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  • Summary: The FIFA Soccer 08 next-gen gameplay engine, built to maximize the power of Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3, delivers animations and ball control that is so responsive you feel like you are actually on the pitch. Players in FIFA Soccer 08 now benefit from A.I. so smart, it features a 35-point decision engine which enables players to process multiple decisions and reactions in real-time. The A.I.'s dynamic ‘Threat Map’ system captures the excitement and realism of soccer. Players are now aware of their surroundings, reacting authentically to threats and opportunities to make intelligent football decisions. A true next-generation ball-striking engine calculates shot success by combining an almost infinite number of different contexts, including ball spin, pressure from defenders, player attributes, and even air pressure to recreate the drama and unpredictable nature of shooting. A new play mode called Be A Pro locks you in the role of a single player and challenges you to master the same disciplines as a real soccer player—from positioning and tackling to reading the field and passing. FIFA Soccer 08 introduces skill moves with a true next-generation organic 'building-block' system enabling you to combine tricks and skill moves together to recreate signature moves from the real-world superstars or define your own style of play. Animations can be interrupted at any time to transition into a new move, enabling you to read and respond to the defence, just like real life. Master the skills to break down the defence, elude your marker and lead your team to victory. Represent your club online against your rivals throughout the season in the F.A. Premier League, Bundesliga, French League or Mexican 1st Division. When they play, you play. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. 91
    Thanks to genuine challenge, bruising A.I., a significantly improved Manager Mode, and more involving evolutionary player aspects, this year's FIFA emerges as yet another successful edition to EA's once vilified football portfolio.
  2. 90
    A superb and strikingly polished game.
  3. The franchise has finally reached its next-gen potential with a gang of new modes and gameplay tweaks that make the experience much more realistic and skill-based. There’s a steeper learning curve to overcome, but it’s worth it to finally cast aside the 16-bit pass-pass-shoot trappings the FIFA series has endured for far too long.
  4. Its depth may scare off some gamers while appealing to the hardcore soccer fan.
  5. FIFA 08 is, on the whole, a triumph. Had the Be A Pro features been more fleshed out and the lower difficulty settings somewhat more forgiving, then it would undoubtedly have scored a 9 rather than an 8. However, thanks to the promise of the former feature, multiplayer games that are little short of superb (due to the lack of AI defenders thwarting your every attack), the usual exhaustive array of official league and cup competitions and some stunning visuals and animations that milk next gen power for all it's worth, it very much feels that the FIFA franchise is genuinely teetering on the cusp of greatness.
  6. 80
    Players are forced to think, pass, move, and shoot more like pro soccer players than ever before--giving long-time Winning Eleven fans pause for thought.
  7. A satisfactory update to the franchise, but still has yet to really hit its stride on the next-gen platforms. It took the FIFA team years to get it right on the PS2. Let's hope we don't have to wait quite so long for this FIFA to reach its amazing potential.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. DavidD
    Mar 9, 2008
    10
    Apocalypse B is one of the most stupid people that the world has ever had the misfortune to bear host to.FIFA 08 outstrips PES 2008 in gameplay,graphics,commentary and fun.And all the other categories.
    P.S(For you,Mr A B):You are an idiot.Go to another planet where you can do no harm and insults.
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  2. MikeC.
    Nov 7, 2007
    10
    Best soccer game iv played in a long time, Next-Gen for sure. Manager mode is a lot more challenging. i still have a problem with the free kick system. grr Expand
  3. BassamA.
    Nov 27, 2007
    10
    I think it's the best football game released ever. It's more realistic than any other football games. Plus the graphics is amazing. Online features also excellent. Expand
  4. ThePhantom
    Oct 7, 2007
    8
    This years Fifa is a big improvement on what EA have previously dished out. They have made great strides to make the game far more playable and realistic. The graphics are also neat with every stripe looking very sharp. One issue is with the overal presentation of the game. The commentary really needs improving. Overall a big improvement, however EA still have work to do. Expand
  5. DaveM.
    Oct 20, 2007
    8
    Good game. Online does have voice communication. Aaron B. is not correct.
  6. ChristopherH.
    Oct 25, 2007
    7
    This is a much improvment from Fifa 07. The commentary is great, graphics immense, Atmosphere and feel amazing but the game is still lacking that cutting edge. The players still never go towards the ball and that is just rubbish as it restricts the way you can pass the ball around. I have owned this and will now be switching to Pro Evo 08 as overall a better football game. Come on EA sort the problems out that are needed. Expand
  7. yuvalToren
    Jul 23, 2008
    1
    I find that the AI literally cheats. It will give itself possession after the ball clearly goes out off of one of its own players. It will call fouls on me indiscriminately while almost never calling a foul on itself, which is especially frustrating considering (a) that I have absolutely no way of controlling whether or not my tackle is a foul, and (b) the AI's tackles are often incredibly vicious with no ball contact and are (almost) never called. The Ai is also essentially impossible to tackle; your player just runs alongside the AI player until he decides to pass. I do not have XBOX Live, so I can't say anything about the online multiplayer, but the single player modes are extremely frustrating due to the terribly programmed AI. Expand

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