How quickly these games lose their value. I remember purchasing this game on the first day of sale for £29.99, it is now available new for £1.49 on Amazon. It really is difficult understanding how these games lose their value so quickly until you realise that people like me are silly enough to wait for the next years version of the game and then buy it on day of release for full price.
What is it:
It was released in 2008 as the latest Xbox 360 version of the most complete football game in the world. With over 30 world leagues and 15,000 real players its as close as you could get to playing real football. Well it was, now theres a newer version which allows you to tackle more easily or has newer names, so this is yesterdays news.
Is it any Good:
Well, in a word, yes it is, its similar to Fifa 09, Fifa 10 and Fifa 11, the basic gameplay is the same really, you have a team of 11, you can pick any team you want build it up by buying and selling players and moving up leagues, or simply play leagues, cups or friendlies. The game is full of decent touches, long range shots, headers, passing into space. It is a good game overall, it does feel slower and less advanced than the current version, but is enjoyable and its as easy to play a short passing game, or long ball frenzy on this as on the current version. It has good player likenesses, decent graphics and is good fun.
Whats bad about it:
Well once you learn how to score the computer AI isn't good enough to stop you doing it regularly meaning, learn a few moves and you can beat anyone, also it does lack some of the nuances of later versions, the one twos, the ability to dummy or play more intricate passes or shots, or tackle more intelligently, also referees and commentary aren't as good.
Its a good game, if you've played the new one, then why bother, otherwise for £1.49 its a real bargain game, it looks good, plays well and keeps you coming back for more.
Bought this game a year or so back on release. And now im gonna give you all an insight on the game and whats hot and whats not in this highly anticipated Sports Title. After the revolution of Pro Evolution Soccer, i must say Fifa has taken a turn for the worst but on the Xbox 360, this game is different, it out does PES in almost every aspect, dare i say it, even gameplay.
The major addition to this title, or should i say major return, is the trick stick, a simple pull on the left trigger and movement of the right analog stick will get you going, their is a range of skills from Stepovers to Rainbow flicks avaliable, all in the manual. The best i would say is the rainbow flick, which is back > forward > forward on the right analog stick, you will flick the ball over your head and beyond the player in front of you for you too run onto. This is probably the most effective trick aswell as being the best looking. You can practice tricks, scoring and dribbling in the player arena which you access when you load up the game.
So click start and get into the game. Their is a great range of things to do. Especially if you have Xbox Live as i do. Bu lets start here first...
Kick Off - This is what you click if you want to get straight into the game, play against your mates of gain some achievements (360 users).
Manager Mode - This is a lot of fun, pick a team, manage finances, signings, squad morale, sponsoring and more. And then the best part about it, play the football. The good thing about this is that it is highly realistic. What you do off the pitch reflects on how difficult it will be for you too play with the players on the pitch, if they are on low morale, passes may go stray etc... Still a very fun mode.
Be a pro mode - This is also a lot of fun, dont play as the whole team, play as a single player, first pick your team, and then pick you player. You will get marked throughout the match on Passing, Tackling, Positioning and Shooting, So for example a shot on target would make you 2 points, a miss would mke you -2 and a goal would make you 10. This will also help to perfect your 11 a side game, and prepare you for the online version.
Challenge mode - Well this is just wonderful, my favourite part of the game actually. What to do when you've done all their is to do on the game? This is perfect, it gives you a monumental challenge if you plan on completing this section in the game. Their are 15 regions, and in the challenges in each region you can only select teams from that Region. In each region their are 15 challenges too complete, and believe me they get harder. I'm even struggling too complete Region 1! A challenge example i could give you would be...
Score 5 goals with ___________
Complete 25 short passes in the second half with ____________
And that would be ONE challenge, and the player would vary between the club you select, you CANNOT select the player. You may however decide to play this on Be a Pro or you can just do it normally.
The other mode is tournament mode which i won't go into much detail with as it is pretty much self explanitory.
Online is one of my favourite parts of the game, the online leaderboard offers great challenge to those claiming to be the best Fifa 08 player out their, i currently site 3244 in the world, which im not too happy about i must say.
You can do the good old Ranked matches, one on one, for leaderboard points, this is voice enabled so you can talk to the person you play while you play them. Or go for Unranked, same concept, but no points on the line!
Another online mode is online Be a Pro, take what you learnt offline and put it too test agaisnt the best in the game. You go into a lobby, their will be to teams, each consisting of 5 random players, you select your side and the team captain (whoever selects that side first) will choose the team and players. You will then be taken too a screen to select the player. Generally everyone races down and picks the forward players, so you'll have too be quick. One person will usually pick 'Any' this means they control everyone that has not been picked on that team, just so the computer can't get in on the action (believe me, you don't want that.).
And finally you have the interactive league, just for a laugh, too see who the best fifa fans in the world are. You select your home team, and play against their weekly opponants, if you win, 3 points go too your teams Fifa record. Let me give you an example.
John supports Arsenal.
Week X sees Arsenal vs. Chelsea.
John clicks interactive league and when it asks for his team, he selects Arsenal.
Aaron supports Chelsea.
Week X sees Arsenal vs. Chelsea.
Aaron clicks interactive league and when it asks for his team, he selects Chelsea.
Aaron and John find each other in match search.
They say hello and play against each other.
John defeats Aaron 2-1
Arsenal gain 3 points while Chelsea gain 0.
Arsenal move up in the league and Chelsea don't.
Hope you enjoyed reading that example as much as i did write it.
And also online you can create a league and invite your mates too it just for fun.
Gameplay wise this game is solid as a rock. Passing is smooth, Gameplay slick, and it is just so much better than past Fifa's, you must be skilled to craft goals, and you must pss the ball around well, it is just such a good soccer game you'll be amazed, it really captures the beautiful game.
The only flaw i can really point out is sometimes the EA servers can suck a bit, but that's not too bad, and also commentary still sucks, but i can't complain.
EA have done a great job, and i would like too thank them for a game well done.
A must buy for Soccer fans. If you can afford to, go for 09, otherwise this one will do.
Let's rewind twelve months. 'Watch your back, Konami' was the ominous warning that rounded off our review of FIFA 07, a statement fuelled by a belief that after years of churning out identikit pap, EA had finally taken the hint that tacking on a novelty feature onto the previous year's game and slapping it onto the shelves was no longer a recipe for global domination. Having had its nose blooded by the mesmerising Pro Evolution Soccer series, FIFA 07 was an attempt to bite back. But it wasn't quite enough. Now, FIFA has returned, refocused, leaner, hungrier and eager to retake the crown that PES swiped off its cocky head a few seasons ago.
As has become the norm, every new FIFA game is preceded by bold boasts from EA about why this year's version will be 'The One'. It's a statement that's usually followed by lists of features and numbers containing countless zeros. Apparently, the revamped game engine now sees players making 1000 decisions every second. They can also strike the ball in an infinite number of ways - a stat that's numerically impossible to display, as there simply aren't enough zeros in the universe. EA also claims that defenders are more intelligent than ever (and by that they don't mean they've added home economics to their woodwork GCSEs) and that the ball physics are affected by a multitude of factors, including wind speed, player balance, ball spin and even air pressure. All sounds very impressive, right? But how does it translate on the pitch?
You'll need to put in plenty of practice and use the right players if you want to bamboozle the opposition with clever tricks.
Well, incredibly well actually. From the first moment you kick off, the sheer amount of love that's been lavished on FIFA 08 is immediately apparent. Charge forward in a cocksure attempt to dribble past the opposition with a journeyman midfielder and you'll be left more red faced than an exfoliated tomato. As is the case with every part of FIFA 08, you're going to need to put in some serious practice if you're going to master its subtleties. Thankfully you can do just that on the training field - which you're transported to every time the game loads a match - for some one on one practice against a goalkeeper. Which is a nice touch.
What will strike you even more is that FIFA 08's pace has been toned right down when compared to the likes of PES. Not to the treacle-like plodding of UEFA Champions League 06-07, but rather to the tactical, considered, multi-tempo pace you'd associate with real football. Instead of just charging forward in endless waves of attacks, you're forced to stop, look around, shield the ball, make space and try to find a team-mate while the opposition incessantly harries you into making a mistake. An excellent fatigue meter ensures that you can't spend the entire match with your finger jammed on the run button. Instead, you're forced to sprint in short, sharp, bursts and bamboozle the opposition by suddenly accelerating past them before trying to release a team-mate with a perfectly timed through ball.
However, passing is no longer a case of pointing in the vague direction of another player and hoping for the best. You see, not only do you now control the strength of each pass but its exact direction (particularly challenging if you turn off passing assistance). This makes for some excellent build up play, where players jostle for position and momentarily find space only to be quickly closed down, forcing you to reassess your approach play on a second by second basis as you look for an opening to thread through that killer pass.
FIFA 08's visuals, animations and presentation levels make full use of next gen technology.
It's right about now that it hits you. FIFA 08 is perhaps the most realistic virtual rendition of football you've ever played, one that requires you to think like a real player, to probe and pass and ping the ball around the field rather than charge forward en masse like an invading army. Every bounce and spin affects how the ball leaves a player's foot when they shoot. Defenders and attackers desperately lunge and poke at the ball when it's loose in the area rather than having it sucked miraculously onto their toes by an invisible tractor beam. And then there's the way that you can only ever truly get at the opposition if you put your foot on the ball, graft hard and look for those rare openings that typify a real game of footy.
To emphasise my point, let me take a small detour. After spending a couple of days in an intimate clinch with FIFA 08, I fired up PES6, a game I've always considered a slick and fairly realistic rendition of the beautiful game. It was like someone had sped up time. Players buzzed around the ball like flies around a horse's arse and it wasn't till an hour later that the joys of PES's unadulterated end-to-end mayhem came seeping back into my overwhelmed brain.
The distinction between PES6 and FIFA 08 proved so wide, it was almost hard to believe they were the same sport. And herein lies the age-old conundrum. Which is better, the slow, considered simulation or the madness and mayhem of arcade-inspired action? Well, as with all such decisions, it totally depends on what type of experience you're looking for and how much time you're willing to invest before you master it.
I've heard grumblings from some sections of the press that the game is too frustrating, too hard, that there simply aren't enough goals. All of which, admittedly, are valid points. But that's because FIFA attempts to recreate real professional football, which by its very nature is itself frustrating, hard and often fairly frugal with goal counts. FIFA is like watching a ninety-minute match, one packed with jostling and failed attacks punctuated by the occasional moment of magic that makes the whole affair worthwhile. PES is more like watching the highlights: a series of frenetic exchanges where the action never ceases.
Anyway, before we get too bogged down with this, let's move on to some of FIFA 08's other new features, starting with the Be A Pro mode, which sees you taking control of one player and mastering his position. This is an inspired inclusion, as it allows you to play anywhere on the pitch other than in goal (shame) and then have your performance rated. Thanks to a superb camera system you always remain on screen, with the camera zooming in on you when the ball is close and pulling out when you're far from the action.
Take control of a single player in the Be A Pro mode and master their position.
Play at left back and you'll have to shuttle up and down the pitch, overlapping the winger and whipping in crosses, then track back to snuff out an opposition foray. Play up front and you'll be attempting to get behind the other team's defence. A simple call for the ball button set-up allows you to request a pass, a through ball or shout for defensive backup. However, almost criminally, you can only play one off games in this mode. Why you can't play an entire career or even just one season in which you build up your player, work with your team and maybe even interact with your fellow squad members is beyond me. Had these features been implemented, FIFA 08 would have been propelled into a league of its own.
So far, you've probably picked up on the fact that I've been pretty glowing about this game. Of course, you've probably also had a look at the score. Maybe you're wondering why it's only an eight and not a nine. Well, let me just clear that up before we start winding things down.
For starters, the game is too hard on the easier difficulty settings. I've no problem with a game being a challenge and requiring you to put in the hours, but when even the beginner settings make it fiendishly hard to find the back of the net, I start to worry. Defenders are impressively efficient, almost too efficient, and you can't help but wish they'd been toned down ever so slightly to make the game more accessible early on, and it's more than possible that a fair number of you will be discouraged by this steep early learning curve.
No matter which way he's rendered, he's still an ugly sod.
FIFA 08's front end is also a mess. Clunky menus, unclear save features, fiddly squad editing options and an infuriatingly awkward tournament creation process are just four irks that'll irritate you before you even step onto the pitch. The whole team chemistry mechanic is also very undeveloped and somewhat confusing, often feeling like a puzzle game where the right players need to be slotted into the correct positions rather than being a powerful formation tool. What's more, the Manager Mode is pretty under whelming, with transfer negotiations and board interaction the biggest culprits.
So there you have it, FIFA 08 is, on the whole, a triumph. Had the Be A Pro features been more fleshed out and the lower difficulty settings somewhat more forgiving, then it would undoubtedly have scored a 5 rather than an 4. However, thanks to the promise of the former feature, multiplayer games that are little short of superb (due to the lack of AI defenders thwarting your every attack), the usual exhaustive array of official league and cup competitions and some stunning visuals and animations that milk next gen power for all it's worth, it very much feels that the FIFA franchise is genuinely teetering on the cusp of greatness.
So, to finish off, we come to the inevitable question. PES or FIFA? Well, perhaps the most pertinent point here is that FIFA 08 now feels more like an alternative to PES rather than a direct rival, due to its slower, more considered and realistic approach. The two series feel very much like they're on opposite ends of the spectrum now, with both possessing a host of merits, but ultimately providing two very different experiences. Maybe it's time we stopped torturing ourselves about which is better and started thinking about what kind of footy experience we're looking for, then make our decisions based on that instead. Now there's a thought...
So far the best in the series and also in my opinion beating fierce rival PES 2008.
The difficulty level has vastly increased, no more beating AI 10-0 in legendary mode.
The graphics have also made the leap into the world of HD gaming, the big names like Ronladinho, Ronlado, Messi, all easily recognisable, but the less well known players are understandable less well recognisable. That would take forever and the game would never improve in terms of gameplay and we don't want that.
A new player growth system allows you to mould any player(s)into the way you want.
Also Be A Pro allows you to take control of one player and play like you were on the park, being the pro you never were, with changing camera angles allowing you to look from the players point as view as you gallop towards goal.
The feature I most like about the game was the online play, as long as both players are using a good connection then the game runs smoothly, accessing online games is quick and easy and in depth details can also be looked up in your profile.
The only slight downside to the game is that sometimes players are a little stop start when turning and reaction speeds can be slow, but this only slightly removes from what is a great gaming expreience.
In my opinion the best soccer game to date.
Ironically, while this season's PES appears to have wholeheartedly embraced a faster-paced, more arcadey style, FIFA has gone sim crazy. But, like the pain Spurs fans must experience with each passing year, all that pre-season optimism turns to mush as soon as the first ball is kicked. More of that later, though; let's kick off with the good stuff...
It's almost boring repeating the annual mantra, but FIFA 08 sure does look purdy. Though some of the players still sport waxen masks of which Madame Tussaud's would be proud, they move wonderfully, and the actual presentation is slicker than Sky Sports, with its fancy cinematic camera angles and textbook commentary from Messrs Tyler and Gray. Squint a bit and it looks and sounds almost - almost - real. Full marks for the Beckham-esque presentation then, but sadly in the engine room EA's young pretender doesn't cut the proverbial.
FIFA 08's biggest problem is that it makes it just too difficult to actually play football. Crucially, it lets itself down with the small things - like making a simple five-yard pass to a team-mate. I reckon it's because the 360 is too busy calculating all those trajectories, momentum and points of impact that EA always bang on about to actually play things simple and concentrate on the important stuff.
Playing against rearguards so stout they make George Graham's Arsenal outfit look lax means matches are wars of attrition that frequently rumble on to unsatisfactory stalemates. Our opinion:to create a great footie game, you need to operate on the proviso that an attacker potentially has the beating of a defender more often than not. After all, no goals equals no fun, and FIFA 08 is crucially lacking Pro Evo's sense of adventure in the final third. Im not so sure I didn't prefer the FIFA of old's insane 5-4 goalfests, actually.
With even the supposedly crappiest defenders pulling off man-marking jobs that Paolo Maldini would be proud of, losing your man is a near impossibility. This means that instead of working the ball around the pitch probing for openings or using the flanks and pinging crosses in you're best off lumping it straight down the middle and attempting to dribble your way through the centre-back pairing - breaking the game rather than playing it. Boooring.
Then there's the ball. It looks like a football, but when you punt it, strange things begin to happen. It's almost like playing in Zero-G at times. Additionally, because every player essentially feels the same, your capacity for tactics is castrated. The tasty tactical fruit salad of PES is nowhere to be seen. Konami's masterclass routinely has you leaping out of the chair with joy or indignation, walloping each virtual pass as it were your own foot; FIFA manages to conjure only apathy, because it simply feels like a... videogame. No more, no less.
One aspect that did catch our eye was the new offline Be A Pro mode, devised to allow us to get up to speed with playing in the Libero Grande style before EA kicks off their much-hyped 'eleven-vs-eleven' online experiment next year. It's initially arse and it'll admittedly be tricky convincing some poor sap to go in nets, but persevere and there's a glint of something potentially exciting here.
After ten minutes of swearing, you'll finally stop charging around like a head-less chicken and it's a magnificent feeling when you've chased back 30 yards to put in a vital intercepting tackle. No, really - trust us, it is.
If this review sounds overly harsh in tone, I apologise. I actually quite like FIFA 08 but, given that last season's PS2 version of FIFA was closer to PES than - frankly - I'd ever imagined it getting, this feels like a massive next gen anti-climax. It's packed with teams and truly amazing online options, but perhaps we simply expected too much from EA and their team at the start.
So, the infrastructure is definitely in place for a corker of a kickabout but the important thing - that intangible soul - is still frustratingly missing. Nice try, but it looks like it's back to the training ground for another 12 months of hard graft. Maybe next year, eh?
Well what a game this turned out to be. The game has brilliant graphics. The other fifa games only consentrated there graphics on the main players such as david beckaham and alan shearer, but fifa 08 has amazing graphics on mostly every player. The online gameplay is excellent and rarely every freezes. In the online gameplay you can do a ranked match where you results gets recored and your scores all add up to a online ranking, or you can do a unranked match where you just play for fun. Also online you can do online leagues where you can either play with friends or anyone. The games comes withal the teams, all lisenced and with all the right players and player ratings and if a player moves in to another club in real life, then in the game you can update all the team via an update, which you will get after each tranfer window.
In a normal match, with the camera in its default position, the game looks stunning, and would fool non-gamers into thinking they are actually watching a real-life football match. The game is perhaps the closest the industry has ever got to achieving a photo realistic virtual game of football.You'll be amazed at how life-like the players move about the pitch. Animations are varied and fluid and players interact with each other with an impressive degree of aggression - arching their back to shield the ball, tugging and jostling for 50 50s and raising their elbows for headers. Add in the genuinely impressive way you can tell individual footballers a mile off and what you have is perhaps the first truly next-gen looking football game. At least for the first half-an-hour of gaming anyway. the overall game is brilliant and every player is life like, also i like it how they have updates every so often to get the new players.
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. Konami's 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 year's 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.
Other changes include better modelled physics for taking a shot on goal, which take into account everything from air pressure to the angle of your foot. You're also able to create your own special moves to replicate every possible trick from real life. There are also new game modes including Be A Pro which challenges you to play the role of a single player through a whole season or career. On top of this there are revamped online leagues to play a virtual season in the Premier League, Bundesliga, French League or Mexican 1st Division against real opponents. With 620 licensed teams, 30 offline leagues and 15,000 players as well FIFA might just have made enough new signings this year to put it over the top.
Fifa '08 continues EA Sports' long running football franchise. Fifa games don't really change that much from year to year, generally featuring minor graphical updates and gimmicky new features - but how does the 2008 game compare to its competitors?
Graphically, the in-game visuals are excellent. Whilst they still wouldn't fool anyone into thinking they were watching real televised action, they have improved vastly from the waxy-faced player models from the Xbox 360's first Fifa outing. That said, player close-ups still look a bit shiny - especially noticeable if you're playing the game with a Hi-Def Setup.
There are those who often want a Fifa vs PES debate - but both games have their own strengths and weaknesses, and it just depends on what you prefer - both are great football experiences, but Fifa is generally more realistic, and PES is a more 'arcadey' than its competitor. Due to this realism, in Fifa, the emphasis is on thinking and slow build-up play - you can't just run forward in an all out attack or you'll lose the ball quickly. This works well, and you have to deliberate over placed passes and begin looking for gaps in the play.
Nine out of ten times, a pass will arrive at the intended target - but frustratingly, there will be an occasion where the game decides to randomly pass the ball to the nearest player, even if you're not aiming at him. Thankfully, this only occurs rarely, and generally the controls work well. Ball physics are excellent - especially the way a deflected cross can end up in the defenders net, which adds a fun element to proceedings.
Again this year, there's the obligatory tiredness bar which is displayed each time a player has the ball. This drains down every time a run is made and adds realism - meaning you can't just hold down the sprint button all game long and have an unfair advantage.
In single player mode, the difficulty has been noticeably toned up. It can be tricky (compared to other Fifa's) to score many goals, even on the easier settings. This isn't really a problem, again adding realism - but in the past it was fun to be able to score 15 or 20 goals in a match.
Multiplayer is where the Fifa franchise is traditionally most fun, and it is here too. There are a good variety of online options, and the ability to play a 2 vs 2 game on one console.
Provided by Andy Gray and Martin Tyler, the in-game commentary is quite good, but soon gets repetitive - comments like "the power and pace of Patrcick Viera", made almost every time he touches the ball, can quickly get annoying. Overall though, Fifa 'O8 is great fun to play - but a few people will find it slow. This will be especially apparent if you've just finished playing PES. However, for graphical qualities and realism, give Fifa '08 a go.
As Fifa '08 has been around for a while, you can pick it up for under £20 - which is good value for money. For those of you who want to hold back for Fifa '09, it's released on 3rd October.
I first saw this game on TV and it looked like a great advert, When i saw this i thought of the previous fifa games and they were good to so i decided to buy this from game station for a measly £28.00 (preowned). I got home and started playing instantly, the first thing you can do is play as Ronhaldinio (one of the worlds best footballer),you can practice here as a one man team practice and take shots towards the goalie, i.e. this is a perfect way to get to understand the controls.
When you press start the menu will appear and you can have the option of playing from a practice match with any team in the world or you can do career matches where you can choose a team and you have to be the manager of that team. There are many other modes which are great but unfortunately i have not completed them because i gave this game to borrow to my cousin but he has not gave it back.
The graphics are a definante improvement over the previous fifa games because you can clearly see where your player is and the crown of fans look more realistic, the crowd can cheer and boo teams if they do not like them. The commentater is good and is easy to understand also he provides a detailed list of what you are doing in the football match also he used to be or still is a famous commantater.
There is a multilayer mode where you can play online with other people around the world, You can play in a team mode while online and other players will be on your team and you have to share equally the players.
The only downside i can think of is when after a few weeks you may get bored of it because i got used to the system of the game and it only has limited amount of game time fun, but other than this point this is a fun enjoyable game.
It is a good and very enjoyably game that can provide lots of fun for the family and can waste hours of time. I would recommend any one buying this who is looking for a great gaming experience.limited amount of game time fun.
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Fifa 08 is a football game made by EA, It has over 100 licensed teams and many game modes to choose from!
The game play is the best I've seen yet from a football game, It is very smooth and there are many camera modes to chose from to make it comfortable for every sort of gamer. The 'Manager mode' game mode is one of the best features in the game, You choose a football team to manage throughout seasons. You get to play each of the seasons games and get presented with trophies at the end of it, This mode is extremely addictive.
The graphics are in Fifa 08 are great for a sports game, There is great detail in the players faces and in their football kits. I've had this game for 3 months now and I've not noticed one freeze or one dropped frame. The detail in the fans could be alot better...
The online play is one the greatest I have ever played, There are interactive leagues where you get real people to join a football league with you and you play out the seasons games and a winner is crowned at the end. 'The Be A Pro' mode is by far my favourite, You have 5 real people on each team one of which is a captain. Each player then chooses a position in the team of 11 and you get into the action, You're only aloud to control the position that you have chosen though. There is also just a normal match against another online player, This mode is very good but sometimes 'Lags' down because of the internet connection.
Overall a great game for any Football fan!
Fifa 08, Xbox 360 the latest game from the successful series from EA sports. The Fifa games have been going for what seems an eternity, however over the last few years the games haven't improved and have in fact got worse.
This tide as ended with Fifa 08 the universally recognised as the best Fifa produced of recent years and maybe the best football game ( PES fans may disagree). The game play has been improved considerably and has a more realistic feel to it, there is a better feel of the control you have of the players and in turn the ball.
The game offers 1-4 multiplayer action which is great fun playing with a bunch of mates, the online feature on Xbox Live has been improved and offers another dimensional to the game and prolongs your duration of the game. Fifa 08 is a definite improvement and is a viable alternative to PES 08, the first time it has been in recent years.
I'll be the first to admit that I was never a fan of the FIFA games. I was always a pro evo man! Then one day I was bored and bought FIFA 08 on the pc and got addicted. A few weeks later I bought myself an xbox 360 and FIFA 08 was one of the games to come with it. What a difference it made from the PC to the 360.
As soon as you load up the game and sit through all the dull intros and logo's, the first thing you are given is a training ground where you play as Ronaldinho and can have a play around against a keeper. This nifty little idea continues throughout the game whenever a match is being loaded up so instead of having to sit through some boring stats or whatever, you can have a play around and improve your skills. Great idea I think!
If you press start on the training part, you will be taken to the main menu where you can choose from the usual settings - Play now, options, etc. The only two options I will focus on here are the Manager Mode and the Be a Pro mode. The rest are nothing you haven't seen before.
Be a Manager firstly. As the name suggests, you will be required to take on a team (any team) and meet board expectations. As usual you'll be given a budget which you will be required to spend wisely. With this budget you will need to pay salaries, make improvements to the club (more on that in a sec) and buy new players. Of course, this money will go up or down after every game based on sponsorship money, wages and attendance. Sponsorship is a very important as it's a constant source of income and can provide some very good bonus' based on your teams performance. One of the area's I liked best was the staff upgrade area. Here you can improve things like your coaches (to get more experience points for players), stadium, scout, etc. All these play an important role and certainly make a big difference. The good thing about manager mode is that you have a choice of whether to play in each game or not. If you want you can just simulate the score and hope for the best but if it's a must win game then you may want to take on the task yourself.
Up next is the Be a Pro mode. Now, I'll be honest, I didn't really like this much so I wont be able to give you a great deal of detail about it but I'll do what I can. The aim of this mode is that you only take on the role of 1 player within the team. I have to admit this is a good idea but I didn't like it. The main problem I found is that the computer was useless a lot of the time. It would make stupid passes that were clearly not going anywhere or helpful. Also, if you play as a striker, the when the ball is in your box and you are up field, you can't actually see the player so you have to rely on the radar at the bottom which can be difficult.
Challenge mode is a firm favourite of mine. It is very simple, there are numerous challenges set for different parts of the world and you need to get through all the different scenarios for each area. These can range from things like win a match after being 2-0 down at half time to scoring within the first 5 minutes of a match and others like that. They are good fun and keep you amused if you don't want to play the bigger modes.
Online play is also good fun. There isn't really a lot to say about it to be honest. Its you playing a football match against someone else in the world! It can get quite frustrating though if the person you are playing is a bad loser and quits after you score the first goal but generally speaking, it's a nice change from always playing against the computer.
With regard to actually playing the game, the first thing you will notice is the graphics. They are awesome. I don't just mean the players but also the stadiums and the tunnels when you are watching the pre match commentary. It all looks good!
With regard to actual gameplay, the game plays very well. Player movement is well captured and long are the days of players not being able to control it straight away and giving your opponents a chance at getting the ball. There is also the ability to use tricks by using the left bumper and the right analogue stick. It does take time to master these tricks and when to execute them but when you do it certainly pays off.
Free kicks have had a lot redone to them aswell. No longer do you have to just press the shoot button but you need to use the right analogue stick to shoot. I personally cant get used to using it but when I do hit the target it makes it so much more satisfying!
Overall I'd say this is a brilliant game with lots of fun to be had single and multiplayer. I often find myself playing it for hours on end without realising the time as I'm so engrossed in it.
2008 was always going to be interesting with regards to the instalments of the World's 2 premier football videogame series. This would be the first year both franchises, EA Sports' FIFA and Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer, would be gunning mainly for the next-gen Xbox 360 and PS3 market, following 2 very different sorts of disappointment with the prior instalments (FIFA 07 for the 360 was ambitious, but unfinished, and PES6 was a lazy port of the PS2 game) this would be where the real judging began.
First on the field was EA's game, and thankfully they have put out an altogether solid and enjoyable, if still not perfect, game. Building on the engine debuted in 07, which finally set the ball as a completely separate object to the players, meaning tackling, deflections and breaks occur both more frequently and realistically, but refining it to iron out it's glitches, as well as bolstering it's aesthetic details, FIFA 08 definitely came out all guns blazing.
Of course the most important aspect of any game is how it plays, and with 08 EA have themselves a winner. Toning the silly speed of 07 down and offering a real feeling of control over the players, and what they do with the ball, EA actually took the admirable step of fixing almost all of the gameplay faults of the prior game to craft what is possibly the most overall solid footballing gameplay experience since PES4 (that particular series' zenith) The free-kick system may not be the perfection EA attained with 03, where you really were in control, but it's a definite step in the right direction after years of fathing about with horrible, prehistoric free kick systems that either made scoring too easy or impossible. Here you won't score from free kicks too often, but at the same time, you do feel a definite degree of control over them, and with a little practice it isn't hard to put away a few.
Controlling the game works to the traditional FIFA layout, with the basics being very easy to pick up, with players getting the more nuanced touches like lobs and finess balls as they become more experienced. I can't say I've had any problems with responses, so overall the controls can get nothing but a thumbs up from me.
While any football game can elicit a laugh on 2-Player (seriously, even UEFA Striker was enjoyable on multiplayer) I think arguably the biggest asset to 08 is the opponent AI. You can now come up against a serious challenge without the game being cheap. I'll admit I've rarely ventured beyond Professional (the game's 'normal' setting) and will unashamedly admit I've struggled to beat a few teams and even come on the wrong end of a few drubbings.
I do have some gripes with the way teams are rated in the game though. For the most part it's fairly well balanced and realistic ratings of the teams, but some of them, notably in the FA Premier League, are farcical. While the teams you expect to clock good ratings like Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United score accordingly...West Ham, Tottenham and the like are laughably overrated. Individual player ratings also infuriate, well 2 in particular. EA fall into a similar trap Konami did with PES6, by making the players who appear on their cover ridiculously, to unrealistic proportions, awesome.
This, of course, leads to a holdover problem from 07, and Champions League, that isn't really EA's fault, but in fact the fault of the cretins who choose to play the game on Xbox Live. Yesterday I played 10 games on Live, 1 of them was against a player who didn't choose Man Utd or Barcelona. Want to guess which game was the most enjoyable? (I was Rangers, he was Liverpool and I lost 3-2 by the way) Needless to say the majority of these players are actually terrible at the game, and if you pick another of the 5 star teams (which I despair at doing) you usually find yourself 2 up after 10 minutes game time, and on the end of a 'You have lost connection with your opponent' message. Thankfully EA have somewhat helped players avoid this by allowing players to set a disconnected % maximum when setting up a game, but some slip through the net.
Speaking of online modes, 08 has plenty on offer, as well as the standard games, you can set up online leagues and tournaments, and the execution of it works almost unanimously smoothly. I have encountered some slowdown issues, but they are infrequent.
Though not the game's main mode of play, arguably the biggest addition to 08 is the 'Be A Pro' mode. Harking back to the PlayStation game Libero Grande (only not awful) this mode sees the player take control of one man on the park, viewed from behind the player, as you appeal for passes and try to make play in a totally different way. While this mode seems like a bizarre novelty at first, the recently added online Be A Pro game, which sees you team up with other players to form a team playing this way, is really quite ingenious. Granted it isn't perfect, and 9 times out of 10 I reverted to the traditional camera angle to play it, but at least they tried something new to liven up the game's replay value.
Back from the prior instalment is the Challenge Mode, which sees you try to overcome deficits in limited time, attain a certain percentage of possession and so on. Some of these are more irritating than fun, but once again it's a welcome feature.
The meat-and-bones of the single player game remains Manager Mode though. Here you take the role of a manager and oversee the day to day running of your club, assigning funds and buying and selling players as well as playing the games. While not as in-depth as Football Manager, this mode is still satisfying in it's depth, and really gives the game a lengthy lifespan for single-player play.
Aesthetically, the game is mostly good, but some qualms with it do remain. The big players, kits and stadia all look fantastic, no denying it. However problems arise with players who aren't exactly household names outside of their respective countries. Besides their ethnicities, none of the Rangers or Celtic teams look like their real life counterparts, and it's shockingly easy to confuse Jean Claude Darcheville, Damarcus Beasley and Ugo Ehiogu in the game (look up these 3 players to see how, skin colour aside, they look nothing like one another) a little research wouldn't have gone amiss.
As with prior years, the game offers a selection of third kits to unlock by earning points in the game. Some of these are just bizarre (why would you want last season's Everton home shirt?) and there are at least 2 absentees (that would have come in handy) I've clocked in Roma and Rangers. Of further disdain to Old Firm fans is the lack of Carling Sponsor on the teams shirts due to French advertising laws. Personally I think this is a bit daft, and EA could have done what Rangers did when they played Lyon this season...simply put on the logo without the word Carling. It would look a lot better. The lack of kits is further irritated by EA's steady refusal to make use of Xbox Live marketplace, which could easily be used to let you download more.
Sound wise the game is fairly satisfying. Tyler and Gray return for commentary, with Tyler being a lot less irritating this time around, and the commentary in general a cut above what we are used to in football games. Crowd noises could be better, it's still possible to hit the post and elicit no crowd reaction, but overall the in-game sound is good. Sadly the soundtrack this year is a complete let-down, featuring some of the most ridiculously bland indie acts in the world.
Overall, while it may not be perfect by any sense of the word, FIFA 08 is definitely a worthy purchase for the football fan with an Xbox 360. With a nice selection of single player and online modes to compliment the obligatory joy multiplayer will always bring to the series, 08 is definitely on the franchises most successful entries.
All i can say is brilliant, alot pf people had said that couple of the fifa series have not been up to scratch, but 08 is just fantastic, commentary is better than ever and i love the uncanny crowd chants, whether its better the the latest pro evolution is a different matter, yet still a fantastic game and the new be a pro feature is a quirky added bonus to the game. Best of the series to date.