|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PC, PSP, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: EA Canada||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: EA Sports||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 8, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4 (32 online)||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
As far as game organization is concerned, it is very easy to navigate through the menus. EA has a very user-friendly interface despite the breadth of content. The clear menu design and accessibility of the game extends to the online interface as well. You will connect to the EA servers, as you do with other EA Sports titles, and have to login or create a gamer account. Online matching, ranking, and leagues are nicely done. Online leagues are neat because you can set up tournament with up to 32 friends. If you join the interactive leagues, then you will be able to select and support your favorite club side and compete against opposing team supporters. This makes for a great gameday challenge for rabid fans. Scoring a hat trick with Clint Dempsey from Fulham against a stacked Man U squad is very satisfying. This is especially so being a Yank in a Brit dominated interactive league. All in all, it is a very pleasurable multiplayer online experience.
Online play is just one of the game modes available to you. If you want to fully manage a club, you'll turn to Manager Mode. Being a manager allows you to control every facet of your club's development. You will make trades, develop youth players, and win sponsors, cups, job security, and lucrative offers from top clubs. New this year is the Be-a-Pro mode. This mode of play has you perfect positional play by selecting a player you wish to control. Instead of switching from player to player, you will work your magic as a striker, winger, center mid or marking back. This is an awesome experience because the dribbling is silky smooth, the through balls and forward runs are inch perfect, and you mark even the world's greatest players right out of a game. Those of you familiar with Madden NFL 08 will recognize this mode. This is a neat experience that is highly addictive. Other than Be-a-Pro, everything else is standard fare that you have come to expect from FIFA titles.
FIFA Soccer 08 is another solid entry in the long history of the soccer franchise. FIFA 08 is far superior to last year's addition, but don't expect magic. A lot of the gameplay issues remain unresolved, but the overall setting and presentation are second to none. The online component and interactive leagues are outstanding additions that are sure to be included in next year's versions. If you want a soccer game that can actually last you more than a year, then FIFA Soccer 08 is a good choice. You'll get your soccer fix with good controls, great graphics, and tremendous license support.
CCC Freelance Writer