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The FIFA series started strong last year, took a slight dip during the World Cup, and now it's back for 2007. Its impact isn't as strong as the first go-around, but it's still pretty significant. It's a good continuation that builds upon the version released just a few months prior. There's still room for improvement and with the Nintendo DS continuing to gain momentum in the market a 2008 rendition next year is almost inevitable. And when that happens, we expect online play. No excuses this time.
There is definitely a lot to do in FIFA 07, considering the various modes and unlockables in addition to the exclusive DS features such as the draw-a-running-path, touch navigated menus and record-a-chant. Hopefully the next version will have an online mode and some major gameplay upgrades. Until then FIFa 07 will get you by, but you might find yourself reaching for FIFA 06 just for the convenience of playing with friends with just one copy of the game.
FIFA 07 on the Nintendo DS is a straightforward but enjoyable take on the football genre. The game is suited to the platform especially in short bursts of play, and even though the majority of the touch-screen controls have limited effect, they play to the strengths of the system. The main issue with the game is the lack of improvements, with few new offerings for owners of the previous game. The game has certainly improved visually, and if EA Sports had expanded the game with a proper management mode and online multiplayer, then it would have been a must-buy for sports fans. As it stands, FIFA 07 is still a pretty good game for what it is, especially for those new to the series, but don't expect it to occupy your DS by the end of the season, especially if you own the previous game or are a meticulous football fan.
Apart from a few pitfalls the game tumbles into, Fifa '07 is definitely a worthy purchase for those wanting a bite size (and cheaper) portion of the console games. Get past the inherent limitations and you'll find a surprisingly good rendition of the beautiful game.
Ultimately, FIFA 07 is a commendable step up from last year's performance. But its position at the top table of DS footie is as much down to a lack of any competition as its own limited ability. We'll be looking for a further improvement next year to keep it in contention.
FIFA 07 has flashes of genuine merit, but the sloppiness of the title as a whole feels like DS players have been mugged off somewhat. With it being EA's forte that it presents games like no other developer can, this is just simply not good enough. The gameplay has its strengths, but as a whole it's hard not to be irritated by the ineptitude on display at times. When the franchise is performing better than ever on other formats it's a kick in the nuts that the DS version has been rushed.