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Jolt (UK) (May 05, 2008)
More important than any of this, however, is the fact that playing the game is fun defined. While Pro Evolution has managed to slowly botch its own previously stellar system with each release, EA’s FIFA has been making steady progress over the last few years, culminating in this climax. Let’s just hope EA doesn’t rest of its laurels and takes its newfound creative leadership seriously. It’s a dangerous thing to say, but, here’s to FIFA 09.
GameZone (May 19, 2008)
The soccer is well done, the ball physics are solid and the overall environment – from graphics to sound – is well done. The international flavor, the way the Captain Your Country is handled and the metagame of scoring points for your favorite national side in a massively online race is nicely done.
84 (Apr 21, 2008)
Ob FIFA 08 oder PES 08 die bessere Fußballsimulation ist, darüber streiten wir uns auch in der Redaktion regelmäßig. Fakt ist auf jeden Fall, dass EASports mit FIFA 08 das wohl beste FIFA seit über zehn Jahren hingelegt hat. Davon profitiert jetzt natürlich auch der EM-Ableger. Das Gameplay auf dem Rasen spielt sich klasse und sieht endlich wie richtiger Fußball aus, technisch ist das Spiel auf den NextGen-Konsolen ohnehin eine Pracht. Der Hauptkritikpunkt an Euro 2008 ist wie zu erwarten der eher geringe Umfang, schließlich fehlen euch alle Clubmannschaften und langfristig motivierende Spielmodi. Da die EM-Atmosphäre glänzend eingefangen wurde, können wir damit aber wenigstens bis zum Ende des Turniers leben. Auch wenn mir persönlich spielerisch PES 08 immer noch deutlich besser gefällt, kommen Fans von zünftigen Onlinematches um Euro 2008 kaum herum, auch der Kampf der Nationen verspricht bis Ende Juni sehr viel Spannung.
Cheat Code Central (Jun, 2008)
When all is said and done, UEFA EURO 2008 is an excellent soccer title that is definitely worth the $50 price tag for true fans of the sport. If you are looking for a more general soccer title, I would suggest picking up a used copy of FIFA 08 or waiting for 09 to make an appearance. However, if money is not an object, go ahead and pick up EURO 2008 and follow the tournament in style!
1UP (May 20, 2008)
While Captain Your Country will keep you busy, the online aspect of this game is equally impressive. I love the 16-team knockout cup, and that your off- and online efforts can be uploaded for the game's Battle of the Nations component (where all of the points you earn in the game will go to support whatever country you pick when you first boot up the game). That's a nice addition to keep you plugging away until Battle of the Nations ends on June 30. Most soccer nuts awaiting this summer's Euro-only tourney in Switzerland and Austria will buy this one anyway, but for those on the fence, I recommend giving this one a shot. Particularly at the slightly reduced $49.99 price tag.
The poor quality of EA's two-a-year FIFA-licensed games (World Cup and Champions League of late) has irritated me for multiple seasons. Not so with UEFA Euro 2008.
Game Watcher (May 08, 2008)
UEFA Euro 2008 is another step in the right direction for the EA brand of football. If you didn’t grab FIFA 08, or are heavily invested into this year’s tournament, then the game is well worth a shot. The refined on field play and the expansions to the Captain Your Country mode go a long way to make a good game better. If they can fix a few niggling AI and movement issues for FIFA 09, EA may well become the undisputed king of football.
IGN (May 19, 2008)
We’ve played FIFA 2009 and can say that it has benefited from some of the strides made here in UEFA 2008. The animation system is being expanded all the time and is getting closer and closer to providing a true-to-life feeling of fluidity. It might offer up less content (in teams and stadiums) than its older brother, FIFA, but what’s here is all solid, especially the Captain Your Country mode. Those searching for a great tune up to this fall’s FIFA 2009 should look no further than the impressive package of UEFA Euro 2008.
DarkZero (Jun 14, 2008)
For those of you bemoaning the absence of a few certain teams from this year’s European Football Championship, this companion release is sure to at least offer some entertaining distractions to even the most heartbroken fans out there, and the continuing improvement with each subsequent release is a very heartening sign. EA, how we’ve missed you.
ripten (Apr 19, 2008)
It’s a shame, because I really would like to give this game a higher score, but the aforementioned lack of content and animation issues mean I can’t do that. If you are a huge football game fan, or you can’t wait to live the dream of taking your country to the finals, then think about picking this up, if not, you should probably wait for the 2009 versions of either Fifa or PES.
IGN UK (Apr 18, 2008)
EURO 2008 is undoubtedly a step forward for the FIFA series, bringing it tantalizingly close to dethroning the once all conquering PES. Play zips along with a responsiveness previously unseen in the series, helping it come closer than any other title to fully representing the beauty of the game of football – and all this wrapped up with some trademark EA presentation. As a companion piece to the tournament it’s unsurpassed, but as a halfway point between FIFA 08 and FIFA 09, and at full price, it's only the hardcore that need apply.
80 (Apr 24, 2008)
The big question hanging over Euro 2008 is if it's worth its price tag, give that it's essential a tweaked FIFA 08 and FIFA 09 is only a few months away? The core gameplay has been tweaked enough to make FIFA 08 feel slightly dated, but chances are FIFA 09 will improve on this even further. If you support a team that actually made it into the tournament then the hype over this summer's footie is likely to win you over, but for everyone else it might just be too much of an unpleasant reminder.
Thunderbolt Games (Jun 01, 2008)
It’s debatable whether these improvements really warrant someone who’s already got FIFA 08 in their collection to hand over full price for the game, but EA aren’t worried I presume, it’ll sell like hotcakes regardless. The gameplay’s been tightened up, graphically it looks great, the Captain Your Country mode is great fun and most club and international teams are omitted. If you’re an owner of FIFA 08 and think the positives outweigh the negatives, certainly buy it, if you don’t own FIFA 08, buy it; it plays the best game of football on a current-generation console, period.
GameSpot (Apr 22, 2008)
Despite its smaller scope, Euro 2008 replicates the drama of a major international cup competition very well. The gameplay isn't a significant enough an improvement over FIFA 08 to make it easily recommendable as an upgrade given the sticker price, but if you're yet to experience EA's football offerings this season then now's the time to start.
79 (May 13, 2008)
Overall, too much emphasis has been placed on the look of the game, every time the ball is put out of touch a cut scene shows close-ups of the players or a disappointed manager. Although there is nothing wrong with the gameplay (which is rock-solid), it's as good as FIFA 2008 - if not ever so slightly more fined tuned. My only concern is why any football fan would want a version that is not as complete as other versions already on the market.
GamesFire (May 05, 2008)
Die Fußball-Europameisterschaft ist nicht mehr weit entfernt und wer sich über die PlayStation 3 schon einmal auf das Event einstimmen will, der darf bei UEFA Euro 2008 getrost zugreifen – vorausgesetzt man ist noch nicht im Besitz von FIFA 08. Denn UEFA Euro 2008 bietet zwar eine klasse Atmosphäre und ein starkes Gameplay, wer aber auch mit Clubs und nicht nur mit Nationalmanschafften spielen will, der investiert sein Geld besser in FIFA 08.
IC-Games (Apr 28, 2008)
Over all UEFA Euro 2008 is a good title, however the differences between this and FIFA 08 isn't enough to warrant owning both and the rather limited scope of the game, only having European international teams, means that perhaps waiting for FIFA 09 is maybe the best bet. If you are desperate for a good football game, you couldn't find a better game on the market, that's for sure, however a desire to play the game is not likely to last past the summer, certainly not past the probable release of FIFA 09.
78 (Apr 18, 2008)
Entonces, ¿es UEFA EURO 2008 un juego recomendable? Lo cierto es que se han pulido bastantes de los aspectos de FIFA 08. El control es mejor, los modos de juegos son francamente interesantes y técnicamente es algo superior. El problema es que al centrarse única y exclusivamente en la Eurocopa, por su naturaleza está limitado. No hay clubs, no puedes jugar con Brasil o Argentina, vamos, que en el fondo es como si fuese una versión menor de FIFA 08. Indiscutiblemente, si eres un fan del género le sacarás bastante provecho, especialmente las semanas previas a la Eurocopa y por supuesto, a lo largo de ella. Pero es muy probable que el 1 de julio ya ni te acuerdes de él. Como juego puente entre FIFA 08 y FIFA 09 servirá, pero teniendo en cuenta que hace poco el primero pasó a costar 40 euros, se hubiese agradecido un precio algo más ajustado para este UEFA EURO 2008.
76 (Apr 04, 2008)
Eine große Überraschung ist UEFA Euro 08 nicht, denn EA macht hier genau das, was man auch schon in den letzten Jahren fabriziert hat: ein FIFA light für zwischendurch, das spielerisch zwar im Großen und Ganzen der Vorlage entspricht, aber inhaltlich stark beschnitten wurde. Immerhin hat jetzt auch ein Ableger des Karrieremodus den Weg in diese EM-Episode gefunden, mit dem ihr zusätzlich zu den kurzweiligen Herausforderungen einige Zeit verbringen könnt. Leider krankt aber auch der Euro-Ableger an den bekannten FIFA-Schwächen wie dem teils zähen Spielablauf im Mittelfeld, zu wenigen Möglichkeiten für kreative Spielzüge und einigen KI-Aussetzern. Davon abgesehen bekommt ihr hier aber ein durchweg gutes Fußballspiel rund um das bevorstehende Event mit einem guten Lizenzpaket, toller Stadionatmosphäre und verbesserten Spielermodellen.
75 (Apr 17, 2008)
Aucun jeu ne vous permettra de vivre le Championnat d'Europe comme UEFA Euro 2008. Le titre s'appuie sur le gameplay grisant de FIFA 08 pour s'imposer comme le jeu de foot à posséder cet été. Le temps du mois de juin tout du moins car l'euphorie de la compétition passée, il n'aura plus le même intérêt et souffrira de son contenu exclusivement ciblé sur un unique événement.
Gameswelt (Mar 28, 2008)
So viel Text und dann eine so knappe Quintessenz: Mit 'UEFA Euro 2008' verhält es sich wie mit chinesischen Autos. Alles wird kopiert, der Luxus rausgestrichen und am Ende bleibt ein brauchbares, aber irgendwie billiges Produkt übrig, das den Qualitätsansprüchen erfahrener Käufer nicht entspricht. EA Sports bedient sich sehr großzügig bei 'FIFA 08', streicht aber die wichtigsten Features einiger Modi zusammen, nennt das Verbliebene um und packt bloß eine Hand voll Neuerungen dazu. Viel wäre gewonnen, wenn man den Europameisterschaftsmodus etwas aufgepeppt, lebendiger gestaltet hätte. Doch so verhärtet sich nur erneut der Eindruck, dass man den schnellen Euro mit einem grundsoliden, aber nicht begeisternden Produkt machen möchte. Kurzum: Wenn man 'FIFA 08' besitzt, rechtfertigt sich der Kauf von 'UEFA Euro 2008' eigentlich nicht.
GameTrailers (May 23, 2008)
EA seems to have reached a bit of a plateau in its soccer games, but really, that's not such a bad thing. UEFA offers a solid game of soccer with no glaring flaws, a slightly steep learning curve, and a deep amount of play options that should keep most players satisfied--at least until next year's installment hits the market.
GameSpy (Jun 03, 2008)
It's really unfortunate that for all of the community and competitiveness that's in Euro 2008, it's all expiring nearly as fast as it shows up. Battle of the Nations is a phenomenal way to stoke the nationalistic fire of the competition in gamers around the world, but it's shutting down the day after the tournament. It would've been a little better were it not for the fact that North America got the game a month after everyone else, giving it six weeks of shelf life here. That's a huge strike against an otherwise solid title. Otherwise, if you're hankering to create alternate history and let the host nations hoist the cup, look no further than Euro 2008.
HardGamers (Jun 20, 2008)
Techniquement parlant, cet Euro 08 qui tire ses bases de Fifa 08 a tout pour plaire. Il est très plaisant manette en main, incroyablement beau et avec une ambiance impressionnante, mais on a vite fait le tour du jeu et c’est dommage. Si je devais choisir entre Fifa 08 et Euro 08, mon choix se porterait vers le premier que vous pourrez trouver au même prix ou encore moins cher pour beaucoup plus d’heures de plaisir.
Gameplanet (Apr 24, 2008)
UEFA Euro 2008 is all in all a slick well presented football (soccer) package. Well presented and with beautiful graphics it is a pleasure to look at. The high learning curve is frustrating at times, considering the lack of a tutorial or any real explanation of the different controls and what they do or how to pull them off. This means it's very much a trial and error experience, however the fast paced gameplay gives you little time to really have a play around with the ball. This is a game that will appeal most to veterans of previous EA soccer titles who will find the controls easier to manage. The inclusion of an in-depth online mode also means you can take on other people around the world which should keep UEFA Euro 2008 challenging for much longer. Overall a good effort which has built on strengths. EA are definitely going in the right direction, but they’re not quite there yet.
Deaf Gamers (May 27, 2008)
If UEFA Euro 2008 is any indication, FIFA 09 is going to be something special. The game shows that the developers have continued to improve on the successful FIFA 08 formula and in every respect it plays a more realistic and satisfying game of football. It’s very disappointing that yet another PlayStation 3 EA Sports game has performance issues and it’s something I hope is sorted out for FIFA 09. As an official game of the UEFA European Championships, UEFA Euro 2008, frame rate issues aside, is impressive with the traditional high presentation values that EA Sports are famous for.
Good Game (May 05, 2008)
There's a stigma attached to EA Sports games after multiple re-releases of franchise fodder. But the last FIFA was pretty GOOD, and FIFA 09 is going to have a much better manual passing system, as well as online play where everyone in the game is a real person except for the goalie, which is unprecedented.. UEFA is not a BAD game by any means, but I’m gunna have to rate it as below average because in this case the alternatives, FIFA and Pro Evo, just offer you more. It’s 5 and a half from me.
Good Game (May 05, 2008)
Even though it’s made by the people behind FIFA, I’ve gotta say as a game, it feels like a follower rather than a leader. I’m giving it 5 and a half