus flashed up, with the same array of modes availible to the XBox and PLayStatio versions. However it is when you try to play a match the problems start....

      Fist impressions when I cose to play a quick friendly to get used to the game was the excellent presentation. Each stadium is unique and all the kits (with the exception of a few national teams) look excellent and realistic, ditto the majority of the big players. The graphics are the same if not better than the PS2 version. So a great job from EA regarding the graphics.

      Sadly the presentation is let down by bad gameplay. The controls are hard to get into in and don't offer much in the way of skills that you can do, even with Messi or Ronaldo it is hit or miss whether you will beat a player. Shooting no matter where you are on the pitch is dodgy too, it is hard to figure out which way to point the analog stick in order to aim at the goal. The same problem exists for passing as well, making playing the game feel like a chore rather than the free-flowing football the presentation deserves.

      The sound is excellent, with an interesting and refreshing soundtrack with a wide selection of songs playing in the background while you go through the modes. The commentary is good too, although sometimes it van be a bit unaccurate. Their is a good variety of tournaments to play but the funnest mode is the manager mode. You take control of the career of a manager throughout a 20 year stint in charge of a club of your choice. This includes transfers, tactics etc.

      There are afew more gimmiky features to distract from the main game including a juggling mode and a football quiz to unlock stuff. This has all the makings of a great game but unfortunately the poor gameplay on the pitch lets it down.

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      12.06.2009 22:09

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      overall a great game for boys and girls of all ages, even adults could play it easily

      I have had this game for many months now and thought i would finally comment on it.
      Although this game has been out for a while it is still one of the best football games i have played on my PSP. You can select any team from all the leagues in the world. In kick off mode you can basically play a quick game in which you choose your team and opponent. here you can select how long each half of the game will be and also the layout of your team. you can change the formation of the players and team captains. Manager Mode is another positive aspect of this game. it basically allows you to be a manager of any team and you have to keep playing games to make your club number 1. when its transfer season you ccan sell your players and buy any other from different teams.
      the only negative aspect of this game for me would be that there is no BE-A-PRO mode yet but otherwise this is a great game to play. i could spend hours playing it. also you can update the game and new players ill be included.

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      29.08.2008 22:08
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      great

      I have always been a PES fan but recently started taking an interest in FIFA 08 on the PSP in my opinion is the best football game out there.
      --Gameplay--
      FIFA 08 comes with a new range of game modes:

      Kick-Off - Normal exhibition game where you can play with any club or country in any stadium in the world.
      Football IQ - Allows you to answer all different sorts of questions in 4 different categories,Local Game, National Cup, International Championship and Friendly Match.

      Interactive Leagues - I have not used this mode yet, but it allows you to play in an interactive league with other players using the PSP's wifi connection.
      Game Modes - There are some great parts to the game mode. Here you can play a tournament, go into manager mode where you can buy and sell players, set training routines, and also play or simulate you matches. There is also a challenge mode (easy and hard) 61 challenges altogether. Other great new playing modes are the Juggling (you simply follow on screen instructions using the D pad) and Wall Attack (hit different targets on a wall to improve your score).

      i play this game on world class as i find it very easy once you get to grips with it which is why it can get boring

      --Fun factor--
      With all the new additions to FIFA 08 this is by far the most fun football game on a PSP I have ever played. I currently have a team in manager mode, play exhibition games and regularly try to improve on my juggling and wall attack scores.

      --Reliability--
      reliable game never had a problem and always runs as smoothly as hoped.
      --Game controls--
      The game controls are great, Using the joystick controls the movement of the players and is easy to control the players when jogging or sprinting with them. Another addition that I love and always use is the quick tactics which can be used with the d-pad controls.
      Graphics on this game are not great but will improve with newer versions

      --Audio--
      FIFA 08 comes with a crap range of background music and the commentary is what we have come to expect from Martin Tyler and Andy Gray.
      --Instructions/Manual--
      Yet again they manual for an EA sports game is fully comprehensive and covers everything you need it to. Although I always find it more fun just to play and work out all the controls for myself.

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      28.08.2008 22:42

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      anyone who likes football will like this game.

      This game is GREAT!
      I got this game at christmas 2008 i played it a lot and i still play every now and then and get hooked when i do play Fifa 08.
      The interactive leagues mode is easy to set up, all you have to do is create an account which is very simple and connect to a wireless network. The graphics are very good for the PSP as some games have been known to be poor but this is another matter as the players all look really realistic and the kits are good quality. Manager mode lets you manage your team to success and glory where you can sign the players you want to in the transferseasons and train up your reserves to be ready to play on the big stage when you think they are ready to. You can test your football knowledge on the Football IQ where you are tested on your favourite teams history and current affairs at the club. This game is great and i recomend it to anyone that loves football.

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      28.05.2008 22:20
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      Brilliant footballing game!

      I have always been a FIFA fan but recently started taking an interest in PES. FIFA 08 on the PSP in my opinion is the best football game out there.

      --Gameplay--
      FIFA 08 comes with a new range of game modes:

      Kick-Off - Normal exhibition game where you can play with any club or country in any stadium in the world.

      Football IQ - Allows you to answer all different sorts of questions in 4 different categories (Local Game, National Cup, International Championship and Friendly Match). These questions can be very hard at times; however there are some really easy ones to go with it. My current IQ is a not very impressive 115!

      Interactive Leagues - I have not used this mode yet, but it allows you to play in an interactive league with other players using the PSP's wifi connection.

      Game Modes - There are some great parts to the game mode. Here you can play a tournament, go into manager mode where you can buy and sell players, set training routines, and also play or simulate you matches. There is also a challenge mode (easy and hard) 61 challenges altogether. Other great new playing modes are the Juggling (you simply follow on screen instructions using the d-pad) and Wall Attack (hit different targets on a wall to improve your score).

      --Difficulty level--
      Like most games it always takes me a while to get used to all the controls and work out the best tactics to employ. I couldn't work out how to tackle properly at first and really struggled to keep a clean sheet. I soon got to grips with it and started to enjoy the game more and more. The challenges come in two different parts (Easy and Hard) the easy challenges start off by needing to score 1 goal in about 45 minutes and the last of the hard challenges is by started 3-0 down and winning the game 5-3 in the 2nd half.

      --Fun factor--
      With all the new additions to FIFA 08 this is by far the most fun football game on a PSP I have ever played. I currently have a team in manager mode, play exhibition games, work on my football IQ and regularly try to improve on my juggling and wall attack scores.

      --Reliability--
      Very reliable game never had a problem and always runs as smoothly as hoped.

      --Game controls--
      The game controls are great although I have not yet got to grips with the off the ball runs. Using the joystick controls the movement of the players and is easy to control the players when jogging or sprinting with them. Another addition that I love and always use is the quick tactics which can be used with the d-pad controls. One thing I hate about the game is that I find taking penalties far too hard! I always put them wide or hit the post, when I do manage to hit the target the keeper rarely save it!
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      --Audio--
      FIFA 08 comes with a good range of background music and the commentary is what we have come to expect from Martin Tyler and Andy Gray.

      --Instructions/Manual--
      Yet again they manual for an EA sports game is fully comprehensive and covers everything you need it to. Although I always find it more fun just to play and work out all the controls for myself.

      I love this game and is defiantly in my top 3 of PSP game out so far along with virtua tennis and Brian Lara cricket pressure play.

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        20.04.2008 21:44
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        I think this is a good game, but not by fifa standards

        The fifa series of games are renowned for being some of the best football games ever. Previous versions of fifa have always been around the five star mark, mainly because of their great gameplay. But can this new version of fifa live up to its expectations.

        The answer in my opinion is no. While this version of fifa may be on a portable device, I still expected something around playstation 2 quality, I was dissapointed.

        The disadvantage with this game in my opinion is the gameplay. The ball seems to move slower in passes, arial through balls seem impossibly, as does driblling, and freekicks never go in. The only way it seems possible to score is by running down the wing and then going for the cross and header.

        Ok, I have been very negative of the game's capabilities so far. But there are many good sides to it as well. The career mode is very enjoyable, and multiplayer play is not bad at all. There is also an extensive range of trophies to be won.

        In career mode you have the option to manage any club you want. Along with this you control all the clubs finances, and at the end of the season try to buy new players, which is very realistic.

        The multiplayer mode is great fun, but it does require two copies of the game to play. If you have two copies of the game then I certainly recommend you play it. The only disadvantage of it is that using the wifi to connect sucks up alot of the power from the battery.

        The trophy mode is very extensive. There are many different trophies to be won for different things accomplished. And there are loads of unlockables and stadiums, along with special kits, goalie gloves and many other things.

        The graphics are pretty reasonable on this game. In my opinion they are better than those of pro evo on the psp, but do not live up to that of the playstation 2. The lighting helps them and they are better than an average psp game.

        Overall I think that this is a great game, but not up to my expectations as it is of the fifa brand. If the gameplay had been better I would have given a straight five stars.

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          06.02.2008 21:01
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          Good amount of features, although some problems with gameplay

          Being a very big fifa fan from my PS2, i was very excited about getting this game: the prospect of being able to play one of my favourate games wherever and whenever i wanted (as long as my battery was charged).

          Starting the game up threw me with familiar game logod like previous fifa editions, and then started the music. Obviously because of the storage space of the UMD discs, you would expect much less music too be included, although suprisingly, their isnt, with in fact quite a good soundtrack, whilst also allowing the option of playing all the music from the memory stick.

          I found however the game to be a little laggy, spending rather a large amount of time also sitting waiting for the loading screen. The graphics were just as good as my old PS2 fifa games which i find to be quite amazing given the size of the PSP itself.

          Controlling the players i found to be quite sluggish, not repsonding to some things i wish it to do. This problem i soon started to overcome though as i began to play the game more and more, scoring more and more goals.

          I particularly like the manager mode however, having the ability to modify the team in every way, bringing in new players and controlling tactics. The small mini-games included in the game i also found to be a very good time killer, which included a cool juggling game, in which you have to play keepy-uppy by tapping out the right buttons displayed on-screen. Another mini-game includes a wall attack in which you volley balls against a wall, knocking down bricks to earn points.

          Overall i found this game to be quite standard, with quite difficult controls, although very good graphical gameplay.

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          28.01.2008 19:26
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          good game but i would really have to let you decide

          Yet another game out in the fifa collection for a new footbal season. play as your favourite club and win trophies and buy new players. i always think that football games are good for the psp but that is just my opinion . this is a typical football game and there are no major changes from the last . the main difference is the same as all the other fifa games there are new players for you to buy and the ratings of the players change . also this time there are more stadiums to play at and they have there really names now and more ways to increase the players stats and more competitions to compete in and win . Also like the last fifa you can play online and with any team and beat people online but only if you have wireless internet which is not very good.
          overall i think it is a good game but not much has changed since the last fifa

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            08.10.2007 09:08
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            Fifa 08 PSP - Got the looks but feels sluggish in places.

            PSP and football games just don’t seem to mix, I am a big Fifa fan and have at least one Fifa game for each console I own and have never regretted any of my Fifa series purchases until I bought Fifa 08 PSP Edition.

            I have broken this review down in to sections which are Game play, Audio/Video and Overall.

            Game Play:

            This is probably my biggest gripe with this game on the PSP, I felt the control of player and ball was very sluggish and did not respond well to directions especially diagonal passing and running. The control problem made it extremely hard to score and I would generally end up putting the ball past the post if and when I ever got close to goal.

            I did however like the Manager Mode and the ability to advance your team through training and transfers which added much more complex game play and allowing me to not just play the matches but improve my squad and change up my player positions on field.

            I found they had also tacked on Football IQ to test my knowledge of football; this was an added bonus and kept the game from getting too tied up with just playing and managing.

            Audio & Video:

            Each team has been recreated in game with great attention to detail and the player models do have resemblance to there real life counter parts. Stadiums have also been recreated in detail so you really get the feal for each teams ground fans and they all have current kits.

            Overall:

            Overall Fifa 08 PSP can be better control wise but other than that it does hit the top of the current football games available on the PSP. I would have liked the controls to be more intuitive so I hope that’s sorted for the next Fifa installment.

            Worth getting, yes if you can get used to the controls because the rest of the game shines.

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