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FIFA 07 review

Rebuilt, refreshed, and stripped down - a bipolar soccer experience awaits

For

  • Beautiful on-field graphics
  • Solid Manager campaign
  • Lag-free online matches

Against

  • Impossible Achievement tasks
  • Lots fewer teams than current-gen
  • Less online multiplayer options
  • too

FIFA 07 for the Xbox 360 will simultaneously delight and infuriate soccer fans around the world. Those of us that have played the superb Xbox and PS2 versions are likely spoiled by its excellence, and will find the 360 version lacking in some degrees. If you haven't stepped on the virtual pitch for a couple of seasons, though, chances are you won't be as bummed this go-around.

For starters, on the field it's damn near the best-looking soccer game you've ever played. The matches unfold in crisp high-definition, with the slickest player models yet. The throngs in the stands, though, are ugly cardboard-cutout masses of drones that detract from the visual beauty (why couldn't the Madden crowd art be used?). Some of the changes in the core gameplay are welcome and significant - ball physics sure seem to be stepped up a few notches, as the ball no longer seems bungie-corded to the feet of the dribbler, but (gah!) our beloved Trick Stick is a thing of the past.

More Info

GenreSports
DescriptionA pretty fun and accurate - a FIFA game fan's term for difficult - handheld game that makes for a suitable soccer fan's traveling companion. Not quite enough of an evolution, however, to warrant replacing your earlier DS FIFA games.
Franchise nameFIFA
UK franchise nameFIFA
PlatformDS, Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2, PSP, PC
US censor ratingEveryone, Everyone, Everyone, Everyone, Everyone, Everyone
UK censor rating, , , , ,
Release date:3 October 2006 (US), 3 October 2006 (UK)
Available platforms:Xbox 360
Genre:Sports
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