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FIFA 08 review

Continues its recent good form, but falls short of a title-winning triumph

Pros

  • Controls are smoother
  • Licensed players
  • Co-op season mode rocks

Cons

  • Be a Pro should be fleshed out more
  • Still feels unpolished
  • Trick Stick is kinda lame

Oct 17, 2007

Purists will usually support Winning Eleven, but as Chelsea has proved in the last few years you don’t need to play the prettiest soccer to get results. Sometimes you’ve got to maximize your strengths and hope they compensate for the weaker areas of your game; the FIFA brand is becoming a master of this tactic.

Bynow, everyone knows FIFA boasts enough licensing muscle to pull in hundreds of factually accurate teams, right down to the number of stripes on a pair of socks, as well as making sure every player looks like who they’re supposed to. This is good in itself, but now the trademark razzmatazz is aligned to a fun new single-player mode in the PS3 version called Be a Pro, and an even better one in the PS2 version called Co-op Season. In the latter, up to four players each choose one existing prima donna or create a player from scratch and basically spend an entire season controlling only him during matches.

More Info

GenreSports
DescriptionTwo-time FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho will be the face that launches a few hundred thousand FIFA 08 units come autumn for Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, DS, PC, and for the first time PS3 and Wii.
PlatformXbox 360, PS2, PSP, DS, Wii, PC, PS3
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating3+
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)