FIFA Soccer 08
- FIFA Soccer 08 (2007 on Wii)
- FIFA Soccer 08 (2007 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
- FIFA Soccer 08 (2007 on PSP)
- FIFA Soccer 08 (2007 on Nintendo DS)
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FIFA Soccer 08 is another yearly update in the soccer franchise. The version for PS2 and PC uses the same graphics technology as in the years before while updating rosters and stats, adding new teams, new control options and new game modes.
As in other versions, there are 620 teams, from 30 national leagues, adding the Australian, Czech and Irish leagues. Returning game modes include single matches, tournaments, challenges, manager mode (with optional PS2-PSP connectivity) and online interactive leagues. The major new game mode is called Be A Pro - Co-op Season. Unlike the Be A Pro mode from the next-generation version where a single player is controlled via shoulder cam in one match only, the mode on PS2/PC lasts an entire season and features local co-op for up to four players with regular camera perspectives. Players can gain experience points for completing pre-set goals or being man of the match, which can be used to boost attributes.
Among the new control options are manual passes and crosses, with direction and strength determined by analog stick direction and length of the button press, respectively. On defense, the best defender for the current situation can be selected via the right analog stick. In one-on-one situations, it is now possible to switch control to the keeper directly, with manual saves and slide tackles possible.
Average score: 76% (based on 19 ratings)
Average score: 2.9 out of 5 (based on 19 ratings with 1 reviews)
The only really new feature in this version of FIFA soccer is the "be a pro"-feature, and that's an exciting and good new addition.
In "be a pro" you play only one player on the field, trying to keep your positions and do your job. However, this is a quite useless feature unless you play with one, or preferably more, friends. You can play up to four players in one team, working together on different positions. It's actually quite fun to play through a season like this, although the feature is far from perfect. More on that later.
The soundtrack is extensive and at times pretty good, and the number of teams and players is huge. There is a good career-mode where you try your luck as a manager for a team, buying and selling players and developing new ones. That's the best feature of the game.
The problem with FIFA 08 is that it is more or less exactly the same as FIFA 07. The only new feature is "be a pro", which is good, but not good enough.
The problem with "be a pro" is that the computer-controlled players are worthless. They just stand around, they never take any initiative, never make any runs and they don't even try to make decent passes most of the time. This makes "be a pro" useless if you are playing alone, and just about bearable if you are two. You need at least one human player in each line (defence, midfield, attack) or else you will only get frustrated by your incompetent team mates.
Another big problem is the bugs. Too often the game crashes. The worst thing is that your saved careers can get corrupted so you will have to start all over again. Not too much fun if you have played about ten seasons or so. It also tends to lock up when you make substitutions. Annoying? You bet.
I'm also extremely disappointed in the graphics. FIFA 08 actually looks even worse than FIFA 07, which also had dated graphics. But FIFA 07 had a nice "blur" effect in replay sequences and more that made the graphics look nicer than it really was. FIFA 08 is more "clean" and therefore looks much worse. The worst part is the players' hair, which looks more like helmets than hair. Terrible.
The absolute worst part is that FIFA 08 is so good on PS3 and Xbox 360, while the PC-version is so dated and utterly disappointing in every way. It's not even good enough for an expansion, let alone a full price game.
FIFA 08 could have been great, just look at the Xbox 360-version. Sadly it wasn't.
The Bottom Line
More of the same, only worse. The only new feature is so flawed it far from makes up for all that is bad about this game. I expected much more, and got nothing.
Windows · by Joakim Kihlman (231) · 2016
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Game added July 4th, 2016. Last modified November 18th, 2023.