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The management mode will keep you busy for quite a while, the lounge is just the thing for post-pub competitions with friends and the Xbox Live matches are smooth as silk. It's rare to see a game with so much polish pull it off in gameplay terms too, but FIFA 07 really is a fantastic piece of work.
FIFA 07 is undoubtedly the best soccer game available on the Xbox 360. Many of the new features are well-received and while the others will take some getting used to, this is undoubtedly a move forward for the franchise. If you didn’t pick up last year game, you have absolutely no reason to not pick up this version.
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The PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 are all on the market The next-generation is here. So is the next-generation of FIFA Soccer. Even though this is their third attempt now on the Xbox 360, EA Canada stepped it up a level with FIFA Soccer 07. They have room to improve with the implementation of a better experience system, and possibly a “create-a-team” type mode where you can take a team and its manager from high school to collegiate and beyond, but those are all wants that can be fulfilled sometime later. What we have right now is a very solid experience that is going to keep you coming back for more. It may even get people interested that would not have given the sport a second thought.
Mit FIFA 07 für die Xbox 360 zeigt EA Sports wohin der Weg der Serie in Zukunft führt. Die Realismusschwäche wurde zu großen Teilen ausgemerzt, während man bei der Präsentation weiterhin zugelegt hat. Die Luft für Konami scheint zunehmend dünn zu werden, vor allem wenn man dort die Lizenz- und Präsentationsprobleme nicht in den Griff bekommt. Schade nur, dass Xbox 360 Spieler auf die vielen, teils individuellen Tricks der anderen FIFA 07 Versionen verzichten müssen. Trotzdem, mit FIFA 07 bekommt ihr ein sehr gutes Fußballspiel geboten, das sich im Gegensatz zur Konkurrenz derzeit auch online problemlos spielen lässt. Bleibt nur zu hoffen, dass EA die Tricks vielleicht doch noch per Patch nachliefert!
Mit FIFA 07 für die Xbox 360 hat Electronic Arts bewiesen, dass man das Rennen gegen das Konkurrenzprodukt aus dem Hause Konami (Pro Evolution Soccer) noch nicht aufgegeben hat. Zahlreiche Verbesserungen beim Gameplay und die neue Engine machen das Spiel im Großen und Ganzen attraktiver. Trotz diverser Mankos (zum Beispiel weniger Ligen) konnte uns das Spiel überzeugen, sodass Fans des runden Leders ohne Bedenken zugreifen können.
Overall FIFA 07 on the Xbox 360 is a good, but not brilliant game. It's a vast improvement over last year's FIFA 06 and plays slightly better than 2006 FIFA World Cup. While gameplay wise it's still not quite up there with Pro Evo 6 it comes closer than ever before this time around. Sadly a few things let this version down dramatically, such as the severely reduced number of teams, uninspiring sound and a general corner cutting approach that has been made to get this game to market. It is a shame considering this is the third FIFA game on Xbox 360. It's about time EA take advantage of the superior next gen hardware and produce a game that stands head and shoulders above current gen versions. Sadly, this clearly is not the case here. Anyone looking to purchase a new footie game this season on the Xbox 360 would be better off looking at Pro Evolution Soccer 6. FIFA fans should look towards the current generation version for a better value and more complete package.
While it's not the giant leap forward for the FIFA series that you might have been hoping for, the Xbox 360 version of FIFA 07 certainly isn't a difficult game to recommend. It introduces a number of new features and improvements to what was already a great formula. Although it does away with some stuff that you might normally take for granted, the end product doesn't disappoint.
Der Weg ist das Ziel. Bisher stand Electronic Arts in Sachen Fußball auf der Stelle, drehte sich mit als neu verkauften, aber halbgar wirkenden Features im Kreis, ohne sich qualitativ nach vorne zu bewegen. Mit FIFA 07 hat das Team um Hugues Ricours den ersten wichtigen Schritt zu einem besseren Spielerlebnis gemacht: Die neue Physik sorgt für unberechenbarere Situationen, der Ball klebt nicht mehr wie ein Magnet am Fuß und man erkennt das Potenzial des Kicks. Der kommt zwar in Sachen Schusstechnik, KI und Animationsvielfalt noch nicht an die Klasse von PES6 ran, aber all das ist genau so lobenswert wie der technisch saubere Online-Modus, der euch wesentlich mehr Komfort bietet als das Sparpaket, das Konami auf Xbox Live abliefert. Allerdings hat FIFA 07 ein anderes Problem: die Atmosphäre. Konnte EA bisher immer mit voller Lizenz und klasse Kulisse punkten, enttäuscht das Drumherum diesmal.
"FIFA 07" é o melhor da franquia para o Xbox 360 até o momento. Traz uma mecânica de controle que cada vez mais está se aproximando da essência do futebol real. A nova tecnologia desenvolvida para o game trouxe boas novidades, principalmente nas animações, mas limitou o número de times - a versão do console tem apenas um terço da edição para PC. A modalidade online tem pequenos problemas de estabilidade, mas quando funciona proporciona ótimas partidas. Futebol é sempre melhor quando jogado com os amigos.
Von daher verteile ich mit leichtem Bauchgrummeln eine 8. Wer sich jetzt fragt, wieso die Xbox 360-Fassungen von FIFA 07 und PES 6 die gleiche Wertung teilen: Es handelt sich zwar in beiden Fällen um ein Fußballspiel, die Schwerpunkte sind aber anders gelegt. PES 6 spricht wie immer primär Spieler an, die eine authentische Simulation des Sports wollen. Die bekommen sie auch, müssen aber mit lizenztechnischen Einschränkungen und einer vergleichsweise faden Optik leben. Ferner erfordert der große Konkurrent von Konami die Bereitschaft, viel Zeit in die Einarbeitung zu investieren. FIFA 07 ist in dieser Hinsicht humaner, verfügt mit der Bundesliga-Lizenz über eine Trumpfkarte, ist optisch trotz einer gewissen Sterilität deutlich mehr Next Gen und hat somit andere Reize. Im Kampf um die Tabellenspitze gibt es daher keinen klaren Punktsieger. Je nach persönlichen Vorlieben sind beide Spiele eine gute Wahl.
If you're only bothered about gameplay and not about looks or playing as your favourite team then go and buy Pro Evolution Soccer 4 (which is easily the best in the series). If you like football games and you want to be impressed by something that plays fantastically well and looks next generation, then this is without doubt a fine purchase and a big step in the right direction for the FIFA series. However, if you can hang on until FIFA 08 I think there will be even greater leaps in both visuals and gameplay; that will hopefully have less plasticky looking players, a smart referee, perfect passing and a full complement of teams. Of course, by that time EA might have missed their opportunity to convert everyone, as Konami could have pulled their socks up and sorted out their own issues by then, but only time will tell... they think it's all over - it isn't yet!
FIFA Soccer 07 for the Xbox 360 is still worth picking up for the excellent graphics, and for a glimpse into the future of sports gaming. Those looking for the most complete and best playing soccer game this year will still want to grab FIFA Soccer 07 for the big black box.
With its unmatched visuals, its superior soundtrack, its pleasant presentation and it’s much improved game play, FIFA 07 is a welcome addition to the football genre. This is an Xbox 360 football title that comes highly recommended.
FIFA 07's technological superiority will definitely go a long way to providing the wow factor that's needed to tempt the next gen punters, and its initial fast, exciting accessibility both off and online is something many of us have been crying out for. But as much as we wanted to hail EA's proactive progressive approach to FIFA as the great slayer of Konami's complacency, the fact remains that PES6 is marginally the better game in ways that matter.
Further bonus features such as updated real-world results, courtesy of ESPN, are all very good, but it all adds up to padding and very little else. That said, it is quite a bit of padding, with gamers able to check out the latest news on each of the clubs featured in FIFA 07, and weekly podcasts will also bridge the gap between EA's representation of the beautiful game and the actual version of the beautiful game. At the end of the day (to use something of an hackneyed footballing cliché), a real football fan is unlikely to rely on FIFA 07 to get the latest goings on at their supported club, making much of this feature fairly inconsequential.
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Overall, this is a solid outing. The graphics and gameplay physics are the first things players will notice, and their enjoyment of the rest of it will depend on the individual.
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If you’re a soccer game fan, then you’ll either really enjoy this game, or really hate it. If you only have a 360, then it’s a definite must buy as a soccer fan. However, if you also have an Xbox or PS2, I have to recommend that you stick to the last-gen version. That said, it’s all about preference. If you are up for the challenge of realistic momentum, physics, and a gameplay style that rewards patience and strategy, then get the 360 version. This is a great looking game, with excellent control and realism. If you’re up for a challenge and are not easily frustrated, pick this one up.
I got FIFA 07 to play a game with great graphics, gameplay and a wealth of features. While a lot has improved in this iteration – and much of it feels like a completely different game, I still feel like I got cheated out of some fun… and paid more money for it.
While FIFA 07 is better than the first 360 FIFA launch title, the franchise still has room for improvement on our favorite next-generation console. There is still plenty here for soccer fans to bite into and Manager Mode is a blast to play. If you love soccer as much as I do, you might just want to consider buying this. If you’re picky about your sports titles, though, I suggest you wait until next year.
MS Xbox World
For those who want English leagues and a manager mode, the game is satisfying, but feels like more is needed. The lack of options both offline and online stick out like a sore thumb and as an avid FIFA fan I so wanted to worship FIFA 07, but it wasn’t to be… yet anyway, however there is light at the end of the tunnel as the foundations for a superb football game are there and now I wait with excitement for FIFA 08.
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Overall, FIFA 07 can be enjoyable enough, but you’ll probably find that you simply expected more out of the game. The advanced graphics and physics are great, but why should you have to deal with control issues, fewer teams, and fewer modes of play that current gen gamers all get for $10 less. If you’re a soccer fan and you only have an Xbox 360 available then give FIFA 07 a try for yourself. If you have an older system in your home as well, you may want to seriously consider sticking with the current generation for another year.
In the end FIFA 2007 did draw me – a non-soccer fan – into the game of soccer. In so much as I can tell, the game of soccer is largely one of strategy and playing FIFA gave me a sense of what people love so much about the game. Maybe there’s not a lot of scoring, but that’s what makes it so exciting when something does happen. All in all, I found myself jumping for joy after a hard fought goal more often than I found myself wanting to headbutt my 360 out of frustration like Zinedine Zidane. It was a lot like being in the bar that Sunday, all that was missing was the beer. Oh yeah, and the redhead.
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EA took a big chance this year and while it may not have paid off in full it is easily the best step in the right direction that I have seen for soccer videogame’s in general. That being said if you are a fan of the series you should defiantly give FIFA 07 a shot, it may disappoint you in some areas but it will please you in plenty of others.
Yet all the looks in the world are superfluous if EA can’t fix some of FIFA 07’s nagging issues – at the end of the day, it’s simply outclassed by current-generation versions of the same game. Though it’s anybody’s guess as to why, the truth of the matter must be told. FIFA 07 represents the best soccer you can play on the Xbox 360, but falls short of the bar set by Konami and, ironically enough, EA itself.
Game Informer Magazine
Add in the fact that this game features a paltry six international leagues (as opposed to the over 20 of some past FIFAs), the double-team defensive feature still doesn’t work, players’ collision fields are too large, the AI shows very little movement in the box on your corner kicks, and that shots and passes have little accuracy, and you’ll find that this game has taken steps back which counter its promising progress – not unlike the American national squad. We hope this is a way forward for the FIFA franchise, but you never know, next year they might just ditch everything and start from scratch – again.
It's hard to rate an offering like FIFA 2007. Every aspect that "works" has a few that just don't, to the game's overall detriment. The lack of clubs is probably the most disheartening, especially with the knowledge that EA is not above charging for the additional teams. The broken passing game and shooting hurt tremendously as well, but there is a lot of fun to be had against another human opponent, which helps to make up for some of the single-player issues. The manager mode is interesting, and there are just enough positives and not enough other options on the X360 soccer scene, so FIFA '07 is still recommended for most people. If you are not a huge fan, it's probably best to just stick with the current-gen versions for now, but I imagine that next year's offering has the potential to really stand out and attain the promise that so many people saw in this franchise.
We would have liked for this year's 360 FIFA 07 to combine all the best parts of its current-gen cousins and its older World Cup brother; rather, we got a good, not great, title that in several ways is outshined by those same games. Sure, we're a little spoiled, but for $60 we shouldn't have to trade gameplay for the admittedly spruced-up graphics.
The bottom line of course is how it compares to other football games on the console. We haven’t played Pro Evolution Soccer 6 on the Xbox 360 and I would easily recommend FIFA 07 over FIFA 06 Road to FIFA World Cup. It looks a whole lot better than 2006 FIFA World Cup but it would be difficult to argue that it plays better. In terms of its deaf gamer friendliness it’s the usual form for a sports game with the match commentary being unsubtitled but everything else being absolutely fine. Personally I would rather have the PC or PlayStation 2 version of FIFA 07 as those versions simply play a better game. FIFA 07 on the Xbox 360 shows promise and FIFA 08 could be an absolute cracker if all the areas that are in need of improvement are actually improved. For now though, it still feels a lesser version when compared to the other versions of FIFA 07 that have been released this year.
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Fußball-Spiel mit ordentlichem Umfang und vielen Lizenzen, dessen Spielmechanik aber leider noch eindeutige Mängel aufweist.
Xbox World Australia (XWA)
As a long time fan of the FIFA games I am sorely disappointed in this year's release. It's not a total write off, and there is still fun to be had here, especially in the Manager Mode, but it's not as fun as past FIFA games and disappointing that EA could get so many of the basics wrong when they promised so much.
The potential is there, but a host of gameplay problems and lack of teams make FIFA 07 feel like an unfinished product. It's strange, because it's the third EA soccer title on the 360. EA does do a great job with ball physics and especially player momentum. Passing and shooting are nowhere near as tight as Winning Eleven or even current-gen FIFA. Visually, it's the best looking soccer game on the market. The commentary is in need of some emotion and intensity. In the end, FIFA 07 is a passable soccer game, equal parts soccer glory and frustrating gameplay issues.
Tout en faisant un léger effort sur le gameplay grâce à une meilleure variété, FIFA 07 ne révolutionnera pas la série. Toujours accessible, simple d'utilisation et techniquement très réussi, le jeu faute sur de nombreux détails de jouabilité et au niveau de sa durée de vie, un peu juste sur ce support. Toutefois, il conviendra aux habitués du genre et saura peut-être séduire certains joueurs déçus par PES 6.
Le titre d'Electronic Arts marque enfin l’arrivée d’un vrai FIFA sur une console de nouvelle génération. Malheureusement, il n’est pas à la hauteur de nos espérances. Ce FIFA 07 a au moins le mérite de poser de nombreuses bases pour les années à venir, reste plus qu’à espérer que les prochains épisodes amenés à sortir sur Playstation 3 et Xbox 360 ne seront pas des moitiés de jeu, surtout à 70 euros.
After being pleasantly surprised by FIFA 07 on current-gen systems I was hugely disappointed with EA's next-gen offering. The game suffers from far too many core gameplay problems for it to be a worthy contender to PES 6, and it's only really the online play that is worth investing any time in. You can have a decent few hours playing online or perhaps with friends that don't know any better, but EA needs to change things considerably next year.
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
A promising start for EA’s new FIFA engine, if they can iron out its problems FIFA 08 could be a killer game, but until then it’s still a long way behind Konami’s offering.
Every year FIFA promises revolutionary gameplay and ends up delivering the best soundtrack in sports games. This year it at least manages both -- a killer soundtrack and reworked and rebuilt gameplay. That makes it well worth a kick around. It's solid, but its subtle gameplay stutters make us hesitate to recommend it too strongly -- and all the more impatient for Winning Eleven's next iteration.
Video Game Talk
I had a hard time coming up with a recommendation for this game. I don't really feel qualified to tell hardcore sports fans how this game is. I know I wouldn't want someone who's never watched a movie before to tell me what they think of my favorite films. Considering the wealth of options in this game, I can only assume a soccer fanatic would love it to death, even with its gameplay problems. In the end, however, I have to go with my personal and wholly subjective experience with the game, and I didn't like it one bit. I guess I'll just never understand sports. Rent It.
So, should you buy FIFA for the 360? If you've read the whole review, you should have made your mind up by now. Fifty quid is a lot of money to spend on a title that doesn't offer either a realistic feeling football title, or even an arcade one. FIFA prefers to sit uncomfortably between the two, occupying an area that most would rather not visit. If you're quite happy to shell out for the fully licensed teams that EA provide every year, feel free. We tried to warn you. All we'll say is this: Konami can sleep easy for another year.