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We have just posted our FIFA Soccer 08 review. Find out what Clay Shaver had to say about it.
"Itís not often that a developer that holds the upper hand in licensing plays the underdog role in a battle for console supremacy. Itís even rarer that EA Sports finds themselves on the short end of any competition. In the world of soccer (or football for the more sophisticated of you) gaming, however, while the FIFA series from EA moves more than their share of merchandise, itís widely considered the inferior product on the market.

Last season, with the release of FIFA 07, I felt like the competition really started to get interesting. The gameplay in the FIFA series was starting to become a far greater strength than simply the rights the real players and correct kits. Now while the world waits till sometime next year for an effort from the competition, EA has fired another shot on net with the release of FIFA 08. With the significantly improved gameplay, FIFA 08 will now try to go for a deeper and fuller experience. But will it be a return to style over substance?"

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# 1 Acid @ 11/06/07 05:09 PM
Great review, Clay.

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Iíd love to see the mode punish me for not playing within the parameters of the offense or not handling my assignments on defense.
Totally agree with you on that, hopefully they can put that in next year.
 
# 2 Tomba @ 11/06/07 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Acid
Great review, Clay.



Totally agree with you on that, hopefully they can put that in next year.
NO.


EXCELLENT Review. I respect this site even more now...

nuff said, FINALLY someone sees this game for how good it is...
 
# 3 Acid @ 11/06/07 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Tomba321
NO.

Why wouldn't you want a more realistic 'Be A Pro' experience?

Speaking of 'Be A Pro', I hope they allow you to play as a goalkeeper next year.
 
# 4 ledzep @ 11/07/07 05:38 AM
Good review, I agree with the general opinion: FIFA08 is a great game.

Just several considerations:

- this is not an easy game; if you are a PES/Winning Eleven veteran you'll have a hard time to get used to the slower tempo (more realistic, by the way), there is a lot of battle in the midfield, you must take care of the ball until you find a hole or a mismatch

- in Be a Pro, I'd say you get punished in your performance evaluation if you don't respect your assignments on defense, but not sure. I remember however you see red marks indicating players you should defend

- the key that moves FIFA08 from a good game to a great game is the option to play everything manually: short, long and through passes; shots, crosses. The feeling of immersion is incredible. It takes sometime to master it, and in many cases you'll loose chances of scoring just because a cross is slightly too short or too strong, but it makes you feel that you are really creating everything that happens on the field.
I actually play with everything on manual but shoots on semiassisted.
Give it a try and you'll start to see situations that you cannot see when playing with all assists turned on.
 
# 5 Tomba @ 11/07/07 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Acid
Why wouldn't you want a more realistic 'Be A Pro' experience?

Speaking of 'Be A Pro', I hope they allow you to play as a goalkeeper next year.
No the No was for say that it was indeed an excellent review and not just agood one
 
# 6 Acid @ 11/07/07 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Tomba321
No the No was for say that it was indeed an excellent review and not just agood one
Gotcha, my bad.
 
# 7 Nivek @ 11/07/07 03:47 PM
Wow, I have been sleeping on this game. Is the game play really on par with Winning Eleven?
 
# 8 Acid @ 11/07/07 05:26 PM
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Wow, I have been sleeping on this game. Is the game play really on par with Winning Eleven?
One the 360, it's better than Winning Eleven (the 2007 version).

I'm not sure if the 08 version of Winning Eleven will be that much better than it's predecessor to match FIFA on the 360.

You should definitely get it, it's a blast.
 
# 9 Tomba @ 11/07/07 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Nivek
Wow, I have been sleeping on this game. Is the game play really on par with Winning Eleven?
better WAY better.. trust me it's real sim now
 
# 10 Nivek @ 11/08/07 11:26 AM
Looks like I"m going to EB games tonite!
 
# 11 boomerang @ 11/11/07 02:45 PM
Let me just add my two cents to this discussion. I've been a Winning Eleven loyalist for the past couple of years and decided to give FIFA 08 a try (PS3).
Boy was I surprised by how good the game is. As mentioned before, there's a steep learning curve in this game, however, the gameplay and pace of the game is really good and it makes you feel more like you are actually playing a real game of football or should I say soccer.

I recommend anyone holding out on this game to give it a shot. I'm thankful I'm more open minded that some of the others on this board who will simply refuse to acknowledge FIFA 08 based on previous experiences. This year, FIFA is the game to play. In addition, with all the real licenses and improving gameplay, what's there to hate about this game? NOTHING.

This will only make Konami to get off their royal throne and start improving the winning eleven series which has been stagnant the last couple of years.

Peace.
 

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